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Since this will be inevitable: Vote this up if you think Context Missing (see definition below) should be among our "Off topic" reasons. (And down if you think otherwise.) (Please vote on the idea of having a listing such as this, and not on the exact phrasing I used below. If you think the listing is poorly phrased, you can comment below with ...


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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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I like the idea. When entering a long post with many formulas, the constant re-rendering of MathJax can be a drag on the browser; in such cases it is preferable to type formulas first and add $ $ later. Having a button/shortcut for this would be handy. Ideally, it would loop between text, $text$, and $$text$$, like the current Ctrl+I shortcut loops between ...


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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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I am a current university student and depend heavily on math.SE for answers, especially when my faculty refuses to give solutions to his answers. Typically, when I have a question, it is the usual routine : Ask the question Propose my solution Invite debate. I think this is the best way for math.SE to move forward - good questions and answers. There have ...


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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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From the CSS it appears to be Georgia.


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Unfortunately, while Math.SE is certainly one of the busier sites in the network, its daily activity levels are not yet at the point where it makes sense to switch over to the Interesting tab my default. You can read the details of the algorithm that powers that tab here. The most relevant part, however, is that it looks at the last 3,000 questions. This ...


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For future readers: I guess it's that small because the link to get to the meta site is also that small.


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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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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 users concerned about the low visibility of site-specific on-topic page may want to upvote meta.SO post On-topic list is too hard to find in the new help center. An answer suggested there is to move Asking to the upper-left corner, so that it naturally comes first in the order of reading. Presently, Help Center opens with "Why can people edit my posts? ...


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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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I would not normally post on my own question/proposal, but the answer it received tells me that I should have been more clear. The clarification ended up much too long for comments (and the former account is gone now, oops). I should have made it clear that the proposal is not for my own benefit. I know how to bookmark URLs. The goal is to improve the ...


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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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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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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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