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This answer is mainly to gather a list of interested potential contributors. Edit it to add your display-name, and a very brief description of a topic if you would be willing and prepared to have a suitable blog post ready for submission by 17 May 2014. If your display-name is not unique, also include a link to your user profile, so everyone can identify ...


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Short exposition pieces on interesting mathematics, primarily at the advanced high school to advanced undergraduate level. Some potential contributors have already given examples of what such posts might look like. This comment raises an additional issue, which you can vote on in the comments: Can anyone write about anything, or do we expect the people ...


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Suggestion for "default:" Mathematics Community Blog (See http://security.blogoverflow.com/ for an example of this...)


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I, for one, probably couldn't contribute something meaningful/interesting every month. However, I could probably post an entry maybe once every two months, and certainly once every 3 months. I'm sure there are plenty of users in my position, and enough of us could probably count as one person who'd contribute once a month. If you're in the same position ...


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As I commented in the other thread, a "What is..." style post, similar to the article published by the AMS, would be great. In essence, the goal of these articles would be to explain, in understandable terms, a 'buzz-word' mathematical concept. The focus should be on 'what is it used for' in mathematics, and 'why is it such a ubiquitous term'. For example, ...


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I’m Grace Note, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. I’m also the one in charge of maintaining our community-run blogs. We’ve learned a lot by creating these per-site blogs for, essentially, anyone who asked for them. But in honesty, we have not been doing enough to make blogs work, not for the contributors nor for the communities that are associated with ...


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A Sufficiently Wide Margin In reference to Fermat's famous quote. It also makes sense because, whereas Fermat didn't have enough room to write, in this blog people would have the space to write detailed, thoughtful expository posts.


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I do not consider this to be an issue. Mathematics is a Q&A site which just so happens to have an archive. However I use the archive in TeX, for example, more often than I would be willing to admit, and I think that this is where the high traffic is coming from. I think a greater use of the archives of other sites is because it is easier to ask a Linear ...


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Very general outlines of the work behind recent major breakthroughs, or concerning the status of potential breakthroughs, such as Mochizuki's claimed proof of the ABC conjecture.


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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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"Question of the Week" posts, which in some manner highlight one or more questions or answers fromt he main site, voted on by the community. "Week" is mutable. These would probably be selected by a vote here on meta. Edit: Vote below for whether you would prefer weekly, every other week, or monthly for such posts. Please vote for only one comment.


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Explanation of popular or recurring topics from the main site. For example, if the series $1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + \cdots$ keeps coming up in questions on the main site, it could be answered definitively and thoroughly in a single blog post instead of in various disjointed threads. (The blog post could also link to the best of the threads.)


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As the comments point out, the blog gradually became inactive and eventually Stack Exchange discontinued the entire Blog Overflow system. The second link contains most of the relevant information, but to summarize: At the time they did this evaluation, "only the SciFi blog was remotely active." That's across the entire Stack Exchange network. Meanwhile, the ...


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A monthly greatest answer post from "The Crusade of Answers" group. This is a group of kindred fellows who dig up old unanswered questions and provide answers to them so as to take them off of the unanswered list. They are known chiefly by the existence of their long standing no nonsense chat room, and the fact that they bring the ratio of unanswered to ...


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Okay, so I think we have a pretty good stable of interested early contributors. I still think there are some things that need to be fleshed out before we formally inform the SE folks about our desire for a community blog. First of all, we should figure out the "administration" of the blog: people willing to take on the task of trying to keep everything on ...


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Reviews of new or old math books recently read by contributors.


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Many of my top questions would be make better community blog posts than questions, especially this one and this one. I could see questions like these evolving into "community projects," with several writers posting replies to each other, working towards a larger problem. I'd probably post there all the time.


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Posts about current events of interest to the mathematical community, such as major conferences, outreach efforts like Mathematics Awareness Month, and major awards like the Fields and Abel medals.


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Posts highlighting and expanding on great threads from the main site.


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From the Stack Exchange blog post about the community blog initiative: So how does my site get a community blog? Starting a blog is easy. Keeping up a blog, contributing to it regularly is difficult. Blogs are hard work. Wanting a blog is obviously the first step, but there are a few things that the community needs to discuss in order to get a blog ...


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Once a week as posting frequency is too ambitious. I would recommend once per month as a start, with a goal of every other week. That way, you won't, well, let's say likelihood of perceived failure is lessened. * Possibly silly suggestion: Every other week publishing frequency would be good for distinctive branding, using fortnightly in the blog header or ...


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Is it actually dead? There hasn't been activity on it for 7 months. But it's not so dead yet that we've removed it. So the short answer is no, it's not technically dead. (Although it's unclear if it has a pulse). The liveliness of the blog feeds on itself, I think. An active blog has more presence and solicits more contributors than an inactive blog. If ...


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Solutions or solution outlines to problems from major math competitions, after the competitions have ended.


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Given that I collect network-wide statistics for fun (the data from this site alone gives over 700 numbers to play with, and I enjoy playing around with statistics so I collect that and other data on a daily basis), and I've been involved in other SE sites besides this one with very different cultures, I thought I'd contribute my 2 cents. Here's a plot of ...


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Having read "Is serverfault doomed?" (From the comments) my experience of late around the authors main point, to vote more is relevant to the discussion. While still relatively new (almost a year) user, I have been offput from answering some questions. Whilst I don't expect $1/3$ of my $(136)$ answers to be bad (via downvoting/commenting), they are neither ...


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Short answer View my profile for a quick start, and my minimal demo site (source). Complete answer I recommend a static blog powered by open-source technologies Beautiful Hugo with Staticman. The former provides a blogging theme with KaTeX, whereas the later provides commenting support for static sites. To start writing math online using Beautiful Hugo ...


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StackExchange is moving forward on their plans to discontinue all community blogs, including our blog. The SE team has offered to provide data dumps of the current blog content; in JNat's own words from the Teachers' Lounge: As you've probably heard, we're discontinuing community blogs, and I'm contacting each community to see what they wanna do with ...


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Q: How do I format/type math in a blog article? A: The blog uses Wordpress, and does not use all the same shortcuts as main and meta. This means that basic formatting and typing $\TeX$ is a bit different on the blog than it is on main and meta. (The blog uses the Mathjax-Latex plugin by Kblog to display $\TeX$, and uses a MathJax configuration containing ...


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