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Questions tagged [faq-proposed]

Proposals for new entries for the FAQ repository on this site should use this tag.

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List of Generalizations of Common Questions

Bill Dubuque raised an excellent point here: Coping with *abstract* duplicate questions. I suggest we use this question as a list of the generalized questions we create. I suggest we categorize ...
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On the inclusion of pages-of-text-as-images in questions

This is to ask if there is and if there should be an official position of math.SE about the inclusion, as images, of pages and pages of printed documents in questions. For a recent example of the ...
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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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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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Do we actually “welcome questions about: • Software that mathematicians use”?

On the FAQ it says: "We welcome questions about: • Software that mathematicians use". However, when I went to post a question about maple, I found this: About maple For questions involving the ...
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List of other mathematics resources for the FAQ

In response to this thread, I am starting a thread to compile other online mathematics-related sites to give people places to look before asking a question. These should be included in the FAQ like ...
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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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Examples and counterexamples of good questions and answers

A professor of mine has always said that we learn mathematics via lots of examples and lots of counterexamples, as opposed to stating and proving theorems on a blackboard. I think this approach could ...
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I have found an error in a book/paper, what do I do?

This is a continuation of the discussion Would a new tag for mistakes/typos/errata for books be useful/appropriate?, where it was suggested that the FAQ might contain guidelines concerning the ...
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Review queue FAQ

Preamble: In a comment discussion previously attached to this answer, which I copy below, it is proposed that we have a "Review Queue FAQ" to describe how to deal with some of the frequently occurring ...
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How to search on this site?

When using this site, it is quite important to be able to find posts on this site which might be related to the question I am interested it - both to avoid duplication (i.e., not asking again ...
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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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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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Put a link to a tutorial on the Tex in the FAQ

I have no idea how to use either of the Tex methods supported here. How about putting a link to the instructions or a tutorial on both in the FAQ?
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How to view LaTeX source of equations?

How do you view the source of a question, to see how the LaTeX was specified as markup?
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Is it ok to ask about the correctness of preprints of crank friendly topics?

Motivated by this question here: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/43051/collatz-finally-solved There seems to be a divided opinion (see comments) among users of math.se regarding the "on-...
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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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How do I learn about markup?

So everyone knows that math.stackexchange supports Tex tags, but what other tags are supported? Is there any info out there the markup supported on stackexchange sites? In particular, I was looking ...
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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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What kind of comments are “not-constructive”?

I flagged some comments 3 of which got declined. 1.Trouble solving $\int\sqrt{1-x^2} \, dx$ This says only Thankyou. 2.Baricenter of $4$ intersection points of parabola with circle lies on axis of ...