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How to properly ask a “textbook recommendation” question?

I've seen several "textbook recommendation" type questions on MSE, and some of them have been quite popular and helpful. In a lot of them, the poster provides their mathematical background information ...
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How does MSE do live previews of MathJax?

How does MSE do live previews of MathJax? I need this for my own site. I am not a JavaScript developer but I can copy / paste some code into the right place. I'm using Bubble to create a learning ...
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How to search on this site?

When using this site, it is quite important to be able to find posts on this site which might be related to the question I am interested it - both to avoid duplication (i.e., not asking again ...
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Why don't in-app visits count for “Consecutive days visited”?

On the week-end I seldomly use my computer and thus do not log in to Mathematics Stack Exchange from a browser. I do, however, use the (iOS) app to check for new questions or notifications on the ...
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Using \$ \$ when typing matrices

I have this matrix: $ \begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \end{pmatrix} $ and I want to show a new user how to type this, by adding \$ \$: \$ \begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \end{pmatrix} ...
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Why are the user suspension criteria applied for unfair comments on the main site currently not applied for unfair use of public chat rooms?

After my first 7 days suspension on April 2018, I raised HERE some questions related to the proper use of chat rooms to avoid defamatory actions clearly not compatible with the fair harmony of the ...
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Misuse of tag “divergence”: How to deal with questions with the wrong tag?

According to the tag info of divergence, it is used when questions are about vector calculus. However, it is often tagged with convergence, at questions about convergence/divergence of sequences, ...
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Provide \degree symbol in MathJax

A while ago I posted an answer to the MathJax tutorial meta question about the right way to write a degree symbol. The latest edit (with which I'm not really happy) discusses, among other things, the ...
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Should I change the tag to the correct one, even if the asker does not know the topic?

See this question: Question on the notation $ds^2=dx^2+dy^2$ : what does it really mean? The question is really about differential geometry and metric tensor. The asker originally tagged the question ...
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Identify our millionth question

Somewhere in the past few hours, the millionth question was asked on Math.SE. Could someone cleverer than I am please figure out which one it was. Presumably there should be a plaque or statue, or ...
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Strange new users with Chinese/Korean usernames

From here, we can see many 1-rep users with Chinese or Korean usernames. Their profile photos are their usernames themselves. I am a Chinese native speaker, I can see their usernames do not seem to be ...
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Indication on why a question is closed should be more specific

I believe notices such as "closed as unclear what you're asking", "closed as off-topic", etc. on a closed/deleted/flagged question should be more specific. Closing questions with the one-line generic ...
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“I have no idea what to do” - How do you respond to self-study questions by users who are completely lost?

It seems very common for someone to ask a homework question along with some variant of the phrase "I am completely lost" or "I have no idea what to do", and therefore violating the guideline that self-...
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Why don't we create the tag question-exam-recommendation?

It's an idea that came to my mind today. I saw book-recommendation tag and then I thought why not question-exam-recommendation tag. This new tag would be very useful to summarize ALL the theory that ...
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Why do people think downvotes need explanation?

Stack Exchange (or, at least, MSE) has the interesting phenomenon that people often demand for downvotes to have an accompanying justification. However, I don't see this on other sites I visit with a ...
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Can one no longer quote comment with the new design?

I've read a lot of negative reactions to the now all-out so-called responsive design. This question of mine I'm not sure if it belongs to that thread or not as a feature request or bug report, since ...
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How do the reputation scores work?

I'm stuck: If I look at reputation scores for "week", "month", "quarter", "year" I find for a top scorer like José Carlos Santos the reputation scores 530, 305, 305, 75.3 For myself I find 30, 30, ...
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Why is this spam?

I'm just curious, I was looking at this question with a view to answer it, and suddenly the Community bot deleted it for abuse/spam. It didn't seem like either; it was just a regular question. Does ...
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Should duplicate questions be deleted?

Lately, I came across several suggestions for deletion of questions simply because they are duplicates. In my opininion: If the question is somehow a bad question, then it ought to be deleted, and so ...
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What type of questions can you ask? [duplicate]

What kind of questions can you ask on this site? does it all have to be advanced trig or pre- calculus? I'm in the 10th grade and taking Geometry this year.
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time stamp puzzle

At 9:27 AM (EDT) this question Is there another way to solve this problem? appears on the page https://math.stackexchange.com/questions as having been asked 6 minutes ago. The question itself is ...
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Expectation tag error

Background In Expectation means average?, I proposed to synonymize expectation and expected-values. A moderator has done this. Problem When I view my tag scores in my profile and clicked on ...
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Should a diamond moderator having voted to close a question, delete counterarguments from that question's comments?

Like many people with an interest in mathematics right now, I want to get a deeper understanding where Atiyah's proof of Riemann Hypothesis might fall down. I searched and found no such question here ...
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Why was this question deleted after it had been “finished”?

This question was recently deleted. The question had positive score, both answers had positive score, and one had been accepted. It had been closed as well (there's a separate question here about the ...
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How does one add missing latex commands or see all available commands in math exchange site?

I wanted to write the \underbar in the [mathexchange site][1], but it wasn't possible when using \underbar{}. Is it possible to ...
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Incorrectly posting on Meta

Every so often a new user posts a question on Meta that should have been put on the main site, and a few minutes later it is on hold as off-topic. On two occasions I have seen such a question on Meta ...
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How to add comment to protected question

I have some answer to this question but it is protected. Can you add a comment there (I hope this answer can help someone) before downvoting or deleting it - thanks: Example is blackbox password ...
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Bug in math.stackexchange MathJax editor

When answering a question the editor sometimes pops up an image which covers the line one is trying to edit as seen in the image below. Has anyone else encountered this problem? My usual fix is to ...
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Heteronormativity and binary gender assumptions

Recently quite a number of questions have been posted that contain heteronormative assumptions or assumptions about binary genders, e.g. questions about married couples that assume that these consist ...
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Why was the question I link below, deleted?

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2926649/what-is-the-value-of-k/2926665 Why was this question deleted? You can just provide a very simple reason. Thanks.
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Is it okay to re-ask a deleted question?

Greetings I went trough some questions here on meta and didn't found something similar so I hope there is no problem with asking here. I'll try to keep it short. I noticed that some questions got ...
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background color [duplicate]

Numbers referring to number of answers and other things appear within rectangular boxes. Most of the time the numbers are green inside white background. Occasionally they are white with green ...
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Could questions we have already voted to delete be greyed out as well?

I have already voted to delete this question and it is 'highlighted' on the list of questions with delete votes as shown. For the sake of our convenience, could questions we have already voted to ...
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Can I use Mathematics Stack Exchange's MathJax for uses different than those intended?

I am participating in the IYMC and need to type some answers. As a member of this site for $9$ months, I find myself much more comfortable typing in MathJax than in Microsoft Word. So I hope that I ...
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Can we agree on a minimum lapse of time to put a very poor question asked by a new contributor on hold?

The title refers, and this is the situation that I want to focus my question, when a poor question asked by a new user is put on hold after few minutes*. To be concise about those cases in which I am ...
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I don't know how to proceed in this situation

Yesterday I posted a question about a problem that appeared on a differential geometry book, and it happened to be written by an active member of this community. I showed my work and another user ...
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The problem with proof verification

What I am going to bring up is not a new problem. It was hashed again and again and again. It was brought up as far as 2013, and repeatedly almost every year. See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Some of ...
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Please provide context. [duplicate]

First of all, whether you're a new user or a long-time contributor, welcome! Mathematics Stack Exchange welcomes learners and lovers of mathematics from all levels. You have been directed here ...
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Which tag should be used for (elementary-logic)?

I came across this question, which was tagged "linear algebra". I wasn't sure what to retag it as. I thought about (logic), but that's for advanced mathematical logic, model theory and whatnot. We ...
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Is it a bug that over/under braces vary in size for same-size expressions?

In this question on the Puzzling Stack Exchange, I wrote this answer with some Mathjax, but it formatted a little weirdly. Here is what I wrote: Some unecessary information, blah blah blah The ...
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Are questions about mathematical language, writing, and terminology on topic here?

I just came across the question "Does "another" mean "another" in mathematics?". This question is asking about how the word "another" is used in mathematical writing. Someone ...
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Non-OP bumping a question

I am working on a Java algorithm to plot multiple hyperbolas at different angles. To help with that I googled and stumbled on this question. My old and tired brain doesn't think I can do the ...
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Why can't I start a bounty? (More than three bounties.)

Why can't I start a bounty in this question From the unit disk to the right half plane and $T(0)=3$ ? It's been more than 2 days since I asked. I wanted to put 100 points as bounty but there's no ...
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Strange comments in review audit

I recently encountered a review audit in the "Suggested Edits" queue, with the following comment, presumably fake, from the purported editor of this question: This is a homework question from a ...
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Searching for questions that have one of two tags.

How can I search for two tags at once? For example, search for all questions that are tagged with either set-theory or elementary-set-theory.
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Why is this question “not” off-topic here?

I came across this question [edit - now deleted] and looking at the number of years and his reputation at MSE I feel that the questioner has quite a good experience of how MSE works. The moment I read ...
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Can I ask about a problem solving approach?

I have a question and I have a way of approaching its solution. But I don't know whether that approach is correct or not. So can I ask about whether my approach is correct or not on this site?
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Can someone with rep fix this?

I was able to make a useful change to this question, but then when I saw a need to correct a sign, I could not do it because it wasn't enough characters. Now I have a wholesale change back in the ...
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Are hint answers allowed? [duplicate]

I seem to recall reading on some help page that an answer must in fact answer the question posed. Yet I often see Hint answers, and sometimes want to answer with hints as well. So are Hint answers "...
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Should I delete question that is an open problem and has been discussed in papers?

Related question:Finding $\max |A|$ with $a_{ij}=\pm 1$ I have asked this question before I searched OEIS. After I have asked this question, I found this problem called "Hadamard maximal determinant ...

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