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Questions tagged [feature-request]

You have an idea for a new feature on the site, or for a change to the existing functionality.

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Minimum suggested edit length

I just edited a question which was missing a couple of {} in its LaTeX markup. The effect was to make it hard to work out what was going on for people (such as, I ...
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Save the answer in PDF?

Lot of answers here are excellent but there is no way to save it. Even if we can put them in favorites or print them. What about create a way to save answers in pdf? Also on meta : Is it ...
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Proposal: make the “interesting” tab the default on Math.SE homepage

Proposal: change the default home page tab of Math.SE from active to interesting. Explanation and Rationale. Math.SE is the second most active SE site by the number of questions per day, behind ...
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How to copy mixture of text and latex formulas in a comment?

Okay, I might sound lazy. When trying to copy mixture of text and latex formulas in an answer, it is always easy. I can simply click "edit" and copy the source. But when trying to do the same in a ...
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Show “how to ask” advice before a new user asks a question

Many questions by new users end up closed as duplicates or for another reason related to the lack of familiarity with the site. I won't go into details; they are much discussed. I propose to enable ...
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Let's require registration to ask a question

More than two years after http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/4569/, this may be the time for reconsideration. A brief update: In July 2012, when the aforementioned discussion took place, the site ...
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Feature request - but it woudn't be a feature, it'd be a blessing - editing panel and preview side-by-side - fighting lag on large answers!

I've only done a few questions here but already it's grinding on me. Why can't we have the writing-answer panel and the preview panel side by side, rather than below, this means for big answers I can'...
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Mark problems as “notify me if answer is posted”?

I have found myself often finding interesting questions which I do not have the time to look into myself, but that I would very much like to see the answers to if someone else does. Unless I am ...
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Proposal for promoting more interesting, deeper questions

There was recently a (now-locked) thread about the prevalence of "do my homework" questions on math.se. I want to set aside for now the question about what to do about people posting homework ...
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What is a good standard for publishing a reference to a stackexchange thread?

In the discussion "Research which began at the website", we wondered what the best way to publish a reference to a stackexchange discussion thread. Presumably it would be the publication's standard ...
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Filtering by tag

I have seen on a similar site where you can filter by your favorite tags. It's one thing to have questions with your favorite tags highlighted, and it's another, and much better, to only see ...
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Warning for new tags

I have a reasonable idea for a feature request. When a user is creating a tag the system will recognize that and point out that the following tag is new, requiring the user to acknowledge the ...
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where is the latex reference please [duplicate]

hi, There is a nice pretty markdown ref but no simple quick latex reference. I looked around in the faq and on meta. I also googled for some latex reference and some of it looks slightly different ...
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Save the answer in TEX?

Lot of answers here are excellent but there is no way to save it in LaTeX format. Even if we can put them in favorites or print them or save as pdf . What about create a way to save answers in tex? ...
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Feature request: user script or option to turn off instant MathJax rendering

In view of the nearly unbearable slowdowns I experience while composing answers (both in Safari 5 and Firefox 5 on OS X 10.6.7) since June 21/22 I would most welcome a possibility ...
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Moderator Supported (Official) Guidelines for “Legitimate” CrossPosting?

I recently posted a question in stats/cv that could just as easily be posted here. As a matter of fact, it feels like it should be in both places! I've searched meta and have seen some related ...
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Is it possible to convert (and possibly download) the answers/discussions in pdf format?

First of all, I don't know if this is not a place for asking this question or whether it has been asked (I have searched before posting). My apology is these cases. I felt very often to save all ...
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How to search math terms/notations accurately and efficiently? Could some experienced users summarize some tips here?

How to search math terms/notations accurately and efficiently? Could some experienced users summarize some tips here? I believe such tips will be helpful for inexperienced users looking for hints or ...
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Do we want tag warnings, and for which tags?

(Inspired by this meta.academia.SE discussion) A new feature has been introduced this summer, tag warnings. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time information to help them ...
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Title and $\LaTeX$

This is not a question. Just a request. This Issue has been discussed previously and I think this can be implemented technically as well. Writing title all in latex disables the options like "Open ...
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Feature Request: Better full-text search capabilities within Tex markup.

The site has pretty good latex support (thanks for that!), which works pretty well when writing and viewing answers. What is lacking is the ability to search previous answers for mathematical ...
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Specific Latex commands for user's account

I think it would very useful to permit every user to add to their profile a list of Latex command, so that they are readily at disposal. For instance, in all of my .tex files I add in the preamble <...
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A feature requested for the purpose of avoiding unintentional newbie-biting

It is not unusual that a newbie posts a question that is obviously about mathematics and it is closed with a notice that says closed as off-topic and then down below that: "This question is ...
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Allow TeXification in <code> tags.

Some special characters, e.g. *, _ and \ have special meaning in Markdown syntax, but these ...
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Categorizing homework questions with textbook information in a way that makes the site act like a solutions manual

I could imagine a system of categorizing the questions that would work alongside the current tagging system. If you select the "homework" tag (or some special tag or option), it would give you the ...
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Allow newline in comments

The comment length here is such that it corresponds to what normally is a long paragraph in usual written communications. In some situations, it is more natural to write two short paragraphs, or one ...
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Instant showing of review tasks

For new questions and the chat there is the functionality showing (1) in the tab if there is a new question or a new chat message. I'd like to suggest such a functionality for the review queue, ...
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Flagging for migration to Mathematica.SE and Computational Science.SE

I noticed we can flag posts for migration to physics.SE and stats.SE. Can you please add options for migration to Mathematica and Computational Science, too? (A.K.): The Mathematica site has ...
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Search queries involving symbols and/or $\TeX{}$

Currently some (most?) fairly crucial symbols such as = and ^ are truncated in search queries, making it pretty tough to find ...
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Should questions from “newbie” users be put “On-Hold” by default?

An ongoing discussion asks "What can we do about the tension on this site?. As I see it, some of the tension exists because there are (at least) three groups of users here that all want very ...
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Retagging causes bumping

The issue of questions bumping after retagging has come up here and on the main meta. I have a specific suggestion: disable bumping for users with high enough reputation (10k, 15k or 20k), or at ...
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Withdrawing flags

A few hours ago I flagged an answer as "not an answer". After a more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken. Unfortunately, the SE software seems not to provide the option to withdraw a flag (in ...
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Sophistication level tags?

I very much appreciate that math.se is designed for users for all levels, and I think that I really gain something from interactions with users of higher and lower levels of mathematical ...
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Should we really have a reputation requirement for commenting?

It's been my experience that this is damaging to the functionality of the site. Example. Say there are two answers to a question. The answerer pertaining to one of them misses something subtle but ...
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LaTeX in tag wikis

LaTeX renders fine when you go to the tag-info page, for example, abelian-groups. However, when you try to add the abelian-groups tag to your post it doesn't render in the pop-up. This is messy. Is ...
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Poll for MathJax macros that should be automatically loaded

Prompted by Geoff in comments to this question, I thought of creating a poll of sorts where we can propose macros/extensions that should be automatically loaded for our MathJax installation here. ...
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Reviewing Suggested Edits

As part of the mod tools, there is a tool to review and approve suggested edits. The "review suggested edits" shows something like below which is not of much help to review and approve the edit. It ...
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Latex preview on question title?

Almost every single time I type a question I end up having to go back and edit the title due to no latex preview. Obviously you can write the title in the body first to check it but it's very easy to ...
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Automatic Community-wikification of very long answers with lots of edits

I ended up doing a heavy rewrite of my answer on center-commutator subgroup duality because I was unsatisfied with the flow of it. This pushed the answer beyond the 10 edit limit which turned it into ...
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Feature request: hide specific questions

I don't know when this happened, but the rate at which questions are being asked seems to have increased dramatically relative to the last time I frequently browsed math.SE. It is getting hard to ...
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Identifying a “dis-accepted” answer

When you click on the "envelope" next to your name on the top of the page, you get a summary of the recent changes. Clicking on the "Reputation" tab will tell you the up and down votes on your ...
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Please enable AMSsymbols extension for MathJax

Please enable the AMSsymbols extensionfor MathJax. The lack of this extension has led to several independent bug reports. The \not\mid symbol is not working well Tex \implies symbol does not work ...
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Is there a way to punish users for posting and then immediately deleting a question?

It's happened to me again, and I'm severely pissed now. A user (with a rather high reputation, about seven thousand or so) just posted a question about a probability problem (something with people ...
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Add an explicit 'needs to show some work' option to the closing form.

I think it would be preferable to have an explicit 'needs to show some work' option to the closing form. On the current form, the choice is usually 'off-topic because...', but that really doesn't ...
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what links here?

Do we have a "what links here" feature such as that on Wikipedia? One would click on "what links here" and see a list of questions, answers, comments, etc., that link to the question or answer or ...
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Should we require a tag that which specifies difficulty of a question?

It's usually hard for me to find questions to answer here because 99% of them are above my level (calculus 1). Should we make a set of tags specifying difficulty to go along with the question? For ...
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Star Ranking System?

Some really good answers get lost in the shuffle. Perhaps a "answer of the season" would be a convenient way to bring excellent answers a wider audience. Obviously the nomination process would have to ...
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TeX math markup is sorely needed

This site is going to need TeX markup to express mathematical symbols and formulas well.
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Trying to ask a question provides better results than normal search.

I have noticed this interesting behavior several times now. Many a time I scour Math SE looking for a particular query but fail to find anything even after several rounds of rephrasing and ...
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Acceptability of asking a user (with a “low accept rate”) to accept an answer

I saw a user post a question a few days back and saw their question history and noticed they have a low accept rate. It took me a while to realize that 2-3 posts of theirs have been answered by me (...