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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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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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Why was the Hamlet question closed?

I was browsing some questions, and I noticed that Given an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite amount of time, would one of them write Hamlet? was closed because it was off topic. While it is ...
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Why this particular question about a physical phenomenon got closed?

I fail to fully understand why this question got closed. Yes there is a reference to a real world situation in it and at the first glance it seems off topic. But I have a different point of view on it ...
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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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New branches of mathematics

I was wondering about the following question: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/58253/new-branches-of-math . IMO this question is extremely soft, and if someone has a good answer I doubt they ...
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What is the link to question intuitive understanding of $\sum \frac{1}{k2^k}=\ln 2$?

What is the link to question intuitive understanding of $\sum \frac{1}{k2^k}=\ln 2$ ? I tried google and various ways, including walking the list questions in the chronological order as far I thought ...
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Should we merge the questions on “self-studying abstract algebra”?

There are currently (as far as I know) three community wiki questions with largely the same premise: book recommendations for self-studying abstract algebra. They are Good abstract algebra books for ...
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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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Has the rollback option disappeared

From the past one week or so, I am unable to see the $\mathsf{rollback}$ option in answers or questions. Has this facility been removed by stackexchange?
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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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Why was “Derivative Definition & Limits” deleted?

Why was this question deleted?
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Searching for a question about random walk

Hi all! Sorry if this is an inappropriate use of meta. I am trying to find a question that was asked within the last few months, which was about a hitting time for a certain random walk. I believe ...
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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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Is this question appropriate? Comments on specific books.

Something bothers me a bit about this question, which asks the answerer to directly compare four books by two different authors. Perhaps it is the questions Can someone comment on these books? and ...
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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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Drinking and math — thoughts?

What do you think of this question? I know it's really different from question like "how to integrate X," and that allowing it would open door for even more vaguely math-related questions, but does ...
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What happened to the huge inequality real analysis question?

The author of this question also had a question about an inequality he came across during his work research in real analysis. I commented on it before leaving the website, and on my return the ...
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Would the following question be a better fit here?

I asked this question on the stats stackexchange. is it a better fit here?
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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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“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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How can I make a question featured and give motivation?

I have asked a question for which I haven't received a full answer. How can I give motivation for users to provide an answer?
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Is this question appropriate? Flawed Proof of Green-Tao.

This question has attracted a long comment thread. And there is some disagreement about whether it is an appropriate question on this website. This is the spillover discussion question to prevent ...
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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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is this question acceptable: Need the solution for the following code

This question just asks for people to solve some short cipher. I don't think the question is particularly "mathematical", and I would say it's off-topic as posed.
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Why are people voting to close “probability and infinity”?

What is the justification for voting to close Probability and Infinity? Please explain why if you are downvoting this
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On the closing of “Why is mathematics complicated”

This question Why is Mathematics Complicated! has been closed, but I consider it a very important question and also I don't see why it is not appropriate for this site? Can you please explain why it ...
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Too much noise in comments drowning out the mathematical content

Please observe the following thread Proving that the given Diophantine equation has a solution. There is a long boring argument/discussion about whether it should be posted, who should post it - how ...
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How can one ask a question well, when it is about a subject they don't know? [closed]

I am struggling to ask my question here well. I have in mind a precise question with an exact answer - The difficultly is not knowing the field (fractals) as an expert I cannot use mathematical ...
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Can we protect does 99999=1

This question is currently locked. I believe that it would be best to protect it instead, as the purpose of protecting a question is to prevent users adding pointless answers to it. I believe that we ...
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Close this question that was reposted on MO?

A good question here was moved to MO for better viewership(probably a good call). But now I think it should be at least closed, and maybe deleted? Discuss.
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I need to remove a question with sensitive data

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2109/cryptanalysis-reverse-engineer-what-should-be-an-easy-hash I have been notified that I cannot post this information anywhere online and I need this ...
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Can we lock the question “Do complex numbers really exist?”

In the spirit of Can we finally kill 0.999=1?, Can we finally "kill" (read: "lock") "Do complex numbers really exist?" ?
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Removing spam links

Why is not advisable to remove spam links? such as the following: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2896/should-the-constant-pi-be-considered-harmful-closed I removed the URL but for some ...
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This question is not sufficiently mathematics-related

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2740/algorithm-for-computing-3x3-medium-filter-for-hardware-implementation See my comment for why it should be closed.
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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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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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Closure of duplicate questions

The following two questions are exactly equivalent. Can anyone explain why the later one wasn't closed - I think it would be better to concentrate all the answers in a single location when we have two ...
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Question based on a blog post I was not aware it was a theorem stated and proved in another site

This question of mine was based on an exercise posted in a blog. I asked an identification of the theorem it refers to. This theorem was identified in a comment to my question: it is stated and proved ...
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Berating other users in comments..

On the continuing theme of toxic threads, I think this is a turn for the worse: Which 4 maths courses to take as an Economics PhD student? Almost all of the comments on this question are bickering ...
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A homework question to close

Can anyone, please, help to close the following question: my techer now gave us harderproblems man. :((( how can u solve dis problem? 26*8y = 4x - 27/8 u solved before on other ...
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Question closers ignoring meta

Now what is the point in having a civilized meta thread about closing a specific question when people just go right ahead and do it anway?!?!!? The meta thread in question had only one answer (mine), ...
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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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Should this be tagged [galois-theory]?

I am not sure if I should add a tag for [galois-theory] (or [field-theory]?) on How to describe the Galois group of the compositum of all quadratic extensions of Q? and How to solve a cyclic quintic ...
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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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Why was my question promoting another math website deleted?

I posted a few hours ago a question about how to promote another math site which has different purposes. I really, really have no intention to spam, but I thought (and still think) that the resource I ...
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why did you close my question “if all sets were finite”?

I really don't understand your reasoning. I think it was a perfectly reasonable question. If all sets were finite, how could the real numbers be defined?. The all-sets-finite system is a possible ...