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There are four bookmarks which are located on this installation page: start ChatJax installs MathJax and starts a loop that renders $\LaTeX$ as needed. This is intended for use in chat, where the contents of the page are not static. Reloading the page will stop the loop, so the bookmark needs to be run again. render MathJax installs MathJax and renders $\...


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Cheer up! You're not the target of a rude joke in chat. Or, you're not the only target of a joke in chat. The trick lies in the source of the original comment: Just stopping by to say [this user](https://math.stackexchange.com/users/current) is awesome. Great to have folks like this around. Note that it links to https://math.stackexchange.com/users/...


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Recently, I have been reasonably active in a battle against windmills trying to constrain the "Unanswered questions" queue. I believe it can be worthwhile to have a chatroom devoted to coordinating such efforts, e.g.: Linking to questions where a "comment answerer" was requested to post an answer; Linking to questions where a (CW) answer has been compiled, ...


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Sorry, I don't know too much about von Neumann algebras. However, I was very pleased to be able to talk to you. I apologize for not being able to help further. StackExchange has elected me to help with users on the mainsite with more professional one-on-one assistance.


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Direct insults are not tolerated on chat, and the spam/offensive flags work well to immediately deal with this. But is is a bad option for more complicated situations that require some context to evaluate. There are two ways to notify the right people about such situations: Flags for moderator attention in chat (those are different from spam/offensive ...


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Yesterday, there were a number of chat comments flagged that were not really worthy of a flag, yet were flagged nonetheless. All moderators (whether in the same room or not) are notified of flags in any chat, as well as all users with 10K+ reputation get notified of chat flags. It is not surprising that some moderators and high rep users find excessive, ...


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Revision 3. This one actually has a working loop, and uses jQuery instead of directly injecting a script element. Unfortunately, it seems that new chat messages no longer trigger the ajaxComplete event, so my hack has to be replaced with a different one. This one runs MathJax on a 1-second cycle. Bookmarklet: javascript:(function()%7Bif(window.MathJax===...


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I'm a bit skeptical. I was present for much of the measure theory event, and it was indeed wonderful to watch. But I think what made it wonderful was that it was essentially a one-on-one tutoring session rather than a lecture. It was a dialogue, with lots of "do you think you get XYZ now, or should we move on to PQR?" and "wait a moment, how does UVW follow ...


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The Maths room has unfortunately acquired a little of a network-wide reputation for the misuse of the flag tool. This is regrettable, because I feel it has stifled the use of this important moderation tool to the point where this message slipped through the cracks, unnoticed, for 20 hours. And it sat there on the starred list all along for 20 hours. ...


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Often messages to moderators are private in nature, and as such, best handled using flags which only the moderators can see. Furthermore, chatrooms often get populated with less directed conversation; they are for chatting, after all. Flags, meta posts, and, to a lesser degree, the main math chatroom are already watched by moderators. For those mods that sit ...


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For my part I will say the following. I don't really regret making those chat comments. I mean, I am not willing to apologize for them at the moment. But I do concede that I'm not at all proud of making them. The others have analyzed my state of mind while making those comments reasonably accurately. The one addition I will make is that: I didn't want to ...


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Remember that you can give any user an explicit write access if you are the room admin. Simply click on “room▼” which is found under your room's name and click on “control access”. Now just add a user to your explicit write access. This works for any user even if they are low on reputation. And so start inviting 'em to chat! How'd you feel if you are ...


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In my opinion, the best way to advertise the chat (and specific chat rooms) is using them. If a user comes to chat and sees the chatrooms associated with math.SE, they might have a peek in some of them. It is more likely that they enter a room where there was some recent activity. If they find out that chat can be useful and/or entertaining, maybe they will ...


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Areas of mathematics Let us list here rooms which serve for discussions related to a specific area of mathematics. Basic Mathematics is meant for all basic mathematical discussion, including basic logical reasoning, simple properties about natural/rational/real/complex numbers, induction/recursion, elementary combinatorics, synthetic geometry, ... Calculus ...


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I think amWhy's and Isa's comments above point out THE major problem with this for new users: a user needs 20 reputation to participate in chat, and most users who would benefit from talking to someone in a Welcome to MathSE chatroom don't have that much, are usually not asking the sorts of questions that will get them that crumb of reputation. Furthermore, ...


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My point of view: it depends on how "serious" things get. Racial slurs, profanities, sure. Behaviour that is like online bullying? Please flag. But just people being impolite (albeit personally) to each other? Perhaps not. Users are adults (well, okay, at least 13 years old). They should be able to better handle themselves without constant "adult ...


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Bounties are meant to either draw attention to a question and reward a user that puts a lot of effort into answering the question, or to reward a great answer that was already posted. Like votes they should be focused on posts, not on users. Reputation and the privileges associated with it should be earned by participating on the site, not just gifted by ...


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This appears to be just the way things work. The "parent user" of your chat account is your physics.SE account, and you are currently suspended from physics.SE. Because of this conflagration, this means that you are also banned from chat: all chatrooms hosted by the chat server.1 Had it been your math.SE account that was suspended, then you'd be able to ...


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It is absolutely not the position of the moderators to condone abusive behavior in chat. Chat is less formal than the main site, so there is, in practice, a bit more room for heated discussion there (much like on meta). Still, everything must remain reasonably civil. That being said, I do not agree that these comments are unfair or abusive. The users are ...


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You can ask a question on chat, but let people know that the question is also on the main site, and try to follow the chat suggested rules, especially 2, 3, and 4.


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Yes, that's perfectly fine. Since you have more than 100 rep points you can even create a chat room for your discussion, if you're afraid of filling up the space of the main chatroom. To quote the help center: When should I visit chat? for real time collaboration to meet the fellow members of your community in a more social environment for ...


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There is ChatJax++ now, a user script that enables MathJax in SE chat in a smart way, i.e. it requires no user interaction and renders new messages automatically.


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TL;DR: The reason for this policy about comments is that the StackExchange network was designed to be a Wikipedia-style, easily referenced Q&A database. On the other hand, this is nothing like what mathSE has actually become. StackExchange is intended as a Q&A network. Among other things, this means that the most important questions are those that ...


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Those numbers aren't updated in real time; it may take up to an hour to reflect the change. I've force-updated your chat account, so have fun chatting now :)


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I don't really relish being the bearer of bad news, but here's a recent answer by Shog9 on Meta Stack Exchange: This request was discussed by the team on April 9th, 2014. The potential rendering cost would be such that it would need to be a per-room and per-user option; this would then create a situation where users would potentially never be sure how ...


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Presently, I feel fairly hesitant about becoming active in such a chatroom.1 It's one thing if the room becomes productive. In that case it's all roses, as far as I can tell, and it would be a place that I would frequent. But IM(ns)HO there's also chance of it devolving into a stream of "Y U DEKLIN MY FALG?!?!?" questions, or math.SE's version of In Praise ...


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Perhaps against my better judgement, I've opened up the Math Mods' Office, with description somewhat plagiarised researched from Ask a Super User Moderator: For informal chat with the site moderators about moderation, spam, troublesome users and other issues you need ♦ input on. Needless to say, civil discourse will be a requirement for the chatroom to ...


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