Questions tagged [discussion]

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Plagiarism in answers?

I recently saw this answer to a question in the integration tag. The answer has clearly been copied from this link, the infamous online integral calculator. There was nothing added to the answer, or ...
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Answer not deleted after six “Recommend Deletion”

Update: answer deleted This is my third question about the main site's LQ review. In this review, six users (including me) has "recommended deletion". From When is a post removed from a review ...
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Why is this low quality review ended?

This LQ review is no longer available, and I wonder why. My try: According to an answer by one of our mods, an LQ review will end if the post is edited before or from the review is closed in case ...
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Comment or Answer?

What to do when someone ask for a mistake, comment indicating where he made the mistake or answer indicating where he made the mistake? For example, someone ask about a limit that he knows the ...
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Disputed VLQ flag for an LP answer

Update: answer mod-deleted. This is not a VLQ, but it is an NAA. Please see my answer for explanations. In LP-problem simplex with 3 variables, the question asker asks for "simplex calculations". ...
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Why is this not off-topic on meta?

I accidentally clicked into Derivate vs. Derivative and flagged it as "off-topic". From my perspective, it does not appear to be about Mathematics Stack Exchange or the software that powers the Stack ...
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Marking questions as the originals for duplicates

When a question is closed as a duplicate, the ideal result is presumably that the questioner, potential answerers and future visitors will head off to the linked question and that any new answers will ...
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Disputed flag for a question posted as an answer

A few days ago I flagged this answer as Not An Answer (NAA) where the user actually says that "I just observed this numerically and wondered why". That is, the ...
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Close reason: “lack of research effort”

The custom off topic close reason is very rarely applied for the reason that the words actually say and is basically used as a catch-all close reason, even when something like "unclear what you're ...
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On the scope of the “fake-proofs” tag

I slacked off and went to sleep last night with this Suggested Edit review pending on my screen. When I returned this morning, I voted to reject the proposed replacement of tag "proof-writing" by "...
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A question asked about 4 day ago shows as being asked 11 hours ago on pg. 6 of the list of new questions.

I just noticed something which doesn't seem right. As the title says, there is a large difference in time between when the question of How to find the area of a triangle given its vertices? was asked ...
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Why would a question with an upvoted and accepted answer be deleted?

This is a question on MSE which I had answered a month or so ago. It was an interesting question and it took me some effort to write the answer. The answer got upvoted twice and accepted. Two weeks ...
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What should I do when I get the correct answer to a question I didn't mean to ask?

So I recently asked this question. After reading the responses, and a day's worth of rabbit-holing, I've realized that I asked the wrong question (I also made the mistake of using the letter $\omega$ ...
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Self-answered questions as lemmas for an existing question

According to https://math.stackexchange.com/help/self-answer answering one's own questions is encouraged. I've found an old question that I'd like to answer, on a subject I've investigated in the ...
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Adding information from comments to an incomplete answer

This is somewhat related to this meta post which received no clear answer. I recently tried to edit the accepted answer here by adding crucial information its writer wrote in the comments, but that ...
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Non-human reviewer

In this Low Quality Post review, the Community user gave Looks OK to the review target. How can a non-human being review posts like real users?
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What to do with blatantly false answers?

Recently, I came across this answer to an old question, which attempts to prove Fermat's Last Theorem (edit: the answer has now been deleted). It takes almost no effort to see why the argument there ...
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Möbius function tag ambiguity

The tag for mobius-function currently reads "questions on the Möbius function $μ(n)$, an arithmetic function used in number theory", which is true, but it's also a specific case of Möbius function in ...
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Will I get my reputation back if I cancel my down vote?

Will I get my reputation back if I cancel a down vote? Same for the person I vote down.
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Tag management 2019

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 ...
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Is “generalization” a good tag? [duplicate]

Recently I've come across the tag "generalization", see here. It's relatively new and there is only one question (Edit: now removed) under it. However, I don't think it's that useful, taking into ...
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Two new scraper sites?

Just came across these google links when searching for some keywords in a MSE-answer: https://tttm.hostkda.com/tag/collatz/ https://eeem.000webhostapp.com/tag/collatz (I've opened ...
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Is there an online collaborative errata clearinghouse? [closed]

When I read math books, especially in translation, I frequently find errors. Even "minor" errors such as a misplaced minus sign can cost an hour or even a day when it appears in unfamiliar material. ...
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Why we need more than one review to accept an edit?

As you all know, once a user reach 2000 reputation he is able to edit questions and answers. Users with less than 2000 reputation can also edit a post however their edit needs to be reviewed and ...
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Is there a limit on number of questions a user can ask in a given time frame?

Is there a limit on number of questions a user can ask in a given time frame? Here is a similar question which was posted 5 years ago? It says the limit is 50 questions per 30 days. Has the limit ...
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Why I am failing to complete “about me” section?

I am trying to update my profile section to get the 'Autobiographer' badge. I uploaded photo (less than 2 mb) and completed the about me section too. But when I click 'save profile' option, the ...
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How to see the questions posted in a particular month in a particular year in a specific tag

I want to see the questions posted in a particular month in a particular year in a specific tag. For example, I want to see all questions posted in sequences-and-series in September month of 2016. ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Questions with false information

Should a question with false information be downvoted if the OP is just naive and doesn’t know they’ve worked false information into their claim? How about if a question doesn’t make sense because of ...
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I'm reviewing many first posts by leaving a comment. Is it OK?

Well, as the title says, I'm reviewing some first questions with a comment saying basically ''improve your question by adding details (effort, context, etc.)'' and I'm a bit worried. In one hand, I ...
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Does having a Math Stack Exchange account with high reputation helps build a better AIF for the university admission? [closed]

I can't seem to find any related information on the internet, so I wrote this question. Is it worth putting time into earning reputation and include it as a part of my AIF(Admission Information Form)...
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Question asked not appearing in my profile

This might sound odd but I cannot find the question I asked in my activity profile. I am afraid I will not find it in the future when I need it. Can anyone explain this?
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Is there a way to edit without bumping the question?

I'm a kind of person who like to see no flaw in the answers I posted here (I'm sure many of us mathematicians here share the same value as me to a certain extent). For that reason, I usually double ...
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If you're also a phycis SE user, why do you think MSE is more active compared to PSE?

https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10969/why-physics-se-is-much-more-inactive-compared-to-mse I asked this question in physics SE meta, and I hope we can also discuss this question here ...
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Thesis: Should I list stackexchange in my bibliography and if so how? [duplicate]

I am writing a thesis and I shouldn't claim credit for things I haven't done/come up with. On the other hand, math.stackexchange is a bit shady as a source and listing it as such can therefore hurt my ...
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How much did “advice for first-time askers” help?

Since October 2015 a "How to ask?" page is shown before a user asks their first question on this site, and they need to confirm that they read it; see here: Show “how to ask” advice before a new user ...
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How to deal with question answered only in comments, when wanting to help clean up “unanswered questions”? [duplicate]

This is a common trend that I saw while trying to find questions suitable for me to answer. The filter and sorting problem of the questions was more or less solved for me by my previous question. But ...
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How to properly ask a definition question?

Quite often, I find myself having to ask a definition question. I define a definition question as a question which main object’s name and/or definition is not known by the asker (common case) or by ...
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What is our question deletion policy?

I've recently become a 10k plus user, and I was taking a look at the moderation tools, specifically the deletion votes section. As I was looking at the questions nominated for deletion, it struck me ...
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Do we want an [umvue] tag?

The umvue tag has one question on it. Do we want to keep it going or not? For those of us who are not familiar with UMVUEs (uniformly minimum-variance unbiased estimators), the long story short is ...
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How to type Sigma and other symbols in MathJax [duplicate]

Can someone please illustrate how to use the sigma symbol using mathjax and other such symbols please help? By the way the moderators of this site are extremely helpful so thank you.
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What causes one to lose reputation from a question

About a month ago, I posted a question on MSE. It got 3 upvotes and no downvotes, but today I lost 4 reputation for that question. The question is linked below: Proof by showing equivalence of ...
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Should we have a meta meta math Stack Exchange?

The problem is that this question needs to be discussed, but it can't be discussed here, so it must be discussed in meta meta math SE. But discussing it there would mean we already have a meta$^2$ MSE,...
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Can I rewrite somebody's old question?

Before I ask question, I search it in history of the site. But sometimes I found a question which is an unreasonable rewriting of the content of the task, very often without own contribution. Such ...
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Why do we care about monitoring for CodeChef problems?

Title kind of gives away the question, but here we go. Very recently another meta-thread has appeared "warning" about the possible appearance of questions related to a CodeChef challenge. There have ...
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Orphan answer (worth saving?) to deleted question

A few minutes ago I started answering one of those "how does this sequence continue" question to which the standard answer is, essentially, "any way you like". The question was deleted while I was ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Was this question a “problem statement question”?

I think that people here is sometimes too keen on closing question deeming them “problem statement questions”. Here's today example: indications equation $a^x=x+2$ Check the original question, which ...
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Is [programming] appropriate for “I will understand computer code better than maths notation”?

My understanding of the programming tag is informed by its tag description. In part: For […] questions where a computer-aided solution is strongly suggested. A ...
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Is it OK to link other profiles in questions/comments/answers?

I often will link other people's profiles in my posts where they are appropriate but I've never checked whether this is OK. I've read through the rules and couldn't find anything that spoke to this. ...