Questions tagged [faq]

These questions are the most frequently asked and answered questions on Meta.

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What are the guidelines for reviewing?

What are the guidelines for reviewing? What should one avoid doing when reviewing? How can it happen to be banned and what are the implications of this? If I've been banned from review, where can I ...
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“Contest problem” policy

What is our policy concerning contest questions on the Mathematics Stack Exchange? Why do we have a policy? What is a contest question? How we deal with on-going contest questions? I see a question ...
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How to ask a good question.

How to ask a good question. This thread has advice on the following aspects of writing a good question on this site. Each item in this list links to an answer below about that specific aspect of ...
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Guidelines for good use of $\rm\LaTeX$ in question titles

Motivation: Every once in a while, I find myself making edits like this one, where OP (likely due to inexperience in asking questions) has used display math mode (...
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What happens if my OpenID provider goes out of business?

Question: I tried to log-in with my OpenID provider, the log-in screen says: "Unable to log in with your OpenID provider: No OpenID endpoint found." And indeed, it appears my OpenID provider is no ...
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MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference

(Deutsch: MathJax: LaTeX Basic Tutorial und Referenz) To see how any formula was written in any question or answer, including this one, right-click on the expression it and choose "Show Math As > TeX ...
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Capture the Flag: FAQ on Flagging

What is flagging for moderator attention? How does the flagging process work? What are the different flags, and what are they useful for?
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Why should we accept answers?

Recently there was some discussion (in comments to some questions and in chat) about: accepting answers and unwillingness of some users to do so; some users find comments reminding users to improve ...
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How do I accept an answer?

I feel like such a jerk, because I haven't accepted anyone's answers to my questions, and I can't figure out how! Could someone please tell me how?
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Are uploaded images preserved in the SE system?

I just inserted an image-link into someone's answer (uploading the picture from my computer), and I notice that the image now resides at http://i.stack.imgur.com/. ...
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How to *contact* a specific user? / Is there any sort of PM (private message) facility available?

As far as I know I can see a user profile and the activity in this site. But is it possible to leave some message for a particular user? Say I want to (please read I have to) tell J.M. something ...
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When are serial downvotes classified as anomalous? What to do about a sequence of downvotes?

I recently got downvoted on four posts within a span of three minutes. I have read that such patterns are identified and reversed. Does my case qualify? If the same downvotes were exercised over a ...
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Common acronyms used on main and meta

When I first joined this site, I had to figure out “OP” from context. Finding out what “CW” means was much easier, as it is often spelled out in full. CFV I had to be point-blank told about. It seems ...
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The “meta-tags”.

What are the tags reference-request, soft-question, big-list for? When are they used? When should they not be used?
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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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Do we have an equation editing HOWTO?

I see other posters writing beautiful integrals and quotients within quotients and matrices and sigma summations and and and... is there a guide for that?
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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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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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FAQ for math.stackexchange

Right now, the faq only contains the boilerplate explanations of the stackoverflow engine, reputation levels, etc. This page serves as an index of other important support questions for the community. ...
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Differences between mathoverflow and math.stackexchange.

What are the differences between MathOverflow.net and Math.stackexchange.com? Why two communities for Mathematics? Wasn't one enough?