Questions tagged [discussion]

This tag is used for questions that ask users to discuss an idea, concept, or problem in an abstract way. A discussion question may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and is often subjective. On Meta, you do not need to use community-wiki mode for subjective topics unless you are asking a "poll" question.

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Do we need the [proof] tag?

I don't think the proof tag conveys any useful information. Sometimes, it excuses the asker from adding a more descriptive tag, like in this question which is really a linear algebra question but is ...
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Questions whose answers are known to the OP

This has come up in the past, but then the answer was that the website was in beta and needed to be "seeded" with good questions, so it didn't matter. Now that the site is well out of beta, what do ...
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On answers that are nothing but the image of a textbook

This is related to the recent question on the inclusion of images of pages in questions. The answer, which in my opinion was quite reasonable, is that the question should contain enough context to be ...
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When to vote a question down

When is it proper to vote a question down? I can think of obvious instances in which one should vote a question down, such as if it is the third or fourth homework question somebody has asked in a row ...
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Creating simple graphs

I've answered a question on the intuition behind the Arc Length formula. I would really like to add a couple of simple pictures to illustrate the two distance computations. They would involve a ...
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On the inclusion of pages-of-text-as-images in questions

This is to ask if there is and if there should be an official position of math.SE about the inclusion, as images, of pages and pages of printed documents in questions. For a recent example of the ...
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How to ask a homework question?

How to ask a homework question? Can I ask a homework question here? How do I ask a homework question on this website? What information should I include in a question about homework? Why don't you ...
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Should we add the stuff about asking questions in the imperative mode and showing your work to the FAQ?

Gently exhorting question-askers to mind the two above guidelines (not asking questions by posting in the imperative mode, and showing your work when asking) seems to have penetrated pretty well, and ...
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Wrong answer that has been accepted

The scenario: a question has been asked "does A=B?". An answer is given that is wrong. And the questioner has accepted it. My questions: This is math so there is (for many and this particular ...
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My answer deleted and converted to a comment?

My answer to Non-associative, non-commutative binary operation with a identity was deleted. Why/how did that happen?
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What is the mechanism for earning the 'Publicist' badge?

Every so often, I get a popup in a question that says 'earn the publicist badge by creating a link to ...'. The badge page explains "Publicist" means "Shared a link to a question that was visited by ...
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Redesign of the tags page is hard to read with our tag styling

All the extra information on the tags page seems like a good idea and the page looks fine on, say, StackOverflow, where the tags still jump out because of their background and bounding box, but our ...
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How to ask a question which is based on your attempt to answer another question?

I was trying to solve a question on math.SE. I arrived at a solution whose validity I am not sure of. I do not wish to post it as an answer, even with caveats, as I believe it is ethically wrong to ...
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Automatic Community-wikification of very long answers with lots of edits

I ended up doing a heavy rewrite of my answer on center-commutator subgroup duality because I was unsatisfied with the flow of it. This pushed the answer beyond the 10 edit limit which turned it into ...
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Coping with abstract duplicate questions.

Any longtime reader cannot help but notice that we get many abstract duplicate questions, e.g. this recent question on partial fraction computation, which is not essentially different from many other ...
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Regarding migration

How do questions get migrated? Why is it an anonymous process (afaics)?
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Should I ask a question about graph theory algorithms here or on theoretical cs?

I am taking an undergraduate course targeted at both CS and math students, called "efficient algorithms". It explains graph algorithms, like solutions for the Travelling salesman etc. It is not about ...
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Is it possible for this site to get some sort of “best of” feature to compile classic answers?

Reading the site, one finds that there are a number of questions which start out innocently enough: The question-asker is possibly only looking for a straight forward answer to his narrowly tailored, ...
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Firefox 4: MathML vs MathJaX

I recently started using Firefox 4. It seems that the browser understands MathML. However, the output is not as pleasing as the old MathJaX. Will this improve when Firefox 4 gets out of the Beta phase?...
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What is the proper way to acknowledge an answer posted on another forum / site?

Hi Math-SE is (obviously) not the only math-discussion forum out there. A poster that wishes to maximize the speed at which his question is answered may well choose to post the same question on more ...
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Minor annoyance about the design

Why are the votes, number of answers and views set from left to right on the left of the questions in the main page, but vertically, from top to bottom, in the list of questions? Apart from the ...
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Downvoted by another user for the wrong reasons.

I am not sure where to post this, so I put it here: I had never received any down votes on any of any of my answers, until today, and I got 7. They were all in the same time frame, and certainly by ...
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How not knowing anything about a subject, does one ask better questions?

Just asked a question that got closed, and in fact the question/answer cited as a duplicate was not an answer to me; which is not to say it wasn't an answer to some. More to the point, I'd like to ...
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On New Users Asking Questions Poorly

I think everyone knows what I mean, questions that immediately get comments such as: "Please don't just copy your homework." "If this is homework, please add the homework tag." "Please don't state ...
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Should we answer questions like “what is the difference between field and group” ?

Should we answer questions like What is the difference between field and group in algebra ? I mean, how can someone serious about learning ask this here instead of looking it up in a textbook or in ...
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What kind of questions should be asked as CW?

I noticed this question: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/1697/community-wiki-questions Which I responded to on Stack Overflow Meta So I was wondering: What kind of questions does ...
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“How many ten digit primes are there?”

This question seems to be generating a fair bit of heat (e.g. flags). I'm confused. It seems that the question has been through a few revisions on sister sites, which presumably explains why some of ...
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The tags (probability) and (probability-theory)

What is the difference between (probability) and (probability-theory)? If there is none, is it better to use both tags or to decide on one (by tossing a fair coin, of course)?
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Strange sequence of upvotes

About 10 minutes into the "day", I started receiving a long sequence of single votes on questions There are 28 upvotes over a period of 2-3 minutes. Moreover, they occurred on my answers in almost ...
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Anyone paying attention to tag wikis?

I had written a tag wiki for [large-cardinals] the other day, but I'm not very inclined to continue and write for other tags if there's no one to approve them. If I have to wait until 5K rep to do it ...
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What does the [elementary] tag mean?

I've been trying to figure out what specific meaning elementary could have and I'm just not sure. Could it be "elementary" in the U.S. education sense of kindergarden (or pre-k) through 4th, 5th, or ...
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Should a question be migrated if it's going to be closed anyway?

There's a question about Fourier series on physics.SE that seems purely mathematical in nature - at least, it's definitely off-topic on the physics site, and seems like it would be on topic here. But ...
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Privilege Access Levels

I noticed that recently there was an update in the privilege accessibility. I was wondering what is the point of putting a relatively usable privilege so far high, that at the current time of writing ...
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Permalinks vs. duplicate merging

Suppose that I link (offsite) to an answer that I gave to a question that was later closed as a duplicate, e.g. as I just did to my answer here. Suppose that my answer is later merged into the ...
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What do we do with users who post numerous unlabeled homework questions?

User student has, quite impressively, recognized that all of user6560's questions are homework questions from the ongoing course Math 620 at the University of Buffalo. I just went through, downvoted ...
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What's going on with the question “Change of measure”

A homework question posted 2 hours ago has been locked: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/21853/change-of-measure. Is it the level of the question (i.e., graduate level) that earned it this ...
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The “mathematics” tag

I don't understand why there is a tag for "mathematics" when that is the title of this site. Does anyone think it should not be deleted?
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Spam answers to “chance of getting a date”

This question has attracted 4 non-mathematical answers, all of which have now been locked and deleted, and is now protected. I do not like this situation. I would like to either close the question or ...
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why is badge awarded ?

could anyone tell me why is citizen patrol badge awarded ?.........It shows that i earned this badge 1 hour ago...but i have'nt logged in for about a day.What is meant by first flagged post ? [Note ...
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Unaccepted Answers

Suppose a user just visits this site once just for the sake of posing a question, and never visits the site again then will the answer never be accepted? What to do with such unaccepted answers.
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When $\LaTeX$-ifying, please use stacked fractions

When editing the contents of a question to "$\LaTeX$-ify" it, especially if the question is of a pre-college (or non-math-major) level, please consider using stacked fractions (...
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Can / should we change the default view for questions from “newest” to “active”?

Bill Dubuque raises the point in the comments here that new answers to old questions have less visibility than one might expect. (He raises several other points, but let's talk about this one for now.)...
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What is the site etiquette about (i) asking and (ii) answering questions in a language other than English?

We have a new user who has recently both asked and answered questions in French. I think we should discuss the appropriateness of this practice.
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How should we tag trigonometry questions?

I've noticed quite a few trigonometry questions on the main site in the past few weeks, and even asked one myself. I found that the tags were a bit insufficient. Is there a better way to narrow the ...
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How should I deal with asking questions in which I just want to have my work checked?

I have read this question and its answers, but it seems that no community consensus was made, and the only answer given doesn't really discuss verification. My question is whether I should include ...
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No increase in Reputation points

For the past two days, there seems to be some problem with my reputation. For instance, I received 7 up-votes for this question. However, there has been no change in my reputation. I noticed a similar ...
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“How many gallons of water is on earth to this day?”

I'm ambivalent about this question. On the one hand, it's great that someone is trying to back up their arguments with a calculation, and calculations are at least somewhat on-topic. On the other hand,...
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Does one also get reputation for editing questions?

I recently added a link to the question posted on the De Bruijn-Erdos theorem. For some reason I received two reputation, but this doesn't seem to be one of the cases listed in the FAQ reputation ...
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Single user, multiple names

What is the policy on having more than one "account"? Maybe it is an accident, but it appears that Eero and Guero might be the same person. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/20218/embedded-...
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Are Math humour posts allowed?

Can we see/send some math humour posts, Please? I know there are math joke sites, but I find some comments from poeple here extreemly funy. It would be good to hear jokes that require some topology/...