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You're right - this election is looking a bit ridiculous right now. Not that I don't believe most of the candidates are sincere in their desire to help... But this site has over 4 years of history, nuanced policies have grown up, and expecting someone who hasn't spent a lot of time here to even know about them - much less uphold them - is kinda silly. The ...


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I agree. Right now there is a smallish list of words that will cause a warning to pop up when they appear in short question titles . From Shog9's answer the regex is ^.{0,30}(^|\W)(anyone|difficult|doubt|easy|hard|help|interesting|please|problem|query|question|someone|stuck|very)(\W|$).{0,30}$ (Essentially a title containing at least one of the listed ...


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How can I choose the preferred website to put my questions? I once read something along the lines "If you have to ask whether to ask on MO or math.se, likely you should ask it on math.se." I think this is a good rule of thumb. What if someone writes his or her question down on the not preferable website? If you post on MO and they think it is ...


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It's... uh... been a while since this request was made. We require a few things before turning a switch like this - it's pretty harmful to small sites to have what is a large chunk of potential askers to be blocked. But... Maths isn't a small site, and it hasn't been one for a loooong time. So when this request was first passed into my radar two years ago, ...


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To quote Asaf Karagila What a terrible terrible ... terrible terrible idea. (I might have opted for "awful" instead, to squeeze a couple more in there, but the sentiment is the same.) If you want to pay people to answer your questions, there are already sites which provide this service. So what benefits would it have here? None that I can see. In ...


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Probably a "Senator" badge, in the gold badges category. Anyone have other ideas for the name?


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I think this would be a very difficult task. In the unambiguous cases, adding math formatting doesn't add much value to the post. Added value begins where the math formatting clarifies math which is hard to read in ASCII representation, and that usually requires some decisions: Whether 1/2a is $\frac12a$ or $\frac1{2a}$ Whether a lone a or I is a variable ...


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Not only does the community not have much basis to evaluate moderator candidates, but we then must elect them for life. I think it would be helpful if moderators were initially elected to a probationary term of fairly short duration (say, 3 months). At the end of this term, the community could evaluate their work (based on either detailed or aggregate data ...


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You can write "they". I don't think that the feature request is very good, and this discussion might help to shed some light on the topic. (In a nutshell, the presence of female users online is still often accompanied by harassment.) Moreover, much like many users won't fill in their real name, there's no reason to believe that people would bother to fill ...


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Your post leaves many important details open. Some questions follow: How are the answers? Are the answers that are being upvoted any good? If they're not good, then this is an issue indeed. If the answers are good -- could these upvotes be deserved? So: are you sure this is an incident of mutual tactical serial upvoting? Is the symbiotic relationship of ...


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This is a poll. Please vote this answer up if you think there should be a delay between the deadline for nominations and the beginning of voting. This has been mentioned in several comments; I am posting it as an answer just so that it can be put to a vote.


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Some notes in the form of an answer. Moderators cannot invalidate votes. Any votes. Ever. (And those downvotes I received on that answer were certainly not appropriate! Why can't I invalidate them!? Why!?) We're trusted with a lot of information and tools, but SE still likes to keep certain things out of our reach. Invalidation of votes is either done ...


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My personal experience and big sentiment is that yes, the level of Math.SE is falling. It would be great if "relatively advanced but not research level questions" got the same attention as it used to be when I started here and fell in love with Math.SE quickly. While it is true that they are drowned in the ever-growing flood of no-effort no-motivation solve-...


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The procedure used by the Crusade of answers, which specializes in trying to reduce the unanswered questions queue, is a synthesis of the aforementioned strategies: Consider if there is a legitimate reason to vote to move/delete/close the question. If not, ask the commenter using the @ feature to convert his/her comment to an answer. If there's no response ...


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Ok, there's a warning now: This is triggered by a title matching ^.{0,30}(^|\W)(anyone|difficult|doubt|easy|hard|help|interesting|please|problem|query|question|someone|stuck|very)(\W|$).{0,30}$ ...so it heavily favors short titles - Tricky integration/functions problem would've warned, while Least squares problem equivalent to solving Poisson problem for ...


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proof-theory If your question is not about the area of mathematic logic called proof theory, do not use the proof-theory tag. Questions requesting proofs for a particular statement, or about how/why a particular proof of a statement works, should be tagged with the mathematical subject the statement lies in. This tag is almost universally used ...


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Moderators are not everywhere. We are only aware of flags if you raise them. (I've deleted the posts before you even finished composed your Meta posting here... your "this user" link is already dead.) What you can do to help: Flags Ahoy!!! For obvious spam posts, instead of voting to close, or flagging as off-topic, you should just flag it as Spam. ...


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I think this comes back to the fundamental question of how people here envision the purpose of this site, and if the history of such debates is any indication, addressing the issue will lead to acrimony, drama, accusations, frustration, and other uncivil behavior on the part of certain individuals...over what I would like to remind people is ultimately just ...


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How about this as a feature request? It is certainly fine that a person have privacy if suspended. But, if they want to run for moderator, then they must surrender that privacy and it must be made known of their past suspensions, including some detail as to what happened and why they were suspended. If they don't want people to know about their ...


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One should first note that only a few StackExchange sites have MathJax capabilities. Add in the fact that such questions appear only rarely and it is probably unlikely that SE will implement a change to require titles to have non-$\LaTeX$ elements anytime soon. There is, of course, a simple work-around that requires no changes to the SE system: When ...


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In the past, the SE network has had issues with some people excessively bugging others about what they perceived as an insufficient accept rate. (Those links are all from just a single quick search on meta.SE.) This eventually got to the point where, to make it stop, the accept rate was removed from user profiles, and comments mentioning "accept rate" are ...


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The goal of answers is not only to help the original poster; otherwise there'd be little reason to keep questions around after they've been answered. Answers can also help other people looking at the question, either while it's still on the front page or if they find the question via a search engine. When asking a question, should there be a place to ...


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I interpret this in two ways: Do not ask well-known open problems as questions. It's not practical to ask MSE to prove the Riemann hypothesis for you. You're allowed to ask difficult, research level questions, but they shouldn't be attempts to "stump MSE" with famous conjectures. (Of course, if your question unexpectedly turns out to be equivalent to ...


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The toggle button functionality is more or less available through the MathJAX extension action. Though it is more suitable for displaying alternate math formulas instead of displaying a paragraph of text. Personally, I can't think of any good way to utilize this functionality. $$\require{action} \toggle{ \begin{array}{cl} & \bbox[2pt,color:red;border-...


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Sometimes a "yes" or a "yes you did it right" is all that's necessary; my own question history has a few of these. But many of the questions that tend to be answerable with "yes" are relatively simple questions, and it is my broad belief that these users could benefit from some additional insight that could relate to the question. Personally, if I find that ...


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Complementing Alexander's answer, a close reason of "lack of research effort" is, in my opinion, intrinsically bad for multiple reasons: it is impossible to ascertain how much research effort there was, "effort" is not a cop out for a poor question, it often gets dragged down to debates about how often students have "no clue on where to start" etc. If ...


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