Questions tagged [discussion]

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Number of answers/views/votes depends on hour of posting

This is my first time here on meta, so please bear with me if somehow the question is not adequate. I've noticed an unhealthy influence of the time of the day a question is posed over its number of ...
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What to do about “What is 48/2(9+3)?”-type questions?

Recently there have been a rash of questions of the form "What is 48/2(9+3)?", the most recent of which being here (and other examples are linked to in mixedmath's answer). I think most of us can ...
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Using [homework] tag by itself [closed]

After that we have established that the homework is okay and fine, comes the question should be allow it to be "standalone"? I think not, I think that we cannot allow questions to be labeled just as ...
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Reopening “Is most of the GM-AM Inequality in its codicil?”

The question in question asks whether the AM-GM inequality can be, in some sense, reduced to the case where there is equality. I think this is a reasonable question, and here is a proposed plan for an ...
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Use of “too localized” as reason for closure, perhaps too “subjective and argumentative”?

With respect to the stated reason for closure, I'd like to get some clarification as to what, precisely, "too localized" encompasses (at least a definition, or explanation, that is more specific and ...
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“How to ask” page on math.SE

On MathOverflow there is a link on the top bar "How to ask", giving a very detailed guide for formatting and asking good questions. It is of no doubt why a question needs to be good, especially in ...
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[proof] tag (again)

In the past we had a couple of discussions, and it was decided -- I thought -- that the tag proof shouldn't be used. Now we have more than 50 questions with this tag again. Could we please get it ...
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Millennium Problem Tag

Do we really need a millennium-problem tag? And if yes, what should go under such tags? For example, I don't think either of the two questions (related to Navier-Stokes) currently tagged as such ...
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Is this question appropriate? Comments on specific books.

Something bothers me a bit about this question, which asks the answerer to directly compare four books by two different authors. Perhaps it is the questions Can someone comment on these books? and ...
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what is the meaning of a question being closed.

I'd like to know the meaning of a question being closed. I am under the impression that the OP is not allowed to revise the question anymore. Is there anything more than that ?
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Is Robin Chapman a moderator? [closed]

While looking at the about section of the site, math.se, I noted that @Robin Chapman is listed as a moderator. However he has not been on the site since Jan 10th. (and not been on meta for much longer)...
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Should we discourage the use of multiple redundant @username pings in comments?

EDIT $\ $ There is now an "experimental" SE software revision blocking comments with multiple @name's, see Jeff Atwood's answer below. As was mentioned in this recent question, only the first @name ...
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How can non-experts best contribute?

Hi all, I'm a fairly recent arrival to math.se. I've asked a good amount of questions (and learned a lot from the answers). But I haven't had the chance to answer many questions. I've been perusing ...
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Community Project: Tag Wikis

I propose a community initiative to edit through the tag wikis (and of course, approve them) during a two-three days period, perhaps some weekend in the near future. The idea is that we agree on a ...
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What do you really like about working with/contributing to math-SE?

I've come across so many posts here and on the "main" math-SE site that voice complaints, frustrations, pet-peeves, grievances, or else are critical of another post/question, user, OP, etc. It is ...
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Question in imperative = homework?

(Yes, I realize that this might be very obviously argumentative, but hopefully some response here will help understanding in how to deal with other 'meta' questions) Hypothesis: Any question that is ...
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What should we do with poorly posed questions?

This is regarding Bill Dubuques post. After reading the discussion, I agree that the community should be more welcoming and friendlier. I personally am not sure what to do when someone asks poorly ...
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Ping only works for the first @

I have come up against this "feature" several times now, and almost everybody appears to be unaware of it. Only the first ping functions in a comment. I understand that this is by design, but really,...
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On the continued impolite closure of questions by new users for the wrong reasons.

[Historical preamble. Since this old 2011 thread was recently bumped by another user, it is worth giving some context. Way back then it was much more difficult to get closed questions reopened, since ...
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Does every new user have a unique default display pic?

Do you just generate random patterns and give them to users, which is somehow non repeating? Also, where can I find more about this. Thanks.
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Would a new tag for mistakes/typos/errata for books be useful/appropriate?

Maybe it could be called book-errata? I cannot give many examples of discussions from math.SE offhand but at least one example from here https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/34641/find-limit-of-...
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K-theory tags (versus algebraic-k-theory and topological-k-theory)

A user raised the question (I'm trans-posting here so it gets higher visibility) whether we really have the need for three separate tags k-theory, algebraic-k-theory, and topological-k-theory. I do ...
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My letter of resignation

I have just submitted my resignation as a moderator on this website to Jeff Atwood. I would like to use this thread to explain my reasons. When I make a significant time commitment to a given ...
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Integrals and sums: please tag as definite vs. indefinite

Currently there appears to be no tags distinguishing between definite vs. indefinite integrals and sums. This is an important distinction that deserves to be made when tagging. Could those who have ...
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Editors for composing posts before posting on to math.SE [duplicate]

I like to use an editor to compose my Q&A's in an editor which can enable me to see a preview. I like to do this due to some non-technical reasons such as to avoid the hurry to click the submit ...
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Policy guidelines on asking homework questions

Hi, I have noticed recently the big debate going on here about homework questions. On our student support site, for each course that a student is enrolled in there is a forum specific to the course. ...
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Moderator Clean-up of Abandoned Poor-Quality Questions

If you click through to the list of unanswered questions, sort them by votes, and go to the bottom of the list, you will see many questions that are of poor-quality and probably abandoned by the ...
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One of my students may be getting math.SE to do their homework

So I strongly suspect that one of my students is asking all their homework questions here. In particular, all the questions that user8917 has asked about probability are homework questions that I have ...
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searching for a question that appeared on mse

Dear all, I'm searching for a question asked some time ago on mse. It was about the proof of something like the following statement: take a subset S of the unit square of area >1/2. Then S contains ...
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Requests for electronic versions of books

Should we allow requests for electronic versions of books such as this? While sometimes there may be legit copies out there, most of the time the books are copyrighted and we shouldn't post links to ...
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Preventing extremely wrong tags

I just retagged a very simple question about how to calculate a percentage that was tagged as calculus, logic and "number". The user only registered today. Is there a way to add a feature that when ...
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The unilateral removal of comments by Jeff Atwood

Initially, I was going to write this as a response to this discussion. It seems, however, a larger issue, which I think merits a separate thread, perhaps a sequel to this one. For people who have not ...
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Why are comments sometimes removed?

Moving this discussion about comment moderation from an unrelated question to here: @all: the two comments I posted earlier this evening have been removed, but not by me. I have asked the ...
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How to keep my ideas safe? [closed]

I want to share my ideas on this site (my problems in number theory), and I don't want it to be stolen. In fact, I want to get a comment for my work, but I'm afraid it would be stolen. Any help? ...
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Our own “Research Experience for Undergrads” (REU) program

In a recent post, @jericson was interested in finding out about REU programs available. It springs to mind the possibility of creating REU directly on this website drawing on the fantastic pool of ...
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Closing copy-pasted questions

I am considering instituting the following somewhat harsh policy: automatically closing questions which have obviously been copy-pasted from a textbook, homework assignment, etc. Given the recent ...
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what happens to the questions/solutions written on math.se

I am having this doubdt in mind (although not of any immediate concern to me), what happens to the proofs/solutions/questions written on math.se or math.overflow. Is their any means that that the OP ...
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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships — 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the math community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in advance. ...
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Migration from cstheory to Math.SE

Hi, There was a discussion on cstheory meta about adding Math.SE to the list of target sites in the off-topic flagging wizard. When a non-research-level theory question is closed as off-topic, we ...
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Some idea for math.se to propel some discussion.

I am only a beginner in math.se, (and to math as well in some technical ways, not in terms of enthusiasm though) in my view i feel that math.se has a very good amount of wealth of knowledge in math ...
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Is there a lower bound to the level of the questions that can be asked in here?

Recently I've seen a couple of questions, specifically this one and this one, that were relatively low level for what I've seen up to now in the site. Basically both questions were just asking for ...
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mathoverflow.net? Is it part of stackexchange? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is this a scraper site, or what? It appears that it is a really old version of math.stackexchange.com Why does it still exist, if it was or is a part of stackexchange?
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Updating questions

This question by me was supposedly "updated" by me according to another user, that rendered the users answer useless. Another question that were supposedly updated in a similar fashion is this one. ...
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Are cryptography questions allowed to be asked here?

I have heard of the upcoming "Cryptography" stackexchange but I'm not sure when it's going to be in public beta. I'm wondering if I could ask a cryptography question here without being "off-topic".
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Dealing with undeserved downvotes

This is a question where obvious correct solutions got a downvote. What mechanism is there to prevent this type of action? and it is possible to address it by having the mods take a look at it? ...
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SE versus sci.math

I guess many of this site have been participating in the sci.math newsgroup. This question/discussion specifically addresses those people which had experience with sci.math. I did not do any ...
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Flagging for Moderator Attention

Something just occurred to me as I viewed the comments to this question. Akhil, a fellow moderator, wrote that I'll be happy to reopen if you edit the question to something more detailed and flag ...
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How to properly edit questions

Hello, I've noticed several questions that are poorly written (in terms of the English used to compose them). I'm not an English major by any means, but I tend to want to edit them to make it easier ...
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A recent flood of poorly asked questions

I don't know why, but it seems that there has been a spate of poorly asked questions as of late--many of which seem to be directly lifted from homework. Here are a bunch of examples. These are ...
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Asking an amusing, but only very loosely on-topic question?

I've got a question which is only loosely related to mathematics, and I don't know the proper place in which to ask. While it's a question I've previously posed on Twitter (in 2009); I think with it ...

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