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Is it possible/desirable for answers to be preserved when a highly downvoted question is deleted?

Background: As I was viewing this question, I felt it worth drawing the OP's attention to other posts discussing the potential dangers of trying to treat $\infty$ as a number when performing ...
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Tag for non-English questions

As per this discussion, users are allowed to ask questions in another language. Would it help to have two tags - "foreign language" (for questions when they are posted) and "translated" (the person ...
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More granularity in locking questions

Is it possible to have more granularity in of time-span for locking questions? Currently the available choices are 1 hr, 1 day, 1 week, and permanent. There are times where longer, but not permanent ...
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How to ensure candidates pre-commit for next election

This is a follow up to How can we best judge who has the skills to be a moderator? . Two moderators have recently resigned, and they say there will be another election soon. Some recent elections had ...
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Hot Network Questions. How are they selected?

Now that we get to see the SE-network wide list of "hot" questions, I am just shaking my head in disbelief. At the time I am writing this, the two hot questions from Math.SE are titled (get a barf-bag,...
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Flagging questions as off-topic

When flagging a question as off-topic we are given a choice between either completely off-topic, belongs to meta, or belongs to stats.SE. Is it possible to add another option "Belong elsewhere on the ...
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Editing title results in unwanted “bump” …

I was looking at my old questions and noticed that some TeX in one of my titles was not entered correctly. I fixed it... and to my dismay the question is now on the front page. I'm concerned that this ...
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Giving a bounty to several answers at once.

I would like to request the feature proposed by Willie Wong in this comment. That is, would it be possible to allow users who started a bounty on a question to award it to multiple answers? As in the ...
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Questions without accepted answers and left for months as such flummoxes people.

I found that many newcomers , come , ask question, for which they get a number of answers . But they don't care about accepting an answer . My doubt is , is there not even a single answer that is ...
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Point difference between upvotes and downvotes

Is it really a good idea for upvotes to give +10 points and downvotes only -2? I've noticed that downvoting posts often produces "sympathy" upvotes by other users seeking to maintain the vote total ...
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Grace period when a question is closed

Didn't there use to be a grace period of 5 minutes after a question was closed where answers could still be submitted, but where one can't start writing an answer? If there wasn't (and I have just ...
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“Welcome to MSE…”: Popup to remind new users to upvote and accept answers

I applaud the decision of the SE designers to "gameify" their sites by introducing features like reputation and badges. For me that's a nice side-effect, but a brief perusal of my profile makes it ...
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A warning to those who use only rare/new tags

There are discussions on giving warnings to those who creates new tags: 1, 2. It seems that this feature has not been carried out in Math SE. Does anyone know why? I would be very happy to see this ...
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Would you like to have the option to edit a question without it being bumped to the main page?

For the sake of argument, all edits are considered an improvement in this post. No matter how minor. Since we consider edits an improvement, I feel free to say that they are a good thing. However, ...
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user on an editing spree

One of us has edited over 50 old questions in the last 50 minutes, mostly just retagging them. Is there any way to stop this? [note --- I have flagged one of the questions for moderator attention, and ...
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Using [homework] tag by itself [closed]

After that we have established that the homework is okay and fine, comes the question should be allow it to be "standalone"? I think not, I think that we cannot allow questions to be labeled just as ...
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Edit couldn't be submitted — how to finish review? Load title and tag edits asynchronously

I was reviewing a possible "Low Quality Post" and decided to edit it. I completely revised title, body and tags to contain proper English, describe the post and improve the MathJax. Then, I tried to ...
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Reasons for closing - room for improvement?

Should there be a "contest question" reason for closing - I've just looked at an excellent question, which is part of a contest. It doesn't deserve to be closed on merit, and I can't in conscience ...
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Question owner: author or editor?

This is probably a more general question, not specific to MSE. But anyway... The main page lists attributes questions to the last editor, which may not be the original author. I find this misleading ...
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Can't change your vote after an hour?

It seems like if you vote something up or down, after an hour that is fixed and you cannot change it - this is irritating because people are still able to edit their post after an hour. Can we change ...
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On question titles

Today I saw an $odd$ $looking$ italicised word in a question title. It turned out that the OP was using double dollars as opposed to the usual stars. So I edited their title. In doing so I discovered ...
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Enable safe `\href` in MathJax

As a follow-up to this discussion, I would like to request the activation of MathJax-safe \href to allow similar URLs to those allowed in ...
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Allow the community to accept answers to abandoned questions

Often, someone asks a question, gets one or more good answers, and then leaves without ever accepting one. I would suggest that after a certain amount of time has passed that users of sufficiently ...
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math rendering on demand and/or offline message composing

In my brief time at math.stackexchange.com I have on several occasions run into a problem with the math renderer slowing to a crawl so that nothing gets displayed anymore and Firefox keeps asking me ...
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“New answer posted” notification for answerers

I posted an answer to this question on August 19, and 4 days later a great answer has been posted, which I noticed by sheer luck. I wish I was notified when the answer was posted. Please consider ...
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Migrating to MathOverflow

Should not Math.SE implement a close option with migration to MathOverflow? Would I be encouraged to ask a question there, that is at the appropriate level, despite having asked it here, where it is ...
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Minimum for bounty inappropriate for rewarding existing answer

There are actually two issues: I think it would be great to be able to award a bounty in any amount for an existing answer (to be awarded immediately, never actually going on the list of open ...
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Can we simplify the mathbb-command?

When writing a question/comment/answer to math.stackexchange, one really often is confronted with the use of the \mathbb{} command. Is there any simplification possible, for example writing $$\text{\...
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An auto-comment on first questions that motivates sharing doubts and thoughts

Very often I see a user's first question getting down-voted and eventually it ends up being closed. Usually I find this to be too rough of a treatment, as the user is not accustomed to the site. I ...
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Why do unanswered bounties expire?

It is a simple question. Why does the bounty on a question that has no answers expire? Shouldn't it remain till it is answered, so that people have an incentive to figure out an answer later, even if ...
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Can we reject our own edit? [duplicate]

After editing something, I realized that I had done something incorrectly. There should be a way users can remove or edit their edit suggestions.
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Is there a way to get some priviliges concerning limited questions per certain amount of time?

I know I've a lot to do this year (i.e. making a lot of past papers and past editions of maths olympiads both of secondary school and university level) and I want to get the most out of it. So this ...
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Proposal for a new Help Center section: Tagging

It is glad to have a new section called Help Center nowadays, as it can only be edited by diamond (♦) moderators, we can set up credible rules or regulations in here. But the Help Center still lack ...
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Ignoring the unneeded

In the watched tags how can I ignore the questions with accepted answers so, in the least, they do not show like ignored tags do not show?
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Sharing a link to a question with another Math.SE user

Currently there seems to be no functionality available to share a link to an unanswered or already answered question with another Math.SE user. Indeed, if the question has no answers, then scrolling ...
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I suggest a selectable “reason” for a down/up-vote, and an option for further comment

It was suggested that requiring a category for a down-vote would create an asymmetry between up- and down-votes, so I am amending my suggestion to include up-votes along with down-votes. This may be ...
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Late answers - a mechanism for getting a fair share of upvotes?

It is a not unheard of phenomenon that answers don't get much upvotes in the following scenario: First, a user asks a non-trivial question, which turns out to be non-trivial enough not to get an ...
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Is there any particular way to find the “easy” questions to answer?

Right now, I am student of pre-calculus. I am still studying basic calculus (derivatives & integrals) just because - well why not, it helps me get a head start. But as you can imagine sometimes I ...
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Newest unanswered questions with my tags

Is there a way (or can I suggest making this possible) to show questions with "my tags" sorted in order of newest to oldest... instead of most votes to least votes? The reason I ask is that it seems ...
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Tabular in MathJax?

Why isn't the tabular environment enabled in MathJax? Is there any work-around for making tables?
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The word “urgent” in a title should trigger a warning

It doesn't currently, and it adds nothing to the question. Most of the time it's "urgent" because homework is due soon. Agree or disagree?
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Feature request: always display upvotes and downvotes separately

One annoying problem I've experienced in the past is the following: I downvote something that I think is bad but that is not obviously bad (e.g. it is not spam). Exactly one other user upvotes in ...
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A message before new users post

Almost all the time, new users post a question with no explanation with no context given, and no mathjax used. I have written "Please write what you tried" a countless number of times. There should be ...
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Why use MathJax? It's so slow [closed]

I found that MathJax is extremely slow. Is there a better, lighter and faster Javascript library that can render mathematical notation equally well?
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RFC: Chat Seminars

Myself, J.M. and tb came to a wonderful enlightenment on the chat recently. A few days ago, the chat went into a deep measure theoretic discussion and a separate room was spawned to keep the main ...
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Reconsidering custom close reasons on Math.SE

In the discussion this meta thread it was discovered, that the current custom close reason missing context or other details is much less specific than the other close reasons. The answer to what is ...
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A hierarchy of duplicates - which questions generalise other questions?

I think the site would benefit from a hierarchical structure to the duplicate question functionality, indicating which questions generalise others. I was contemplating duplicate questions last night ...
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Latex preview when initially composing an answer

When one starts writing an answer, it is not possible to turn off the live preview of the answer. This makes it rather painful when composing long, latex-rich answers. The only way around it is to ...
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private notes about a question

Given a question on math.SE, I may or may not participate in the discussion. But, there might be some thought processes and ideas about the question (or the subsequent discussion), which I would like ...
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Proposal: Onboarding process

I propose that MSE introduces an onboarding process for new users. Problem statement: Too many PSQ's & MSE used as a homework-completion site Growing resentment of "rep-farming" Conflict between ...

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