Questions tagged [soft-question]

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Letting less-reputable people answer questions

I'm a soon to be math graduate student and thought that this site would be a good learning environment for my extracurricular endeavors. Through my experience here, I've come to realize that a lot of ...
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About posting identical answers to a question

I've been a fairly active member for about a month, and I first of all want to say that this is a terrific site for someone like me that loves to mess around with challenging problems for no reason ...
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Distribution of time to first answer in MathStackExchange?

Has anybody got the information on the distribution of the time interval between posting of a question and the posting of the first answer to that question (answer need not be accepted)? I believe ...
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Is it annoying that I don't answer questions and just ask?

Hi I'm pretty new with math.se, well I think I am, I have been getting a lot of great answers from a lot of smart and reliable people. However, I am starting to feel kinda bad because I never answer ...
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What kinds of soft questions are acceptable at math.stackexchange?

I have asked Is remaining single helpful in mathematical career? today and it was put on hold as off-topic. While How hard should a mathematician work? is acceptable with many positive votes and ...
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Do those red cubes aligned circulary next to MATHEMATICS have any mathematical significance?

Or they just look fancy and that's why it was put there ?
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Should we eliminate [soft-question]?

Given "The Death of Meta Tags", should we eliminate the [soft-question] tag? Near as I can tell, there are three types of questions tagged with [soft-question]: those that are also tagged [big-list] ...
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Why are there active users who do not ask questions?

A surprising kind of (a lot of) active users: Those who don't ask question. For example: Robert Israel 2,729 Answers, 0 Questions. Brian M. Scott 5,847 Answers, 0 Questions. André Nicolas 5,528 ...
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How to make a question regarding proof verification more interesting and more attractive?

Since I self-study mathematical analysis without formal teacher, I can only appeal to help from out site most of the time. It's obvious that to grasp the underlying concepts in mathematics, we must ...
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Answering your own question

Is it allowed to answer question you asked ? When I press answer button, one of options is "Are you sure you want to answer your own question?" I answered one of question I asked and got in trouble ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

StackOverflow has quite the reputation as a toxic site, mostly for being unwelcoming to new users. But what's MathSE's general reputation? For users who are teachers, have you heard any of your ...
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$\pi + e$ is irrational, I want to share but nervous.

I have the proof for $\pi + e$ being irrational. Honestly, I’ve been delving into irrational analysis for awhile now, and I got lucky stumbling into a solution. I’m not an amateur mathematician, but ...
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Blackboard bold

Why do people use blackboard bold here and elsewhere in print? I thought the whole point of the font was as a substitute for bold when one was writing out something by hand. Shouldn't we be using ...
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Are "soft questions" "opinion based"? How about vice versa?

There is a tag called "soft questions", which is described as follows: For questions whose answers can't be objectively evaluated as correct or incorrect, but which are still relevant to ...
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I feel mathematically inadequate for this site. What level are the majority of questions?

I visit this site alot (even though I have only just signed up, I was a big reader), as it helps me understand important mathematics and was a big help when I was a student. However, despite ...
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Why are people so interested in finding limits without l'Hôpital's rule?

It is not difficult to find questions about evaluating limits without the use of l'Hôpital's rule. As long as the function is differentiable, not directly reducible and tends towards an intermediate ...
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Looking for other math forums for more "soft" discussions

Well, I don't even know if meta is the right place to ask this, but I thought it suited more than the standard Math Stack Exchange. As a mathematics undergrad student, I usually face some questions ...
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Are career related questions allowed?

Are questions about asking career advice and opportunities removed ? I have seen such some question with up votes and answers, while other are down voted and removed. Are there particular career ...
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What are some examples of good questions falling under the tags (soft-question), (advice), (career-development)?

What are some examples of good questions falling under the following tags? soft-question advice career-development I am asking this question because often, positive reactions from users towards ...
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Can the chat be used to discuss opinionated questions

After reading: Where to have discussions about intuition? It's pretty explicit that the main Q&A site isn't for gathering opinions or general extended discussion about math/math related topics (...
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Popular soft questions

I have seen multiple questions tagged with the tag soft-question. However, one thing that I've noticed is that almost immediately, these questions get voted down or they are flagged. On the tag page,...
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Would a question asking "Is Theorem X interesting enough to be submitted for publication?" appropriate for MSE?

I have recently proved something (let's call it theorem X) which seems to be a cute, elementary result (I certainly do not mean Riemann, Goldbach etc.) I would like to post the following question: "Do ...
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Merging of accounts

I had to create a new account due circumstances beyond my control. I already have an account with the same user name (kuku) and I was wondering if someone could merge my accounts. I tried to ask over ...
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Has it become too hard to write self-answered questions?

Recently I posted a self-answered question which I had been working on in the Sandbox for drafts of long, complex posts for $2$ months (August $10^{th}$ to October $10^{th}$), which underwent $44$ ...
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