Questions tagged [discussion]

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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/...
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Continuity of Moderation

It has long been established that moderation is a volunteer activity; they can come and go as they please. Life happens and sometimes work and family take precedence. But there are a limited number of ...
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Comments from “If A is noetherian then Spec(A) is noetherian” [closed]

Removed by request. -1. Please do not give complete answers to homework questions. – Qiaochu Yuan♦ 2 hours ago @Qiaochu: I felt i should provide an answer so i gave, and google made work easy for ...
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What is the purpose of math.se; to learn to provide nice answers or just to get them?

Hello to all, I am a relatively new math.se member, and I have a question about the site. First of all I must say, that I have found this website to be completely amazing. No other related site ...
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Dealing with answers in comments.

I have noticed, of late, people providing answers/copious hints to the question in comments instead of actually adding an answer on their own. Other people might choose not to answer, as the ...
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“Is this a new infinity notation?”

This question is starting to look like trouble. On the one hand, cardinality is a common and understandable source of confusion. On the other hand, the OP does not seem to be acting in good faith, and ...
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Why was the featured tag removed on meta?

The featured tag, a special moderator-only tag, had been on several entries (such as the FAQ and a post about how to use LaTeX) and is now gone. It caused those tagged entries to show on the parent ...
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Answering The Uninformed

Occasionally I see a question (e.g. Are Disjoint Set Assertions Commutative?) where the OP has very little background in math or is a troll. The accepted answer to this question is very ...
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Is this a scraper site, or what?

What is up with this site: https://mathoverflow.net/ ? Is it a clone or something? I wasn't paying attention and went to login, and it says that my name is unknown... What's up? I revoked access from ...
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Disable “share a link” popup?

Is there some way of disabling that annoying "share a link to this hot question to earn the publicist badge" message that keeps popping up all the time?!? (I don't use Facebook or Twitter, and I'm not ...
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Tags (fun) and (fun-problem)

Can we please delete those tags? The tags are subjective: fun problem? For whom? Also these are meta tags: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/
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Tag wiki entries

I was thinking about writing a short wiki entry for some of the set theory related tags (at least those I'm able to write), but then I realized that I have absolutely no idea what and how to write it. ...
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Infinite monkeys typing on infinite keyboards, will they ever produce silly answers like on this question?

I'm referring of course to Given an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite amount of time, would one of them write Hamlet? The question is legit and not bad, the first few answers were serious ...
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Any chance of maths.stackexchange.com?

Maybe this seems like a peculiar thing to ask, but out of curiosity, is it possible to link the URL maths.stackexchange.com to the current ...
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Drinking and math — thoughts?

What do you think of this question? I know it's really different from question like "how to integrate X," and that allowing it would open door for even more vaguely math-related questions, but does ...
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I seem to have made an enemy

Somebody has gone through all my answers, systematically downvoting every one. I think I know who it is, but I wonder what to do about it. Any suggestions? Edit My reputation has now been restored, ...
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Should moderators be allowed to reject migrated questions (from other StackExchange sites)

A specific case of a question that has been migrated from StackOverflow, rather inappropriately in my opinion, since it is a question on programming and not on mathematics. I've asked on Meta.SO, and ...
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Tag renaming: [rings] to [ring-theory]

Well, the title says it all. I think that the tag [rings] is somewhat inappropriate, and [ring-theory] should be used instead.
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Appropriateness of non-technical but tangentially related questions?

I posted a pretty frivolous question on the main site earlier; something along the lines of "How do you fill a blackboard with impressive looking mathematics?"; though I disagree that it was a ...
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Can a down/up votes be accompanied by a comment?

Having been here for a while now, I understand the futility/meaninglessness of this question. Becoming accustomed to how this place works and how much and fast I have learned from the people here, I ...
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What happened to the huge inequality real analysis question?

The author of this question also had a question about an inequality he came across during his work research in real analysis. I commented on it before leaving the website, and on my return the ...
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Would the following question be a better fit here?

I asked this question on the stats stackexchange. is it a better fit here?
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What happened to these comments?

A few hours ago, there were at least three comments on Bill Dubuque's answer here. They no longer exist. Is there a reason they were removed, or is this a bug in the software?
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Please don't pile on downvotes excessively

This post is inspired by something that recently transpired. Looking through the question edits, this is what I thought of the question: Content-wise, I agree with T.. and Matt E that it is a ...
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Is this question appropriate? (1=5, 2=10, etc.)

I was wondering about the following question -- what do you think about puzzles of this type (that are looking for an answer which is obtained by what I would describe as 'non-mathematical trickery' [...
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Comments from “is zero odd or even?”

Were getting a little too heated and filled with spam flags for my taste, so here they are. I think this is the protocol we agreed to, anyway. Original question. 0/2=0, 0mod2=0... what else do you ...
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What is our policy for “(let me Google that for you) links” ?

At first I answered using the LMGTFY link,personally I find it a bit of funny and perhaps it's not just me only since some people up-voted my answer due to that link,but as Moron pointed out it might ...
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“Is mathematics based on lies?”

What do you think of this question? Initially, one of the issues was excessive capitalization, but do you think that it's appropriate otherwise? I can see what the author is asking, but one could ...
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Who is Jason Punyon and why is he a moderator?

Link. I was under the impression that after we held the moderator elections, all previous moderators would lose their moderator status.
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Do we delete some of the questions that have been closed?

There are at least seven pages of closed questions (I got the list by searching for closed:1 the). Some of them are clearly off-topic and I believe we can delete ...
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Do we have a suspension policy?

I thought the user kalleman was just misinformed and slightly cranky, but his/her latest question (which I have locked and deleted) is fairly clearly trolling, and he/she also posted a troll answer to ...
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Is it ok to ask about the structure of a CS BSc project/thesis?

I searched but couldn't find any suitable stackexchange sites where I can ask this question. I'm writing my BSc thesis. A general structure for writing this kind of documents is to start with ...
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Anonymity. [Migrated discussion from Parent]

The following is an exchange that occurred in the comments to this question. The nature of the discussion is somewhat heated, and has, in my opinion, absolutely no bearing on the question to which ...
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Raise minimum edit threshold for “bumping” edited post to top of list.

Fixing a typo currently moves a question to the top of the list. Probably it has been discussed on meta.SO, but: if there were a way of doing this a few characters at a time without bumping the post ...
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Is this question appropriate? Flawed Proof of Green-Tao.

This question has attracted a long comment thread. And there is some disagreement about whether it is an appropriate question on this website. This is the spillover discussion question to prevent ...
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Moderators: please do not close harmless threads pro-actively

Example of titular activity: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/15238/puzzle-a-strange-proof-of-the-green-tao-theorem I was actually in the process of posting an answer, explaining both the ...
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“What are the implications of the discovery of the kalle-numbers ?”

I don't like the way this question is worded, but I don't want to take unilateral action against it. I feel like it is breaking some kind of implied social norm but as far as I can tell there is ...
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What to do, if you figure out the answer to your own question?

Let's say, you've asked a rather localized question of little general interest, like an exercise from a book, or a step in some proof. After some time, you figure out the answer on your own. Which ...
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What is the protocol (if any) for answering old questions?

As I've started digging through older (more than two months, say) unanswered questions, I've noticed a few in which the OP asked a fairly specific homework-type question, did not get much of a ...
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Dumb Edits keep bumping questions

I am wondering if there is a work around to keep my edits from bumping questions. I recently saw a tex error in my answer and fixed it, I don't think that this should bump the question. Also, when I ...

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