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2021 Election Results: Congratulations to our new moderators!

Thanks to everyone for participating in the elections irrespective of their votes. I am humbled by your support and I think your trust will be a key asset in my role as a moderator. Congratulations to ...
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Math.SE?

(Note: this is my opinion as a user; my moderator hat is off.) I am in favor of ordering answers by number of votes only. The green check is supposed to indicate that the author of the question found ...
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2021 Election Results: Congratulations to our new moderators!

I guess I'll also write an answer :P Thank you to the community, especially those who have contributed to asking questions and voting during the election process! Very looking forward to join the ...
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Is it ok to erase an answer that is extremely vulgar by editing it?

From the comments: No. Instead, flag it as rude or abusive and move on.
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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Since this policy was announced, we have witnessed a shift in attitude from the moderators. No longer are users trusted to make their own decisions on what can be posted and what cannot, given their ...
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Why are clumsily formulated questions downvoted & closed so much?

Isn't this just a form of gatekeeping, where you only get to ask a question about mathematics if you've already learnt enough of mathematics to rigorously formulate your problem? This question seems ...
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The unofficial 2021 elections nomination post

In the last election, Paramanand Singh missed out in a closely fought race with Xander Henderson. For sure, if they are available, they should be contesting this time. That's because one can see their ...
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How do moderators prove that they are at least 18 years old?

We don't. The 18+ rule is likely mostly to cover legal bases for SE itself, due to laws surrounding Personally Identifiable Information (PII) access. We are not required to submit any formal proof ...
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Removing potentially unpleasant 'flavor text' from questions when it has no mathematical importance

While making a hard and fast rule for every kind of 'unpleasant flavor text' is impossible, I think for cases like the post in question it's rather simpler. Terms like rape, assault and murder are ...
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Why image cannot be used for explaining my maths problem?

This is largely an accessibility issue. Images are not searchable. Whatever you think of the quality of the built-in search engine, or external tools such as approach0, and their ability to find ...
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Are the words "hey guys" blacklisted and automatically stripped from edits?

Does the MSE software filter these words out automatically? Yes. According to Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?, "hey" and"guys&...
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Is the following copyright infringement or scholarly analysis? Both? Neither?

Beware "Internet lawyering" in all of its forms. Having said that - and to be clear, I am not your attorney or giving you legal advice - I work in this area and can comment generally on ...
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Is there a shorter and more opinionated version of "How to ask a good question?" that we can direct new users to?

This Answer to “How to avoid downvotes for beginners' questions?” is relevant, as upvotes usually accompany Good Questions. Here I build off that Answer, giving instructions with examples. Advice ...
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What should we do when posts look too much like an exam question?

Some context for my answer: I am a professor at a small university in the US, and I was burned very badly by the need to administer remote exams in the last year due to COVID-19. I caught a ...
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Why was my suggested edit rejected despite correcting a calculation error?

Your edit was perfectly fine and should have been accepted. Sometimes reviewers simply make mistakes, especially when understanding the reason for the edit involves some nontrivial mathematics. You ...
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What is a "PSQ"?

To answer the first question, the acronym (or some might prefer initialism) PSQ, is derived from Problem Statement Question. In its purest form it is a question post that only contains the statement ...
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Math.SE?

I dislike this proposition, for one reason: For many questions, the highest voted answer is simply the oldest. This is especially true of questions that appear on the "Hot Network Questions"...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

Do you agree with the enforcement of quality standards? Do you think more or less is needed? What are your reasons? The linked meta announcement is a recent attempt to deal with the repeated ...
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Why was a question proactively removed from Hot Network Questions even though it never appeared there in the first place?

Let me answer quickly. It was removed in part because I answered this question. I find it extremely hypocritical on my side if I take out many HNQs and let my stuff remain. I also think that this was ...
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Is there anything to improve in this post which is about ambiguity in question about field axioms?

Is there anything to improve in this post? Yes. A lot. Remove your commentary about the downvotes. Remove your commentary about the close votes. Move your comment about the cross-posting to a ...
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Posting 'Solved' Questions

The FAQ on Meta Stack Exchange is pretty clear on this. Yes! There are already numerous posts that answer their own questions. There's nothing wrong with it. It's even been encouraged since the very ...
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A question quickly closed and deleted

There is a very simple reason why we should not encourage posting about open problems by plain amateurs. If we allow just one, to be consistent we would need to allow a hundred. With the recent ...
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Adding MathJax to the title of posts being edited - bad habit?

Editing is encouraged!, in particular to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it A good title is an essential part of the question, and the first thing that people see. Your examples (“...
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Is there an appropriate stackexchange site related to speculative mathematics

Questions about papers in arxiv.org which represent learning opportunities are now discouraged and flagged as improper and closed. As one of the close voters of the question you linked to as an ...
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

As already mentioned, this can be done using SEDE. The posts with highest $\min$(upvotes,downvotes): main, meta You can also modify the query to include some additional information about the post (e....
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When do we upvote or accept an answer?

While I'm not the most active on this site, my experience on other SE sites would suggest a simple piece of advice: upvote answers that are helpful, and downvote answers that are harmful. You get a ...
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What are some alternatives to math.stackexchange where discussions are allowed?

You have more than the 20 pts. reputation needed to talk in chatrooms here, as @amWhy suggested. At 100 pts. you would gain the privilege to create a new chatroom, but likely there are existing ...
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How can we conduct automated collaborator detection? Should we conduct it?

The data about voting is not publicly available, but for some things mentioned in your question, you can use SEDE. I have created a community wiki answer where various queries can be collected. Top ...
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What does "low quality contributions" mean and who decides this?

I think this is a good question. There is definitely a capriciousness to EoQS, that does not seem to be acknowledged by Moderation: EoQS: The goal is to have a repository of high-quality answers to ...
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Why are questions closed?

It seems that the underlying assumption of the original question here is that questions on the main site are closed because they "don't make sense" to the close voters. This is an erroneous ...
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