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I am a big fan of the cite button, because it reminds people that they are supposed to cite things they learned here on math.SE. Citations are the currency of academia -- if I write a good answer here, I want to be able to say five years later that this answer was cited so many times in so many papers. Indeed, I get a little annoyed when I see papers that ...


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If it is homework or not, it is just rude to dump a question with no work and no context here. A sidebar shouldn't say "homework" (there are other lazy askers) but I very much agree with OP's sentiment. And make a "it shows no real interest/effort in asking" reason for closing.


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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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One thing which we should keep in mind is that duplicates might be useful. They improve the chance that another user will find the question, since with each duplicate another copy with somewhat different phrasing of the title is added. So if you spent reasonable time by searching and did not find your question, it is not such a bad thing if it is later ...


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It's in the "StackExchange" drop down menu:


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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 the unanswered tab and then refine. If you want something more specific you can use the search feature. The remark that the list is in part topped by ...


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(A new answer instead of editing Willie Wong's because of the long comment thread there.) There has been introduced a new standard close reason: This question is missing context or other details: Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts on the problem and any attempts you have made to solve it. ...


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


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After some discussion among the mod team, we've come to the proposal of changing the wording of the "off-topic: missing context" close reason. We plan to update the message to: This question is missing context or other details: Please provide additional context, which ideally explains why the question is relevant to you and our community. Some forms ...


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The $\Large \star$ button, when clicked on, becomes $\color{orange}{\Large \star}$, signaling that the question was added to the user's favorite question's list. You can access this list in your profile. The number of users who added the question to its favorite's is shown below the star. Related: How do favorite questions work?


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At the bottom of the questions tab of your profile, there's a deleted recent questions link. Deleted questions that you asked in the last 60 days are listed there. (There's a similar link for deleted recent answers at the bottom of the "answers" tab of course.) For momentary convenience: here's the link to the question.


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This is currently being discussed over on MSO: Tags are not showing up on the right side of the screen Basically, we're just testing.


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There are some problems with this suggestion: (1) it makes sources of posts less readable (/portable); (2) what should happen when one user edits other user's post? (3) including a lot of command definitions in all user's posts certainly won't make processing of MathJax faster. Somehow this feature request reminds me of the Tower of Babel.


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When I click "edit" I see preview of title. and Yes, MarkDown doesn't work in titles by design; neither does in-line HTML code. (Many of those work just fine in answers and questions.) But please don't abuse MathJax to get formatting in the titles. In addition to the semantic issue, gratuitous use of MathJax will slow down the website for those on slower ...


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Is it possible to add some sort of way of knowing which posts were affected by the user's removal? I've described a procedure for this on Meta Stack Exchange. It uses the Stack Exchange API but does not require programming. Go to this page Change the site with the [edit] link (default is Stack Overflow) Click the 'Get Token' button so that the API knows it'...


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At the moment you only have the option of deleting posts that you have created. The criteria under which users can delete their own posts is described in the MSE deletion faq: When can't I delete my own post? You can't delete answers that have been accepted. You can't delete any question that: has an upvoted answer, or has multiple answers (even if there ...


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Indeed, an answer appears in gray text (unless hovering over it) when its net score is $\leq -3$. Please see this post on Meta.SE for confirmation.


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There is no way in the interface, but you can edit the URL directly. For example, search for "group" and click to get to the second page then the URL is something like this https://math.stackexchange.com/search?page=2&tab=Newest&q=group Note the page=2, change the 2 to whatever page you want. This not specific to search, but also works on ...


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Sorry about that... turns out that the markdown parsing process for links in comments is slightly different than the one we run for posts. I have a fix ready for this issue, but I'd like to have it reviewed and do some more testing, so I'm going to hold off until tomorrow morning (NYC time) to deploy it. In the meantime, editing the affected comments ...


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Comments require a minimum of 15 characters, and may be no more than 600 characters long. The intended use for comments is to ask for clarification and/or to suggest changes to a post. Such requests should almost certainly require more than 15 characters to make clear—the average word in English is somewhere around 4–5 letters long, which means that a ...


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As of now (thanks to your request), there is a new feature released network-wide (including Stack Overflow for Teams) where users will be shown a character count starting when the Title hits 100 characters. The count will appear above the right end of the Title input box and will function in the same way as the character counter used elsewhere on the site (...


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We've been doing some thinking and we realized since the site now gets about 630 questions a day, the active tab might not be very helpful. As of today, we've given you the interesting tab as the default on the site. Your interesting tab is similar to what was announced for Stack Overflow with some minor changes. Instead of taking the last 3,000 active ...


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Update: SE was not deaf to the flood of complaints about the color. At first they made the color a tiny bit lighter (from #212121 to #2f2f2f), and then, upon a suggestion from SciFi, made it completely black but slightly translucent: rgba(0,0,0,0.8). Not quite as black anymore. Feeling better? One more thing that's not mentioned often: there is no easy ...


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This was a temporary glitch while we've been working on enabling localization of our javascript strings. This bug was present everywhere where javascript rendered something that needed pluralization logic. Everything works normally again:


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