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Is this site overloaded?

I'm a fairly new user to this site. I asked my first question a few days ago here: Question about characteristics and classification of second-order PDEs it received a few views; however, no-one as ...
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What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments? [duplicate]

Once in a while, when one is venturing out of one's area of expertise, one may post a question and find it answered quickly and completely in the comments section. Perhaps someone has linked to a well-...
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Number of comments to unanswered questions

When we are at math.SE homepage, we can see the asked question, and at the left of the title we can see information about the numbers of votes, answers and views, like this: What I suggest is to add ...
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Too "difficult" for MSE and too "easy" for MO questions

The title is not very precise. I usually come up with the following situation. I come up with a question after reading some materials and put it on MSE. Several days later, I get no answers and then ...
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Would it be OK to ask people not to vote up my partial answer to a really good question?

Sometimes I see a highly voted excellent question on the Unanswered list and have some useful things to say that fall short of fully answering the question. But if I leave an answer with my partial ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question using someone else's previous comment(s)?

I am sifting through some of the "Unanswered" and "No Answers" list, and — like so many before me — am finding that many of the questions have apparently been answered to the OP's satisfaction in ...
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What Do We Do About Comment-Answered Questions?

There is a number of 'unanswered' questions which are not going to generate any further discussion because they have been answered succinctly in the comments. This is irritating when browsing the list ...
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Unanswered questions

I am looking through unanswered questions (specifically in combinatorics, but this is irrelevant) and I want to ask advice on how to proceed. Apart from questions that I can simply answer or where I ...
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Answering a (Seemingly) Unanswerable Question

Suppose that someone on Math.SE posts a questions that is, shall we say, difficult. After spending a lot of time on the problem, seeking help from both Math.SE and MathOverflow, I find out that no one ...
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Should I delete my question or answer my question?

I am pretty new to this forum and I was wondering what the proper custom would be in my situation. I posted a question a few days ago and last night, after some fiddling with the problem some more I ...
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What's to stop someone asking the same unanswered question again and again?

What's the thing to do in a situation where rather than improve their question someone has just asked the same question again lightly disguised? The case in point is formed by these two: https://math....
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Is there a 'polite amount' to put up as a bounty for someone else's question?

Every now and again I see a question that I would like to know the answer to but don't know how to solve. I don't mind offering bounties but since I don't have a ton of rep, I'm wondering if a bounty ...
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Proving that $e^\pi-\pi<20$ Without Using a Calculator

No, I did not mistake the meta for the main site. :-) I'm just curious how you would recommend to approach such utterly intractable questions. Apparently, simply answering them in the negative is not ...
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Sudden jump in the number of unanswered questions by 2000 in a day

On July 21, there were 92572 unanswered questions on Math.SE according to the unanswered questions statistic (and not the ...
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Old Questions Unlikely To Have An Accepted Answer

A routine question with answers, but no accepted answer, gets bumped by the Community bot. Checking the OP's page reveals that the user is likely gone for good. Barring intervention from the OP, will ...
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Newest unanswered questions with my tags

Is there a way (or can I suggest making this possible) to show questions with "my tags" sorted in order of newest to oldest... instead of most votes to least votes? The reason I ask is that it seems ...
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The unanswered questions ordering seems wrong

If you go to Unanswered Questions you'll see several highly voted questions that seem like no one will ever post an answer to. The top one, because someone answered it on MO already. The second one, ...
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Is bad form to answer a question that would probably be closed for lack of context?

Sometimes I see a question from a new user, the sort of question that's followed by a "What have you tried?" comment. I suspect that if it were flagged, it would be closed. Is it considered to be ...
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Old user's good questions

What happens to users who have not seen their accounts for more than a couple of years? Do their accounts remain intact? I wanted to know so because, there are often a few questions with about 7-8 ...
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Can I ask the same question twice?

I asked a question but since it was very long, nobody answered me. I'm wondering if I should ask it again as a new question again (Of course I will make it much simpler than before) or should I just ...
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New "tab" and "review queue" for unanswered questions

This is a suggestion for attacking the problem of too many unanswered questions, which in many cases are not really unanswered. This problem was already raised by Lord_Farin (and also by Amzoti). My ...
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Closing questions as off topic if they have an answer on mathoverflow?

I think that questions on mathoverflow are in most cases on topic here. Does it make sense to have the question on both sites, with a complete answer on mathoverflow and here it appears as unanswered? ...
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Unanswered Questions and Statistics/Review Impacts

I was perusing unanswered questions and there are two observations: (1) there were questions which had answers, but are showing up when I click on unanswered. Is this because the answer was not ...
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Why does the Unanswered Question count drop on Saturdays?

Scrolling up through the Crusade of Answers chat room and looking at the Unanswered Tracker, there are about two to three hundred new unanswered questions on this site every day … except for on ...
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What to do with a "check/simplify my proof" type question?

After doing reading on the meta I have come to realise that asking for a verification of a proof is not necessarily a good idea. Among other reasons, it has a fair chance to be left without an answer. ...
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How should we deal with old questions by users who have left the site?

None of the Meta questions I could find (I did a search and then trawled through the "bumping" tag) seemed to answer this. What's the etiquette on answering a question with no posted answers that's ...
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Should "background" be deleted from a question if it is not logically necessary?

I have this question in mind. I included the "standard" way to solve the problem in a "background" section as well as the general approach to solve these types of problems. While writing the question,...
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Unanswered proof verification questions

I've seen many related questions including: Best way of asking "check my proof" questions What to do with a "check/simplify my proof" type question? What Do We Do About Comment-...
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Is double posting allowed if a question is not answered after some time?

I've asked questions in the past that have gone unanswered or have not had sufficient answers, would it be unethical to repost my questions to try to get an answer another time?
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Is it allowed to repost?

If I have a question no one answered or comment to ever, since 2 months. Is it allowed to delete it and repost it, or is this abuse?
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Should MSE send reminders to users listing questions with no selected answer?

Many, many questions have good answers, ignored or forgotten by the OP. A significant part of the issue comes from users unfamiliar with the site and the basics of accepting an answer. Could MSE ...
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Closing Old Questions when Resolved by OP

I've been skimming through some unanswered questions, and have come across some where the OP has left a comment saying "I figured it out--never mind," and no answers have been posted. On questions ...
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comments that answer the question

The latest example is My idea about finding the largest prime number where OP asks about a distributed processing approach to find prime numbers. There was a comment: mersenne.org – pedja which OP ...
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Why in unanswered questions there are answered questions?

Is it really normal to find answered questions here ? Look at this :this http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/839455uns.png Shadock
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What happens to the bounty I added to a questions if no new answers are provided before the bounty expires?

I added a bounty to this question on June 6th. Today I received a warning that my bounty was expiring and that I should attribute it to one or two answers. However, the only answer to the question is ...
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What should I do when my question do not have any answer.. [duplicate]

This Question is not intended to grab answers.. http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/3478/how-to-grab-users-attention-on-an-old-question is not a duplicate of this My Question is.. I have ...
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Unanswered Questions

It seems to me that the 'unanswered questions' list is not always very helpful. The reason is that there is often a comment (or several) which fully solves the problem, or at least gives a large ...
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Can we include a random button for the unanwered rubric?

When I go to the unanswered section I see "smart" Questions with high votes what I want to say is that those question actually don't lack an answer they are just appealing. With a random button one ...
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Unanswered questions, other categories

There are almost 3900 unanswered question on our website. I have red this thread, and I want to add two categories of such questions. What I want to know is what we have to do with these questions. ...
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Duplicates with no answers

I was trying to flag this question as a duplicate of this question, (same question, same asker). But the system would not take the original question because it says it has no upvoted answer. What is ...
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Why are we proudly displaying the number of questions without upvoted or accepted answers?

Every time I open MSE I see that there are 72,000, and counting, questions without upvoted or accepted answers. Why are there so many? Most recent unanswered questions I've seen can be answered. There ...
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List of answer templates

I've created this post with the same purpose as the List of comment templates post, although I imagine it'll be far less useful. There are a few questions on the Unanswered Questions Queue only ...
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How should we handle cross-site duplicates?

There are some questions which are answered quite well by a nearly-identical question on another site (say, computer science's stack exchange, or math overflow). Should those questions get answers ...
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There are no unanswered questions left with my tags

(Does this mean I have to go back to work? Nooo) Here is what I see when navigating to https://math.stackexchange.com/unanswered/tagged?tab=mytags This is not a transient issue (i.e., don't say "...
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Eliminating some questions from the unanswered queue by upvoting using data query

I am using this data query provided by user75064,ˈjuː.zɚ79365, 40 votes and Lord Farin to upvote some answers with no upvotes but actually address some/all concerns of OP. The data query is looking ...
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Sorting the unanswered questions by date, not by votes

Is there some way to do that? I mean, of course the most voted unanswered questions are quite interesting, but I would like to see the most recent unanswered questions instead.
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Unanswered Question on Which I Would Like Help

I am currently trying to solve a problem which has already been posted once here: Compute the Hilbert-Samuel function However the above link does not have any answers or comments at all, and I am far ...
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How to filter questions on waiting time?

I was wondering if there is a way to filter questions on waiting time, i.e. searching for the oldest non-answered questions. Is there an open database on Math SE which can be analyzed to get this kind ...
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Adding a bounty to an unanswered question, then copying an answer from another SE site. Is this allowed?

I wanted to start a bounty and I thought of getting to the unanswered ones. This one in particular is where I placed it. I waited for a while and no one still answered, so all that was left for me to ...
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How to get people to respond to an edit made to a question?

I asked a question here regarding pythagoras' theorem and the multivariable chain rule. I received some responses and edited my question to better reflect my new understanding. I commented on the ...