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How to deal with cranks

Katie's question (which, one should note, is not written seriously but precisely as a test question intended to establish policy) brings up this topic. There are a lot of mathematics websites out ...
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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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Proof Verification of Open Problems

Over the past few days, I've noticed several proof verification questions regarding open problems. On one, quid left the comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for ...
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Are teaching/applications off-topic? Vote off-topic only if community consensus?

Recently I was a bit disappointed by the closure as off-topic various questions on teaching and applications of mathematics, e.g. today: this question on why the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra is not ...
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Should we discourage the use of multiple redundant @username pings in comments?

EDIT $\ $ There is now an "experimental" SE software revision blocking comments with multiple @name's, see Jeff Atwood's answer below. As was mentioned in this recent question, only the first @name ...
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Is it OK for a user to ask other users to vote for him as a quid pro quo for voting their questions?

Perhaps it is not an issue in sites like MathOverflow because it is really shameful for a prestigious professor to get involve in such childish games but in Math.Stackexchange it could happen. Here ...
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Math exchange's policies for online exams and COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, almost all US colleges and universities are going fully online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes online or take home final exams in classes ...
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Should rings be considered non commutative if the question doesn't imply they are commutative?

A debate in comments was raised by the question Showing that the only idempotents in $R$ are zero and one the relevant part of which is Let $R$ be a ring with $1$ and suppose $R$ has no zero ...
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Policy on posting links to pirated content?

Do we have a policy about users posting links to sites that feature pirated content? Like sites offering "free" copies of my book, for example? (see comment at the bottom). Edit: in case you'...
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Rude comments embedded in user profiles

I have a problem with a particular user's profile, specifically this line: See what's going on with my answers. They take the hints and ideas from my answers and then they down vote and delete them....
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math.SE policy on question from ongoing contests

Triangle Geometry Question That is a question from the Online Math Open which is currently in progress.I would be grateful to know about math.stackexchange's policy on such matters. Please see ...
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Policies on counterproductive retagging sprees

I have just noticed that, right now, old questions in field theory and Galois theory are being brought up because someone is tagging them ring-theory, for instance here, here, or here. This somewhat ...
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Community Wiki?

Every so often I run into a question which I think should be community wiki. I am usually not sure about flagging since some of them have been around for a while and the question of why did noone ...
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Should we allow ads for sites that aren't necessarily completely free?

One of my ads is subject to contention due to the fact that the site it's an ad for (Wolfram Alpha) isn't based off a free engine, though the site itself is free. Do we allow ads for commercial ...
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How To Avoid A Retag War?

The layman often thinks that logic is meant for anything solved using good logical thinking. Many newcomers would think that set-theory fits any question involving sets of numbers. Obviously other ...
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What to do about a plagiarized post?

I recently noticed that a user has copied one my posts without crediting me. Who do I contact here about this and how?
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Can the site-design be improved to be more welcoming to new users?

I think that the design of MSE could be more welcoming to new users. I don't know how much effort it would take and of course that should be considered. My view is as someone who is relatively new to ...
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A questionably closed question on characterizations of primes.

I'm puzzled why this question on characterizations of primes was closed as "nonconstructive" or "not a real question". I cast the first vote to reopen and I encourage others to do so. Please note ...
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What to do when someone is answering a question that he/she has no clue about?

It ought to be common knowledge that you should answer only questions that you know an answer to. Well, sometimes mistakes can happen and the answer becomes erroneous. That usually happen because 1.) ...
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Proper notice to posters unfamiliar with S.E. customs

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1356481/complete-the-square-on-x210x9-0 I put this comment under the question above: Probably the reason for the down-vote and the votes to close the ...
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Deleting questions with upvotes, or with upvoted answers.

Sometimes, poorly formulated questions contain enough information to answer them and, more importantly, for the community to find them interesting enough. Then I found that there is a race between ...
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Are questions about ideas in preprints off-topic?

Another note: (Since the first one wasn’t heeded...) OK, so the question was closed again. My appeal below was to both sides of the issue, so even though five people sought fit to do otherwise, ...
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Closed as off-topic after asking and answering own question

I came across a question by a new user where he had asked a question and answered it himself right away (since he had read the guidelines that says that this is encouraged). The question which was a ...
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Policy guidelines on asking homework questions

Hi, I have noticed recently the big debate going on here about homework questions. On our student support site, for each course that a student is enrolled in there is a forum specific to the course. ...
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Policy on hyperlink shortening/redirection sites

While reviewing a LQ post, I found the answer contained a link, purportedly to a video providing a proof requested in the respective question. However the link was presented as a bit.ly "shortened" ...
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Questions about motivations of a given mathematical view

This is closely related to, but I don't think a duplicate of, this meta-question. Is it appropriate to ask questions about why, e.g., a constructive mathematician might believe classical mathematics ...
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On approvals of suggested edits

The following edit should not have been approved. It gives 2 points of reputation to some random dude adding absolutely nothing to an already accepted answer. This is a request: please do not just ...
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On choral answers

I've seen more than a couple of times the following phenomenon: someone asks a question, and it gets several, essentially equivalent (non-simultaneous) answers, all of which differ only in small ...
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Should moderators recuse themselves from closing or locking meta questions about their own conduct?

Kaestur Hakarl has closed a meta question about his conduct that should remain open because there is substantive discussion that is taking place. Meta is for users to discuss issues, and his proposed ...
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Is there a certain policy with yes/no questions?

I always feel weird posting yes or no questions because in short someone ultimately answers the question with a simple 2 or 3 letter word and then I'm choosing a correct answer that didn't really give ...
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What are ongoing non-proctored mathematical competitions where math.SE could be used to cheat?

The purpose of this thread is to list the mathematical competitions where math.SE based cheating is relevant. This is useful for two purposes: (1) To understand the scope of the problem and (2) To aid ...
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Asking questions whose answers are clearly known to the OP

What is the Math.SE take on questions like Perfect set without rationals, whose answer, judging from the comment, is known to the OP?
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Is one allowed to post in her/his blog an answer to a question she/he asked?

If someone asks here (in the main site) a question and is pleased with a particular answer he/she got, may it be posted in his/her blog without asking permission to the answerer? Edit: One should ...
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What questions should be community wiki?

Under what circumstances should a question be made community wiki? Probably any question asking for a list of something (e.g. 1) must be CW. What else? What about questions asking for a list of ...
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User flooding the site with questions - more than 6/day

In the past couple of days one user has asked over 6 questions per day. Is this behavior that we should allow?
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Is it our responsibility to police for competition/exam/etc questions?

The recent posts about assisting organizations to help hindering cheaters in competitions / tests (e.g. PRIMES and a Polish Math Olympiad) made me think: Is it our responsibility to police for ...
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Using text and MathJax instead of screenshot.

I would suggest the community simply close questions containing screenshots of text. I can understand a screenshot of a figure, but if the text part of a question can be easily typeset with the built-...
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Unearthing ancient «not an answer»s

There has been a strike recently of users flagging answers in very old posts as «not an answer». While I appreciate the intent of cleaning up -- in most cases the answers flagged are not actual ...
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Would questions like “I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc” be welcome here?

Would questions like "I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc" be welcome here? Where Foo is field of mathematics of course. I haven't seen any yet, but they aren't ...
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Clarification on what to do if I am seeking feedback on a solution

I am currently studying a couple of disciplines on my own through reading. Have a couple of queries regarding he usage of this site.. $Q_1$: What is the site policy on posting solutions to exercises ...
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How to clean up after multiple questions were posted as one question, then reposted individually

A user asked a question with multiple unrelated parts (three problems and their answers from a book, which the OP wanted help in understanding). Someone advised that the different problems in this "...
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What is the preferred way to link references to published material?

I'm asking this since I've already found myself in two minds a couple times about how to refer to a book when answering a question. I've seen many people link to Google Books previews, when available,...
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Question on proofs with text-&-LaTeX images

Two days ago, I saw a stochastic process question which contained images that could be completely $\rm\TeX$ified. Based on several related questions found on this site, I think those images should be ...
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Should I delete my answer if it is identical to others

I found a couple of similar questions. But don't think any of it answers my query. But if this is a duplicate I apologise and please point me towards the original. On a couple of occasions now I ...
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PLEASE exercise more restraint before voting to close - discuss here first

I think that we should have discussed here the question "Integral Representation of Infinite series" before it was closed. Students often have questions about such topics so the replies could have ...
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A question on formal citation

I could not find a question on this topic. I was hoping although audience may range from professionals, students to laymen, should we push for readers to cite formally following MLA, Chicago or any ...
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Where should I put this question?

I submitted this question: Difference between dynamic system and complex system And it was noted to me that this didn't belong to the site, so the first thing I ask is: why? and the second is: Where ...
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On deleting vs. closing duplicate questions.

Recently a question was deleted by the OP after it was pointed out in comments that it was a duplicate. I was in the process of composing an answer, but I was not able to post it when I finished since ...
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How to deal with users padding their answers with custom signatures?

I'd like to start by clarifying that this is not a question about whether custom signatures in posts should be allowed. That issue has been discussed before, and the SE policy on the matter is pretty ...
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Censorship of swear words on mathSE

(This issue has been discussed before, specifically here. A different kind of censorship has been discussed here.) There are two reasons I am bringing this up again. Firstly, the previous ...