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Add "Homework problems that show no effort" to the red list. This is already in the linked FAQ, but this makes it more explicit.


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Drop "Solving mathematical puzzles" from the "green" list. While certainly there can be good questions about maths puzzles, we as a community have set some conditions that in my opinion collide with mentioning it here in this generality. I could live with replacing it with "Understanding the mathematical content of puzzles" or something similar. This would ...


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I'm HDE 226868, one of the mods on HSM, finally writing up something for this. I should add that I put forth a similar question on Physics. There's absolutely no need to follow the same viewpoints or logic, but the answers do show some interesting ideas. Anyway, here are some important points from the community on HSM: We love good questions. Everybody ...


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Restrict "Software that mathematicians use" as present in the "green" list, in line with the gist of this thread. I propose to replace it with "Using software for mathematical purposes". This way or another, we need to make clear that questions about software should focus on the mathematical application, not on the technical side. Update: Given the ...


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We already do this more-or-less. It's not strictly the Tour but we show this page https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/ask/advice which even has a check-box. For reference, a link to the post (feature request) where this was introduced: Show “how to ask” advice before a new user asks a question.


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In view of the whopping +73/-6 score to this thread, I think it is justified to add an entry in the "red" list. Proposal: "[Don't ask about...] Advice on choosing courses, programmes, areas of study, or thesis topics."


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Add something along the lines of "Correctness and wording of your proofs" to the "green" list. (I'm not too happy with the wording at this point.) This type of questions is relatively common, generally not frowned upon, and stimulates learning. There are perhaps some issues regarding answerability and long-term value, but if nothing else, I think it's a ...


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Add ("emend" would be a better word) the following to the "red" list: "Do not ask about..." Typesetting mathematics (but please read our tutorial about typesetting mathematics properly) This is similar to the Hints on mathematical problems (but please read our FAQ about homework questions) entry on the "green" list. The tutorial is by far the ...


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Is the line "Anything not directly related to math" really necessary in the "Don't" list? This one goes without saying (there's "math" written everywhere on the website), and the list is already getting quite long. I don't really think questions that have nothing whatsoever to do with math are really a problem here: usually they have at least some connected, ...


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I am not certain that it is currently shown but for some time the following was displayed for new users when asking a question https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/ask/advice Note that there is a box to tick. Many users ignored this. The problem is not one of information but one of enforcement. Many users intentionally ignore the rules of the site as ...


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The tour question needs to fulfill a number of requirements: The question must be at most 400 characters long when rendered as HTML (not as markdown). The question can't contain any special formatting like lists, quotes, code, pictures, or headers. I think MathJax is ok. The question must have at least two tags. There must be at least two upvoted short ...


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