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Showing related questions from MathOverflow

I'm a professional mathematician but I usually have non-professional questions, or perhaps some dumb professional ones that do not reach “research level”. Nevertheless, I think that sometimes it might ...
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Please point mathematics.stackexchange.com to here, instead of to MathOverflow.

You could say I'm partially (or entirely?) to blame for this for not having done enough research beforehand. However... A while back I wondered if there were a math-related site on the StackExchange ...
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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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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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Can we have a feed of watched tags

On the questions tab can we have a filter feature (I mean like frequented votes etc) of watched tags. I am aware that the tags that I have watched are demarked in a different colour. But I would like ...
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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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Is there any way to have comment templates whenever we are typing comments?

We already have a comment template thread but oftentimes it takes a long time to open meta, go to the question, wait for the page to load, scroll down to the correct comment and copy it, especially if ...
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Participation for the main site

When we are in meta and we click on user, we can sort them by participation. According to the description, it measures the activity. I suggest to make something similar for the main site, for ...
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Adding a Shortcut Link for the MathJax Tutorial

Can we create a custom "magic link" which points to the MathJax tutorial? That is, would it be possible to have MSE expand something like [help/mathjax] into a ...
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If someone has a question here (meta) referring one of my posts can I be informed about it

If someone has a question here (meta) referring one of my posts can I be informed about it while I don't visit meta regularly?
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Marking unconsidered responses

When consulting our own profile, we have access to the list of the responses (I think, comments on our answer). Sometimes, the following scenario happens: I have two or more messages in my inbox, ...
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Hide comments to view the question

Is it possible to have a button hide comments (or something like that) in order to see the question when we write the answer? When you write the answer it's often useful to see the question to have ...
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MathOverflow question links should be auto-converted to the question title

SE software automatically converts short links to questions on the same site to title-based links. For example, the bare URL https://math.stackexchange.com/q/426771 ...
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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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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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Could we encourage posting code for numerical analysis and visualizations?

Many answerers create stunning visualizations to augment their answers. Numerical analysis is often leveraged to come to results. Both are using programming knowledge as a piece of the mathematician's ...
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Should we add external searches in some help pages about search?

I think that it might be useful to add somewhere advice about other possibilities how to search. (I am not sure what would be right place, but it would be nice to have it somewhere where new users who ...
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Viewing LaTeX in a comment before posting

When I type up my answers in a text box similar to this, I am able to see what my answer will look like in a dotted rectangle right below this box, including all boldings, italics, and most especially ...
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Redirect issue for Meta

I understand that mathematics.stackexchange.com redirects to math.stackexchange.com to include non-Americans (such as me), but mathematics.meta.stackexchange.com does not redirect to the Meta and ...
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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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Why are there requirements for duplicated questions?

Today I found a questions to be a duplicate, and I even remembered that I gave an answer to the non-duplicate. As I tried to close the duplicate as a duplicate, it told me I can't choose the question ...
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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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Sorry, buster, we are going to need a valid reason

I tried to reject an edit which removed two relevant tags from a question with the following custom reason: "removes good tags". It wanted me to type more characters, so I added some spaces. ...
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Username change in @-notifications

math.stackexchange.com has a feature where we can notify users in the comments e.g. @Euler or @Klein. However I have noticed that when a user changes his name from say Euler to Gauss, any existing tag ...
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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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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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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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Request: an easy way to access the posts on meta that explain policies or serve as tutorials or lists.

Today when I was going through the questions on our main site, I saw a question that showed absolutely no effort. But the op left a sentence "don't know where to start". Then I remembered I've seen ...
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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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The unanswered questions ordering seems wrong

If you go to Unanswered Questions you'll see several highly voted questions that seem like no one will ever post an answer to. The top one, because someone answered it on MO already. The second one, ...
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Getting more and better answers from more of the users on the site.

Part of the fun of a stackexchange is the (hopefully) good-natured competition that arises naturally to see who can get the answer in "first" --an elegant reflective answer that comes a day late may ...
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Unregistered users and the new profile page

In the old profile page it was quite easy to find out if a user is unregistered. It simply said in large letters on the top of the page that the user is not registered. Is it also easy to spot ...
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An Identity Crisis

I'm raising a philosophical question, here, having to do with the format and layout of M.SE versus the stated goals. Essentially, I am asking the question of whether the format of M.SE is in alignment ...
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Two feature requests regarding deleted questions

There are two feature requests that I have been meaning to make for quite some time about deleted questions. Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question? talks about ...
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Standards of editing [duplicate]

A question posted to math.s.e. said $$ X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda) $$ and that was coded as X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda). It is obvious that the poster ...
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Authorship in Citation of Community Wiki Answers

I recently posted a question which was answered in the comments. I asked the author of the comment if they would like to post it as an answer, but since they didn't after several days I paraphrased ...
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URLs in the new look MSE [duplicate]

Can those who voted to close this as a duplicate please point me to a specific question or answer that flags this point to the StackExchange developers. In the new look and feel for MSE, links look ...
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How to find old deleted posts of my own?

I recently noted that one of my questions on meta.MSE has been deleted. Seems like it has been a victim of the auto-deletion script. I usually keep improving the English my old posts. The same issue ...
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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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Personal MathJax Macros/Shortcuts? [duplicate]

I think it would be beneficial if in our profile, we had the option to define some MathJax shortcuts, much like how we define LaTeX shortcuts in the headers of our LaTeX-Documents. This would save ...
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Google's recalled Black bar ended up here. [duplicate]

So, Google's designers finally realized that the black tool bar they were using on top of their websites was distracting, clunky, making the page look cluttered ... Google has moved away from using ...
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Request: When closing a question as duplicate, to show all the linked questions

When people post "This question is a duplicate of XXX", would it be possible for the selections shown when we decide to close a question as duplicate, to also show XXX? This could be easily done by ...
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More shortcuts while editing! Wanted: \$(\$) enter math here \$(\$)-Shortcut

By chance I realized that there are shortcuts in the Question/Answer fields. To my disappointment some useful ones are missing: ctrl+$X_1$ $ enter math here $ ...
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Comments when rejecting an edit

I just rejected a proposed edit that added a significant sentence to the post. I would have liked to leave a comment to that effect, but didn't have the option as I selected "radical edit" as the ...
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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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What's the policy on answering a question where the correct answer is simply "yes"?

Occasionally I see questions on math.SE where either the answer is completely trivial -- for example this one where the correct answer would just be "Yes. You did it correctly" -- or questions where ...
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Why is obvious spam put on hold?

This user (among others) has been posting a lot of questions lately which contain nothing but spam. I'm not sure about the reason for the posts, but I would guess it has to do with search engine ...
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Should Migration options in off topic include mathematics educators?

It seems to me that questions like this one belong to Mathematics Educators and there will be occasional others where migrating like this will be the best thing to do. There are various threads on ...
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Is it possible to know which posts were affected by user removal?

I suddenly saw that I am 20 points short, and the reputation page says that a user was removed. I am now left to wonder which posts suffered from this drop. Is it possible to add some sort of way of ...
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Edits that Substantially Extend Answers

I am seeing a great deal of suggested edits that extend non-CW answers in a significant way. I believe they are good faith attempts to "improve" an answer by filling in details, but the resulting ...

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