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MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference

(Deutsch: MathJax: LaTeX Basic Tutorial und Referenz) To see how any formula was written in any question or answer, including this one, right-click on the expression it and choose "Show Math As > TeX ...
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How to ask a good question.

How to ask a good question. This thread has advice on the following aspects of writing a good question on this site. Each item in this list links to an answer below about that specific aspect of ...
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Sandbox for drafts of long, complex posts

This sandbox is intended for saving drafts of long, complex posts, especially posts whose composition takes a long time. It serves to localize to one thread the front-page "bumps" caused by edits to ...
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“Contest problem” policy

What is our policy concerning contest questions on the Mathematics Stack Exchange? Why do we have a policy? What is a contest question? How we deal with on-going contest questions? I see a question ...
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Do we have an equation editing HOWTO?

I see other posters writing beautiful integrals and quotients within quotients and matrices and sigma summations and and and... is there a guide for that?
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How to draw a commutative diagram?

Is it possible to draw a (simple) commutative diagram using MathJax? Amscd doesn't seem to work here on math.SE. M(N)WE: $$ \begin{CD} K(X) @>{ch}>> H(X;\mathbb Q);\\ @VVV @VVV \\ K(Y) @&...
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Is there any way to see my deleted questions or answers?

Previously I deleted some of my questions, I wonder if there is a way to see (only) my deleted questions?
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Formatting Sandbox

Basically the same as Formatting Sandbox in Meta Stack Exchange, but since this and Statistical Analysis are the only two sites (I know) supporting $\TeX$ formatting, I believe we also need one here ...
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Reputation decrease citing “User was removed”

I look at my account reputation changes, and noticed several negative reputation changes, both citing 'User was removed'. Is this behavior documented/explained anywhere. I would appreciate some ...
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Capture the Flag: FAQ on Flagging

What is flagging for moderator attention? How does the flagging process work? What are the different flags, and what are they useful for?
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How to copy mixture of text and latex formulas in a comment?

Okay, I might sound lazy. When trying to copy mixture of text and latex formulas in an answer, it is always easy. I can simply click "edit" and copy the source. But when trying to do the same in a ...
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Where reputation disappears

Is there any possibility to deduce why 25 of (my) reputation disappeared probably this night? It is not the problem of reputation, but the lack of information is rather strange. On tex.stackexchange....
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Should I avoid minor edit of a question which was put on hold?

One of the reasons why a question can be put on hold is that it does not fulfill standards of the site. The OP is expected to improve the question. Review queue is here to help re-opening questions ...
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Comments layout break if Math expression is too long

Checkout the comment section of the accepted answer in How to find the center of an ellipse?. Notice that the second comment has a maths expression which is too long and it is not wrapped, making it ...
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Common acronyms used on main and meta

When I first joined this site, I had to figure out “OP” from context. Finding out what “CW” means was much easier, as it is often spelled out in full. CFV I had to be point-blank told about. It seems ...
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A way to “watch” questions?

I apologize if this has come up before on meta, because it almost certainly has, but I couldn't find it. I frequently come across recently asked unanswered questions that I find interesting. However, ...
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Cannot post a question because “It does not meet our quality standards”

If I want to post question, it displays the following: Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: * It does not meet our quality standards.
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How to *contact* a specific user? / Is there any sort of PM (private message) facility available?

As far as I know I can see a user profile and the activity in this site. But is it possible to leave some message for a particular user? Say I want to (please read I have to) tell J.M. something ...
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Avoiding duplicates

I was wondering if I could ask a question on meta whether some question is on the site or not. I'm asking this since sometimes one might ask a duplicate question which he/she searched for and didn't ...
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Feature request: user script or option to turn off instant MathJax rendering

In view of the nearly unbearable slowdowns I experience while composing answers (both in Safari 5 and Firefox 5 on OS X 10.6.7) since June 21/22 I would most welcome a possibility ...
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How to link to a comment?

I was wondering if it is possible to link to a comment? For example, the second comment after this reply Questions about geometric distribution Thanks!
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How do I accept an answer?

I feel like such a jerk, because I haven't accepted anyone's answers to my questions, and I can't figure out how! Could someone please tell me how?
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How to make a remark when reputation is under 50 ?

Imagine I look at a question and have a remark about someone's answer, or just want some clarification about it. I naturally want to leave a comment. But being under reputation 50, I can't. Plus, ...
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Delete My Account

I would appreciate if my account could be deleted. From other meta posts it seems that a moderator needs to do it. Thanks. I really see no reason whatsoever for not being able to do this ourselves ...
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Depending on the tag is there a possibility to know on which days and hours are there more answers?

Is there a way to know on which days and/or hours a question tagged (x...y...z) is more likely to get answered? This is motivated by my recent question. I would like to know whether I've post it on ...
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Which are blacklisted tags and blacklisted phrases?

There are many tags which are blacklisted. And so are some strings/words/phrases in the title. Is it possible to have a list of them publicly available somewhere? As I was told by a moderator in ...
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Numbers after paragraph breaks turn into 1's

Numbers after paragraph breaks all turn to 1. Number 1 in the list. paragraph break 2 in list.. or is it? paragraph break <- I swear I labelled this 3.. paragraph break some characters 4. A ...
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invisible, unawarded upvote

For an answer on MSE I appear to have gotten 1 upvote, my reputation page shows an upvote at 22:51:04, but no points (just a blank where points usually show). I can find no reason why the points aren'...
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Can you change the name of a tag?

Can you change the name of a tag? I recently came across the tag sage, which I think should be renamed to sagemath to be more clear. Is it possible to change the name of a tag? If so, how?
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How to search on this site?

When using this site, it is quite important to be able to find posts on this site which might be related to the question I am interested it - both to avoid duplication (i.e., not asking again ...
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How do you search for specific questions?

I have noticed that a lot of times people ask a question and a duplicate is instantly found. It's not necessarily true that the person hasn't tried to look up the question, but it is just hard to ...
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STOP! Look and Listen.

I was reviewing a bit and ran into a bad answer. Usually I open the question to see it within context (I know this is not the supposed course of action) and so I did. The bad answer I was reviewing ...
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Writing answers works very slow

I don't know if this is a bug. Maybe it's just my operating system (ubuntu 10.10), computer, or browser(Mozilla 3). As of yesterday, I can write answers very hard. I noticed that before, the latex ...
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How to see questions time line?

How can I see question timeline? For example, when it is reviewed when it get an answer when it is vote up. And if I can't see it yet in which reputation I can? Because when I do it it doesn't work.
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Announcement: New User Merge Policy/Tool

This post is to call to attention a new tool available for all users that facilitates merging of duplicated/fragmented accounts. Quite often on the site we see users who, for one reason or another, ...
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When are serial downvotes classified as anomalous? What to do about a sequence of downvotes?

I recently got downvoted on four posts within a span of three minutes. I have read that such patterns are identified and reversed. Does my case qualify? If the same downvotes were exercised over a ...
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Broken imgur-links

Is there any plan to take care of broken imgur image-links? They look like this: (This picture is taken from Bill Dubuque's answer here which was posted not even two months ago—look at the ...
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Reviewing Suggested Edits

As part of the mod tools, there is a tool to review and approve suggested edits. The "review suggested edits" shows something like below which is not of much help to review and approve the edit. It ...
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Is cross-posted forbidden/discouraged on Stack Exchange sites? If so, why?

Math people: I have never posted a question to Mathematics meta before and I hope this is the right thing to do. Yesterday I posted a question to Math Stack Exchange (is there a name for this ...
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Showstopper bug: MSE+MathJax unusable for 6 months with Chrome

For roughly six months or so, since around the latest MathJax deployment, the site has been highly unstable using recent Chrome versions (17-22) on Windows 7. I see guaranteed page freezes composing ...
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“Big” TeX won't get hidden by `!>`?

I just posted an answer here but I am finding it impossible for >! to work with the \begin{align} environment. How can this ...
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When does a post become a Community Wiki post?

Does an answer become automatically a Community Wiki when it is revised too much? Are those who have enough reputation allowed to transform an answer into a Community Wiki's answer?
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How do I invite a user to chat?

Yesterday, discussion in my question's comment section was getting long so I transferred it to chat and had a long talk with another person. Now, if I want to talk to that user in chat what should I ...
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Undo edits just suggested

Is there a way to undo an edit that one has suggested before it has been reviewed? I realized that my edit on this answer was wrong.
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Latex editor suggestion

It takes me lot of time to type problems and answers directly. It would be of great help if anyone can suggest me any good latex editor so as to type answer and problems faster. Thanks in advance!!
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Reputation tab seems to be insensitive to deletion of upvoted answers

For some reasons I've deleted today one of my answers which had three upvotes (and strangely enough, no downvote). Usually my reputation should decrease by 30 points, but this time nothing happened. ...
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How to proceed after question was answered in comments?

I asked a question and a user posted a comment of the form 'did you try ...'. This did indeed work and I consider the question answered. I wrote another comment on my question confirming that this ...
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Deleting Tags after being created

Is it possible to delete a tag after it has been created. For example when I post a question under the tag, Analytic number theory sometimes, Analytic only appears in the Tag column and the Analytic ...
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How am I supposed to use tags?

I seem to have severe difficulty finding the right tags to add to a post, which is infuriating when I can't post unless I have added some. For a simple brackets expansion problem I had, I can't use *...
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No Latex Rendering at all

I can't get any of the tex on any question anywhere to render at all. I'm on windows7 and I've tried FireFox 15, IE9, Chrome, etc. all appear the same: just the original markup is displayed. I've ...