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dealing with many poorly motivated questions from a single user

This character seems to be asking asking many high-level (meaning broad and vague) questions in rapid succession. As well, the replies from this person are essentially excerpts from (searchable?) ...
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Matrices not rendered correctly

See e.g. here. I tried both \begin{pmatrix}... and \begin{array}{cc}.... edit Reading the answers, the problem turns out to be ...
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Feature request: [Closed for editing]

There are a lot of questions on this site (even more than MO!) that could do with a brush up- some extra motivation, a more specific request or even just the full question in some cases. I applaud and ...
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Quotes question should be closed

I have voted to close "What is your favorite Math Quote". I think this question is outside what we hope to silly filling up the site. My comment indicating that it should probably be closed has four ...
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To what extent should copyrighted material be made available on math.se?

The standing policy on mathoverflow.net is that it is not the community's job to enforce copyright. See http://tea.mathoverflow.net/discussion/313/ On Stack Overflow historically, moderators have ...
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Should moderators recuse themselves from closing or locking meta questions about their own conduct?

Kaestur Hakarl has closed a meta question about his conduct that should remain open because there is substantive discussion that is taking place. Meta is for users to discuss issues, and his proposed ...
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Math rendering broken on iphone

The rendering of math formulas seems very broken on my iphone. On the main page, math in questions disappears during loading, and sometimes "math processing error" replaces it. On question pages, ...
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3answers
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Links / URLs containing special characters are not recognized by markdown

In this answer, I linked to some page within the Wolfram alpha site, and the links did not appear. For example, I will try to link the last word in this sentence. Here is the URL I was trying to link ...
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1answer
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Suggesting more specific titles to an OP

I have seen several posts recently, I think from new users, where the title is too vague to be useful. Also, I have not seen any suggestions in the comments to re-title the question. Examples: ...
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Title of question can change when it appears in “Related” list

Here's an example. This question had some revisions to its title: Comparison of two convergence conditions for sequences of non-negative numbers https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/1839/revisions ...
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Offering to e-mail a copy of a book to the OP of a question

Kaestur Hakarl keeps removing my offer to e-mail a copy of Emil Artin's Geometric Algebra to the OP of a question. Revision list What I did is not against the rules, and I ask Kaestur Hakarl to ...
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1answer
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It is possible/make sense to add a mark to hide part of text?

In mathematics (and in other sciences), often there is no unique answer, the same problem can be resolved by different approaches, and often one can learn something from each one. So in order to ...
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The difference between [teaching] and [education]

Update: teaching is now a synonym of education. While I think that teaching has a clear meaning, education could refer to teaching (doing the educating) or being/getting educated. I'd suggest that ...
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Should we eliminate [soft-question]?

Given "The Death of Meta Tags", should we eliminate the [soft-question] tag? Near as I can tell, there are three types of questions tagged with [soft-question]: those that are also tagged [big-list] ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between [tags] and [tagging]?

What's the difference between the [tagging] and [tags] tags? Are they similar enough that we shouldn't have both?
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What's the difference between [physics] and [mathematical-physics]?

What's the difference between the [physics] and [mathematical-physics] tags? Are they similar enough that we shouldn't have both?
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1answer
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Would questions like “I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc” be welcome here?

Would questions like "I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc" be welcome here? Where Foo is field of mathematics of course. I haven't seen any yet, but they aren't ...
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Math in comments gets doubled up when you edit [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Editing a comment containing formulae will mangle the formulae (This question appears subjective and is likely to be closed :-)) Steps to reproduce: Find a post with not too ...
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Math markup, diagrams, etc. — pointers please

Feeling a bit dumb as I plunge into math.stackexchange.com after many years away from the world of mathematics, but can somebody please provide a very quick tutorial -- list of reference pointers ...
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Choice to turn off TeX on the main page

It's really annoying that TeX is rendered outside of questions. On MO, we realized this and turned it off for the question list and main page. Since the SE overlords have more control, perhaps they ...
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The use of the [algebra] tag

edit (Oct 26): I think there are two separate (but entangled) issues here. Does the algebra tag have a clear meaning or will/has it ended up on questions in two distinct areas? If algebra does not ...
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1answer
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Should this be tagged [galois-theory]?

I am not sure if I should add a tag for [galois-theory] (or [field-theory]?) on How to describe the Galois group of the compositum of all quadratic extensions of Q? and How to solve a cyclic quintic ...
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2answers
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Should there be tags for problems/exercises, such as [solution-request] ?

T.. suggested as a comment on this question that we use a solution-request tag for certain questions. The resulting conversation has been transferred here: This ...
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1answer
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Put a link to a tutorial on the Tex in the FAQ

I have no idea how to use either of the Tex methods supported here. How about putting a link to the instructions or a tutorial on both in the FAQ?
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3answers
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Editing a comment containing formulae will mangle the formulae

Somewhat of a duplicate of http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/419/editing-a-question-containing-formulae-will-remove-the-formulae. I reposted the question because the previous one - had a ...
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1answer
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visit meta and visit parent buttons have broken

For some reason the 'visit meta' and 'visit parent' buttons now link to stack exchange. strange bug. well funnily enough, after posting this they have changed images and now say stack exchange so ...
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What questions should be community wiki?

Under what circumstances should a question be made community wiki? Probably any question asking for a list of something (e.g. 1) must be CW. What else? What about questions asking for a list of ...
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1answer
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Moderator Pro Tem Announcement As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and ...
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1answer
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Math.StackExchange chat Room

I created a chat room for us here. There are plans for each Stack Exchange site to eventually have its own chat site, but a single chat room should be fine for now.
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1answer
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Fresh answers hide the background

This is a really small bug, but the fade-from-orange effect that occurs when you first view a new answer fades to solid white instead of transparent. (This won't be an issue if we remove the ...
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Feedback on MathJax TeX rendering

NOTE: I am locking this question to make sure that people who have problems with the MathJax TeX rendering post their issue as a new question, rather than an answer here. (This question was put up ...
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1answer
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Can't change your vote after an hour?

It seems like if you vote something up or down, after an hour that is fixed and you cannot change it - this is irritating because people are still able to edit their post after an hour. Can we change ...
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2answers
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Editing a question containing formulae will remove the formulae

Test it. Comment here with a formula. Reload the site. Edit. Note you'd have to retype the formulae.
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1answer
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Homework questions - avoiding giving a complete solution

We already have a question, on the policy of handling homework questions, but I believe that this point is important enough to deserve its own discussion. There is a general consensus that completely ...
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On current content of the site

Feels like we have a problem with content: to many questions are either 1) homework or 2) soft-questions/intuition/terminology — whatever but not a "well-defined math question that actually have ...
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What is our policy on questions that are quite clearly homework? [duplicate]

What's the policy with questions like Prove: $(a + b)^{n} \geq a^{n} + b^{n}$ https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1350/is-the-set-of-polynomials-of-degree-2-a-vector-space which are, I think, ...
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TeXification is too aggressive, or “How to enter a dollar sign?”

The current TeXification function is too aggressive. The current behavior is that, any text between two dollar signs in a single element will be formatted as a TeX formula. this excludes any ...
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List of other mathematics resources for the FAQ

In response to this thread, I am starting a thread to compile other online mathematics-related sites to give people places to look before asking a question. These should be included in the FAQ like ...
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3answers
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TeX formatting in other comments in the same post is lost when the comment list is updated

If there's any TeX formatting in comments of a post, after you add a comment to that post, or click "add / show n more comments", all formulae are reverted to $...$....
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2answers
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Why was my question promoting another math website deleted?

I posted a few hours ago a question about how to promote another math site which has different purposes. I really, really have no intention to spam, but I thought (and still think) that the resource I ...
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1answer
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Protocol for deleting wrong answers.

Assume someone asks a question, I read it and think "ok I've got it". And post my answer. After some amount of time I realize, or am alerted that my answer is wrong. Perhaps it was too sloppy, or ...
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0answers
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I am so glad this site exists! [closed]

I just want to say that I'm really happy this site exists now. A place to ask and answer math questions intelligently, at any level, is greatly needed, and using the SE voting system to keep things ...
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0answers
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Tags to kill: “vectors”

I just retagged two questions containing the tag [vectors]. This is a useless tag. It's like making a tag [elements-of-a-group]. Kill it whenever you see it from now on. Good hunting.
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1answer
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Feature request: LaTeX preview

I would like to be able to preview my LaTeX when typing my answers and questions!
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2answers
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How to make the ⇒ sign with Google Chart's TeX?

I tried the following: but I get $⇒$ \implies but I get $\implies$ \Rightlongarrow but I ...
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2answers
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Can we get rid of the grid background?

Sorry, but all it does is make everything harder to read.
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Formatting Sandbox

Basically the same as Formatting Sandbox in Meta Stack Exchange, but since this and Statistical Analysis are the only two sites (I know) supporting $\TeX$ formatting, I believe we also need one here ...
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Maths Education Questions

What do you guys think of maths education questions? I wouldn't want the site to be overwhelmed, but they are related to maths. By its nature, many education questions will be subjective and difficult ...
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Are calculation questions acceptable?

There was recently a question about calculation short-cuts to save time. I'd like to know what the community consensus is about the acceptability of such questions here. I myself voted to close -- I'...
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Feedback on Google Charts for TeX processing

We have implemented google charts TeX processing based on John Gietzen's grease monkey script which from our perspective works pretty well. There are a few advantages to using google charts: They ...

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