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 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 understand ...
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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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Abstract duplicate?

I have noticed two questions here and here which are nearly identical in nature. These questions ask to show that given any $n+1$ integers, there exist at least two integers whose difference is ...
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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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Curve resemblance to Closest Shape - Question on Hold - Advice for clarification needed

I need some help figuring out how to make this post more clear. I've addressed the comments for clarification, but it looks like people still don't understand my question? I stated the question ...
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A re-post and a delete of the original question

About an hour ago I answered this (now deleted) post: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/220018/showing-fx-is-constant But after I answered (and there were a few comments) the OP posted a ...
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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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Right amount of info/thoughts in a question to draw people, showing also original work

This meta-questions is about the balance that should be found between info in the questions. In order to address the question, I use a concrete recent example of mine. Specific Question: Is there a ...
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Can this question be made more narrow?

I posted the following question on math.stackexchange. Since I was asking for 'good examples' (and not just examples) I anticipated a "too broad" flag before posting. I therefore did my best to ...
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Does this question deserve to be closed? [duplicate]

Here is a question A property of the tangent line that I asked where I was confused on the matter "what is the property that characterises a tangent line" and I thought that this property is that the ...
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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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A user that posted spam

I noticed today that there were two questions on the site titled something like "aaaaaaaaaa", I flagged both posts as spam. As it turns out, the PO has edited his (real) questions and removed their ...
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Is my question about three-body orbits and conservation laws on-topic here and is this a good place to ask it?

I've asked Can there be an energetically unbounded three-body orbit where escape is impossible due to conservation of angular momentum? and I'm pretty sure that it is a mathematical problem will ...
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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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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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What to do about a not-fully-answered question that is too old to be migrated to an appropriate site

I had asked this question What is the "Principle of permanence"? 7 months ago and it was never fully answered (in particular the "how and why [the principle of permanence] has two ...
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About an “answer” that was posted by OP but looks like his own attempts

This question If $y=\tan^{3}\left(\frac x2\right)$ and $y' = a \sin(bx)\cos(cx)$ what is $\dfrac{a}{b-c}$? has an "answer" posted by OP which is not really an answer but attempts by OP. I think ...
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How to deal with a case where one answer says “there is no solution possible” and another answer shows one?

In this question the OP asks for a solution for the problem: Find all $f(x)$ satisfying $ f(f(x)) = x^2-2$. One answer squarely states, that no solution exists (and even gives a reference to a ...
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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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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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Unsure on how to improve this question

I am unsure on how to improve a question that was put on hold. Specifically, this question. The people that voted to close said that it is off-topic, and "not about mathematics", but I don't see how ...
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Serial down-voting [duplicate]

I answered three question a while back, and today when I logged-in I see they were all voted down in chronological order. In fact one of my answers was even accepted by OP. Refer to these links: ...
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Can't flag a duplicates a second time. What should be done on my end

A while ago I noticed a question was a duplicate and so marked it as one using the flagging option. The other question had recently received an answer and I am pretty sure I up voted it, but I may ...
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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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Merging different questions

Yesterday the moderator Alex Gruber decided to merge this question Example of integral domain with infinitely ascending chain of ideals. which explicitly asks for an example of a non-noetherian ring ...
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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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Book recommendation opinion based? [duplicate]

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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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 was this question deleted?

I'm just curious, beyond the loss of 65 points. Bayes' Theorem question
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Where else would it be be appropriate to ask the following question?

Here it is, asked 6 days ago; How many partial derivatives does a multivariate polynomial have? It isn't research-level (so, not appropriate for MO hence this post), but it hasn't been answered ...
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What tag to use

Question: Title: $x^x(\ln(x)+1)=b$ Body: I want to solve for $x$ and have tried solving it myself and used many algebraic calculators including wolfram alpha, and I could not get any answer from ...
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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 was “Derivative Definition & Limits” deleted?

Why was this question deleted?
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Appropriate tags for equation formulation question

I'm a biologist-turned-programmer (yes, one of those) trying to write up equations describing my code. I'm in the process of writing a question about it (it includes a description of the algorithm and ...
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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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Why this question was closed?

Why this was closed as "unclear what you're asking" ? The comments indicates that all but two person could perfectly understand the question, and two persons even found the question to be interesting....
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Downvotes on a specific question - understanding the rationale behind them

I have a question concerning this question of mine: How to prove $f(x)=\ln x$ continuous by proving first that $f(x)$ continuous at $1$, and then by using $\ln(xy)=\ln(x)+\ln(y)$. The question is ...
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Scope of the order-theory tag

I was really unsure about tagging this question. The misconception behind the OPs question lies in the area of order-theory (not every order has a well-defined concept of a "successor") and he was ...
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Why is the reason for the down and close vote for this question?

Closed and reopened I'm member of this site for almost 3 years, and I cannot understand why this question takes one down vote and 4 close votes. Can someone who can understand the reason for this ...
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Why is this a duplicate?

A question I asked: A problem with 26 distinct positive integers was characterised as a duplicate of: Creating a sequence that does not have an increasing or a decreasing sequence of length 3 from ...
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Should I cross-post on MO?

About two months ago I asked this question on MSE and I have gotten no answers ever since. I also put some bounties on it and if I try to put more bounties on it I think I will lose some of my ...
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What to do if half the answer given to question is wrong?

A really high reputation user wrote an answer to one of my questions. I had spent a lot of time thinking on his answer and I arrived to the conclusion that it's wrong unless the theorem is false. ...
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Review audit failure for editing a low quality question?

I just failed a review audit by attempting to edit the question, which turned out to be low quality. Strangely enough, the system message says that I failed because I was upvoting it (which I did not)...
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Is this question sufficiently different from this other question to warrant posting?

Is Question 1 sufficiently different from Question 2 to warrant posting Question 1?: "If I am given N congruent circles with radii R, and they are equidistantly spaced upon a sphere, can I figure out ...
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Disappearing apollonian-gasket

Apollonian gasket disappeared although it had a detailed answer by achille hui. Anyone knows the reason?
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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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mysterious down-votes on Fourier analysis question about normalising factors

Can someone explain why this question got three down-votes? It seems like a good-faith attempt to get information. (And while explaining, can they abstain from expressions of how appalled they are ...
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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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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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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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