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An interactive graph of Math.SE tags

Some time I created A Graph Map of Math.SE, which met with a warm response from this community. Encouraged by this, I created a new visualization, this time interactive and up-to-date (as long as the ...
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Retire localized meta.MSE acronyms including PSQ and its variants

Earlier in 2013, for a short time a volcano of postings about basic homework questions took over practically the entire meta.MSE, with the same 20 users rapidly exchanging what seemed to be thousands ...
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Is the mathematical German tag needed?

I recently created a new tag: mathematical-german. Other than English, the main languages in which mathematics is published are French, German and Russian. We have a tag mathematical-french already. ...
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Should tags be added based on answers?

Should tags be added based on answers? The specific case I have in mind is that every once in a while I answer questions using inclusion-exclusion but the question doesn't refer to inclusion-...
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What is [duality-theorem] for?

There are several concepts of duality in mathematics. There is the duality in the sense of category theory, and there is duality in optimization, and there is duality in order theory (which is closer ...
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Propose new tag (translation-request)

I created a new tag (translation-request) on this post. This isn't the first time I've seen someone post a translation request, though I'm not finding any others at ...
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Why do very few questions tagged stochastic PDE actually have stochastic PDE in them?

I check the tag stochastic-pde occasionally and always like 9 out of the last 10 posts have no stochastic PDE in them. I comment and suggest an edit to remove the tag. The tag has the following ...
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Rename tag [eulers-constant] to [euler-mascheroni-constant]

It seems that the name Euler's constant, used to denote the Euler–Mascheroni constant $\gamma$, is often interpreted as Euler's number $e$. To avoid ambiguity, I propose that the tag eulers-constant ...
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Is the [proof-writing] tag being applied in accordance with its usage guidance?

The usage guidance for the tag proof-writing says: For questions about the formulation of a proof. This tag should not be the only tag for a question and should not be used to ask for a proof of a ...
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Limit for number of questions where tag can be added by tag-creator soon after the creation of tag

Occasionally we have seen a situation like this: A user creates a new tag. The tag is then discussed on meta and the consensus is that the tag is not suitable and should be completely removed. However,...
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Should the (analysis) tag be deprecated?

Currently, the analysis tag description reads: Mathematical Analysis generally, including Real Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Complex Variable Theory, the Calculus of Variations, Measure Theory, and ...
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Why don't we have an elementary-geometry tag? Or why don't we use geometry to mean elementary geometry?

Notes/Observations/Opinions: Related: Why is there an elementary-geometry tag? The tag usage guidance for geometry goes For questions about geometric shapes, congruences, similarities, ...
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Are Tag-only edits too minor (the use of the Number-Theory tag)?

As a relatively new participant (long time user) of Math.SE I must confess that my knowledge of what is considered "appropriately non-minor" as an edit is certainly lacking. This question ...
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On the scope of the "fake-proofs" tag

I slacked off and went to sleep last night with this Suggested Edit review pending on my screen. When I returned this morning, I voted to reject the proposed replacement of tag "proof-writing" by "...
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How should questions about rings be tagged?

It seems that there is no clear consensus about tagging questions about (or related to) rings. There are several tags which might apply. The tag-excerpt for ring-theory says: This tag is for ...
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Do we need the "divergence" tag?

Currently, there exist a tag divergence, about which I'd like to know your opinion: the tag has no usage guidance and no tag wiki. This means that users cannot know whether this tag is dedicated to "...
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My tag "proof-verification" is automatically changed to "solution-verification"

Recently, when I added tag proof-verification for my questions, it was then changed to solution-verification. Could you please explain the reason for this phenomenon?
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Should a tag for partial derivatives be created?

Over time I've answered several questions related to similar confusions surrounding partial derivatives. The latest one is Confusion regarding partial derivatives, and several other examples are ...
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Should there be a model question tag?

Given the amount of material on the site now, I have previously asked questions about curating content better so it is more accessible. So this is an idea that may not work, but is designed to think ...
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Too many ellipsoid questions being bumped to the front page.

I was browsing the front page and noticed that the first 20ish questions were all old questions, edited to include the newly created ellipsoids tag. I was under the impression that there was some ...
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Möbius function tag ambiguity

The tag for mobius-function currently reads "questions on the Möbius function $μ(n)$, an arithmetic function used in number theory", which is true, but it's also a specific case of Möbius function in ...
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FAQ for tag creation?

If you look at the posts about tagging you can see that several of the recent discussions where concerned with tags that some user created and somebody else questioned the usefulness of the tag. In ...
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Using [tag:] markup in posts creates an ugly gap between lines

Using [tag:] markup in posts on (meta.)math.SE creates an ugly and unnecessary gap between the current and the following line of text. For example, see the ...
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Can I change 'philosophical' to 'philosophy'?

Can I/we change 'philosophical' to 'philosophy'? There are 5 questions tagged philosophical but I think philosophy is a (grammatically) better tag for them. edit: I have done this now.
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Guidelines for solution-verification and proof-explanation tags

Two posts I read today made me see what seems to me to be an inconsistency between the guidelines for the for the proof-explanation and solution-verification tags. The post with the solution-...
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Should the PDE notion of trace be tagged with the 'trace' tag?

Is the trace tag supposed to be used for questions about the trace operator from Sobolev theory (analysis)? I was going to de-tag "trace" from a question, but it seems like it's not the first time ...
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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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What is (problem-design) tag for? Is it needed?

I have noticed that there exists problem-design tag, which has at the moment empty tag-wiki and contains two questions: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/658626/guard-scheduling-problem-simple-...
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What determines which tags are listed for a user in the users tab?

When you look at a user in the users tab you can see their reputation, their location (if the user provided one), the number of badges of each class they have earned, and three tags. What determines ...
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What is (finiteness) tag intended for?

When checking new tags, I've noticed finiteness tag there. At the moment there is only one question in that tag. The tag creator seems to be Michael Hardy - unless it was created in another question, ...
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What is the (random-functions) tag?

There are 13 questions tagged random-functions. Most of them seem to really be about random variables and should have the probability tag instead. What is this tag supposed to refer to? Wikipedia ...
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Tags (fun) and (fun-problem)

Can we please delete those tags? The tags are subjective: fun problem? For whom? Also these are meta tags: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/
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The tags (minkowski-sums) and (sumset) - two separate tags or a synonym

The Minkowski sum and the sumset have basically the same definition: $$A+B=\{a+b; a\in A, b\in B\}.$$ As far as I can tell, the first name is more often used when we're dealing with vectors (i.e., in ...
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"partitions" tag

The partitions tag is described as follows: Questions related to the different ways of expressing an integer as a sum of integers; or, questions related to the subdivision of the edge or vertex set ...
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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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Is [tag:predicate-logic] a synonym for [tag:first-order-logic]?

What is the difference between the tags first-order-logic and predicate-logic? This question has been raised several times (here, here and here), and several users proposed in their comments to ...
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Should (summation-method) be a synonym of (summation)?

Not so long ago the tag-synonym summation-method $\to$ summation has been suggested. I wonder whether this is the best choice of synonym. Both from the questions currently tagged with this tag and ...
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Tag edits considered too minor?

A Community Member recently posted on Meta, asking about the appropriateness of editing solely to remove (inappropriate) tags. The response was one of encouragement. However I'm noticing in the ...
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About a new [radicals] tag.

I recently noticed there were three questions with numbers and two with names. I removed the former (as we already blacklisted its singular form), and the latter and replaced it by terminology. But ...
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possible delete candidate: "algebras" tag

There is a tag titled algebras. It has only been used on one single question (and another one used it recently, but I replaced it with a more appropriate tag). Is it necessary, or should it be deleted?...
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What's the difference between the various stochastic-blah tags?

We have several tags named (stochastic-blah), what are the differences between: stochastic-calculus stochastic-analysis stochastic-integrals stochastic-processes I have a feeling that there are ...
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Proposal: "(self-study)" as a tag

Users often post homework questions to MSE without tagging them with "(homework)." If I suspect a post is such, I treat it with skepticism. I will either ask if it is indeed homework or not answer it ...
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What is the etiquette of tag creation and editing?

In this years Tag management thread, I've suggested the creation of the tags hochschild-cohomology and a-infinity-algebras. Let's say for the sake of argument that this suggestion is well received and ...
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Regularization tag

It seems, the word regularization has two major meanings: one in statistical analysis, and the other in the context of divergent series. Can we somehow solve this issue?
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What about suggested tags feature?

There is a possibility of showing suggested tags after the body of a question is filled in. These suggestions are based on the body of the question. More details can be found in these posts: ...
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Matrix decomposition tag

There are three very common tags related to matrix decomposition/factorization, namely diagonalization, svd and jordan normal form. I've seen some questions related to other matrix decompositions, ...
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A sufficiently general tag wiki for "trace"?

This question has two parts: Can someone propose a sufficiently general tag wiki for trace? Click through to the tag to see what questions are currently tagged there (in particular, I am not sure how ...
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Tag color: blue or gray

Is there a change in the appearance of tags in MSE?? It used to be blue in color but now it is gray. What is happening in Mathstackexchange?
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Overuse of problem-solving

I noticed that the tag problem-solving is used frequently by newbies who have just one problem which they need to solve. Will anyone mind if I start deleting these tags from questions which are ...
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