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What happened to the Maths Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

What happened to the Maths Stack Exchange? There is a flower and flowers when the mouse is moving in the screen. It is not comfortable for me. It looks like a cartoon world.
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What to do with answers to low quality questions? [duplicate]

Would it be ethical (or acceptable) to dislike an answer to a low quality question for encouraging poor quality question, or would it be better to comment under the answer? What about flagging it for ...
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Should I answer exactly what the user ask or solve the problem?

Ref: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3166216 I am sorry, I am new to Meta, so I don't exactly know the proper formatting rules here. I am having a doubt regarding answering a question which I have ...
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Can I get [solution-validation] on my idea to remove this tag?

Related: (solution-verification) tag I was recently considering adding the solution-verification tag to one of my questions (with apologies for the shameless self-promotion), and got to thinking: is ...
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Looking for An Answer [closed]

I was not sure whether to ask this question here or delete my question and ask the question again. The problem: I asked a question a while back but I am still waiting for an answer. I was not sure ...
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Why do some users citing compatibility issues when deprecating the use of Unicode characters?

I have encountered for several times that some users have complained to me the use of Unicode characters (of normal series and normal shape, i.e. not bold nor italic) such ...
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Abuse “Reject-and-Edit” to reject singlehandedly

Although it requires 2 contributors (rep $\geq2000$) to reject an edit, it only needs 1 by "rejecting and editing" actually. And later, I found this problem have been came up before. Today I found ...
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https://math.blogoverflow.com Why was it shut down?

I was framing a question for meta.math regarding a proposal of starting a blog where users can submit articles related to mathematics. I googled it about it first, and I found this website: https://...
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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?

Note 2: † This is NOT a duplicate of the linked question: I am NOT asking at all "Under what circumstances is it appropriate to delete a question that has received a good answer?" Again, this ...
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Accepted answer was wrong

I posted a question not long ago. A similar question was posted years ago, with an accepted answer (Edit: now deleted) and a second answer. But the accepted answer was wrong, although it received ...
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Blocking to ask a question for a beginner.

Is it possible to block to ask a question for a beginner who has not take the Tour?
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How Rigid Is the Multiple Question Rule When Analyzing Mathematical Concepts?

I was wondering if there could be exceptions to the multiple question rule when analyzing mathematical concepts. For example, suppose a user quotes a math-related paragraph on Wikipedia, and wants to ...
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Word requests okay?

I wanted to ask: Is there a mathematical term for completing a collection of sets with the operations of intersection, union, and complement? In other words, all the regions of a Venn diagram of ...
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Kafkaesque question closure(s)

This question seems about to be closed (4 votes currently), because it is (supposedly) "not about math as defined in the help center." Can anyone explain this to me (if there is an explanation)? I ...
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Editing another users 'unclear what you are asking' question

General question: if a question by another user is put on hold by moderators because it is 'unclear what you are asking' is it ok to edit it to make it clear what is being asked? This came up with ...
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showing gratitude for a very helpful / detailed answer?

I know that this is a Q&A forum, but sometimes there are answers, where I feel like it takes a lot of effort and work(?) to write a detailed answer, especially if there is confusion which needs ...
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How to handle a list of learning resources

In some of my answers on mathematics stackexchange, I use generating functions. I often feel this is a bit awkward because many of the readers, often including the original poster, are not familiar ...
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Duplicate question with a not satisfying answer

What should I do if I have a question that's been already asked and answered years ago but I don't get the answer? Should I ask a new question and link the old one?
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Is the mathematical German tag needed?

I recently created a new tag: mathematical-german. Other than English, the main languages in which mathematics is published are French, German and Russian. We have a tag mathematical-french already. ...
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Are questions about professional mathematician culture and language on-topic?

I want to ask this questions: What points mathematicians need in an explanation about red herring names? This question seems to be off-topic in Math Edu, since the site is more about teachers ...
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MathJax on simple numbers, the HNQ and a game of 21

In question titles, should "simple numbers" – those numbers that stand on their own and which do not require any $\TeX$ symbols to express cleanly – be put into MathJax anyway? Examples ...
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tqft or topological-quantum-field-theory? Which one to keep?

A fairly new member of our MSE community, namely the user Andrews, started to reshape our own physical questions fundamentally basically by retagging them in an appropriate manner. Another recently ...
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Strange demands for re-adding context

I'm unsure about the validity of the closure my question All integers from 1 to 73 are recorded in a sequence such that each number "This question is perfectly clear and requires no additional ...
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Some ideas on tags about physical field theory

Update: For (1), I have edited info of field-theory. For (2), moderator Alexander Gruber♦ has created a synonym and contributor YuiTo Cheng improved info of tqft. For (3), contributor YuiTo Cheng ...
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Obvious wrong formulation of a question in the title, not edited by Asker. What to do?

Update: 2 Reflection see at end Update: 1 I have just edited the title of the question and created a new question where I have added my given answer. This question asks in the title for $\qquad \...
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Confusion when editing questions with [tag:mathematical-physics]

I'm a mathematical physics student, and recently I edited a lot questions with mathematical-physics, quantum-field-theory and tqft. According to Wikipedia and my knowledge, mathematical physics is a ...
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Is there a way to contact a person who voted to close a question

I typically put 20-30 minutes into each of my questions to make sure they are as clear possible. Someone recently voted to close my question because they felt the question wasn’t clear and didn’t ...
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Answering a Low-Quality Question with a Community Wiki Answer?

As I'm sure we're all aware, answering a low quality/low effort question that, according to the community standards, ought to be closed, is frowned upon. Reasons cited tend to include It encourages ...
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Accepting an answer although I did not understand the solution, is it ok?

I sometimes have lost interest in the question or do not want to think through every Detail of an answer of somebody. Since I don't want to be rude I accept an answer so other People do not waste ...
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New user. Reason for downvotes on question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Prove the following relation (using Fourier analysis) This is my first time on Mathematics Stack Exchange. I didn't think my question was ...
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Why is the question too broad?

Here's a recent question closed for being too broad. It seems a little personal-advice-y, but too broad? It seems like a reasonably straightforward book request. Is it because the question contains 4 ...
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Self-deletion of question while typing answer

The meta question Not actually a question, just a rant! has inspired me to ask for what an answerer can do in case of self-deletion by the question asker while the answerer is typing the answer. ...
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Question Score Mismatch in Close Review

I've just ran into a question during this Close review. When I clicked the question score, I saw it has five upvotes with zero downvotes. What's the reason for that?
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What about this question earned some quantity of downvotes?

I'm new to the Math StackExchange, but I am puzzled by the downvotes on this question: Am I properly simplifying this geometric progression? I tried to be as clear as possible, to show that I had ...
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Why can’t I participate in the discussion or contact the participants?

I found the following question and associated thread interesting, and I’d like to contribute: Product rule for matrix-valued functions and Differentiability of matrix multiplication. However, I have ...
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Where is the blacklist on Math.StackExchange?

A user is being abusive to me. He is adding comments that have no relation with my question, and is attacking me in Chinese. Maybe moderators do not understand Chinese, so nobody is deleting them. In ...
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Is the decision problems tag needed?

I recently created a new tag: decision-problems. I do believe that this tag is indeed needed because its lack does lead to a lot of somewhat erroneously or misleadingly tagged questions. For example, ...
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Reviewing an answer that says the same thing as a comment?

I was reviewing the low-quality posts queue, and came across this answer. It's a hint answer that very closely resembles a comment made a minute prior under the question. Should I recommend deletion? ...
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Does the reputation system encourage easy answers and low quality questions?

First of all, I need to say that I do not intend to start a controversial topic challenging the community. I'm trying to find a solution and understand the nature of MSE better to see whether it's the ...
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What a good title should be?

In guidance How to ask a good question. it states: Make your title your question Use your title to convey as much information about your question as possible. Since the tags already convey the ...
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About “question deleted by user”

I have answered geometry question about 3 times, each time got some situation. It is either an on-going competition question, this happens twice,and I was told after my answer has been there for a ...
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What to do when you answered a question and after the question is edit? [duplicate]

What to do when you answered a question and after some time the question is edit adding more information or changing the question so your answered now has nothing to do with the new question? ...
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On the correct procedure after answering a quadruplicate question

Okay, so I just answered this question, and after answering read the "related" section and noticed that the answer had already been asked several times: 1, 2, 3, 4. Now I am not sure what to do, ...
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Why there are still so many opinion based questions? Should they be closed?

One of the reasons that we delete questions at math.stackexchange is because the answer is primarily opinion based. However, my observation is that there are still many such questions; they are not ...
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What is the best way to get my solutions of a set of problems revised?

I don't know if it is appropriate to post a big list of my homework Problems and expect that somebody corrects it or gives me some Feedback About it. Assume I have solved 20 Problems and I am unsure ...
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Should this question not be tagged as “soft question”?

There is a question asking about summer programs which is tagged "soft questions" along with other tags. I am not asking about if this question is suitable for math.stackexchange; instead, I am asking ...
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Are “soft questions” “opinion based”? How about vice versa?

There is a tag called "soft questions", which is described as follows: For questions whose answers can't be objectively evaluated as correct or incorrect, but which are still relevant to this site. ...
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Answering a question too late

I recently answered a question I later found to have been asked nearly 3 years ago. If interested the question is Constructing a family of sets. (EDIT: The answer I provided was not correct, but this ...
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MathJax tutorial for linear programming missing in search results

Background An answer for typing linear-programming questions in mathjax has been added to MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference since one year. Problem I attempted to find it by search on this ...
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How can I announce a result I think is new and groundbreaking without being off-topic?

So, a few days ago I posted a result I had achieved about the limit of a complex infinite sum. I wanted to know if my finding was new (not discovered before), but the post was put on hold as off-topic,...