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What to do with a question that is no longer relevant?

Refer to this question I asked a little while ago. I thought I spotted a mistake in a textbook, but actually I made a mistake myself when I tried to write a counterexample. There is no longer a ...
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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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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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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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What to do about a question requesting interpretation for an ambiguous problem?

The question Clarification on the intended meaning of a probability problem looks like a fairly common probability question until you get to the question itself: Can the 'winning' number be reused ...
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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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Question numbering/First question in math.SE

Am I right in guessing What Does it Really Mean to Have Different Kinds of Infinities? is the first question in math.SE? I got it with math.stackexchange.com/questions/1. Also, are the ...
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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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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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After my questions is closed and deleted - is the reputation lost from downvotes returned?

Sorry I can't link to the question. I knew going in that I would get a few down-votes because the question was a little abstruse. I was willing to take my lumps. However, when the thread was ...
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This edit (odd use of quote feature for “highlighting”) doesn't seem right?

Is edit #3 on this post a valid edit? It doesn't seem to make much sense to me; the OP wasn't actually quoting that paragraph from anywhere. The editor left the comment "Highlighting", but that doesn'...
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Must still need some work for a question that is now closed.

I recently added a question to stack.exchange and it was quickly put 'on hold'(and for good reason, it needed work). After having several helpful comments and a lot of editing I had thought the issues ...
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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's the exact process for dealing with off topic posts?

I asked a question on main about mathematical interestingness of statements with the intent of finding a heuristic or formal theory that attempts to define mathematical interestingness. I included one ...
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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 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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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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New user slips through the cracks [closed]

I noticed that this question asked by a new user has gone unanswered: On the ring of integers of a compositum of number fields Maybe I am being inappropriately paternal. But, especially since he/she ...
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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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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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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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Possible violation of copyright if question is answered - What is the Community's view?

This question asks users to determine a function involved in the inner working of a software. The identity of the software is unknown at the time of asking this question and it might possibly be ...
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recommend unprotecting of counterintuitive results thread

Due to the nature of the thread, What are some examples of a mathematical result being counterintuitive?, I think the normal protection procedure shouldn't apply. It's a big-list type question where ...
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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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Why did my post on Andrew Wiles get put on hold?

For context, I'm referring to this post: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3441209/was-andrew-wiles-a-child-prodigy My question was about Andrew Wiles' life and specifically his mathematical ...
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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 happened to the question about polynomials with integer coefficients and $p(x) < 1/(1+x)$?

I saw a question yesterday, asking for polynomials with integer coefficients satisfying $p(x) \geq 0$ on $[-2,2]$ and $p(x) < 1/(1+x)$ on $(-1,2)$. What happened to it?
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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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Are check my work question discouraged on this site?

Are check my work question discouraged on this site? So here are two basically the same question with one asking to answer the problem and other to what went wrong with my approach. What is wrong ...
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Questions with little traction here that could benefit from migrating to MathOverflow

I've asked three questions here on relatively advanced but esoteric math topics, yet the questions themselves aren't really research level. In each of them I'm seeking some sort of explanation for why ...
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Question voted for close

This question of mine has been voted to be closed. The reason stated there is because some user thinks it's off topic. Is it really? In my opinion, it's not, but I maybe wrong. What do you think?
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Does the question contain enough information to ask on regular mathematics?

Intro I'm trying to prove that all valid $n^2 \times n^2$ Sudoku solutions follow a cyclic permutation pattern for a subset of $n!$ Sudoku grids. But, I'm not sure on how to prove it. $S= {[n....x]...
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I issued a bounty on a duplicated question: what should I do?

I recently added a bounty to one of my old questions hoping to get a more complete solution, but it turns out that Micah asked an isomorphic question half a year before me with a good answer. How ...
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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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Question disappeared?

I asked a question like a year ago. It was pretty detailed. Recently I realized I lost my notes on this so I thought I could just go and look the question. The problem is that I cannot find it. Is ...
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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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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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“Non-constructive” posts

See this post It seems to me that this post belongs to a "list" of posts from new users that are quite "suspect". They iterate the request for help adding details to the question without much sense....
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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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4 downvotes in 1 minute on this question and others. Why? [closed]

Here's the question: Is $X_3 = X_1 \star X_2$ always a geodesic manifold w.r.t. $X_1$ and $X_2$. I think it's an extremely insightful question. For whatever reason it was downvoted with no ...
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Why is this question off-topic

I have been following this question. It has recently been marked as off-topic. I have checked the requirements for being on/off-topic, but they don't seem to apply to this question. Can someone please ...
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Was this soft question appropriate?

I asked this question a week ago, and it quickly drew critical comments which were upvoted. I felt that the concern expressed in those comments had been addressed in the body of the question, and ...
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Multiple questions in a single post

Recently this question was edited so as to have two separate questions within the same post (after the OP tried to ask me the second question directly in comments on an unrelated question and I ...
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Edit by op makes question meaningless [duplicate]

I recently came across this question. At first glance it just seems to be nonsense, but then I realized that it actually had had genuine mathematical content before the op edited it. In the comments ...
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Why is this question “not” off-topic here?

I came across this question [edit - now deleted] and looking at the number of years and his reputation at MSE I feel that the questioner has quite a good experience of how MSE works. The moment I read ...
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What's wrong with my post?

I'm sorry that this might be a duplicate question. I've checked out many posts on meta, but it seems that none of them suits my situation. If it's duplicate, please close it. Here's my question: I ...
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How can I make my question better?

I asked a question a yesterday and haven't seen much activity for a while. I am really struggling to properly formulate my question. Is there any way I can improve this post? Should I make a new ...
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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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Should we answer questions related to untimed IQtests?

This question is related to this post. Please see the comments for more details. How should we deal with problems like this on math.se? That is, problems coming from an untimed IQ test which is ...
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New user. Reason for downvotes on question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Prove the following relation (using Fourier analysis) This is my first time on Mathematics Stack Exchange. I didn't think my question was ...

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