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What to do with two old questions that are clear duplicates but not marked so? [duplicate]

Recently I stumbled on the following questions: 1. Proof that a trigonometric function of a rational angle must be non-transcendental 2. Is a trigonometric function applied to a rational multiple of ...
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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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Answering my own new and more detailed question rather than an existing one

Recently I have posted this question: Functions that preserve asymptotic equivalence. I searched MSE and MO sites for related questions before asking, but didn't succeed, my bad. After few days, I ...
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Is it in the site's habits and customs to keep an upvoted question with answer, despite the quality of the question?

The following question is currently in the hotlist: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1196661/is-there-any-complete-logical-connective. I think this is a bad question. Firstly, the title does ...
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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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“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 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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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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Why was my Question Offtopic?

I ask yesterday this Question and today it is marked as off-Topic. After that I read the help Center Guidelines, but I miss the point why my question is not in the scope. I hope someone can explain ...
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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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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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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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Can we reopen question about predicting next number in a sequence?

Predict next number from a series was closed recently, amid a number of comments to the effect that the next term could be anything, etc., etc. Unlike other questions that have been discussed before ...
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About a question on formalising “interestingness” in mathematics

I want to discuss this question. It was closed, re-opened, then closed again. The close reason is "off-topic", and I want to ask if it really is off topic. The question itself basically asks Can we ...
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How could this question be improved?

Unable to solve $ \int \frac{x + \sqrt{2}}{x^2 + \sqrt{2} x + 1} dx $? The people who voted to close gave the reason that it's missing context. I would like to know what kind of context I could have ...
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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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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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Accepting a late and partial self-answer when a full answer was never further discussed

Right now I am feeling slightly angry about this: A two-part question was posted and an answer to both parts added withoin less than an hour. Nothing happened for three weeks (no comments or request ...
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How can I make this question better.

Range of $ y = (\operatorname{arccot} x) (\operatorname{ arccot} ( - x)) $. I asked this question. How can I make this better? Someone in comments is saying I should add more context but I did.
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Bounty awarded and original poster gone!?

This problem: "Second part of the factorial sum divisibility question" had a 500-point bounty on it, posted by a user 'caveman'. Just now I noticed that 'caveman' is gone, and the bounty has been ...
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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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What about this question earned some quantity of downvotes?

I'm new to the Math StackExchange, but I am puzzled by the downvotes on this question: Am I properly simplifying this geometric progression? I tried to be as clear as possible, to show that I had ...
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How to make a question more appealing

I have been trying to solve a question about modified Takagi functions. I couldn't do it so I asked this question here some time ago. First, I included all my work and thoughts but because I didn't ...
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How can I avoid immediate down-voting and how should I go about requesting feedback?

I just posted a question. I took my time to write it. I thought it was a good question. Less than an hour later, and the question has been downvoted 4 times. I thought "okay, I clearly said something ...
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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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What to do if there are two contradicting answers?

I got two seemingly good but contradicting answers to this question about order in bases of vector spaces. I don't know what to do because they both seem plausible and they do not agree. What can I ...
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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 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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Should I delete my question? Whats wrong with my question?

I recently posted a question about numbers. I was thinking that it was a legitimate question. Maybe I didn't ask it well, but I saw similar questions (such as Does Pi contain all possible number ...
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Question marked as spam/offensive - unable to see complete revision history?

I noticed that this question I answered about a month ago was deleted and marked as spam/rude/abusive. However, revision history seems to suggest nothing of the sort. The originally posted question ...
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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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Need objective comments on the appropriateness of a question

I asked a question about a currently active Internet discussion (What is the reason for the "left to right" rule?) I specifically asked about the algebraic reason of one mathematical rule ...
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Funny edit by community

Regarding this review/edit. When I approved this edit, I didn't notice the text "anonymous user" and for some reason thought I was approving the OP's edit. Then I see the edit as done by "community". ...
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What was wrong with my post?

Forgive me, I do not know where else to post this - I assume this is the right place. I recently made a post asking a question here: Prove that g has no roots It recevied a negative voting score ...
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Why was “fundamental group intuition” deleted?

I'm just wondering why this question called "fundamental group intuition" was deleted. I'm new to this site, and this was the first question I answered; I was a bit confused to log in this morning ...
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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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Can this question be considered as off topic?

Question Link: A determinant expression Can someone please tell me how is this a "Good Question"? I was reviewing close votes while I came across this. This was an audit which I voted to close. But ...
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Should “background” be deleted from a question if it is not logically necessary?

I have this question in mind. I included the "standard" way to solve the problem in a "background" section as well as the general approach to solve these types of problems. While writing the question,...
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A bland, duplicate question getting an oddly large amount of attention?

Relevant thread: A fair coin is flipped 2k times. What is the probability that it comes up tails more often than it comes up heads? Yesterday I answered a question by giving a simple hint. The ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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A proof-verification is a duplicate? [duplicate]

I asked the community to check my proof for correctness. After reading a comment today I believe the proof is not correct. But I can't do anything because my question was closed as a duplicate. It ...
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Deleted question still shows up in search results

This deleted question still appears in the search results if you look for its content, e.g. when searching for "it seems they forgot to take the square root in the denominator": SEDE says it has been ...
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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 ...
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Does the question belong in Mathematics?

I wrote a program that computes the fast insert_name_here transform of a matrix. I am at a loss of what its application is, what its proper name should be, and find an existing algorithm for it. I ...
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Why a question which is a canonical example of “off-topic” is getting answers? What actions can be taken? [duplicate]

Today a new user asked this question (Below is the revision 1) can you do it?#challenge IF a set A has K elements,formulate a conjecture about the number of elements in p(A). I can't even ...
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Question I answered about 3 hours ago has disappeared

I answered this question here about 3 hours ago correctly. The user seems to have deleted the entire thread including my answer. Is this really what happened and if so, is this behaviour accepted on ...
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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 ...