Questions tagged [discussion]

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Posting a question for the purpose of posting an answer

Recently, I have seen users posting questions and then posting answers themselves afterwards. Usually, I would not be concerned about this, as it is accepted - I've even ended up doing this once after ...
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Regarding research work. [duplicate]

Suppose I have asked some question related to my research and got the answer. May I add that result and proof(obtained on this site) in my research article?
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How do I ask questions about a person's answer?

For the post Fundamental group of projective plane is $C_{2}$???, I think there is a mistake in Amos Joshua's answer: If you rotate the 1 2 loop, it will no longer be connected to the 3 4 loop, and a ...
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Is it okay to give an answer with only “Yes” or “No” with no further details supporting the conclusion?

I came across this question and so far the answer with only three letters "Yes" received 50+ upvotes. The answer contains no details, shows no research effort and cites nothing; but it is well ...
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What are the current statistics of migrations to other sites?

Are the current statistics of questions migrated to other sites visible somewhere? I suspect it is available through https://math.stackexchange.com/tools/posts/migrated/stats for > 10k rep users, so I ...
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I don't believe my question is a duplicate

I asked a question here which was closed for being a duplicate, and though I have edited the question to clarify why it was not it has not been reopened. To restate: the question I am asking is a ...
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How to ask for opinions on textbooks?

Where does one go on the Stack Exchange network to ask for opinions on math related topics? Does such an outlet even exist? This question comes to mind because I have been using the same book on ODEs ...
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Closed question after several months.

I was browsing through some of my answers. Then I've found this question. It has been closed after more than 7 months. Now my question: Is there a reason why such questions can be closed after such ...
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New member - I want to improve my math skills. [closed]

This may or may not belong on meta, but I didn't have a specific math related question so felt it fits within here (meta). I am a software developer, I have some college algebra under my belt but it ...
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Mathjax word processor [duplicate]

Question: Is there any word processor like google docs or Microsoft Word that uses Mathjax. My mathstackechange account is still timed out and I want to start forming/researching a question I'm having ...
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A push for easier solutions

Question: Why do people prove/solve questions in such a complex way when there is an obvious, simpler way to do it? For example, this question on proving divisibility entailed an answer using ...
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Actually, when does the computer give an audit?

Sometimes, the first post queue has no post but it suddenly shows up a post. It is very likely to be an audit. Or it is just a real. How is an audit generated to a reviewer? Is it just random or there ...
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Topic of questions

I have recently asked on both Physics and Math StackExchange education-related questions (such as prerequisites for a textbook or features of online courses) and they have been reported. I would like ...
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List of answer templates

I've created this post with the same purpose as the List of comment templates post, although I imagine it'll be far less useful. There are a few questions on the Unanswered Questions Queue only ...
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Limitation on asking questions

When I attempted to ask a question on math.stackechange this message appeared... ...
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Why did a moderator remove my question from HNQ?

Recently, I have asked why did a question has a lot of views, and it turned out that it is an HNQ. But in the timeline, it said the question is removed from HNQ by a moderator. But why is it removed?
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2 answers — different reactions.

The following question: Regional Mathematics Olympiad 2018 Question has received two answers. One, by @HagenvonEitzen, got 4 upvotes (I have upvoted it myself) and 1 downvote; and the other one (by ...
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Extending the grace period for account deletion

In this recent post, one user suggested to extend the grace period for account deletion, given that they felt those points were valuable or could be used in some way. Although the user has now ...
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Auto-detecting dead links within the Stack Exchange network

I was exploring this question. The answer in particular links to a CS Theory question (that I assume was similar or the same) that had been deleted/moved. I imagine that there A LOT of questions ...
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This question has been deleted…

Not sure how many have the same experience... After writing a llllong answer, just shortly before clicking on "Post Your Answer", the OP deleted the question for whatever reason, and no more answers ...
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Avoiding the lost of a user and the lost of more than 20k points [closed]

Using this query get post list of a deleted user or answers of a deleted user and estimated reputation of a deleted user I could realize that an specific no longer user had 722 answers and ...
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Firing mods and forced relicensing: sudden changes at SE

Thank you to Martin Sleziak for bringing this to my attention on the math meta chat. I would just like to inform the Math SE community of a recent change in behaviour from Stack Exchange (meta post). ...
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Removing non-visible text from a post

This question contains a block of text that is not visible when the question is rendered: % MathType!MTEF!2!1!+- % faaagCart1ev2aaaKnaaaaWenf2ys9wBH5garuavP1wzZbItLDhis9 % ...
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The \newcommand question is farfetched, but $\LaTeX$ typing still takes ages

Everything is in the title. For now, I stop answering questions, it takes me too much time.
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How can one avoid silly mistakes? [closed]

In both questions and answers… I find that it is oftentimes that I am hacking away, writing an answer only to realize that a silly mistake I made quite some lines above has done me in and I have to ...
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Removing closed questions, abuse of moderation(?)

I recently wondered about a loss in reputation (-28), and I was confused, because I did not get a notification. Since the reputation loss was a little bit higher, I assumed that some user was deleted....
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What should be acceptable as “context”?

As we all know, questions lacking context are strongly discouraged on this site. This includes mainly "homework questions" that look a bit like: Prove that $\lim_{x\to0}x^2=0$ using $\epsilon$-$\...
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Comparison of Stack Exchange and Wikipedia?

I believe that both Wikipedia and Stack Exchange are reliable sources for quick access to our specific problems, that we are looking for. But my only concern is Wikipedia seems to be editable by ...
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What makes a contributor new?

I notice that this user is currently flagged as a new contributor on the main site (see here for example) despite the fact that he has been a member of MSE for quite a while and has plenty of rep ...
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threads for the question, as more conclusions, comments are made [closed]

Instead of just commenting under the answer, it will be helpful to create a thread by the person who raised the question, in order to imply the steps of conclusion drawn with the help of the comments ...
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I don't have a review-audit for a while already. Why?

I don't have a review-audit for a while already. Why? I love review-audits, because when it said I passed, I am happy. But I think there should be an audit about per 10 reviews, but I still don't ...
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Searching for old posts from words remembered

I tried to search a recent topic using " hyperbolic William David crochet geometry " but had no luck. How do advanced search options show up? Is there a more effective search method? Thanks for ...
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Does a quality answer depend on a quality question?

I have been on this site for almost one and half a year or so. Being a Mathematics enthusiast, I often post my questions, some of them went unanswered and some are responded well even by some highly ...
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A math question with lot of views but why?

This is a math question I answered which has a lot upvotes. I think that is because there a lot of views ($1k$) but it haven't got any bounty. Why?
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Under what criteria should we remove questions from the HNQ list?

Since the Hot Network Questions list was revamped 6 months ago, moderators have had the power to remove questions from the list. As Catija, the community manager for the SE network says, I ...
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How many actual mathematicians are here?

I am a junior of mathematics. My top post is: Weird distributive laws? The answerer, "Theo Bendit", looks like an expert of algebra. This makes me wonder whether people who answer are actual ...
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About edits of low quality questions

Lately I've noticed that lots of low quality questions with little to no effort from the OP get immediately edited by high rep users, making them more acceptable. A common case of this is: a new user ...
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Question regarding the standards of the site. Need help. Someone mass downvoting my posts.

(I'm trying to avoid this as hard as I could in past, but someone finally make me do it.) (Someone forced me to create another account with different email id because they make me disable to post ...
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Lack of Context: Notation Question

A question I recently answered asked if there was notation for how to write something. It also gave context as to where it came from, but it was closed nonetheless for lack of context, which is ...
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Flag helpful, but post still completely visible?

I flagged this question We found a pattern in the random loss of balls in the popular US and European lotteries. For whom this phenomenon can be interesting? as spam and the flag was considered to ...
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We have three question pairs closed as the dupes of each other

Digging in the SEDE, I've found 3 question pairs being each other's dupe. Namely: this and this, this and this, and this and this. Today we can't close a question as a dupe, if it would create such ...
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The incorrect tag description of [pochhammer-symbol]

The tag description: The Pochhammer symbol is the notation used for rising and falling factorials. The $q$-Pochhammer symbol is the $q$-analog. To be a $q$-analog, the $q$-Pochhammer symbol must ...
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On reposting a good answer from a duplicate question

I'm talking about this question. This question is closed as a duplicate. An user commented, under an answer, that they think this answer is the best solution and want the author to repost the answer ...
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“Strategy” for voting to close

I have recently cleared 3,000 rep, so I am new to casting close votes. I am ready and eager to use my power for good! But I'm struck by the fact that there seem to be 40+ polls in the queue around ...
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What should I do if I think I have an answer to an on-hold question?

The Specific Problem I saw this question a couple days ago and started writing an answer, but didn't finish. When I came back to it, I reloaded the page to check if anyone else had answered and found ...
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Why are there so many calculus questions on math.stackexchange?

Why are there so many questions based on calculus in math.stackexchange? I am a $10^{th}$ grade student. I joined math.stackexchange because of my teacher. He once showed us a question about finding ...
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Wrongly closed question needs a better answer.

This question, more precisely this version, was closed on not-clear-what-you're-asking grounds. That's simply wrong; it's perfectly clear what he's asking. He "defines" two Hilbert spaces, $H_1=L^2$ ...
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Question Deleted After Receiving Answer

This is another example of an OP deleting a question after receiving an answer. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3334999/find-a-jordan-basis-for-a-linear-operator This has been discussed ...
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Why community in SE deleted my comment related to the below duplicate question?

Really am sorry for the behavior of community of stackexchange math, I am the first who has marked this question as a duplicate question and I have got some up vote for this comment After sometimes,...
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Modifying or deleting a stupid and trivial but answered question should be allowed for the person that asked it

Asking a math question is an effort of exploration into the delicate world of mathematics. Sometimes a person fails at making a sensible effort and asks a stupid and trivial question due to his/her ...