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Should MU be a knowledge base for all mathematics?

I, for one, think that MU should try to be a Q&A site that is accessible to people at a lower level than MO. This does not mean that it should be a lower quality site than MO. It's been ...
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Questions about math jokes

I asked a question related to a math joke, and there are different reactions. Are math jokes strictly prohibited here? From my comment: I already knew the answer, but there could be new ...
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MathOverflow tags + others ?

I have re-tagged two questions today, 0.999=1? and the issue of the divergence of the harmonic series as "calculus" because I don't think they are real-analysis questions. However, when a real-...
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Moderators and Great People

One of the reasons that MO (also SO) was able to grow so well in the early days is that it had a small dedicated group of people who guided the site through its early stages and kept things on topic. ...
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Is it right to be retagging everyone's questions?

Because the website is in beta, I think, anyone can retag anyone's question. There are thus some people retagging every single question that is being asked, even when the retagging is not ...
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Should MathOverflow tag prefixes be used?

It would probably be good to get some sort of consensus on tagging style (pr.probability-theory vs plain probability-theory.) I'...
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Differences between mathoverflow and math.stackexchange.

What are the differences between MathOverflow.net and Math.stackexchange.com? Why two communities for Mathematics? Wasn't one enough?
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Can some questions have a “bounty”, as they do at MathOverflow ?

Even though this is not a location for original research, can questions still have a bounty? The following question was just posted: How do you determine if a point sits inside a polygon? and it ...
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Moving the meta link to the same spot it occupies on MO.

Is there any chance we could move the link to meta to the right of the FAQ link? Arguments are forthcoming.
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Answers that simply link to a paper, with little or no content in the answer itself

What is the policy on this? On one hand, they are technically "correct". On the other, I do not feel that they add much to the site itself. What if the link one day goes down? Should this answer ...
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chalkboardy stuff cute but a little distracting

The "chalkboardy" up/down arrows, star, etc. are kinda weird... any chance you could just use plain up/down arrows like on most other stackexchange sites?
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Are topics in the teaching or popularization of math inappropriate?

Thе question “What are some good ways to get children excited about math?” has been tagged as off-topic. Do people agree with this characterization? Personally, I think the question could generate ...
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Questions with multiple, very similar answers

I'm seeing a phenomenon wherein questions receive multiple answers that are very similar in nature (for example, the 0.9999... = 1 question) or answers that do not build off or acknowledge the ...
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What is the appropriate tag for questions not directly about math?

There are already several questions posted that are not really 'math questions.' Instead, they ask for blogs, podcasts, etc. Inevitably, more will follow. Favorite math-related cartoon, favorite math-...
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Is maths or math the shortened form on the site?

Are both shortened forms (British and American) of mathematics acceptable?
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TeX math markup is sorely needed

This site is going to need TeX markup to express mathematical symbols and formulas well.
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Should we migrate by hand good-but-not-research level questions from MathOverflow?

MathOverflow has a large supply of reasonable to excellent mathematics questions, which have been closed for not being "research level". Should we migrate some of these by hand?

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