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Do we need the "cite" link below every post?

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,...
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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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How to search math terms/notations accurately and efficiently? Could some experienced users summarize some tips here?

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 ...
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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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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!)
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Two announcements: new "FAQ" and new "closure rules"

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 ...
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Meaning of star symbol by each question?

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 ...
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undelete missing for a posting recently deleted

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 ...
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When does the "delete" button appear beneath a post?

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 ...
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Proposal: make the "interesting" tab the default on Math.SE homepage

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 ...
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Is it possible to know which posts were affected by user removal?

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 ...
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Grayed-out answers.

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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How to skip directly to page x of n in a long list of search results?

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 ...
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Strange link text in a possible duplicate

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 ...
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Order in the list of users who recommended deletion of a post

In fact, in the blue box, the users are arranged in ascending order of their user ID. To verify this, one might move the mouse over the link of each user. That would display a tooltip text showing ...
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Comments should contain at least $15$ characters

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 ...
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Slightly more informative error messages when the title is too long

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 ...
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Where can I find help to typeset mathematics (from the editing help page)?

The tool used to format mathematics on this site is MathJax. In theory LaTeX is not relevant, but in practice the syntax of the language used for input is very similar to LaTeX and this is more widely ...
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Can I embed a YouTube video?

No, it is not possible to embed the video. You can only link to it. In principle, the SE platform would allow to embedded videos, but this feature is only enabled on selected sites, not including ...
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View sign-in history

A brief answer is that you should go to your profile and click on the number of consecutive days. (Remember that you'll find this in the profile tab, not in the activity tab.) You can find more ...
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Is there any way to request an answer from a particular user?

Regarding "the pros and cons of such a feature," note that Math.SE (like all StackExchange sites) emphasizes Community Moderation. Much as all Users are equally entitled to ask about the various ...
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Is it possible to see how many users are online?

Regarding your questions: There is no dedicated feature to see how many users are online (but see Martin's comment for some ideas); it is also not exactly clear to me what it would mean. Generally, ...
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Why is there no edit option below the question?

As @Brahadeesh notes, the question already had a pending suggested edit, which can be seen from the question's timeline: You would have been able to see the pending edit if you switch to the ...
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