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Is there any way to see my deleted questions or answers?

Previously I deleted some of my questions, I wonder if there is a way to see (only) my deleted questions?
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Announcing a third-party search engine for Math StackExchange.

Approach0 is a math-aware search engine. “Math-aware” means you can add math expression(s) as some of your keywords to have search engine help you find similar expressions. Check out here: https://...
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How do you search for duplicates?

Sometimes I am really surprised how fast are the duplicates of new question found, given that we have vast amount of questions here. I hope posting this question here can be useful and can lead to ...
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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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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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What is the best way to search for a math equation on the internet?

I just asked the question: prove that $\int_{0}^{1}x^{-x}dx=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{-n}$. I do not know of a good way to search an equation (nor did I know this equality is known as sophomore's dream) ...
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How do you search for specific questions?

I have noticed that a lot of times people ask a question and a duplicate is instantly found. It's not necessarily true that the person hasn't tried to look up the question, but it is just hard to ...
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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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Searching for accented characters is too strict

A search for "lindelof" and a search for "lindelöf" produce different results. In some sense the results are correct, since the first search finds only those posts that mention "lindelof" and the ...
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How to browse or search comments?

SE is already very good in keeping each individual user's record on their questions raised and their answers posted. I am wondering is it also possible to keep track of their comments made too? Then ...
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I can't search on ^

I was trying to search for duplicates for this question: How to define the $0^0$? But it's very hard to do this, as the search engine seem to ignore the ^ symbol. Searching for "0^0" or "0 0" give ...
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How does one search for questions and answer by specific user and by date?

I have recently had a maths puzzle I got stuck on. I am nearly 100% sure that I've seen the answer to this question on this site. I only know potential users that might have asked/answered the ...
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How to search for a formula/expression

Suppose I want to search for instances where an expression similar to $x_n^2-x_{n-1}x_{n+1}$ shows up. How would I do that? I suppose the question goes beyond searching MSE. Are there search engines ...
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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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How to intersect users and tags?

I would like to see all the questions with a given tag that user xxx has asked or answered. How do I do that? Edit I have received three fine explanations, more than completely answering my ...
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Searching for questions asked between two dates

How do you search for a question asked between two dates? I know the tag of the question and some words from the question body.
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How to efficiently use Google to search Math.SE content?

Regulars know that the built-in site search often fails to find relevant posts. Using the same search term in Google and adding site:math.stackexchange.com tends to ...
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“Maybe answered questions” box on “Ask Question” page is much more useful than “Search Q&A”

I often find that "Search Q&A" is quite useless when I want to find a question or something related to it. But I've also noticed that when I'm about to ask a question, the "Questions that may ...
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Is it possible to know the questions and answers by a no longer user?

When a user decides to delete their own account or when for some reason the account is deleted, then you can't see any information about the user, you can't click on the name of the user. Is it ...
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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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How to sort new questions by votes

Suppose I want to sort questions by votes asked in the last 3 days. Can this be done? It is already great that users can view questions based on "newest" and "votes" options, but I am wondering ...
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Formatting in the Search Results page breaks when the query contains certain terms

I've noticed that when a search query contains terms that are usually typeset in $\LaTeX$, the formatting in the Search Results page becomes messed up. I'm assuming this issue occurs because the ...
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How to search for links to a particular external site?

Setup: Cooler heads and wiser minds than mine, please consider. I came across a Question that struck me as chatty and not suitable for StackExchange, much less Math.SE. The initial response was ...
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How to search in favorite questions?

As the number of my favorite questions increase, it becomes harder to find them in the list. Is there a way to search in my favorite questions? Also, would it be possible to search in another user's ...
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How to search among comments?

I remember someone mentioned about the meaning of "order" in first order language and second order language in a comment to one of my questions. But I searched with "first order" with my id "user:1281"...
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Access to question posts from previous years.

As far as I know, to search posts, say, from 2016, requires a tremendous amount of effort: From the "Newest" tab on main math.se, one can search up to five pages back, and then can choose up to 7 ...
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What is the efficient way to search post with pictures/images?

I have answered quite a few posts with pictures/images. Is there a way to search MSE so that it lists all my posts, where I have used an image/picture?
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Excerpts in search results breaks MathJax fragments

For example: https://math.stackexchange.com/search?q=conditional+expectation+user%3Auser130272 The problem, of course, is that the excerpt extraction code apparently is not aware of MathJax ...
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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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Improving the search system

When recognizing some questions as duplicates, sometimes it is difficult to find the original question one remembers. For instance, I recently saw a question asking to prove that $$\forall x\in(-1,1),\...
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Provide a way to search for a user's answers to closed questions

The only notification one gets that a question they've answered has met with others' dissatisfaction is when it has been deleted and their reputation is reduced. It would be nice if a user, who has ...
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See questions recently posed by “high-rep” users

Often times I just browse through some of the questions on MSE, and I've noticed that many of the questions posed by lower-rep users (for example, <500) don't show as much effort, aren't as ...
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Searching comments

While looking over some material concerning "separable differential equations", I remembered a conversation I had (via comments) with another MSE user and wanted to find said conversation. I ...
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Finding protected questions

How do I find the list of protected questions? I've seen a couple of protected questions for which I could not see a reason for protection and I'd like to find more.
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Browsing unregistered users?

Is there any way to browse answers by unregistered users and/or browse unregistered users? I understand that you have not indexed them for search but the data is clearly there somewhere in your ...
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Searching for a question

I entered the following into the search box and came up empty: \lim_{n\to\infty}(1+\frac xn)^n I'd like to know whether someone has posted this question: How does one prove that $$ \lim_{n\to\infty}\...
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Visited questions are practically indistinguishable in search results

On the front page of the site, as well in most other views (questions, tags) the questions one has visited have a different, lighter color: rgb(20,93,138) compared ...
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How to search for postings of user X with tag Y? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to search for postings of a known member John Doe under the tag Calculus. What steps do I take? Similarly: How do I search for responses of user X to questions which have tag Y?
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Search automatically assuming tags

I was searching for measure-theory questions which had the word "algebra" in them. At first I was searching "algebra [measure-theory]" and much to my surprise the result was that it searched for "[...
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How can I query the question database?

How can I query the question database? For example, at this moment I would like to see the questions with 0 answers for the tag elementary-number-theory. Is there a query syntax? Are there more query ...
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Not having pure Latex as titles

A few times I have been told to not to turn the titles to Latex only as that stops them from being indexed by search engines. I see two problems with that : 1.What seems natural humans behaviour ...
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search among formerly featured questions

As far as I know, there is no “been formerly attributed a bounty” tag in the search options? I tend to like featured questions even when the bounty is no longer active and such a feature would be ...
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How to look up users' specific answers?

I am looking for a search function that describes users' answers with their tags as the variable. For example, if I wanted to look up Scott's answers with the restriction that it is limited to soft-...
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How can I search questions asked a specific period of time?

As stated in the title, I do not know how to do that... I see only things arrange questions like "newest, votes, active"...Thanks in advance.
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MathJax tutorial for linear programming missing in search results

Background An answer for typing linear-programming questions in mathjax has been added to MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference since one year. Problem I attempted to find it by search on this ...
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How do we mark a question with standard Greek variables so that Google will direct someone who searched with English variables to that page?

In mathematics, oftentimes tradition dictates a standard to use non-English variables such as using Greek letters to represent ordinals and cardinals in set theory. How can we mark such questions so ...
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find a specific question on Main

I just answered another question on $2^4 = 4^2.$ Does anyone know how to find the question where someone had a decent conjecture on all rational solutions to $x^y = y^x?$ Turns out all rational ...
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filter answers by tags when viewing profile

This question is very basic so please bear with me. I cannot figure out how to sort or filter answers by tags when I view my history of posts and replies in my math.se profile. It has got to the point ...