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Questions tagged [specific-question]

Please use this tag when you want to draw attention to a specific question on the main site. For example, if you want to draw high-rep users to close/reopen/edit a question, if you want to discuss the necessity of locking/protecting a question, etc. Do not use if your intention is to discuss/ask about a general issue, and you merely use questions as examples.

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Book recommendation opinion based?

The question Recommendation for books on topology (light reads) was closed as opinion based. What is the purpose of the book recommendation tag if not for exactly what it was used for here?
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Why was “Rational numbers - sticks and stones” deleted?

Could some 10k or ♦ mod shed some light on why this question was deleted? I understand that there may have been a good reason for it, but the error page I'm getting doesn't really explain it, beyond ...
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Creating a solutions manual within a single math.SE question

Very recently the following "question" was posted on the main site Solutions to "Vakil - Foundations of Algebraic Geometry" exercises The purpose of this "question" is to create a ...
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What's going on with this Batman question?

Can somebody explain to me how the question Is this Batman equation for real? has come to grow so immensely popular in such a short time? I mean: it was posted 17 hours ago and it already approaches ...
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What is our policy on questions that are quite clearly homework? [duplicate]

What's the policy with questions like Prove: $(a + b)^{n} \geq a^{n} + b^{n}$ https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1350/is-the-set-of-polynomials-of-degree-2-a-vector-space which are, I think, ...
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Re-asking a question to get rid of a negative score?

There is a rather nice question in the group-theory tag at the moment. It deals with the pre-requisites needed to understand a rather famous result. You can find the question here. An answer to this ...
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Voting to close a question because one thinks it is extremely specialised

My question was recently voted to be closed. One member said it was because the question is extremely specialised. I don't think it is extremely specialised. It's a criterion of a prime being ...
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Changing the question and invalidating previous answer.

I know that this is a common problem, one very much discussed in meta. But what I want to know is if I made a good call in this particular instance. I posted this question a few minutes ago on MSE. ...
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“What are the implications of the discovery of the kalle-numbers ?”

I don't like the way this question is worded, but I don't want to take unilateral action against it. I feel like it is breaking some kind of implied social norm but as far as I can tell there is ...
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Can we finally kill .999=1?

This has been mentioned before (notably, here by Akhil). But this question is tenacious indeed. For the past three(maybe four days), it has jumped up to the top. Frankly, I am tired of seeing it. I ...
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Infinite monkeys typing on infinite keyboards, will they ever produce silly answers like on this question?

I'm referring of course to Given an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite amount of time, would one of them write Hamlet? The question is legit and not bad, the first few answers were serious ...
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Why has this excellent question been put on hold?

This question has been put on hold although it is very precisely formulated and evokes an interesting and underestimated property of rings. The question is intimately related to a useful concept in ...
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On the reception of “Real World Application” questions

I have come across a couple of questions which have asked about the "Real World" applications of things (specifically, of the Fibonacci series and of Groups, Rings and Fields). It seems to me that ...
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Question “voluntarily removed by author” immediately after answer

So this topic has been discussed multiple times on Meta. I am posting this to report a specific incident. This homework question was deleted by its author shortly after an answer was posted. Yes, the ...
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Re: Mathematicians whose names are commonly mispronounced

I am strongly in favour of closing this question. There are other formulations that would have been appropriate: Are there any dictionaries, online sites, etc that give the correct pronunciation of ...
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What's wrong with a user posting different and independent answers to a question?

When I posted different answers to a question, some people seemed to frown upon it. Is $G/pG$ is a $p$-group?
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Regarding the question on “Conics passing through integer lattice points”.

I am making this post in regards to the ongoing delete/undelete skirmish (let's at least change the monotonicity of the use of "war"). The old version of the question is here, the current version (...
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Why was the Hamlet question reopened?

After the Why was the Hamlet question closed? reinvoked the interest of some users, the question was reopened. I would like to open this to discussion, since I think that we should have let the ...
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Use of moderator power to close questions

Look at the question on Ito's lemma which has been closed with only two close votes. I believe that it is a valid question - while this type of question would probably be closed on MathOverflow, it ...
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Removed Question vs Reputation

Recently, I lost $60$ points of my reputation because a question was removed. The question wasn't a Spam, it was a simple question of fractions but useful for the OP. The question was Determine if $\...
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Question where the question is an image [duplicate]

Is https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/762121/can-someone-check-my-reduction-of-power-work an allowed question? The question is an image not in text - the image can be removed at some time and ...
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Questions not accessible from main page

It appears that certain questions are not accessible from the main page, e.g. this question: Re-writing sign basis. I finally got it over the user's page, but the links on the main page or the tag ...
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A deleted answer

12 days ago I asked a question: $\text{Hom}(\mathbb{F}_p G, M)$ and $H^1(G,M)$ I got an answer quickly. I'm looking for it now, but the answer was deleted. I don't know why it was deleted, but I'm ...
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What is the deal with this “troll” question? [closed]

About an hour ago, an apparently brand-new user posted this absurd question. Because I suspect it will be deleted soon, here it is in full: Physics teacher gave really hard math problem I ...
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Kafkaesque question closure(s)

This question seems about to be closed (4 votes currently), because it is (supposedly) "not about math as defined in the help center." Can anyone explain this to me (if there is an explanation)? I ...
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Why is “infinity minus infinity” a Community Wiki question?

I have an inquiry on the grounds of curiosity. The following question has been marked Community Wiki on August 31st: What is the result of infinity minus infinity? From my understanding, you have a ...
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Deleted questions

I had previously posted some questions, and they have now been deleted without notice. I am not certain of what happened to them. If I could be shown the questions and given an explanation by a ...
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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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Guerilla reposting of a question that no one answered

Recently, a question and its variants were posted on MSE (and cross-posted on MO as well, if that matters) using different new user accounts: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1422693/a-...
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Asked a trivial question, got a simple answer,was put on hold. Should I delete it?

I was sleepy eyed when reading a text and a statement did not register in my mind. Asked it on MSE, and promptly downvoted,but got a detailed answer. It was later put on hold for lacking context. I do ...
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math.SE is no reddit… or is it?

I'm surprised and worried by the fact that the question about Collatz conjecture stays opened. Let me explain myself. There were many cases, when different people couldn't agree whether some ...
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Should the old “losing Bill D.” thread be undeleted and re-locked?

In recent events Bill D. has left the site. During a now-closed thread pointing that out a comment was linking to the previous thread started by the user Math Gems when Bill was suspended for a month. ...
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Is it ok not to accept answer to a specific question?

Is it ok not to accept answer to a question because each of the answers that has been given so far has some points that other answers don't and furthermore all of them are useful to the OP? Actually ...
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Should this question be closed as duplicate?

Here we have an interesting situation: the question Is an algebraic integer all of whose conjugates have absolute value 1 a root of unity? was asked. While there doesn't seem to be an exact ...
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“Is mathematics based on lies?”

What do you think of this question? Initially, one of the issues was excessive capitalization, but do you think that it's appropriate otherwise? I can see what the author is asking, but one could ...
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Reopened question

What was the rationale for reopening this question this question? (The initial comments refer to the link that is struck out. But the subject of my query is the other link) My understanding was that ...
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How could the “Properties of 2015” question be on-topic?

The question Is there something special about 2015? has just popped on the reopen queue. Although I agree that it is not right for Math.SE as it is (too broad and it inherently doesn't have a correct ...
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Why this question on AC in proof of FLT was marked as duplicate? [closed]

Why this question was marked as duplicate of this one? The former asks if AC can be removed from Wiles's proof of FLT. The latter asks ...
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Quotes question should be closed

I have voted to close "What is your favorite Math Quote". I think this question is outside what we hope to silly filling up the site. My comment indicating that it should probably be closed has four ...
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Working Towards Re-Opening (Undefinably large algebra?) [duplicate]

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/685061/undefinably-large-algebra?noredirect=1#comment1437509_685061 The question has been substantially rewritten since being put on hold. Any further ...
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Why isn't the batman question closed?

I was just curious to know, why the Batman question is not closed? As far I know, it provides no insight and no proof that the person did research before they posted the question. Are we just keeping ...
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Is there an issue with this question?

After spending quite a bit of time trying to crack a problem about the convexity of a multivariate function by myself, I asked this question a couple of days ago: Convexity of difference of log-sum-...
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Is this question appropriate? (1=5, 2=10, etc.)

I was wondering about the following question -- what do you think about puzzles of this type (that are looking for an answer which is obtained by what I would describe as 'non-mathematical trickery' [...
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Question deleted by Community

This question is interesting, but I found it deleted by Community. I'd like to know who actually delete the questions under this generic name, and what are the the reasons behind such decisions.
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How did this question get so famous?

In these volatile days of dramatic arguments over meta, my suspicion alarm is set to a much more sensitive threshold. And I wonder, https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/256816/if-n-the-order-of-a-...
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Why was “Equilateral triangle and a parabola” deleted?

I came across this deleted question (10k+ only) in the mod tools overview. I don't understand why the question was deleted. As far as I can see, it is a completely appropriate, non-spammy, non-...
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Problem statement questions sometimes very much upvoted

I was browsing at MSE and this question came to my eye: Let $a_{i} \in\mathbb{R}$ ($i=1,2,\dots,n$), and $f(x)=\sum_{i=0}^{n}a_{i}x^i$ such that if $|x|\leqslant 1$, then $|f(x)|\leqslant 1$. Prove ...
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Is it good, if I insert my problem on public chat to get more attention?

I've doubt on some questions. I've worked with these with my best, when I'm not satisfied with my solution or if there were any ambiguity. I've tried to edit, set bounty etc., then I've got some ...
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Locked question concerning contest problem

This question has come to my attention: Prove this inequality with $xyz\le 1$. It has been locked and it seems appropriate to make a meta post about it. I'm not requesting to unlock, I just think ...
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How do I ask an open question?

The question that I asked here: Open Problems Of Clay Mathematics Institute has been put on hold since it is an opinion-based question. So, how do I ask an open question NICELY, one whose answers ...