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The rep requirement for privileges should be reduced

Many old users amassed their reps through answering questions which usually went EOQS (evidence: see the bans of many users post EOQS). And since the hard implementation of EOQS, it is becoming more ...
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Why is text being hidden behind "Featured on Meta" window?

In Finding the Distance Between Contours (Calculus 3 Question), what is causing the posting text to be partially hidden behind the Featured on Meta window?
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Is a question seeking for an English word for a new terminology on-topic?

I'm a grad student pursuing Master's degree. Though I'm unsure this counts as a research (it has a serious motivation, though), yet I was playing with point-set topology, and I made my own new ...
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"An error occurred when fetching the tag editor"

That is the message I get when want to edit the tags. Is there a general issue or just mine?
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Why are questions closed?

I would like to know why questions can be closed in general; it just occurred to me that even if the question does not make sense to you, there is no reason to close it and prevent it from ever being ...
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Is it OK to ask for suggestions for undergrad thesis topic on MSE?

I am an undergraduate student and I'm about to take a senior thesis course. However I'm not quite sure about the topic that I want to choose; I certainly have some overall sense about what I would ...
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

I am curious to see posts that have polarized readers; that is, posts with many upvotes and many downvotes. So, Which posts (question or answer) on Math Stack Exchange have a high value of $\min(\...
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Online References For Fields-Medalist Papers [closed]

I want to take a look at the research that Fields medalists have been awarded for. Is there a known online resource that catalogues this information? I take it that the Fields Medal can be awarded ...
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Why was my suggested edit rejected despite correcting a calculation error?

I recently found some mistake in the calculation in an answer. The formula $\color{red} {\int_{x=0}^\infty e^{-(ax^2+bx)}\,dx=\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{\frac{\pi}{a}}\exp\left(\frac{b^2}{4a}\right)}$ used in ...
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Is it ok to erase an answer that is extremely vulgar by editing it?

I just came across a spam answer which is extremely vulgar (sexual). I flagged it for moderator attention, and then it occurred to me that I could edit it and erase its contents by blanking it till a ...
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New associated site. [duplicate]

Although I've not been active on Mathematics.se, on Physics from time to time, there are people enthusiastic about their new model, very often with an incoherent or incomplete proof. I'm assuming ...
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When in doubt, don't ask [duplicate]

In the help about "on-topic" it reads: Understanding mathematical concepts and theorems. However, this question: Why is a curve that intersects itself not a manifold? was closed as "off-...
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How to appropriately link to a resource that answers OP's question?

So I recently came across this question, where the OP asks for a proof of the uniform convergence of a certain sequence, and I happen to have a link to some lecture notes which contain a detailed ...
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Can I ask for help to name my thesis?

I am finishing my undergraduate thesis, now my advisor has asked me to think of a name, but since in my work I use a mathematical tool to deal with two somewhat distant elements, I cannot think of a ...
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Should we be more harsh on questions with answers elsewhere?

In this question and many others which I have seen, the question is an exact copy with little changes to itself on quora or other sites. I left a comment on the post with reference to the quora post, ...
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Is there an appropriate stackexchange site related to speculative mathematics

I used to love the math.stackexchange web site. It was a great place for an amateur to get feedback and to learn about historical math papers and recent work. It was a great place to test out one's ...
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Instead of closing questions first specify what needs to be improved

Final update: Apologies to mods, it was frustrating to always trying to help and not even get a hint of what is needed to fix the question, It has been emotionally draining to get any hints of what ...
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Tag management 2022

New year, new tag management thread. Rules of the game are basically the same: Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: “if I can't imagine a person ...
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What would be the right answer to the question "Is this a typo in my textbook"?

This question asks if a statement from a textbook (which looks wrong to the OP) contains a typo or mistake. It is a mistake, indeed. I answered “Yes, this is an error. Well spotted.” … and my answer ...
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Reposting a deleted answer

Suppose that a question has an answer which is correct and was upvoted, but which has been deleted (along with the account responsible). Is it acceptable to copy the content of such an answer and ...
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How can we conduct automated collaborator detection? Should we conduct it?

I'm curious if there is a way for me to easily find out who answers my questions the most/comments the most/upvotes the most/who I have upvoted the most/bookmarked the most. Basically I would like to ...
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Question about mathexchange posts

It is stated in the blog that you can post answers to your own questions (and that it is actually encouraged). Thus I am considering in part to use math exchange to post answers to some questions I ...
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Do moderators have the right to force their edits on my questions?

Do moderators have the right to force their edits on my questions in excuse of " improving the question" even if I am not happy with them and is there some tool here that helps stopping ...
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New stack exchange site: for interactive theorem provers and automatic theorem provers

Stack Exchange will soon create the Private Beta site for Proof Assistants and Automatic Theorem Provers. If you want to see what a StackExchange site is like in its initial beginnings, want to help ...
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I don't like the way my current question was treated. [closed]

Update: the main post is reopened. I don’t like the way my last question was treated. All terms I used are standard and I got downvoted to -4 with no relevant answer.
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Questions from elementary beginners

I'm tutoring a high school student who is taking calculus for the first time. I've been trying to encourage her to become more interested in math, and so I thought it could be a good idea to teach her ...
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Old Links to PlanetMath have Broken

I recently fixed a broken link to a PlanetMath page, by changing http://planetmath.org/encyclopedia/RotationalInvarianceOfCrossProduct.html to ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Can users post proofs here they think are valid?

Can users post proofs here they think are valid for review? If the "posted proof" is valid, what happens to the proof? Also it appears the TAG list allows for the posting of proofs for ...
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Is the following copyright infringement or scholarly analysis? Both? Neither?

Here is the question: Showing ${\rm Aut}(Q_{2^n})\cong{\rm Hol}(\Bbb Z_{2^{n-1}})$ for $n>3$ I have asked many questions like it. The copyright section of the book states: This work may not be ...
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How do I view latex source code in answers or questions as rendered form or images?

Is it normal to see only the latex source code in questions and answers where they are typed? My perspective: Is there any way to render this into images or some form of intelligible format that I ...
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Create a user guidance for the tag [mayer-vietoris-sequence]

Approximately half a year ago I created the tag mayer-vietoris-sequence. By now there are 17 questions with this tag, but so far it has no user guidance. I do not feel proficient enough to create a ...
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 01/2022 - today)

The purpose of this thread is to focus the attention of the community on posts that may require reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be posted as an answer below (one request per answer). ...
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Why my edit to remove irrelevant commentary was rejected?

I suggested an edit to this question, in order to remove irrelevant commentary, like the intro: I have been out of school for a long time an have an assignment that I am finding hard to grasp, I ...
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Is question-baiting ok?

I'm going to define a new term here that I made up which is specific to Stack Exchange: question-baiting is a bit like click-baiting; you post a question with the intent to hook a live person (get ...
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Not sure why there is a huge number of downvotes on my question?

I don't understand the downvotes on my question here: Make $2$ cubes out of $1729$ unit cubes, expected number of times you have to paint I had shown my work so far, and was not asking for a complete ...
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Is it okay to make Youtube videos discussing Maths StackExchange posts?

I am a new Youtube content creator who works around Maths topics. There are some excellent posts on Maths StackExchange based on which I want to make some videos. The question is that I don't know if ...
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Why did 2 users reject my suggested edit for 2 typos? How can $P(M_2, C_2) + P(M_2, C_2) = 0 + 1/3$?

pls see below picture, and https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1725174. $P(M_2, C_2)$ can't equal both 0 and 1/3. something is wrong!
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Audit on demand for review queues

I have just gained queues access privilege (500 reputation), so I can review First Answers, First questions and Late answers on main website. I'm willing to help these queues alongside the community ...
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Banning good members?

I have noticed occasionally some very good posters who have been banned in Math.SE. Question: What might get someone who is in my, and probably many people's opinions a high quality poster with a ...
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Hat Overlaps with Profile

This is a minor bug with the new hats, but searching “hat overlap” in Math Meta brings up no questions, so this one might as well be the question for this issue. Here is a new hat which has a shape ...
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Why should "trivial" questions not meet the guidelines?

Often among young students, or those new to the site in general, we all see questions that are seemingly too trivial to even be asked. Usually, and perhaps unsurprisingly, these types of questions get ...
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List of secret hats during Winter Bash 2021

Apparently a buried penny is a secret hat. I'm not sure what its criteria is. Also, is there a list of secret hats for this year's winter bash? Do the hats change every year? 2014 list: Winter Bash ...
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Merging related questions

Did anybody notice the following questions are (kind of) the same or can be described as one broad question? Find all integral solutions to $a+b+c=abc$ Solve the equation $a+b+c=abc$ for $a,b,c\in\...
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Side by side editor that supports LaTex or Mathjax or similar **and** Markdown?

Writing and editing long entries in stackexchange can be cumbersome. I recently found stackedit.io which is great way to write and edit the longer entries. It has: side by side editor/preview ...
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How can I thank this community math stack exchange for help me with my doubts in my thesis? [duplicate]

I am studying a paper with this community helps, and I would love to thank you! How can I do this officially? I mean, I am not going to publish any paper, but I would like to thank this community and ...
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May I be able to post questions again I have read a bit on framing questions properly? [duplicate]

I know my one question received negative votes but I will try to maintain question level according to MSE. May I please be able to post questions?
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I can't find my on-topic post with positive vote and answer. Possibly has been deleted?

I have asked around year ago a question something like "Prove that any compact, connected, simply connected, semisimple Lie group is $SU(2)$" and want to read its answer but now I can't ...
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Voting to delete a Question after it has been reopened and reclosed

Scenario A post is closed. A user votes to delete that closed post. The post is reopened without ever having been deleted. The post is reclosed. In this situation, the user who originally voted to ...
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What's the difference between [quadrature] and [approximate-integration]?

The quadrature tag is described as "Quadrature refers to techniques in numerical integration, such as Riemann sum approximations, Simpson's rule and Gaussian quadrature." approximate-...
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