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Guidelines for context edits and rewrites

Suppose you come across a question that has been closed for lack of context, has high quality answers, and on its way to being deleted. Can you save the post by editing it to include more context? ...
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Preview of a proposed edit?

Is there a way, when reviewing a proposed edit, to preview it exactly as the edited text would appear on the site? I maybe wrong but I think that at Tex/LaTeX Stackexchange you have the option to see ...
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How can I help a feature request to get noticed/implemented?

If you look around Mathematics Meta, there are many feature-requests which are marked neither status-completed nor status-declined. In many cases they are probably waiting for further input - for ...
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Is it possible to view descriptions of old bounties?

When starting a bounty, one is invited to provide a short description of what is asked for. The usefulness of this notice is evident; the task of writing or improving a purposeful answer is ...
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Since when does this site require registration to post answers?

I remember the discussion which led to allowing only registered users to ask questions: Let's require registration to ask a question. (It was marked status-completed in October 2016.) IIRC, ...
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What are Triage and Help and Improvement review queue?

Recently the possibility of implementing triage on Mathematics Stack Exchange has been mentioned a few times both here on meta and in chat. (Perhaps most prominently in an answer from one of the ...
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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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A question has been closed as not being about mathematics

I used to post here at least one question a week. Within the last few years, it has felt like the community has changed and the moderating has changed. I stopped being as active and watched ...
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Approving suggested edits with formatting issues

I'm unsure what is the right action when reviewing suggested edits which are fixing formatting issues only, and doing it (slightly) incorrectly. Sometimes the newly typeset equations are only ...
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Cannot start a bounty on old problem?

I was trying to put a bounty on this old question of mine. I know there are some circumstances where bounties of certain amounts cannot be placed, see here, but this does not seem to be one of those ...
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How to find old deleted posts of my own?

I recently noted that one of my questions on meta.MSE has been deleted. Seems like it has been a victim of the auto-deletion script. I usually keep improving the English my old posts. The same issue ...
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More shortcuts while editing! Wanted: \$(\$) enter math here \$(\$)-Shortcut

By chance I realized that there are shortcuts in the Question/Answer fields. To my disappointment some useful ones are missing: ctrl+$X_1$ $ enter math here $ ...
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On the new profile page interface

I already wasn't too keen about the new profile interface when I saw it being tested out on meta.SO, and I was hoping it wouldn't have to be rolled out to here. Alas, that was not to be, for now it is ...
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Questions, answers, and ... articles?

I just noticed that where user profile pages used to display (something like) "view all questions and answers," they now say "view all questions, answers, and articles" (emph. mine)...
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Types where Comments are allowed (or not) in Review Audits

My recently failed review audit got me to wondering which review audit types allow commenting and which don't allow them but advise you of this. If you do a volume of reviews, you've probably seen ...
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Unavailability of features in App

Why don't we have a large section of the features available in the Android App of MathSE? You cannot delete your own answer, review posts, see most of your posts except the top Q's and A's and much ...
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Two of my answers from June both got accepted within one minute -- coincidence?

I am not sure if this is a spooky coincidence or a bug, but I am intrigued as to what caused this! I have been away for a week and came back today to +30 rep, coming from two answers which were both ...
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Left and right positions of some user cards in the question queue

I would like to know if there is a specific reason or justification for some users being are displayed on the left and some on the right as shown in the red boxes.
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Can't vote to migrate from meta

Another one to pile on the heap: The new closing system seems to have some inadvertent effects on meta, like a strange typo, and the loss of the option to vote to migrate to main: Moreover, as I ...
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Improve similar problem searching system

This is a problem which has happened many times when I want to ask a question on MSE. After I finish the title of my question, there'll be a Similar questions box to offer me some similar question. If ...
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How do I not embrace the root of my mathjax problem?

When one has a $$problem$$ in order to get to the $$\sqrt{problem}$$ it's sometimes a good idea to get some confidence by embracing those parts of it one already knows $$probl\underset{\overbrace{...
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Is it enough to only comment for a First Question review?

I recently reviewed this question in the First Questions queue. I decided that the post needed more information and/or context, and commented nudging the new user in that direction. I then marked that ...
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Is there an "undelete queue"?

Now Undeleted I have a question deleted by Community due to RemoveAbandonedClosed. I tried editing it so that it becomes on-topic, and I casted "undelete" and "...
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What happens when a tag-synonym is cancelled?

Recently there was a discussion about removing previously created synonym of some tags, so that the two tags are separate again. (And we could probably find several related discussion in the past.) ...
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Strange behavior of the reputation tab

I recently removed an answer of mine which I posted a few days ago. On the day of posting the answer it gained several votes, but I also gained more than that amount of votes when I capped out. So ...
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When does a meta proposal become "official policy"?

When does a proposal at meta become "official policy"? Especially in light of the moderators elections I would like to know which role moderators play in this process. @AlexBecker comment, I mean "...
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There are several questions here which are basically from a current ($2021$-$2022$ round $1$) USAMTS math contest

The year $33$ online USAMTS $2021$-$2021$ round $1$ contest has a submit by date of October $18$, $2021$. However, although users are not allowed to ask questions online about it, there are $2$ ...
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Saving Mathjax generated SVG

This concerns rendering SVG in Mathjax via the context menu "Math Settings" -> "Math Renderer" -> "SVG". This works fine in the browser but I'd like to save a .svg ...
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Can someone put in an explanation for the regular-expressions tag?

For example, the analytic-number-theory tag has the following helpful explanation: Questions on the use of the methods of real/complex analysis in the study of number theory. Hopefully someone ...
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Comments no longer shown in All Actions

Up to quite recently (today perhaps!), when I clicked on my profile and then on "All actions" and "Comments", I used to see both the title of the question and the contents of the ...
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Questions with watched tags no longer highlighted?

Why are questions with my watched tags no longer highlighted when viewing the lists of questions (e.g. math stackexchange and mathoverflow)? I just noticed this today and also noticed the question ...
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Approved edit that makes question *less* readable

I recently encountered the following edit of a question: https://math.stackexchange.com/revisions/4126525/2 I hope everyone here agrees that the edit is not appropriate. A minor thing is that editing &...
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Are there ads on Mathematics Stack Exchange?

As far as I can tell, ads are displayed on some sites in the Stack Exchange network. (At least for users below some reputation threshold.) But I saw some contradictory information concerning the ...
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Are there some ways to find sites linking to a specific post or works citing it?

Over the years, Mathematics Stack Exchange became quite popular and certainly at least some of the content provided here is rather useful. It is not surprising that many people link to some stuff ...
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Are there other sites similar to MSE and MO?

I am very fond of math stack exchange and overflow. But sometimes I don't get answers to the questions I ask. Are there other sites like this? Also, I would like to enhance my problem solving skills ...
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Off-topic categories

When I try to flag a question off-topic, I can't find any way to flag it "not about math". For example, https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/435020/how-important-is-physical-exercise-to-math-study-...
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I have a reputation of about 1000 on MSE but I can't comment in CURED chatroom

I was trying to post/comment in CURED chatroom but I was unable to do so because when I entered the CURED Chatroom(https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/2165/cured) , it leaves that I must have atleast ...
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Is it possible to recover/archive some of the comments?

This is about the comment area of The continuity of $g\circ h$ and $h$, and $h$ surjective, imply the continuity of $g$? As a not-very-obvious question, many lovely commenters leaves a lot of ideas ...
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Why does this suggested edit not show any tag changes I made?

A couple of days ago, I suggested an edit which was rejected, the reason being This edit introduces tags that do not help to define the topic of the question. Tags should help to describe what the ...
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Why is the tag (triangle) listed among the new tags?

When I look at the list of the newly created tags on Mathematics Stack Exchange, the tag triangle is listed there. This seems a bit unusual, because this tag is a synonym of the tag triangles and the ...
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How to correct a duplicate flag?

I initially flagged this question as a duplicate of another question, but then realized the other question was not exactly a duplicate. I then found a better (exact) duplicate, and tried to correct ...
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Appealing a rejected edit

I recently edited an answer to a question in differential geometry about computing the round metric. https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1575851 The provided answer was a correct ...
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How to choose the correct reason for closing a question

I recently made it to $3,000$ reputation and earned the "Cast close & reopen votes" privilege. I am a bit confused on how I would choose the correct reason when closing a question. As I am sure ...
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Audit first post question

I was reviewing through the “first posts” on an iPad when I come up across a question about conjugates. Because it was an audit, it did not show any comments... etc. I decided to first comment on it, ...
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What are details of deleting comments by flags from regular users?

It was mentioned several times here on meta that moderators can delete comments. However, comments can be deleted also by regular users. For example, one of the answers to Who has the power to delete ...
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Is there a way to monitor for "bad" tag synonyms?

Users with at least 2500 rep and an answer score of 5 in a tag can suggest synonyms for that tag. (Details can be found, for example, in this meta question.) Hypothetically, it is possible that 5 ...
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What to do if you recognise Assignment Questions on this site?

I have observed that one specific user on this site has been posting questions that are identical to the questions that are in my University Assignment. Is there a way to report such posts that are ...
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Are user names in the audits completely random?

Recently I passed some reputation threshold and started receiving tasks of reviewing suggested edits/first posts/late answers. Among the first kind of tasks, there are some (as I guess) fake ...
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Appropriate way to place sound arguments when reopening a duplicate marked question

The possibility to reopen a duplicate marked question is a nice feature. This action is usually based (at least I do hope so) upon sound arguments. Is there a way to attach or combine these ...
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Was the system correct in failing me for this review audit?

Please see: https://math.stackexchange.com/review/close/447772 I voted to close on the basis of "Off Topic", simply because no effort was shown toward a solution (which seems to be quite important on ...
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