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Unfair duplicate label [duplicate]

With regard to this question which was labeled a duplicate, I wish to understand how to best register my disagreement with that labeling. The alleged original question asks for a short proof of the ...
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Is this a really bad answer?

Edit: I can't delete this because it has an answer, so I'll just say that I'm pretty embarrassed by this whole epsidode. I was quite unfamiliar with the site at the time. OP: I don't know whether ...
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Question marked as duplicate, but I think I'm asking a different question

I recently asked this question about building an intuition for summations of divergent series. The question was based on the fact I had recently learned that $1 + 2 + 3 + ... = \frac{-1}{12}$. My ...
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Reason for not getting answers

I have recently asked 3 questions without getting any answers and getting very low views, I want to know why so I can maybe change these questions? Are they unreadable or not clear? Because I'm not ...
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If the answer to question B answers question A, should question A be considered a duplicate?

The question Fields and proper subfields., which asks if a field can be isomorphic to a proper subfield was closed as a duplicate of Algebraic closure of $\mathbb{C}(x)$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{C}$. ...
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Why is this clear question get flagged as unclear?

When this question: Olympiad problem generalization was first posted, it was immediately met with a number of close vote (or at least that's what I heard). Then a heated discussion ensue about whether ...
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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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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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Why was the soft question on “Maths at university” closed?

Why was the following question closed? https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/609099/maths-at-university/ I ask because it is a very natural question, and one which has the potential to be useful ...
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Why was this question put on hold for off-topic?

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/613264/xy-for-small-values-of-x-and-y-the-op-has-requested-that-this-question-b But it should be put on hold for duplicate. Why on hold for off-topic? It is ...
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Is it OK to flag an accepted answer because contains a significant, conceptual error?

In this question: What does $dx$ mean? someone asked what the "$dx$" in an indefinite integral meant. In one of the answers, which was accepted, the answer began by saying "Formally, $dx$ does not ...
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I've put a large bounty to get the attention or to get a good answer, I got neither.

I put a large bounty on this question to get a full detailed answer or to at least to draw some attention and get it up-voted. The bounty ends tomorrow and I got none. What should I do? I feel maybe ...
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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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Why was the question “Could the concept of “finite free groups” be possible?” closed?

Why was the following question closed as "unclear what you're asking"? Could the concept of “finite free groups” be possible? The question seems perfectly fine to me, with no unclearness or ...
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Why are there close votes for “The kernel of free group map to surface group”?

Why are there 3 votes to close the following question? The kernel of free group map to surface group It seems like a perfectly legitimate (and interesting) question to me.
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A question of mine has apparently vanished

It was titled something like: 3-d representation of CQHRL(5). If I deleted this, it was not intentional. Can someone restore this question? Thanks in advance.
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Why was this question “Norm of the product of two regular ideals of an order of an algebraic number field” put on hold?

I have no idea why this question should be put on hold. Please let me know the reason. Otherwise I cannot improve it. EDIT(Nov. 12, 2013) I rephrased Remark to make it shorter and clearer. And I ...
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After how much time are the on-hold/closed questions rechecked?

I asked physics related question on 28 october. It was put on hold 'cause it wasn't clear. I changed the question context to a very specific example but worthless then I changed the whole question ...
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What's meaning of formula should used?

Today I saw the question Denoting the set of initial segments of a binary sequence, which searches for a formula. It got put on hold as an unclear question. I guess that the unclearness was from ...
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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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Closing a question on comparing books.

The following question was closed because it was "too broad". What are the differences between Jacobson's "Basic Algebra" and "Lectures in Abstract Algebra"? The question ...
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How to approach an unanswerable question?

In this question the user asks an interesting and natural question: "A computer has produced this list of numbers. I want to know how it does this." Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered ...
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How to Adapt or Emend : Specific Advice/Tips to Streamline Studying Math

What can be edited to reopen and refine Specific Advice/Tips to Streamline Studying Math ? There are $4$ upvotes on the question and $7$ upvotes on my answer (as of Dec 23 2013). In the spirit of ...
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Why these questions are not duplicates?

There are these two questions: (Theoretical) Multivariable Calculus Textbooks References for the multivariable calculus I was wondering why no one has marked them as duplicate of each other. Or is ...
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What's wrong with my question? (math history)

This is the my first time posting here, the reason is that a few days ago I asked this question. Although I got 2 upvotes no one answered anything, I'm usually very disciplined on how and what I can ...
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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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How do I find my old questions on here?

I asked a couple of questions on here that I want to find, but I can't find them because I don't see any options that let me review my old questions. Thank you
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Recent deletion of a question

There was a recent homework question that went along the lines of finding integer solutions to $(4x^2-1)(4y^2-1)=(4z^2-1)^2$, but it seems to be deleted now. Is this correct? I don't have 10k ...
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Lost a question I answered

Yesterday I answered a question in a somewhat unsatisfactory way. Today I worked out the kind of answer the questioner really wanted, but now I can't find the question. Question was: g(x) = [f(x)-f(...
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User's computer does not render mathjax

I was trying to answer this question, and it seems that the asker can't view mathjax. I have no idea how to troubleshoot this kind of issue, so some help here would be much appreciated. Any ideas as ...
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Please undelete my answer

My answer to this question was deleted. I don't agree with banning a non-homework question showing no effort. What if someone asks a question like the Fermat's last theorem without showing no ...
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Why my comments were deleted from this question?

Why my comments were deleted from this question? I asked the OP the definition of the principal $n$-th root of $x$, where $x$ is a real number. I exchanged comments with the OP on that.
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What's wrong with this question?

It got 2 down votes and 3 close votes. What's wrong with it? Classification of all semisimple rings of a certain order
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Protocol for duplicate questions

I've asked this question, only to realize that my question is a duplicate of another, though perhaps of a slightly different flavor. What should I do? Does this mean that I should delete my ...
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Was this question really “not a real question”?

I know this is a relatively old question, but the fact that it got such a negative reaction seemed very strange to me. I hope it's not in poor tact to bring attention to this, but I feel like it might ...
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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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Questionable question deletion [closed]

What is the most efficient numerical base system? was a perfectly good question that accumulated a few good references in the comments when the OP deleted it. What should be done in this sort of ...
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Rephrasing math-history question on hold

I am not to familiar with the procedures at meta and hope this is the right place to formulate a request concerning help with rephrasing a question. The question Is mathematical history written by ...
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Double standard in 'good answer' criteria and question reopening

The question Intuition about whether to switch in box problem was closed as a duplicate of Card doubling paradox. The OP of the duplicate question needs further clarifications after reading the ...
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How long can my post be locked pending resolution?

Several hours ago, a post of mine was locked. locked by Alex Becker♦ 8 hours ago This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. For more info visit meta. This ...
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Lost question - how can I find it again?

A long time ago, I asked a question to the effect of: If choice fails, can the cardinal numbers still be totally ordered? Or something like that. Anyway, as I recall, Asaf Karagila gave a rather ...
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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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Community wiki: really?

The 'community wiki' tag on the sister question doesn't seem to be appropiate by its definition, since neither the questions nor given answers are suitable for multiple editors - not at all. Is this ...
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Is the 'sister' question on topic?

I suspect we've all seen My sister absolutely refuses to learn math by now - it's lodged at the top of the Stack Exchange hot questions list, it's been tweeted, it's got 27k views and hundreds of ...
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How to : add comments on old questions ? and, reopening closed questions?

My question https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/411987/collatz-like-5-x-pm-1-3 has been closed as "not a real question". I agree the question was insufficiently definite, and am grateful to the ...
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Reopening thread that I don't think is off-topic.

Sadly I don't have 5 reputation yet so hope this is the right place to post. I don't understand why this question https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/402407/how-to-convert-pdf-containing-math-...
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Why was this question involving Survival Functions migrated to Stat.Stackexchange?

https://math.stackexchange.com/q/401600/8671 It's essentially a basic actuarial science question. Most of the tags don't fit. I'd say actuarial science and probability fit but the other three don't....
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Why My question was closed, [Reopened] [RECLOSED again]?

In my question I ask for practical tips for the mathematical research practice, if not personal,I look for some articles/websites/books/guides/faq related, or if was already asked on Math.SE, the link ...
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Is MSE a good place for this question

I want to place a bounty on this question, but I'm not sure if MSE is the best place for it. In general, where is the best place to ask that type of question. It seems that neural networks are ...
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Why was this question closed? Is it unpopular, or am I missing something?

This is the question I am referring to: https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9293/proposal-dont-show-posters-name-until-upvote-downvote I suspect that this question was closed because it ...