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Best way of asking "check my proof" questions

I am trying to learn proof based math on my own and once I construct a proof, I often have a gut feeling that it's not airtight. What is the best way of asking such questions? My findings till now: ...
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How to answer proof-verification questions?

Sometimes, proof-verification questions ask for verification of a valid and overall solid proof (some examples: What is the $\dim L(X,Y)$?, Prove $(\overline{A \cap B}) \subseteq \overline{A} \cap \...
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Are "please check my proof" type of questions proper?

I am investigating a somewhat obscure area of number theory. Can I post a proposition and a complete proof and ask people to check it?
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Closing as a duplicate if the post contains OP's own proof/solution

It is generally agreed that good question should also indicate what the OP have tried. Many people do this and we receive many questions also contain the OP's attempted proof/solution for the question ...
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Would a tag for "check-my-proof" questions be useful?

I am aware that it is probably better not to have too many meta-tags such as homework, soft-question, big-list or reference-request. Despite of this I'd like to ask other MSE users, whether they would ...
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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

I'll just put this out here. This is a sock my main account is Avnish Kabaj and user619072(now deleted sock). I've asked a couple of questions as to why my method is wrong. For some reason, users ...
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Questions that Ask to Verify Solution to Problem

Is it okay to ask questions where you give the solution and ask people to review it to see if it is correct?
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Proof-verification and duplicates.

When someone posts a question, which asks for verification of their proof of something, the mathematical content of that question will often be a duplicate of another question. Now, in order to help ...
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What is the usefulness of having "proof-verification" and "solution-verification" as different tags?

I know there is a topic about the solution-verification tag (vs proof-writing), but now we have the proof-verification tag which has affiliated 2452 questions, while "solution-verification" has only ...
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"Is this correct?" Questions

Recently, I have seen a lot of questions that essentially ask, "Is this proof correct?" or "Can you verify my work is correct?" like this one. Often, especially when the asker's work is in fact ...
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Is it OK to ask whether my proof/solution is correct if I don't have any particular doubts?

Say I've proven a theorem or found a solution to a problem. I'm close to being sure that my proof or solution is fine. However, I'm not entirely confident in my jugdement. Maybe I'm new to the topic, ...
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Proof verification types of questions

Is asking proof verification questions frowned upon here -- especially if one keeps asking such a type of question? My concerns stems from the fact if the proof is correct, users merely post "...
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(solution-verification) tag

When I was checking what appeared among newly created tags, I've noticed solution-verification. It was probably created here. This tag seems perhaps somewhat similar to proof-writing, see the ...
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Is it inappropriate to turn a proof verification question into a self-answered question?

Over a week ago I asked this question. In it, I proposed a solution and asked for it to be verified, or for an alternative solution to be suggested. Currently, there are no answers but there is one ...
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What to do with a "check/simplify my proof" type question?

After doing reading on the meta I have come to realise that asking for a verification of a proof is not necessarily a good idea. Among other reasons, it has a fair chance to be left without an answer. ...
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Should we encourage proof verification questions to turn into self answered questions?

I am wondering about if it is generally good practice to encourage someone posting about verifying their own proof to instead format their post as a question where they also post an answer? I ...
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Is it okay if I use this site to have someone check my work or give a solution?

Seeing the level of work on here and the bad feedback I have gotten makes me wonder if it is okay to use this site to check my work for errors or ask for a solution to a problem that I can't solve. I ...
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What is the protocol for telling others you have found your mistake in your working?

I sometimes ask a question which is a problem that I can't solve because I have made a calculative error. Often, all it takes is for someone to point out the small error I have made (or for me to ...
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Is there any interest in a proof proofreading site?

I envision a site where people could post their proofs -- either as answers to textbook exercises or revisions of current textbook proofs -- and get feedback on which parts might need improving, and ...
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Why does the tag "(solution-verification)" show as "(proof-verification)"?

So I want to clarify/verify a specific solution. This is my solution to a problem, so it is not like I want to verify a specific proof/theorem or clarify why and/or how it works. So, in my tags, I ...
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Do proof verification questions fit the website- evade duplicate tag - sometimes answer for them is just 'yes'

What to do when a question just wants a yes/no answer. In the case of this question of mine, the answer was a 'yes' or a 'no - and here's why'. In the case of questions with the proof verification ...
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What is best tag for "spot the mistake" questions?

Occasionally we get a question of the form: "Look at this derivation/computation. Clearly, the result is wrong. Where is the mistake?" It is slightly different from typical solution-verification ...
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Are "Verify if I'm correct" questions really on-topic?

There is a considerable amount of questions of the type Can you see if my proof/solution is correct? My question is simple: are they on-topic? My point is two-fold: I think they fail usefulness (...
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Answering "is my approach correct" with a different proof

On this site it is common to see questions where OP asks if their approach or their solution to a problem is correct. Often, people answer these questions by providing their own entirely different ...
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Asking "Where did my math go wrong" questions

Let's say a Math Exchange inquirer posts: 1) A homework problem (with book citation) 2) The inquirer's workings towards an (ultimately incorrect) final answer 3) The textbook's answer 4) And ...
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Should I post my attempt as an answer or include it in the question

As a student, I find this site to be really useful when I need help with an assignment or a concept I can't understand completely. I can often find what I need in some of the existing questions, but ...
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Solution verification questions and duplicates: proposal for discussion

When a user posts a (solution-verification) question on a problem (often a standard problem), I tend to not vote to close as a duplicate, since the user is asking for feedback on their particular ...
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Is it ok to ask for confirmation in some exercises? [duplicate]

I solve some exercises but I'm self-studying and some books do not have answers to the exercises, is it ok to ask if the solution is plausible here?
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Does the tag "proof-verification" really make sense?

Every time I see a question asking to verify a proof (usually some exercise), the tag is just not there. I often edit the question to add it but... does it really make sense to keep it? Since every ...
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Can I get [solution-validation] on my idea to remove this tag?

Related: (solution-verification) tag I was recently considering adding the solution-verification tag to one of my questions (with apologies for the shameless self-promotion), and got to thinking: is ...
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Is my solution correct? Posts

I feel bothered by questions where the body begins with a problem statement and then is followed by a giant solution and then succeeded by the question: "Can someone please tell me whether or not this ...
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Don't close solution verification as dupe, instead remove questions with the tag of [solution-verification] appearing in search

Unless the dupe target contains exact question with exact same proof (without further generality), I'd recommend not closing as dupe. I know, it can be frustrating when one sees the same question ...
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