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Is there a way to edit without bumping the question?

I'm a kind of person who like to see no flaw in the answers I posted here (I'm sure many of us mathematicians here share the same value as me to a certain extent). For that reason, I usually double ...
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Are there some tools to follow deletions on this site?

Main question: Are there some (reasonably easy to use) tools to follow deletions on site? In particular, are there some ways to find self-deleted questions? Are there some ways to see deleted content ...
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Newbie wondering: Personal messages, leftover incomplete answers, …

I have been here for 3 weeks now, and I like to think that I'm gradually understanding, how the place works. However, there are a few things that I haven't figured out yet, and the FAQ didn't give any ...
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Problem with MathJax and Screen Readers

I have created two accounts in math.stackexchange.com. This is the new one because I forgot my password the the old account. I have ask many questions before and until now I have problems writing ...
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How to delete my question

I just posted this question on SE: How to make two vectors orthogonal? I want to delete it because I have come up with a way to word it better and manipulate it so people can understand what I'm ...
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Is the M.SE blog dead?

I was thinking of writing a post for the blog, and found the FAQ. It links to a blog chat room which is dead, and it is entirely unclear whom to contact about writing posts.
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How did I lose rep?

An hour or two ago, I seem to have lost rougly 50-60 reputation points. I have no idea how this happened. Maybe someone deleted a question containing an answer of mine? How can I keep track of such ...
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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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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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What can be used for checking on posts you downvoted/closed?

I have seen discussions where some users explicitly mentioned that they tend to go back to questions and answers they downvoted (or voted to close) and if they were sufficiently improved, they retract ...
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Mathjax 2.4 beta

We have deployed the latest Mathjax 2.4 beta on Math.SE. As with any beta release please post an answer to this question if you find any issues. We will be monitoring this thread closely along with ...
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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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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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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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The Limit of asking a question

I have a question for MSE. I noticed that the number of asking question is limtted. I guess, someone ask 60 questions per a month. My limit finished. And I know that as time goes on, I ask few ...
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Suggestion for “Hint-Only” Tag

For people who only want guidance in understanding how to approach the problem, as opposed to seeing a fully fleshed out solution. Would this tag be useful? Am new to this site, so don't want to ...
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I'm doing a user study on PlanetMath - is there an appropriate way to solicit participation here

Hello: I'm on the board of directors of the nonprofit PlanetMath.org, and I'm doing my Ph. D. at the UK's Open University on the topic of "Peer Supported Problem Solving and Mathematical Knowledge". ...
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Apparent systematic downvoting of many users

Recently I noticed some very suspicious patterns of downvoting. If you browse the rep pages of users on front weekly rep page you will see that almost all users received a pair of downvotes at the ...
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Upvoted rather than flagged a comment; can it be undone?

I was trying to flag a comment in this answer, and messed up and upvoted it instead. I immediately tried to cancel the upvote to discover, somewhat to my surprise, that comment upvotes cannot be ...
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The new color of Blockquotes bothers my eyes

The new color of blockquotes (transparent gray) bothers my eyes? See the example: This is some text to illustrate how blockquotes look like. Is that my problem or all?
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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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Does a user lose privilege if his reputation decreases below requirement by giving a bounty?

Here is a hypothetical question - Suppose I cross 1000 reputation and become an established user. Then I give 200 reputation as bounty on some problem, so my reputation goes down below 1000. Will I ...
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Am I in danger of being banned?

I wanted to post a new question, but when I try to do so I got a warning: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more....
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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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What happened to our FAQ?

Until recently (I'm not sure exactly when), at the top of every page was an "faq" button, and the page it led to had a list of basic help topics. Some of them were generic to SE, but some were ...
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Can I forsake my superpowers?

I have been slowly collecting gold-badge super-powers in a few categories. I am not comfortable with them. I like to be able to vote on a post, and make the community aware of it and either agree or ...
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What is a positive question record?

What is a positive question record? Some of the badges need positive question record what is it? And how can I earn it?
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Why are there requirements for duplicated questions?

Today I found a questions to be a duplicate, and I even remembered that I gave an answer to the non-duplicate. As I tried to close the duplicate as a duplicate, it told me I can't choose the question ...
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Sorry, buster, we are going to need a valid reason

I tried to reject an edit which removed two relevant tags from a question with the following custom reason: "removes good tags". It wanted me to type more characters, so I added some spaces. ...
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Which actions by moderators cannot be reversed by community?

There are some actions where a vote from moderator has immediate effect (i.e., there is no need for votes from other users). This is the case for closing and reopening posts. However, in these cases ...
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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 can I type the “isomorphic”,“not equal” and “the set of integers , rationals and reals” symbol? [duplicate]

How can I type the "isomorphic","not equal" and "the set of integers , rationals and reals" symbol ? What is the code ? $=$ means equal, how to write "not equal" What about real numbers, ...
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What to do about these trivial edits? (http → https)

I happened to look back at an old post of mine, and found that it was recently edited by a user with 1 reputation point. The edits were trivial — e.g., in https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/1057573/...
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How to Post Pictures in an Array/Table, on MSE, with MathJax

Is it possible to marshal multiple pictures in one question in an array or table? For example, I'd like to piece together a 2 x 2 array from the following pictures. I essayed this but it foundered: ...
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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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Using the align environment?

I was trying to use the align environment on the main site. Here were the things I tried without success: \begin{align*} A &= B \ &= C \ &= D \end{align*} \begin{align*} A &= B \ &...
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Is the 5-minute grace period suddenly gone, or is it just me?

If you take a look at this particular revision history, I made an edit to my answer at 05:41:36Z, which is just under 3 minutes after the original timestamp of ...
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Striking out equations

I wanted to strike out a part of an answer which I wrote earlier here. I tried using <s> </s>. This helps in striking out the text but the last two ...
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Reference Request not a request for a reference?

I don't get this. The question asked for a reference to something explaining the point to the Hilbert transform. I provided a link to an excellent article explaining the point to the Hilbert ...
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TeX no longer rendered?

What happened? I came back to the site, and TeX is no longer being rendered. Is anybody else having this problem? I didn't make any updates to my browser or other changes that might explain the ...
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How do “rude or abusive” flags age away?

Some time ago, I flagged something on meta as "rude or abusive". Checking now to see what became of it, I see my flag "aged away". I understand that close votes can age away, but I didn't know that "...
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Surge in inexplicably declined “obsolete” flags

So, it's been a while since I returned to the MSE quarters, and I've taken up most of my old activities. Among those is the flagging of obsolete comments in the old threads I encounter while browsing ...
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Acceptance rate no longer shown?

Is the acceptance rate no longer shown in every question of a user? Or is that a temporary SE system bug? Does that mean that the acceptance rate doesn't matter any more?
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Elections: How candidates advance from the primary phase to the election phase?

I have a question on how the top $10$ primary candidates will proceed to the election phase. The election page says After 4 days, the top 10 candidates based on primary vote score proceed onward to ...
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Unregistered users and the new profile page

In the old profile page it was quite easy to find out if a user is unregistered. It simply said in large letters on the top of the page that the user is not registered. Is it also easy to spot ...
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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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How can I write backslash in MathJax?

I want to write following in MathJax: L(A)\L(B) When I type following: $L(A)\ L(B)$ It prints: $L(A)\ L(B)$ When I type ...
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Travelling between meta and main

So it took me a while, but I finally figured out how to get from the main site to the meta site using the new toolbar: one first clicks on help, and then the meta button appears. However, I am yet to ...
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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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Is it ok to use our MSE peers as search engines?

I am from Brazil, this means that my vocabulary for english is very poor, in relation to my vocabulary in portuguese - which is my native languange. Sometimes when I ask stuff, I try to search some ...

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