Questions tagged [discussion]

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Should removing “Community Wiki” from a question also remove “Community Wiki” from all the answers?

http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/3001/why-is-infinity-minus-infinity-a-community-wiki-question discussed whether it was appropriate for What is the result of infinity minus infinity? to ...
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What's the best way to combine several answers and comments into a single answer?

What's the best way to combine several answers and comments, all of which contribute, but none of which on its own quite answers the question, into a single answer, focused on the question? Should I ...
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Why is “infinity minus infinity” a Community Wiki question?

I have an inquiry on the grounds of curiosity. The following question has been marked Community Wiki on August 31st: What is the result of infinity minus infinity? From my understanding, you have a ...
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Are we “allowed” to disable the “share a link to this question” pop-up? And tell others how?

I found the "share a link" pop-up to be annoying (as have others, apparently) and there doesn't seem to be a way to disable it on this site. So I figured out a way to disable it using a user ...
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RFC: Social norm about 'not an answer, just too long for a comment' and community wiki

Suppose you see a question which is very interesting and you spend some time thinking about it, and you have something to say about it. You start writing as an answer, because you have several points ...
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How to deal with answers which aren't answers? (Accept Rate)

Cases such as Proof of no prime-representing polynomial in 2 variables will cause the Accept Rate of the asker to decline even though there really isn't an acceptable answer to the question. What's ...
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Are questions about apparent errors in textbook answer keys appropriate here?

Is it appropriate to ask questions about apparent errors in textbook answer keys? I understand that these are sometimes quite narrow, but as often as not it may be the case that there is no error, ...
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Can I edit someone else's answer to one of my questions and then accept it?

I have a question that has nearly a final answer, but it could use some rephrasing and updating. What is the idiom for handling this situation? Should attempt to edit the answer and then accept that, ...
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Papers that originated on math.SE

I was thinking it would be interesting to have a list here on meta of any published papers that originated on math.SE. I realize that most of the questions here aren't research-level, and that it's ...
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CFV: Proposal for standardized meta-comments, to avoid main-site meta discussions

Below is a sketch of a proposal I devised for handling the problem of rambling contentious meta-level discussions on the main site. The basic idea is to have a list of standardized community-elected ...
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How do you cite math stack exchange pages in scientific papers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/1876/what-is-a-good-standard-for-publishing-a-reference-to-a-stackexchange-thread Research which began at the website How ...
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How should we deal with differences of opinion about things like homework and tests?

(This is not a duplicate of questions like Homework questions - avoiding giving a complete solution or How do we enforce the homework policy?; it's about handling differences of opinion, not about the ...
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Deleting your own answers

When should you delete your own answers? I'm not asking for only the case where your answer is wrong (which is discussed in this topic), but more generally, when it would be good practice to delete ...
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Feature: a site for posting proofs

In my reading of mathematics I often run into propositions that are stated without proof. If I can I write out the proof for myself. I have these proofs scattered over notebooks, which is not very ...
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CW-ikification: why?

An important number of flags that are raised in the main site asks mods to turn questions into CW mode. This is usually due to the fact that those questions do not have one answer, but many. Two ...
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Why are there so few questions for the pde tag in math.SE?

Up to the moment I am writing this question, I notice that there are only 98 questions for the pde tag. While there are 400 questions for the differential-equations tag though, they are mainly about ...
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Accepting least upvoted answers - Troll?

Suppose that a user does not genuinely accept the best answers on their questions, but instead accepts all the answers with the fewest upvotes. I appreciate the fact that everyone is free to choose ...
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Unearthing ancient «not an answer»s

There has been a strike recently of users flagging answers in very old posts as «not an answer». While I appreciate the intent of cleaning up -- in most cases the answers flagged are not actual ...
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Should we have a [lambert-w] tag?

From a small discussion on How do I solve this equation involving a logarithm? there came a question should there be a tag for Lambert W function or not. My concern, which may not be valid, is that ...
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Has theoretical cryptography become off-topic on Math.SE?

I saw that the following question got migrated to crypto.SE by Jeff: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/61330/is-modern-encryption-needlessly-complicated-migrated I searched the meta to see ...
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What should be our policy on content in user profiles?

There's recently been some debate over what kinds of restrictions there should be on what users include in their profile pages; the original post caused a lot of controversy because specific users ...
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Questions about math grad school and such

I just discovered this closed question, and have voted to reopen it. It is not a technical mathematical question, but it is a question which could be of interest to many readers of this forum, and ...
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Duplicate Titles needing improvement and/or closed as duplicate

Inspired by a similar question on meta.stackoverflow, I just did this database query on math.se, and found 81 pairs of questions with totally identical title. (Ordered pairs where id1 < id2, ...
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You have a new answer (?)

While I was editing an answer to a question, a dark blue bar with yellow letters appeared at the top of the screen saying "You have a new answer." I don't know what this means unless it's that ...
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Migrating question with an accepted answer

The main question that lead to this discussion is: What does $\mathrm{ms}^{-1}$ mean? Had I seen the question before there were any answers posted, I would have invoked my moderator powers and ...
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Hasty migration of mathematical statistics questions to stats.SE

A purely mathematical question about linear regression was migrated to stats.SE. https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/14928/meaning-of-p-values-in-regression In this particular case, how did ...
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Graphing Software - a faq?

I noticed another in the line of graphing-software questions. This means we now have Draw customized (calculus) graphs like these?, What is a good graphing software?, Software for plotting a graph, A ...
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What is geometric topology?

I see that we've recently just created the tag geometric-topology. Considering that the subject has its own arXiv subject code, I don't object to the tag's existence. But for me, geometric topology ...
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Some questions are highlighted [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Blue highlighted questions, what are they? Sometimes I see that some questions are highlighted with kind of light blue color on the main page of math.stackexchange any ...
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Troll or skeptic?

One of us has been getting involved in lengthy and, some would say, pointless discussions on various questions. See, e.g., 59709, 58174, and several others. Is this person raising serious mathematical ...
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How liberally should we handle tag creation?

This is a meta meta question on the principles by which we should decide which tags to create. The motivation for the question stems from this meta discussion, in which a majority thought that there ...
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survey question at the end of the posts

When i open any post on the site without actually logging in, at the end of the post there is a survey question "Was this post useful to you ?" with an yes/no type of choice to answer. I wonder what ...
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Did you recently lose a large or unusual number of reputation points?

This is more of a general announcement, I guess, but today I happened to run a reputation recalc on my account (which one can do by going here), and I noticed that I lost 104 points. This is an ...
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edit and rephrase or ask new question?

If neither the commentators nor I (meanwhile) are happy with my question, should I edit it completely or post a new one? (how do I close the fist one then?)
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Use of (forcing) tag, where only (independence) or (consistency) questions are indicated

There is a forcing tag being placed on set theory questions that do not, a priori, have any connection to forcing arguments, such as: is statement A consistent with ZFC? is statement B independent ...
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New branches of mathematics

I was wondering about the following question: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/58253/new-branches-of-math . IMO this question is extremely soft, and if someone has a good answer I doubt they ...
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How can I see who voted down 20-25 questions of mine yesterday?

How can I see who voted down for me? Someone just voted down 20-25 questions that I have asked and made me -250 to the amount of points (So it might be more than 20...) and even though I don't mind ...
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Do answerers take into account the reputation of the askers?

This obviously will vary across answerers, but I'm curious for your thoughts. Are answerers more likely to open and/or answer the question of someone with a high reputation? I am very new to the ...
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Community Wiki?

Every so often I run into a question which I think should be community wiki. I am usually not sure about flagging since some of them have been around for a while and the question of why did noone ...
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Is it rude to change which answer you accept?

Let's say you post a question, and someone answers it. The answer seems reasonable, so you accept it. Then, later, someone else comes along and provides a much more thorough and detailed response, ...
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Questions concerning editing of wikipedia articles

As far as I can say, some users of math.stackexchange also participate in editing wikipedia articles. E.g. here the summary says: corrected the statement of the "subring test"; the mistake was ...
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Where is @moron?

math.SE user @Moron has been an incredible value to this site, but I cannot find a single entry from him any more. Has his existence been purged from the system? Or am I being moronic and not ...
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Retroactive automatic editing of question punctuation affecting correctness

The question formerly titled "Does Stirling's formula give the correct number of digits of n!?" is now titled "Does Stirling's formula give the correct number of digits of n?". This was not due to an ...
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How To Avoid A Retag War?

The layman often thinks that logic is meant for anything solved using good logical thinking. Many newcomers would think that set-theory fits any question involving sets of numbers. Obviously other ...
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Should we avoid mathjax, if it is not necessary?

Of course, for complicated formulae TeX syntax is unavoidable. I have in mind some simpler situations such as 2.3=6, 2*3=6 or 2x3=6 vs. $2.3=6$, $2\cdot 3 = 6$ or $2\times 3=6$ for any choice of a ...
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Where was it said? Don't post only answers which point to your own blog or webs site

I know I saw answers to some question, in which one responder was told that he always referred questioners to his own blog or website, and that it was OK to do it sometimes... but that he should stop ...
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My question was turned into a community wiki - should/can I still pick a best answer?

A question I asked yesterday was recently turned into a community wiki question. Ok, no problem. I understand why that decision was made. Before that was done however, I was contemplating which of the ...
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Should we merge the questions on “self-studying abstract algebra”?

There are currently (as far as I know) three community wiki questions with largely the same premise: book recommendations for self-studying abstract algebra. They are Good abstract algebra books for ...
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about a question of Math.SE which is migrated to Physics.SE

I had asked this question earlier in Math.SE but later after not much of a response, i moved it to Physics.SE. Now after waiting for a substantial amount of time there, I wonder if i could migrate/...
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What to do with these posts on the “Batman equation” question?

These three posts (here, here, and here) on the Batman question are certainly not answers to the original question. However, I'm unsure about what exactly to do with them. Here are possibilities I've ...

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