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Two announcements: new “FAQ” and new “closure rules”

I want to point everybody's attention to two changes that will impact your user-experience here on Math.SE The first you may have already noticed: the old FAQ page has been replaced by a "help center"...
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Proposal: make the “interesting” tab the default on Math.SE homepage

Proposal: change the default home page tab of Math.SE from active to interesting. Explanation and Rationale. Math.SE is the second most active SE site by the number of questions per day, behind ...
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What can users do to improve their Math.SE experience?

Some of recent discussions on meta revolved around various ways to deal with the growing number of questions posted on the site. For example: Is the interest in this community falling? Feature ...
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How to search math terms/notations accurately and efficiently? Could some experienced users summarize some tips here?

How to search math terms/notations accurately and efficiently? Could some experienced users summarize some tips here? I believe such tips will be helpful for inexperienced users looking for hints or ...
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Specific Latex commands for user's account

I think it would very useful to permit every user to add to their profile a list of Latex command, so that they are readily at disposal. For instance, in all of my .tex files I add in the preamble <...
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What is with that orange box?

I feel like that I should know this by now and that I might have known at some point, but at any rate: what does this number in the orange box indicate? There is also a blue box that appears to its ...
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Managing favourites

I'm a new user but my favourites are already becoming a bit cumbersome to go through. I imagine they may become completely unmanageable in a year's time. I was wondering if it would be possible to ...
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Can we get a $\LaTeX$ button?

I would like to propose the addition of a $\LaTeX$ button. It would be very similar to the "code" button that formats the highlighted text into code, the $\LaTeX$ button would surround the highlighted ...
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Could “Ask Question” dialog be more helpful?

The Ask Question dialog has an appropriate faint overlay text in the Title input area: what's your math question? be specific. (Aside: this seems to suggest ...
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Is it possible to know which posts were affected by user removal?

I suddenly saw that I am 20 points short, and the reputation page says that a user was removed. I am now left to wonder which posts suffered from this drop. Is it possible to add some sort of way of ...
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homework questions, again

I have no sympathy for people just copying the text of the homework questions to the site (sometimes they even scan the page, to avoid having to write the text...) On the other side, I believe that ...
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Can't see the preview at the bottom of a long post

Dynamically-updated previews are wonderful. But because the preview appears below the post, I can only see the top of it. If I'm adding to the bottom of a long post, the browser is working and ...
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“Don't shout” warning without capitals

I started working on an answer and first just typed three lines of arithmetic expressions with numbers into the edit box. When I later returned to the page and the content of the edit box was auto-...
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What's going on with the UI?

Is there a medium/long-term plan for a total revamp of the SE user interface? I noticed the list of recent badges was removed, and now the top bar is completely changed (access to the meta site link ...
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“Ask Question” Formatting Problem

Is it just me, or is the format of the "Ask Question" page kind of broken. Here's a screenshot from a recent question of mine: I faced two problems: "How to Tag" mixes up with the footer and the tag ...
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On question titles

Today I saw an $odd$ $looking$ italicised word in a question title. It turned out that the OP was using double dollars as opposed to the usual stars. So I edited their title. In doing so I discovered ...
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Changing my user-name

I would like to request a change to my user-name. I would prefer to have something more colorful than my user number How do I submit such a request"?
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\tag mathjax spills to the right of main text body

I've known about this bug for a while. Weird that it still hasn't been fixed. If the \tag mathjax is not intended to be used, then why is it included as a valid ...
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Feature request: always display upvotes and downvotes separately

One annoying problem I've experienced in the past is the following: I downvote something that I think is bad but that is not obviously bad (e.g. it is not spam). Exactly one other user upvotes in ...
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Latex preview when initially composing an answer

When one starts writing an answer, it is not possible to turn off the live preview of the answer. This makes it rather painful when composing long, latex-rich answers. The only way around it is to ...
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Can the site-design be improved to be more welcoming to new users?

I think that the design of MSE could be more welcoming to new users. I don't know how much effort it would take and of course that should be considered. My view is as someone who is relatively new to ...
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Logo ideas/proposals

Right now, math.stackexchange has the same look as every other beta SE 2.0 site. However, we will eventually need our own logo. Please post as answers below, your logo proposals for this site. One per ...
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Personalised $\LaTeX$ commands for users

I'm definitely not the first to think about having the possibility users having personalised $LaTeX$ \newcommands (see e.g. here). But I thought of another way to ...
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What is the Math SE logo?

I don't know what the Math Stack Exchange logo is and was wondering if we (the users) could post ideas on a new one and have users vote for the best one... Is that a possibility or no?
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Improving the tag system (categories)

was thinking there are so many tags around (around 27 pages) How can we improve the tag system, some suggestions: can we not create categories that group tags together, so that instead of looking ...
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Disable “share a link” popup?

Is there some way of disabling that annoying "share a link to this hot question to earn the publicist badge" message that keeps popping up all the time?!? (I don't use Facebook or Twitter, and I'm not ...
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Hide comments to view the question

Is it possible to have a button hide comments (or something like that) in order to see the question when we write the answer? When you write the answer it's often useful to see the question to have ...
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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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five-minute limit message should take precedence over five-second limit message

This is a somewhat trivial bug, but a bug nonetheless. It sometimes happens that one starts editing a comment, and then upon submitting the edit one gets an error message that the comment can only be ...
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“Add comment (requires 50 reputation)” in review

Recently, I got used to seeing: Comments disabled on locked/deleted questions/reviews when I was reviewing. I also finally got that it doesn't talk about "locked/deleted reviews", but should be ...
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Attempts at repeated flagging should fail earlier (if at all)

I flagged a question for moderator attention. After exchanging some more comments with the OP, I wanted to add something to my remarks to the moderators, so I chose "flag" and "in need of moderator ...
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What is this notification doing there?

Why is this huge ugly banner appear in possible duplicates? It looks horrible.
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What Happened to Helpful Flags Counter on User Page?

What happened to the 'Helpful Flags' counter / link that was available on your user page as it seems to have disappeared today?
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undelete missing for a posting recently deleted

I have just deleted " Towards generalization of Euler relation ". I wish to fix it and re-post it , but it is missing from " ask questions " or other headings. How to recover the same? TIA
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How to interact with the others?

Well, I want to know how to interact with the other user, i.e., can I add someone, send messages or other social network service?
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Where's the dupe in close review?

In close reviews, a post flagged as a duplicate and the claimed duplicate target are rendered as tabbed pages so that reviewer can compare them without leaving the page. However, the tabbed pane is ...
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Is it possible to list favourite/ignored tags alphabetically?

When viewing the tags page, it is possible to list the tags by name. Is it possible to do this in a user's preferences page on their profile for their favourite and ignored tags? Context: At the ...
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Incorrect number of items in review queue [duplicate]

Is there a level of review that I simply cannot find or is it the case that the number on the top of the screen ($69$ *smirk*) is bugged on this site? I imagine that the number next to "review" should ...