23 votes
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Is double posting allowed if a question is not answered after some time?

Posting the same question anew just to get more attention is not acceptable behavior. Please do not do this. If it is noticed your questions will be swiftly closed as a duplicate, likely it will also ...
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22 votes
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Is it allowed to repost?

No. You are not allowed to do that.
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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22 votes

Is this site overloaded?

It's not really that valuable (to you) to worry about "the site" being "overloaded". What's more important to you is how many people are watching the major tags of your question, pde in this case, and ...
Derek Elkins left SE's user avatar
20 votes

Is this site overloaded?

Regarding statistics, there is an Unanswered Tracker bot that posts in the Crusade of Answers chatroom that indicates that the number of unanswered questions on this site increases by about 200 ...
Mike Pierce's user avatar
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19 votes
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Is there a 'polite amount' to put up as a bounty for someone else's question?

It is fine to place a small bounty on someone else's question. The principal way* that doing so affects the author is that they might suddenly get a bunch of notifications about their question, which ...
Milo Brandt's user avatar
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17 votes
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Treatment of comment-answered questions: what is the current policy as of February 2023?

TL;DR: please flag answers in the comments for moderator review. The assumption of the answer which was written 12 years ago is that the question itself is welcome on the site, and that the commenter ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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16 votes

Treatment of comment-answered questions: what is the current policy as of February 2023?

Anyone who sees such a thing may copy the answer into an Answer box (with credit, we hope) and thus reap the reputation points awarded to it. Or the downvotes, if appropriate.
GEdgar's user avatar
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15 votes
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Why does the Unanswered Question count drop on Saturdays?

I will copy the relevant part from this answer on meta.SE: What is the cause of this sudden drop in CV queue size? The cause was our weekly task that deletes old, abandoned questions. Unlike our ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
14 votes
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The unanswered questions ordering seems wrong

There are already tabs to see unanswered questions in a different way than having the most highly voted one on top, such as to have the newest first. On the front page, not the question page, select ...
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12 votes

What to do about a user repeatedly posting incorrect answers to the same question?

This is a situation where moderator action is the appropriate way forward. You have already done everything that you, as a contributor and user without moderator role, can do. invisible answers are ...
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12 votes
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How do we know if there's someone working on my question?

Keep in mind that Readers pay attention to your Questions on a voluntary basis, so there's no better mechanism beyond asking a good Question to promote attention. I'd expect the person who posted the ...
hardmath's user avatar
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11 votes

Should "background" be deleted from a question if it is not logically necessary?

I would say as long as you make the question easily discoverable and self-contained, extra background (within reason) is harmless and usually helpful. In general, I would recommend putting the ...
Derek Elkins left SE's user avatar
8 votes

Treatment of comment-answered questions: what is the current policy as of February 2023?

The accepted answer mentions "Math.SE as a repository" and I think this divide is exactly crucial to understanding this behavior. Math.SE, like all SE sites (in theory), simultaneously wants ...
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7 votes

Can we have a partial answer checkbox?

The point regarding the "unanswered" queue is a good one. It is indeed not ideal if questions appear as "answered" yet only have a partial answer. However, considering the cost versus the benefit I ...
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5 votes

Can I recycle deleted questions?

Not sure about the rules, but whatever they say, I wouldn't recommend doing this. There isn't much to gain, and there are two significant drawbacks: The question history will be clobbered with an ...
Jean-Claude Arbaut's user avatar
5 votes

Can we include a random button for the unanwered rubric?

For myself, I would welcome such a button—without it, the main ways I can view unanswered questions are visit Unanswered Questions, and find questions I've already seen in the recent questions list. ...
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4 votes
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Answering my own question to attract attention.

I don't think that you should answer your own question if you aren't sure if you are correct (without stating that it could be wrong). I also don't think that you should delete your question because ...
just_floating's user avatar
3 votes

Why do I get a down vote when asking for clarification about notations and explanations about proofs?

I don't know why you were downvoted, and I doubt anyone can answer that -- you received only one downvote, and only the person who cast that single downvote knows why they did so. But I can offer some ...
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3 votes
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Why is nobody answering my question

For me it is very difficult to answer. I worked on that what I understood in the first read, also because I'm interested in this myself. Then I became aware, that I was misreading the question in some ...
Gottfried Helms's user avatar
3 votes

Can anything be done if a question doesn't get any answers?

You give the impression that your Question will never be answered if it is not answered within the first twelve hours, which is empirically wrong. Sometimes there are cases like yours where the ...
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2 votes

List of answer templates

There is no (term/phrase/name) for the (idea/object) you're describing This one is for questions that are like "Here's this mathematical object. Is there a common name for such a thing?" No,...
2 votes

List of answer templates

Yes, your thoughts/proof is correct Because there are a bunch of proof-verification type questions where the OP's proof is absolutely correct, and users have said and upvoted this fact in the ...
2 votes

Should "background" be deleted from a question if it is not logically necessary?

No, absolutely not - no more so than mathematics papers / textbooks should be stripped of their abstracts, introductions, remarks, helpful examples, etc. to the bare-bones theorems and proofs. Of ...
Billy's user avatar
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2 votes

Newest unanswered questions with my tags

You can use "custom filters" for this. To open the interface for creating a new custom filter, you can do the following: Navigate to the Home page or Questions page. On the right sidebar, ...
The Amplitwist's user avatar
2 votes
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How should we handle cross-site duplicates?

Post No Bulls answered this in a Comment, and I'm promoting it to an Answer of the Community Wiki persuasion: Related: Closing questions as off topic if they have an answer on mathoverflow?. My ...
2 votes
Accepted

Unanswered Question on Which I Would Like Help

So the question is up and running here. It has two up votes and 20 views as of the time of writing (and 5 up votes and 51 views after some more time), and seems to be good! Criterion that I requested ...
1 vote

Treatment of comment-answered questions: what is the current policy as of February 2023?

Please forgive that this answer goes somewhat off a tangent. I have said something to the following effect on other posts on Meta: I do think this site Math Stackexchange is sometimes confused on what ...
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