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Answers that clearly miss an important mark: Addressing the issue at the asker's level [duplicate]

I was perusing some questions that were interesting to me, such as this one. A sadly overlooked question, but with one very good answer*. The asterisk being that it completely barrages the asker with ...
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Can you please give new users some time to breathe?

I have just logged in on math.stack and I immediately see Can you guys please provide the answer? [closed] and then I clicked and I realized that OP asked the question 5 minutes ago see Is that ...
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Are there any tools to automatically correct math formulas?

I am a person who prefer standard formula, so I often edit the formula to make it look better. But I find most of the mistakes or malformedTeX writing have repeated pattern. For example: ...
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How to draw Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams? [duplicate]

I asked this question on the main site. There was an answer, and I edited the question to be more accurate about what I'm asking. Meanwhile, I did some searching on Wikipedia, and found "5-cell ...
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If you had a question about someone's answer to not your question, is it better to comment or make a new question?

If you had a question about someone's answer to not your question from 7 years ago by an active user, is it better to comment or make a new question? The problem is they have no incentive to answer ...
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Anything to be done about (bad?) question deletion

I just had this experience and was wondering if there is anything to be done about it: I see a question on the front page. Have (what I think is) a nice approach to it so spend 5-10 minutes writing ...
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Is there some way to include some default text quickly in a post?

Question. Is there something which would make possible to quickly include predefined text in a new post I start writing. (For example, some bookmarklet for this - with a bookmarklet, one click could ...
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When is a statistics question on-topic?

I have a background in pure mathematics, and I happen to be teaching mostly statistics at the moment. When there is a question that I can't answer efficiently myself, or when I need a confirmation, I ...
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Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account [duplicate]

I have two deleted questions, one of them received 2 down-votes because it was duplicate of another question and the other received 3 down-votes because it was said it didn't have enough information, ...
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Is identifying an algorithm from equations on-topic?

I have neither the full vocabulary to explain in exact mathematical terminology nor the MathJax expertise to illustrate, so would such a question on reverse engineering (reverse mathematicing?) as ...
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Why I am not able to ask questions?

In my profile I have asked 6 questions of which no have down votes. 1 have 0 votes and 4 have 1 up votes and 1 have 2 up votes. I don't have asked poor quality questions (no down votes). It's also ...
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Should there be a separate tag for Euler's number $e$?

At the moment, there are two tags which are related to the number $e$. The e has been synonym of exponential function for a long time.1 A newer tag called eulers-number was created in January 2019. ...
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Suspensions for low-quality contributions

How does the automated flagging system for length and content work? Can it trigger suspensions by itself without human input? How is the severity of the penalty determined? I am wondering because I ...
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How much time a day is healthy to spend on MSE? [duplicate]

I'm being relatively active in MSE approximately a month ago. I've spent a lot of time between trying to answer questions, editing, viewing the questions, even reading some old posts here in Meta, ...
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Engage with people from the fringes - or not?

I am quite tempted to ask this question because I have committed this a few times recently (e.g. Is this a useful concept in trying to solve the Riemann Hypothesis? Or am I still to naïve? , Why ...
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Encouraging duplicate hunters

There are more and more duplicates on this site, but sometimes it is time consuming to find an earlier source. Now, there is a variety of moderation badges for editing, voting, reviewing, raising ...
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Answering in the comments [duplicate]

I have this question its mine (my question) Its not the first time that people answer in the comments, I know that the unanswered questions impact the site statistics, and if I answer it using the ...
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Help with Chat and Question

I am trying to add a user to chat I made because I have a question about his answer he gave a while back to a specific question Problem Here The person's name is the last answer at the bottom. Do you ...
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What tools can be used to extract MathJax/LaTeX from scanned input?

Some users post question (and sometimes also answers) which contain text and formulas as images. Often some other users help with retyping the questions into properly formatted text and MathJax ...
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More specific feedback to OP upon voting to close

Although I have been with the wider StackExchange community for a number of years, I still consider myself inexperienced when writing posts on math.SE. Today, for the first time, a question I posted ...
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Does reputation change if an answer gets deleted due to deletion of original post by vote(s)?

I recently found that the following post $\lim_{x\rightarrow +\infty}\sqrt{x}e^{-x}\left(\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{x^{k}}{k!\sqrt{k}}\right)$ was deleted by vote(s) and as a result my answer also got ...
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When should one not edit their own questions?

I am the type of person who unfortunately makes a lot of mistakes of the dumb kind with miscalculations. Sometimes I end up posting my questions containing those miscalculations. Is it ok to edit my ...
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Demeaning comments made by a high rep user [closed]

I have been made aware of a comment talking about me by a high rep user in this post: Trouble conveying question: In the linked post, I was referencing a different high rep user. As you can see, ...
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Typesetting variants of sum and integral signs in MathJax

Is there any way to enforce the lower and upper limits of integrals and sums to appear below and above the respective signs in MathJax (cf e.g. the German variant described here: https://en.wikipedia....
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New recommended close reason for questions that are “missing context”

Recently, the software has been changed regarding how the closing reasons are displayed for people. If you don't have close-vote privileges or you are not OP, this is how it is displayed: For ...
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Request for Hyperbolic $ \sech \,x $ inclusion in MathJax

MathJax does not work for hyperbolic $ \sech \,x$... Can it be now included? Thanks in advance. EDIT1: From user1729's comment suggestion, they work okay: $$\operatorname{sech}(x) $$ $$ \...
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Why is this question off-topic

I have been following this question. It has recently been marked as off-topic. I have checked the requirements for being on/off-topic, but they don't seem to apply to this question. Can someone please ...
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Why is this question completely disappearing where I have answered and got a bounty of 200?

The hidden question was: New numeration system, mapping to binary numeration system Where I have answered with the copyright notice that must be always respected and not only for my topics, and my ...
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Looking for undergraduate math forum.

Hi: I have searched in google looking for math forums but, really, I have not found many. Could somebody give me the URL of a good mathematics forum for the undergraduate level? This forum I like it ...
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Why are we allowed to see vote counts / click on questions in the review queue?

Today I ran into this answer by @URL in the queue I know that there's a litany of issues with the audit system, and many can't be resolved, but I'm not sure why things like seeing vote counts (as in ...
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Animated GIFs in questions

I saw this post come up during review, and my lizard brain yelling ANIMATED GIF ARGH DIE IN A FIRE overcame any rational response. I'm not sure I've seen any GIFs in MSE before that. Here is a prior ...
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Inactive posts for the last six months

I wonder how to find all the inactive for at least 6 months posts in mathstack? Thanks.
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Create algebraic dynamics tag and make it a synonym for arithmetic dynamics?

Is it a good idea to create a tag called "algebraic-dynamics" and make it a tag synonym for arithmetic-dynamics? Note that the current text (good for a quick impression, but probably needs expanding) ...
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How can I improve my question?

In what way should I improve my question to get an answer? Since this is a pretty "classical" example, I assume that many people have seen it and can say something about it. So there must be a ...
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Mathpix Snip Tool: Automatic $\rm\LaTeX$ code generation from typed or handwritten math! [closed]

The Mathpix Snip tool is quite impressive. I recommend you check it out! It could save you a lot of effort in trying to write $\rm\LaTeX$ code. Here is an example at work. Original image: First ...
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Launching *Pearl Dive* - a chatroom where excellent questions/answers meet willing sponsors

Announcing the birth of the Pearl Dive – a chatroom dedicated to enhancing the quality of the material on the site, sieving out the pearls from the sand. Caveat: I'm new to creating chatrooms, ...
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Tag management 2020

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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Would a PARI GP specific (teaching a bit hopefully) chat be popular?

I'm thinking of opening a PARI GP specific discussion, and teaching (I know a bit) chat room. I've been made aware that chats freeze if left 14 days without activity, and I don't want that to happen ...
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Would it be a good idea to create a Bounty chatroom?

Would it be a good idea to create a chatroom for users to ask for bounties on questions (own or not)? Say OP (user) wants/needs an answer to a question (could be their own or not). But for some ...
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Why does the similar question feature not exist for the SE android app?

In Stack Exchange website we have a great feature which let us know if a similar question exists. It is present below the title bar. Initially I was wondering if this feature existed in the app but ...
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2019: 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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Is it a good thing to erase wrong answer?

Recently, user answered this question Inequality for Distribution of points in space, but his solution was wrong. (I don't know in what detail am I supposed to explain things here since this is my ...
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I forgot an important condition in my question, but the question already has answers. Is there anything I can do?

I recently asked this group theory question and recieved answers, but unfortunately I had forgotten to add another condition which makes the question much more difficult. Would it acceptable to ask ...
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Why were all the “triangles” bronze tag badges “Awarded Mar 25 at 4:00”?

Sometimes I like to appreciate the smaller things in life. Like how the bronze tag badge for the triangles tag contains a triangle: Nice! But, what surprised me is that they're all awarded at the ...
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Is it okay to ask for an exercise or example?

I just thought of this idea. I am currently studying some advanced abstract algebra and recently I learned about Jordan-Holder factors, central simple algebras and stuff. The concepts are very new and ...
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Improved wrong comments written with MathJaX? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see that some comments are written with command or syntax errors. In fact they are displayed in red (for example $\gama$ instead of \gamma ($\gamma$)) ...
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Can Math.SE be addictive?

Can Math.SE end up being addictive? Of course this depends on the single oneself, but the system of reputation and badges seems to be purpose-built to "encourage" the community to grow and to be ...
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Is there any problem in my MathJax syntax?

Is there any MathJax error in my MathJax syntax? Example: ...
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How can I write roman numbers in MathJax?

I need to write roman numbers in MathJax. I've tried almost every way. But, then I decided to copy the symbol itself. But it looks very ugly. For example, $$\displaystyle \mathcal {D}^{{\left(II \...
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What should our goal be in answering questions?

If my search has failed me and this has been covered in some form, let me know and I'll delete this. The post which is motivating my question is this post, where the OP had reduced a problem they are ...