41 votes

Let's require registration to ask a question

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 ...
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31 votes

Fate of the (homework) tag: The community voted.... now what?

Its days are numbered, starting today. You've voted, and while a little controversial, we'll support your decision. What remains is just the 'final arrangements', so to say. We'll need some preemptive ...
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29 votes

The scope of \newcommand is the entire page

It pains me to break this thread by fixing the issue, but here we are. :) We are now inserting \begingroup and \endgroup ...
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24 votes
Accepted

Should the site have an automatic word filter for titles?

Ok, there's a warning now: This is triggered by a title matching ...
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24 votes
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Academic advising should be explicitly off-topic

Totally agree, and should have done something about this a while ago. To this end, I additionally propose making a new custom close reason: Seeking personal advice. Questions about choosing a ...
23 votes

Let's require registration to ask a question

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 ...
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19 votes
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Why is MSE still down (read-only)?

What happened? During our planned maintenance window on March 17th/18th, a sequence of events in our Colorado data center left Mathematics Stack Exchange in read-only mode for several hours after the ...
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18 votes

A feature requested for the purpose of avoiding unintentional newbie-biting

Sorry about being late to weigh in - I was busy last weekend. Why I support this feature-request? The norm re context that we have developed means that new questions at varying levels of ...
16 votes

Fate of the (homework) tag: The community voted.... now what?

I don't have much to say about what is going to happen. But I do want to point out something about what is going on. This point was sorta brought up by another user, but the answer was deleted. There ...
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15 votes
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I'm not shouting, I'm just easily distracted

Ok - this check now only fires if at least 30 all-uppercase characters are entered for a post body, 15 for a post title.
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14 votes
Accepted

What does the "see reduced ads" privilege mean?

Some SE sites (for example the trilogy sites Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault) have actual advertisements, and an actual reduce ads privilege which disables the full-width ads which appear ...
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14 votes

MathJax is breaking in short expressions frequently today.

A quick note. We know what's going on, it's a change which had some side effects. I'll take a stab very soon. Update: It looks better now, as you need 60 consecutive unbroken characters to replicate ...
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13 votes

Fate of the (homework) tag: The community voted.... now what?

Exactly how many active users do we have? I would suggest that 156 is a tiny fraction. I've been an active user of the site for a couple of years and had no idea that this discussion was taking place....
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13 votes

Voting to delete a Question after it has been reopened and reclosed

This has now been fixed. Users are now again able to cast a subsequent delete vote if the post in question has been reopened and reclosed without an actual deletion event. Thanks for bringing this to ...
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12 votes

Slightly more informative error messages when the title is too long

We are putting this into our bug-duty rotation and should get to this within a few weeks. (Sorry it's taken 8+ years!)
12 votes

What does the "see reduced ads" privilege mean?

There was a bug where a disabled privilege could still show up when congratulating you for earning one. This has been fixed.
11 votes
Accepted

Show "how to ask" advice before a new user asks a question

This is live; I went with a variation on Normal Human's proposed guidance: To improve the chances of your question getting an answer, make sure that it: Uses MathJax formatting for math formulas Has ...
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11 votes
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What happened to the [support] tag on meta?

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, ...
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11 votes

Should we divide [tag:dimension-theory] into 2 tags, one for topology, and one for algebra?

So far it seems from the votes and comments lean towards separating dimension theory in analysis/topology from dimension theory in algebra. Let me just add one additional suggestion. Suggestion. Do ...
11 votes
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How many people voted in the 2021 Moderator Election?

The correct number of voters/valid ballots is the one OpaVote is showing — so for the case of Math's 2021 election, that's 1882. It looks like the count presented on site was counting all the users ...
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10 votes
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Please delete misspelled (ananlysis) tag

As long as no questions use the tag when the automatic script next runs (about 03:00UTC every day), it will automatically be removed from the system. (See this MSE thread.) Until then, there is ...
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10 votes
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Contest problem boilerplate lock reason

Added: I tweaked the wording slightly to make the rendering a bit more tidy, but for the most part it is what was suggested above. Reminder: you can search currently-locked questions.
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10 votes

Warning for new tags

Sorry about the insane delay here. I wasn't aware of this post when the new tag creation warning was implemented. It is on for Math.SE now. Let me know if you see any weird behaviour.
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10 votes
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Increase the point where reviews are disputed

Completed via the method outlined in pizza's answer: Low Quality review tasks now require at minimum two Looks OK reviews to complete. To illustrate why this is needed, here are the "post mortem" ...
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10 votes

Links in spoilers aren't hidden

I've gone an updated the CSS for spoilers - there was something overriding the spoiler CSS in this instance. With you in the next build (rev. 2017.3.14.*)
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10 votes
Accepted

Why is the PDE tag abbreviated but not ODE or SDE?

There is no very deep reason. In the post you linked to a list of very short tags was highlighted. I then went through the list and decided what to do, commenting: I did something about all ...
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10 votes

Are you sure you want to leave this page?

First of all: thanks a lot to everybody for notifying us about this issue. We have been able to reproduce and fix the issue. Please do let us know (in a comment to this answer) if you're still ...
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