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New design: On the use of sans and serif faces

This is probably of little interest to anybody else, but it's been bothering me for a while. I can't tell what the rationale is for the spotty use of sans typefaces in the new site design. When the ...
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Should [notation] and [symbolism] be merged?

The [symbolism] tag now has two questions. In my opinion, symbolism and notation are the same thing, and it makes sense that their tags should be synonyms. Does anyone disagree, or is any moderator ...
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Can we move beyond “moderators pro tempore” and elect moderators?

I think it's time for a change.
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What's wrong with a “not-homework” tag?

I had tagged this question with the tag [not-homework] after one of the persons answering it had wrongly assumed that it was homework. This tag was removed by moderator @KennyTM. I would like to ...
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New design: should we have more contrast?

I hate to be acting like Goldilocks, but it seems to me that the color scheme in the new design has too little contrast. I would have preferred the question titles to be the blue used for "MATHEMATICS"...
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Promotion implies higher rep needed for privileges, and nobody has such

One of the consequences of being promoted out of beta is that much higher rep is now needed for all privileges - so high that very few users have such rep. Currently we have no 10K users and hence ...
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New Design Launched

Hi Guys, We just launched the new design for the Math site. Grats, and thank you for your design feedback. A few changes I made from the original design mock up I showed you, per on your input: ...
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Ideas for 404/captcha/error images

Hi All, As I'm finalizing the CSS conversion of the Math design, I need your help on the images for the 404/Captcha/error pages. You can see the ones I used on the other StackExhange sites. The idea ...
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Design Ideas for Mathematics Site

Hi all. I'm Jin and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all ...
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Why hasn't this site already graduated?

As I'm sure most of us know, the beta period for Area 51 sites in theory is meant to last 90 days, after which this site should graduate from beta and become a fully-fledged beta site. 95 days gone ...
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Suggestion regarding the 'homework' issue

I have seen that a substantial proportion of new posts require clarification to know whether the question belongs to a homework assignment or not. Also I noticed that has been a great amount of debate ...
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When may one post responses that aren't direct answers?

Recently, this question was asked on math.SE. I had originally thought the subject was the definition of the modulus $ | \cdot | : \mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{R^+} $, so I posted the shortcut for solving ...
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On choral answers

I've seen more than a couple of times the following phenomenon: someone asks a question, and it gets several, essentially equivalent (non-simultaneous) answers, all of which differ only in small ...
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Is stackexchange really the right platform for meta?

I'm inclined to think that it's not, given my experiences here and on MO. meta.MO is, rather surprisingly, pretty laid back. There is no voting on topics, and it gives us a place shielded from the ...
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Why are people voting to close the meta thread “which other comments?”? [closed]

Why are people voting to close the meta thread "which other comments?"? In this thread I am trying to ask about my own action on the site because it was said to be largely useless learn from that to ...
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Should we be an encyclopedia?

There have been a couple of questions of of the form "tell me everything about topic X". See for example: What is a real number (also rational, decimal, integer, natural, cardinal, ordinal...)? https:...
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Guess the next number/guess the relation etc

I think it should be added to the FAQ that "guess the next number of the sequence of numbers" and similar are off-topic since this type of thread is posted quite often. A few examples: Find the ...
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Are questions about Mathematica appropriate here?

For example, I am trying to understand how Reap[] and Sow[] work in Mathematica. On the one hand, it's not really a question about mathematics per se. But on the other, it is a question that some of ...
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Can we please stop asking “Is this homework?”

This is irritating and tedious, just put something about homework in the FAQ if it's necessary. If you don't want to just 'give people the answer' then treat all questions as if they are homework.
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Hot questions on StackExchange

I don't know how they compute this list, but at least briefly two questions from Math.StackExchange were on the list of the hotest questions in all of StackExchange: http://stackexchange.com/ . :-)
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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Request for reopening: “equivalence of curved and straight lines”

This question here was closed because it's "not a real question". My understanding of the situation is that actually it is a real question (I'll elaborate on this) but Zeynel doesn't know the jargon (...
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Should the reason individual voters gave for closing a question be displayed?

I recently voted to close this question and was surprised to see my name listed as one of the voters who had given the reason, "Not a real question." (Now I realise, of course, that all the categories ...
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“Tell us what your community is about in one brief sentence” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: New question: "Write and Elevator Pitch / Tagline!" Click here to contribute ideas and vote. [original message text below] From ...
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On questions asking for their (home)work to be checked [duplicate]

There are several discussions on here about how to handle homework but I haven't seen any threads that address this specific question. If someone feels that it would be more appropriate to merge this ...
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Are questions about mathematicians' biographies on topic here, even if they don't relate to mathematics?

I want to ask about Fourier's life. While traveling with Napoleon, he founded an institute in Cairo called the Cairo Institute. Because I have lived in Cairo, I am just curious where that institute ...
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Privacy of user email addresses and other data (who can see them?)

I understand from recent discussion that moderators may be able to see users' registration email addresses, e.g., when sending out warnings. What permanent user information (email, login IDs, etc) ...
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Some bounty / featured-question history is lost or invisible.

Bounty offers and awards are public attributes of a question but their history is not recorded in the edit trail of a posting. This is a minor point, but in theory the information should be kept ...
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Begging for upvotes in thread titles

Can we add something to the effect that "Begging for upvotes in thread titles" is not allowed to the faq?
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What to do with already existing answers when a question is made community wiki?

Please take a look at this questions. It was made community wiki sometime after it was posted. The answers that appeared before that are still not community wiki. But I guess they should. What do you ...
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Closure wars are caused by asymmetrical close/reopen voting process.

The close/reopen voting system has an asymmetry that promotes closure wars on meta and is vulnerable to abuse. Once the first vote to close is cast, the matter of a question's survival is raised ...
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Can I change 'philosophical' to 'philosophy'?

Can I/we change 'philosophical' to 'philosophy'? There are 5 questions tagged philosophical but I think philosophy is a (grammatically) better tag for them. edit: I have done this now.
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How to learn MathJax?

I learn MathJax by looking at the source of a formula, whether it's here or in MathJax website. However, if the symbol I need cannot be found on the formulas I can find, then I'm stuck. Any idea/ ...
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Why are people voting to close “probability and infinity”?

What is the justification for voting to close Probability and Infinity? Please explain why if you are downvoting this
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On the closing of “Why is mathematics complicated”

This question Why is Mathematics Complicated! has been closed, but I consider it a very important question and also I don't see why it is not appropriate for this site? Can you please explain why it ...
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Which flags are visible to non-moderators, and which ones are seen only by moderators?

The titular question came up in another thread.
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Are questions about teaching Math to Secondary Level students fair game?

I'm currently teaching science at a secondary level in Thailand, but it's looking more and more like I'm going to have to take over for the Math teacher - who is leaving - next semester. This is ...
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Why is 97832123 suspended?

Why has this user 97832123 been suspended?
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How should we handle tags: [terminology] [notation] [definition]?

(Mod's Note: Since recently a tag-merge proposal came up for terminology and definition, I think we can revive this thread a bit and see if we can get some consensus.) Currently, we have 172 ...
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Closing of “Is this proof of a^{1/2} being either integer or irrational circular/incorrect?”

The following thread was recently closed not longer after I posted the original version of this question Is this proof of a^{1/2} being either integer or irrational circular/incorrect?. This is ...
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[model-theory] tag?

It seems odd there's a [proof-theory] tag but no [model-theory] tag. What's the one without the other?
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Too much noise in comments drowning out the mathematical content

Please observe the following thread Proving that the given Diophantine equation has a solution. There is a long boring argument/discussion about whether it should be posted, who should post it - how ...
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Editing responses that have perceived errors

I don't think that the edit to this response [1] was ideal. If a response is incorrect, we can point that out in comments, or vote it down. But editing someone else's non-community-wiki answer should ...
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How can one ask a question well, when it is about a subject they don't know? [closed]

I am struggling to ask my question here well. I have in mind a precise question with an exact answer - The difficultly is not knowing the field (fractals) as an expert I cannot use mathematical ...
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What to put in the FAQ (the “on-/off-topic” section)?

Currently, we can modify the FAQ, but only half a section: Therefore, most of the [faq-proposed] cannot be applied so far. It was recommended we just include the ...
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Objective attributes of questions (length, etc) are not “meta-tags” and some may be desirable as tags.

For discussion of some of the tag proposals a distinction should be drawn between: A. objective attributes of questions derived solely from the content of the question. Examples: is the question over ...
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Tag [random-task] and/or FAQ item on random-task postings, is needed.

A large and growing set of math.SE questions are of the random task type: Question is a task : "prove (a given mathematical statement)", or worse, "prove or disprove" or "find all $n$ (from an ...
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Add to FAQ: “avoid nebulous adjectives (favorite, good, best, nice, …) in question titles”.

Specificity of questions is already encouraged in the site documentation. But with MO suffering a plague of "what is your favorite ..." queries, there is a point that apparently needs more detailed ...
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Are we opposed, a priori, to 'fishing expedition' questions like this one?

This question falls under the heading of what has come to be known at MO as a 'fishing expedition', that is: A question whose sole purpose seems to be to collect mathematical ephemera, motivated by ...
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“Bug” in reputation system: correct answer forces change in question, invalidating answer, causing downvotes.

The following pattern is common on math.SE: Question Q is posted: is statement $S_1$ correct? Answer A shows that the statement is wrong, by displaying a counterexample. As far as Q&A of ...