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$\pi + e$ is irrational, I want to share but nervous.

No, this is not the correct place to post your solution. At best this looks like self-righteous advertising, at worst spam. There are a few caveats and points for discussion here though. This is a Q&...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

Here are some of my experiences talking about math.se in the real world. I knew a well-meaning but struggling sophomore math major who felt too afraid to post a question here. She used the site ...
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What to do when someone tells you something like this in her/his comment and then deletes the comment?

You should flag for moderator attention and explain what's up. Mods can check the history and see even those things which have been deleted. You should absolutely not engage with that user in any ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

This is THE place. I call this place a "super computer". And it is. It is true that maybe it is a harsh place for newbies, but that is not 100% true. It is harsh only if you ask something ...
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Are "soft questions" "opinion based"? How about vice versa?

The standard reference for this is "Good Subjective, Bad Subjective". Note that when we compare the two description you quoted there remains a gap. On the one end of the spectrum there are those ...
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How do I ask a good question about a topic I am not completely familiar with?

First, I want to praise you for asking a good question here! Alas, teachers and professors generally only encourage students to ask "clarification questions," and don't otherwise instruct students ...
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Answering a question too late

From a purely practical point of view: how you answer an older question might be different than how you answer a new question. Is frowned upon to do so? There's nothing frowned upon. The only ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

I am a person who was "good" at math in high school, but I would definitely consider myself an "enthusiast" rather than a "mathematician". (Somehow I feel that "...
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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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How to make a question regarding proof verification more interesting and more attractive?

Sometimes how attractive a question is is also a matter of luck, of who is connected at the time you ask. But in general here are a few tips: Avoid asking ten questions in one (I've seen that) Try to ...
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How do I ask a good question about a topic I am not completely familiar with?

None of these are meant to directly relate to your own questions, but they're things I think about both when asking and answering questions online (although I can always do better). Understand the ...
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What was wrong with my post?

You shouldn't take single downvotes too serious. If you receive many more downvotes than upvotes, something is probably wrong with your question, but I had many questions starting with $1$ or several ...
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

This information can be obtained from the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE). I have almost no experience with SQL, therefore I took the existing query Most controversial posts on the site and ...
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Has it become too hard to write self-answered questions?

The fact that your question was written to be answered by yourself is a red herring here, and has nothing to do with the reception of your question. The first thing you should be asking yourself is &...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

Of the people I know—and some of them are mathematically inclined—Math SE is not super well known. Most of the people are not surprised it exists, but have not specifically used it. I don't know that ...
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How does one handle books without errata?

There's a lot that could be said here, but I'll try to answer the actual questions. I'm not entirely sure that they're on topic for meta, but I feel that an answer would nonetheless be useful here. ...
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An Identity Crisis

The question that you ask is quite broad, an comments are a bit too terse for discussion-in-detail. As such, I am going to attempt to address your points (1)-(3) in an answer. (1) For most of the ...
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Would a question asking "Is Theorem X interesting enough to be submitted for publication?" appropriate for MSE?

Such a question would be opinion-based and as such not appropriate for math.SE. (And considering the amount of possible venues of publications, it would probably also be too broad.)
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Can the chat be used to discuss opinionated questions

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 ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

I would like to share my view on the two Stack Exchange (SE) sites that I — a high school student — use the most: Mathematics SE and Physics SE. I agree that both sites are vast repositories of ...
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Looking for other math forums for more "soft" discussions

This might be a bit ‘too soft’ depending on what you are looking for, but there is always activity on r/math (Reddit’s math forum.)
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How do I ask a good question about a topic I am not completely familiar with?

I haven’t looked back over your previous questions, so this may not be one of your vices. But I will say it all the same because some other reader may benefit. DO NOT ASK PEOPLE TO DO THINGS Ask ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

This is an expansion to the comment I posted on the original post. Usually when I finish a chapter in a course (ring theory, for instance), I search for the most voted questions on this topic and ...
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Is it not smart to answer old questions?

For such questions usually it's best to ask them in the Meta forum: https://math.meta.stackexchange.com But to answer your question, you should still go ahead and answer them (provided no duplicate ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

The question seems to be what is the opinion about math.SE of some users who are unlikely to come here to meta. (The OP seems to be asking about unregistered users and users who do have an account, ...
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Looking for other math forums for more "soft" discussions

There are many discord servers pertaining to math, though I disclaim that the medium is not at all serious nor professional. Despite this, I've seen many serious discussions concerning math or related ...
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