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How to summarize technical details in a question for the sake of brevity?

Recently, I asked a question here about optimal stopping in a Markovian setting. To state my question properly and make it self-contained, I must of course add the background (related definitions and ...
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Enlarging the scope of the epsilon-delta tag

The epsilon-delta tag is used for questions about limits and continuity which use the $\varepsilon$-$\delta$ definition of such concepts. However, it is sometimes also used for a slightly different ...
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Is asking for a specific reference to an article mentioned in an MSE question unacceptable?

I see quite a few MSE questions where the OP says "I keep reading blah blah blah" without any reference to what they've been reading. I commented on the following question: How does one do ...
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HNQ-title ban list should be data-based; but we don't have the data

In reference to this discussion on title ban for HNQ An empirical approach would be far better than what we're doing right now imo. More specifically, a keyword should be banned for HNQ if the ratio ...
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How to put two functions in one brace?

This is what I want. Can you please help me?
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Is there a way to enable desktop notifications for answers?

If there is way or if this could be a feature for certain questions would this be possible?
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What is the goal of having questions from Math.SE in the SE Network Hot Questions List?

The acronym "HNQ" has been mentioned a lot recently. Regarding Hot Network Questions (HNQ), there was a question on Meta Stack Exchange: What is the Goal of "Hot Network Questions"? In the ...
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Do we, the community, need a HNQ block list?

Short Version The purpose of this post is to have a vote count of the community support/opposition of the recent HNQ block list proposal. If you don't want to read the long version of the post then ...
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Request for input: What makes a good title?

In the last couple of weeks we have been polling for opinion about a possible list of words (or phrases) that will filter questions out of the HNQ list. (See this which evolved into a poll and a ...
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Discussion around voting on what words should be on the HNQ block-list

This post is to accompany: Which words (if any) in the title of a question should prevent inclusion in the HNQ list? If you want to discuss the merits of a word please create an answer for it yet ...
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Which words (if any) in the title of a question should prevent inclusion in the HNQ list?

In a recent post Autofilters for Hot Network Questions the possibility was raised to created a list of words which when contained in a title of a question would prevent the question from being ...
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Unanswered Questions and chances of Decreasing Unanswered

Hello fellow stack members I have been trying to decrease the unanswered questions for this website, and even map out duplicates in the math that I know. You could look at my recent answered questions....
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What is the general consensus on asking broader questions, and if mathematics stack exchange is not the place for it, where is the place for it?

This is more of an opinion than a question. But... I believe that every question that could conceivably be asked should have an answer. That answer may be an attempt to redirect any confusion, or in ...
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What is the most active time of day? [duplicate]

What time of day is the site most active? When are the most questions posted and the most answers given? What is the best time of day to post a question?
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Should you remind people to upvote questions?

Should you remind people to upvote your questions? Is this helpful/necessary? Would this be considered rude or inappropriate? Thank you for your input.
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Why are “number of 'useful comments' votes received” in different colors?

There are a wide of colors in useful comments votes: Gray, Orange, Red, and Brown. I know gray colors. all of the comments that have received a little up-votes have gray colors in their number of up-...
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Question does not gain answers in Math Stack Exchange. Would a migration to StackOverflow be a solution?

I recently asked this question in Math Stack Exchange but does not gain any answers even though I bountied it. It seems either there aren‘t many people familiar with the Singular-CAS in Math Stack ...
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How to draw attention to an old question? [duplicate]

I asked a question a few months ago but after a few days it began getting less and less traffic, so I put a bounty on it. The question was answered, but was done so using a computer program to ...
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Are questions about ideas in preprints off-topic?

Another note: (Since the first one wasn’t heeded...) OK, so the question was closed again. My appeal below was to both sides of the issue, so even though five people sought fit to do otherwise, ...
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Why aren't migrated questions erased from the origin site?

I have asked a question that was migrated to its meta site. but the main question remained there and every time I search it by its question ID, I can reach it. Is it OK not to erase the question from ...
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Is there any plan to bring dark mode to MSE as in the case of Stack Overflow?

Recently, dark mode has been applied on https://stackoverflow.com. The result is fantastic to me. Is there any plan to bring it to MSE?
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People answering to bounty just for the prize

A couple of times it happened to me that I bountied a question. If nobody has answered, the day before the expire date of the bounty some guy answers with some stupid answer, just to take the bounty ...
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What tag to use

Question: Title: $x^x(\ln(x)+1)=b$ Body: I want to solve for $x$ and have tried solving it myself and used many algebraic calculators including wolfram alpha, and I could not get any answer from ...
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What to do when one's question got closed? [duplicate]

I was simply wondering what one should do when one's question got closed. I asked question earlier about exercise in a book I was self-studying (Showing that compatible germs are the image of a ...
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How to tell a user that his/her actions are inappropriate (and should I)

Recently one of my questions got a downvote and was flagged for closure as unclear. This was an unpleasant surprise, since I saw nothing wrong with the question; moreover, no comments were made about ...
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Clarifying a factually incorrect case but editor opts for formatting change instead?

I am trying to edit this answer, which makes a claim about eigenvectors that is not true for all matrices. My edit was rejected. Instead, the editor followed up with a baffling formatting edit that ...
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etiquette related to question posts or comments in which the asker (commenter) writes as though they are texting or chatting?

I'm concerned about posts like the following: $\langle$ Problem statement appears here$\rangle$ idk - u plz hlp me?!!! I find that sort of question to be really rude; though probably not ...
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How do you type Mathjax faster?

I am notorious for asking questions, but I would like to increase my answers rapport. I find it mainly that sometimes the questions on my level of math are taken up by higher math users who can type ...
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negative comments on trivial answers

I often see questions completely answered in comments. Sometimes these are elaborate comments or even sequences of comments; in that case I suggest to the commenter that they should post their comment ...
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How many variations of this grey background are there?

In Math Stack Exchange, it is common to find in an answer the question rewritten like this: Find the remainder when $2^{55}+1$ is divided by $33$ Then you find someone has hidden one of their ...
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Math exchange's policies for online exams and COVID-19 [closed]

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, almost all US colleges and universities are going fully online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes online or take home final exams in classes ...
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Feature Request: Why can't we favorite answers? [duplicate]

I have a feature request why can't we favorite answers? Would it be a problem?
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Mathematical Alphanumerical capital I symbol

I'm looking to type this that I saw in a pdf document. However, when I google the mathematical alphanumerical symbols on Wikipedia, it has symbol styles for other letters, but I seems to be reserved....
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Might I ever get Question Limit Banned?

I have a hefty number of questions, some very popular and others growing. Do I ever need to fear a question ban on this particular site?
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Help - I keep getting banned for no reason

I had got banned around a week ago for one question which had got downvoted a lot. I had expressed my displeasure at that ban in a previous post on this site. The main issue with the downvoted ...
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Quoted paragraph gets white

Recently, I found that when I use > to quote a paragraph, the color is now white or some kind of silver. Personally, I think that the yellow is more ease to the ...
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Edit-Undelete versus new post…

Suppose I post an answer that gets a few upvotes and a few downvotes. Then I find the answer is totally wrong so I delete it. The next day I see a correct solution to the problem. My impression is ...
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Why the definitions of $P(n)$ and $C(n)$ go over the usual borders of the question-box and how to fix this issue?

When you observe this question: Primitive Pythagorean triples and the limit of two counting functions, is this limit equal to $0$ or not? you´ll understand what issues I am asking about how to fix. ...
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Need more specific details about policies regarding “review/close votes” [duplicate]

I have reviewed 700+ posts that were flagged to be closed, and I still don't fully understand the concept of what posts should or should not be closed. I have failed two audits in a week. Here is the ...
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What can we do about answered questions with no accepted answers if user has left the site

Today I ran into this question which has an upvoted answer and judging from the comment by the asker, it helped them and answered the question. Unfortunately the answer wasn't accepted and the user ...
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Why is my question deleted as “missing context”?

Why is my question deleted as "missing context"? I once asked a question about the integral of $(\operatorname{sech} x)^2$. It got deleted as "missing context".
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TI-83 Programming Question

Would it be improper to ask a question about programming a TI-83 Graphing Calculator here? Or would it be better in StackOverflow.SE.
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is it possible to store the good questions and answers of those users who has left or being removed by some reasons?

I want to ask a question to the moderators and the other higher authorities of Math Stack Exchange. Question: Is it possible to store the good questions and answers of those users who has left or ...
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How to best format the question mark that immediately follows an equation in a question sentence?

Searching for "punctuation after equation" didn't turn up anything here so I'll post this as a new question. This question (on a different site) in its entirety: I was wondering where does the ...
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My tag “proof-verification” is automatically changed to “solution-verification”

Recently, when I added tag proof-verification for my questions, it was then changed to solution-verification. Could you please explain the reason for this phenomenon?
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Finding a post mentioning different kinds of continuity

A long time ago, I saw a post asking about the definitions of other types of continuities besides uniform and Lipschitz ones. If I remember correctly, the answer in that post mentions up to 6 kinds of ...
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Should we encourage people to answer their own old questions that don't have an answer that solved their problem and accept their own answer?

I've seen a lot of questions on Mathematics Stack Exchange where none of the answers have been accepted. I think that sometimes people are unaware of what assumptions they are implicitly assuming, and ...
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anything to be done about this? Cyclic self-deletion::modify::re-post

ORIGINAL: Links: the pictures are for those interested but short of the 10K threshold. interesting how the deleted posts appear as https: and so on, while the undeleted appear as an underlined ...
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Is it allowed to ask two close questions to proof verification in MSE with different solutions?

I asked a question before, but I failed the solution I made. Then I made an almost completely different attempt to eliminate all errors. I re-posted the question, since editing the old question will ...