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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PLEASE exercise more restraint before voting to close - discuss here first

I think that we should have discussed here the question "Integral Representation of Infinite series" before it was closed. Students often have questions about such topics so the replies could have ...
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When does a post become a Community Wiki post?

Does an answer become automatically a Community Wiki when it is revised too much? Are those who have enough reputation allowed to transform an answer into a Community Wiki's answer?
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Close this question that was reposted on MO?

A good question here was moved to MO for better viewership(probably a good call). But now I think it should be at least closed, and maybe deleted? Discuss.
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Downvoting unnecessarily complicated/irrelevant answers?

Quite often I see simple questions asked and people offering answers that are clearly not going to make any sense to the OP because of the gap between the knowledge assumed by the answer, and the ...
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Is one allowed to post in her/his blog an answer to a question she/he asked?

If someone asks here (in the main site) a question and is pleased with a particular answer he/she got, may it be posted in his/her blog without asking permission to the answerer? Edit: One should ...
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What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta?

What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta? Does it mean "We should not discuss this," or "Good question, the answer is 'no'"?
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Should we have a [functions] tag?

There are currently 7 questions that have the [functions] tag. Is this a tag we want to keep? Would anyone ever want to highlight or ignore all questions tagged [functions], or subscribe to its RSS ...
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Can we lock the question “Do complex numbers really exist?”

In the spirit of Can we finally kill 0.999=1?, Can we finally "kill" (read: "lock") "Do complex numbers really exist?" ?
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Where do new users file bug reports, etc.?

This question was posted on MO about not being able to post on math.SE. While MO wasn't the right place for the question, I have to wonder what is. New users who are experiencing difficulty using ...
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Removing spam links

Why is not advisable to remove spam links? such as the following: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2896/should-the-constant-pi-be-considered-harmful-closed I removed the URL but for some ...
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This question is not sufficiently mathematics-related

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2740/algorithm-for-computing-3x3-medium-filter-for-hardware-implementation See my comment for why it should be closed.
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References for answers

Ok, I agree that most of math is magic. But it would be nice if there were a special section for "textbook references" -- It doesn't even have to be built into the site, just a convention perhaps, ...
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Getting the word out

Hi all, The StackExchange team is starting in on ideas for getting math.SE some publicity. Beyond "what websites to advertise on," which was the focus of the previous publicity meta discussion, I'd ...
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Enabling mathjax on SE sites

I apologize for hijacking a meta.math thread here, but it was suggested to me that I ask this question on this forum. I'm involved with the theoretical computer science SE site (cstheory.stackexchange....
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Can we finally kill .999=1?

This has been mentioned before (notably, here by Akhil). But this question is tenacious indeed. For the past three(maybe four days), it has jumped up to the top. Frankly, I am tired of seeing it. I ...
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Should Reputation from mathoverflow be carried over.

So I am a user at both MO and here. I visit MO maybe a few times a week, and this site a little less frequently. The point is that most of the questions I come up with are more relevant for MO, as ...
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Vote early, vote often

I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Tex.SE. I think this is definitely something we are experiencing here on Math.SE. A link to the post here, and the text of the post: "I'm a ...
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Require proper citation for verbatim quoted questions, answers, proofs?

Recently I had the displeasure of seeing a famous ingenious proof quoted here without any attribution whatsoever. Some readers could have easily been misled to believe that the proof was due to the ...
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Are we answering questions or teaching people how to answer their own questions?

In this answer to another meta thread, Bill Dubuque raises the following point: We should strive not only to give solutions to problems but also to teach how to solve problems. One of the important ...
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Use of moderator power to close questions

Look at the question on Ito's lemma which has been closed with only two close votes. I believe that it is a valid question - while this type of question would probably be closed on MathOverflow, it ...
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Add “SE is not a social networking site” to the list of what-site-is-not in the FAQ

In reading the endless discussions of the acceptability of postings by particular users (e.g., are six postings per day too much for one person), or by users in particular situations (e.g., should ...
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Is this website really for everyone?

From the FAQ: Mathematics - Stack Exchange is for people studying math at any level & professionals in related fields. I'm looking around and virtually every single question and answer on ...
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Do we really want a [homework] tag? [closed]

What is the purpose of a [homework] tag? It can't be to differentiate homework questions from non-homework ones since it's impossible to verify whether or not a question is homework. I don't think ...
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Closure of duplicate questions

The following two questions are exactly equivalent. Can anyone explain why the later one wasn't closed - I think it would be better to concentrate all the answers in a single location when we have two ...
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Where is the line drawn between mathematics and mathematical software used by mathematicians?

I saw a similar question on the Statistical Analysis meta, but I didn't see any discussion here, so I figured I'd kick this off to the "power users" of Mathematics. Where are the boundaries when it ...
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User flooding the site with questions - more than 6/day

In the past couple of days one user has asked over 6 questions per day. Is this behavior that we should allow?
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Question based on a blog post I was not aware it was a theorem stated and proved in another site

This question of mine was based on an exercise posted in a blog. I asked an identification of the theorem it refers to. This theorem was identified in a comment to my question: it is stated and proved ...
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Texts that are verbatim copied from somewhere else

This is related to the following answer, which is a verbatim copy of a text from the source cited at the end: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/153/what-should-i-learn-first-mathematica-or-...
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How can I ask a good question? [duplicate]

MathOverflow has an excellent guide on how to write a good question. Another great guide exists on meta.stackoverflow. We will probably want our own site-specific guide on how to ask good questions. ...
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Questions on signature policy and Interface issue

This is a post by proxy for Gerhard Paseman. Please see the relevant meta.MO discussion. questions on math.stackexchange Posting policy and Interface issue I thank the poster in advance for posting ...
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Philosophical questions

Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but this question is a question about philosophy, not a question about mathematics. I'm not saying it's a bad question, but it's just not a mathematical question (insofar as ...
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Berating other users in comments..

On the continuing theme of toxic threads, I think this is a turn for the worse: Which 4 maths courses to take as an Economics PhD student? Almost all of the comments on this question are bickering ...
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A homework question to close

Can anyone, please, help to close the following question: my techer now gave us harderproblems man. :((( how can u solve dis problem? 26*8y = 4x - 27/8 u solved before on other ...
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Is it okay/allowed to incorporate other people's answers into your previously given answer?

I've seen this phenomenon occur on various SE sites. On the one hand, it might lead to an optimal answer. On the other hand, it might offend people contributing valuable information without earning ...
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Suggestions for improving this FAQ: What kind of questions can I (not) ask here?

I think the current answer is too vague for a lot of people (me) to properly understand and possibly even misleading. I would like to try and get exactly sort of questions are good and what aren't so ...
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Question closers ignoring meta

Now what is the point in having a civilized meta thread about closing a specific question when people just go right ahead and do it anway?!?!!? The meta thread in question had only one answer (mine), ...
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dealing with many poorly motivated questions from a single user

This character seems to be asking asking many high-level (meaning broad and vague) questions in rapid succession. As well, the replies from this person are essentially excerpts from (searchable?) ...
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Quotes question should be closed

I have voted to close "What is your favorite Math Quote". I think this question is outside what we hope to silly filling up the site. My comment indicating that it should probably be closed has four ...
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To what extent should copyrighted material be made available on math.se?

The standing policy on mathoverflow.net is that it is not the community's job to enforce copyright. See http://tea.mathoverflow.net/discussion/313/ On Stack Overflow historically, moderators have ...
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Should moderators recuse themselves from closing or locking meta questions about their own conduct?

Kaestur Hakarl has closed a meta question about his conduct that should remain open because there is substantive discussion that is taking place. Meta is for users to discuss issues, and his proposed ...
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Suggesting more specific titles to an OP

I have seen several posts recently, I think from new users, where the title is too vague to be useful. Also, I have not seen any suggestions in the comments to re-title the question. Examples: ...
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Offering to e-mail a copy of a book to the OP of a question

Kaestur Hakarl keeps removing my offer to e-mail a copy of Emil Artin's Geometric Algebra to the OP of a question. Revision list What I did is not against the rules, and I ask Kaestur Hakarl to ...
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The difference between [teaching] and [education]

Update: teaching is now a synonym of education. While I think that teaching has a clear meaning, education could refer to teaching (doing the educating) or being/getting educated. I'd suggest that ...
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Should we eliminate [soft-question]?

Given "The Death of Meta Tags", should we eliminate the [soft-question] tag? Near as I can tell, there are three types of questions tagged with [soft-question]: those that are also tagged [big-list] ...
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What's the difference between [tags] and [tagging]?

What's the difference between the [tagging] and [tags] tags? Are they similar enough that we shouldn't have both?
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What's the difference between [physics] and [mathematical-physics]?

What's the difference between the [physics] and [mathematical-physics] tags? Are they similar enough that we shouldn't have both?
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Would questions like “I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc” be welcome here?

Would questions like "I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc" be welcome here? Where Foo is field of mathematics of course. I haven't seen any yet, but they aren't ...
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The use of the [algebra] tag

edit (Oct 26): I think there are two separate (but entangled) issues here. Does the algebra tag have a clear meaning or will/has it ended up on questions in two distinct areas? If algebra does not ...
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Should there be tags for problems/exercises, such as [solution-request] ?

T.. suggested as a comment on this question that we use a solution-request tag for certain questions. The resulting conversation has been transferred here: This ...
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What questions should be community wiki?

Under what circumstances should a question be made community wiki? Probably any question asking for a list of something (e.g. 1) must be CW. What else? What about questions asking for a list of ...