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Whatever will the community decision on the fate of such posts be, it might be useful to collect links to them, so that they can be dealt with in a uniform way. Here is the list of the links I was able to locate. I made this answer CW, feel free to edit it. Reaching 100k (ordered by id) Congratulations, Arturo! Congratulations, André! ...


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There's no problem with bringing up old discussions back to the main page. The question is how. There is a problem with someone just posting a two-three lines of text which completely ignores the fact that a topic was grounded to fine powder over several previous threads. If a user wants to bring up, in a fresh thread, an old discussion they should make a ...


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It is generally encouraged to include punctuation in this case. See this question on the English language stackexchange, which contains a reference to wikipedia, stating explicitly that displayed formulae should include proper punctuation. See these two questions on the tex stackexchange for further confirmation.


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The purpose of votes isn't reputation. The purpose of votes is to determine what the community thinks of a particular post. It happens that on main, posts that are voted on are rewarded/sanctioned by reputation, but this isn't the case on meta. It doesn't mean votes are pointless, because they still fulfill their primary purpose: determining what the ...


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I believe that part of the purpose of the meta site is to allow us to discuss opinion based questions -- such as this very question. I think that it is very rare that a question on meta should be closed only because it is opinion based. I also think we should be slow to close, downvote, and delete questions simply because they are unpopular. Another ...


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I'm a bit late to the game here, but I have to confess: I hate congratulations threads, and I downvote every single one. It makes me feel bad, because they are often users I like a lot personally, but I just don't think the threads contribute anything to the discussion. The very first one should have been closed, and no tradition started. There should be a ...


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One problem is that there are no reputation points on meta, thus it is not clear which points should be used "to pay" the bounty, and even more where the answerer should gain them. (For the first one might say, just use the points from main, but for the latter this is not really a good idea, to give points on main, for meta content.) Furthermore, the volume ...


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To me this is a rather light-hearted idea that might be useful in some ways and might be a distraction in other ways. I think we should just give this a try and see how it works out. If it becomes too much of a distraction or a source of friction without much in return we can just shut it done again. The way this is envisioned, if the linked to models should ...


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For those capable, perhaps the best place to post MathJax bugs is on the github issue tracker for MathJax. (Here is a link to the Mathjax github page, and a link to their issue tracker). But for those who don't have or don't want to make github profiles, then I think posting it in the meta would be fine. A couple developers routinely check the site, and a ...


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At least in theory, the meta posts that discuss recurring and relevant issues are tagged faq (there is a also faq-proposed as a precursor). In practice, we might not be consistent enough with this, yet still I think that some of the relevant stuff can be located via this tag (or these two tags). Indeed, two of the three posts you mention are tagged with ...


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If you want to contribute to the math site, you should just go to the main site and find problems and answer them. However, if you really want to contribute to the Meta only, well, from someone who hasn't contributed as much to the Meta as to the main site, my advice is not written on stone, but the least I can say is $-$ you can't force yourself to ...


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The site Meta Stack Exchange is a site in its own right. You can ask questions about the Stack Exchange Network there, and questions that concern all or at least several sites in the Stack Exchange Network. If the question is only about Mathematics Stack Exchange, or a single site more generally, then it is better to ask it here, or on the relevant per-...


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I agree with all that Ahaan said. It is great that you want to help out and get more involved on Meta. As Ahaan writes, Meta is the place for discussions about how the site works. It is here that we discuss policies and procedures. We also try to provide help to people who would like to know how the site works. And we can make suggestions for new features. ...


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So... Yesterday, Jon Arndt found an obscure bug over on Super User: Normally, when looking at tag information, at the bottom of the screen, there is a button labeled "Edit Tag Info". However, when looking at [the slackware tag] today, there is no way to suggest edits. ... Turns out what happened here was that the original wiki was suggested ...


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There are some oddities when accounts are merged and/or privileges removed for SE staff. Especially for metas it can take quite some time for this to get ironed out. In more detail: One of the two (Kasra) is there since a longer time already. Due to some account merge he got mod privileges on numerous sites, and while this did get resolved the incorrect ...


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There is an emphasis in the Stack Exchange philosophy on Community moderation, and in my thought having distinct tags for "moderators" and "moderation" reflects this philosophy. As noted in the tag summary for moderators, it is for: Questions about diamond (♦) moderators, their powers, and actions they have taken. The Help Center describes moderators as ...


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User Care bear made a joking comment suggesting that we only congratulate based on a h-index which he adds the definition: H-index is the largest integer $n$ such that the site has $\geq$ n users with $n$ kilopoints each. I actually like this idea, since it will likely spread the congratulations over a greater number of users, rather than a single user ...


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This would be a quite non-constructive activity, and I am afraid quite frequently somebody would feel insulted. I am against it.


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The literal answer to the title question is in all likelihood because nobody bothered to adapt the close-dialogue for the meta site. That said, also for a meta questions there is a scale of "opinion based"; the cut-off should certainly be very different on meta than on main, but the notion to some degree still makes sense, which justifies what I proposed ...


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Most likely you have ignored one of the tags on those questions. This can easily happen by accident (here is a recent case on our sister site Super User). If you didn't intend to do this, there's a widget in the right sidebar on all question lists (including the Meta home page) where you can undo this.


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People seem to do this all the time, so I'm pretty sure it's OK: Are cryptography questions allowed to be asked here? Are mathematical translations on-topic? Really, the entire allowed-questions tag.


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What is reputation? Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you; it is earned by convincing your peers that you know what you’re talking about. Knowing much about mathematics does not equate with knowing much about Mathematics Stack Exchange. Of course, these are not mutually exclusive, but they're two different things and we don'...


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Voting on meta.math.SE does not affect reputation anywhere. (However, the badges you gain on meta.math.SE are separate from your badges on math.SE.) Your meta.math.SE reputation is a copy of your math.SE reputation, though sometimes it takes a few hours to update to the latest value. This is how all meta.____.SE sites work, except for meta.stackoverflow. ...


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The measure is the number of posts, comments, edits, and votes cast over the last 60 days. This is explained in the hover-text. The official source also mentions that deleted content is not taken into account and that self-edits do not count. While it is not put on display one can also sort user on main by this criterion: https://math.stackexchange....


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Proposal for the custom reason (comments welcome): This question appears to be about mathematics. However, you posted it on the meta site attached to the site Mathematics. The meta site is intended for technical support questions and discussions related to the main site. Please post your question on the main site instead: https://math.stackexchange.com/...


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