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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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While I agree with you completely, this is not a trivial change in our code. The 5-second limiter is a particular type of throttle whose order of operation is always first to help prevent denial of service attacks.


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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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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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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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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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From the CSS it appears to be Georgia.


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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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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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I think this is a bad idea, for two main reasons. The privacy of the anonymous voting can be compromised. Even if an user is effectively "dead and buried" in this forum, I would still prefer to maintain their privacy in their voting preferences. A little bit of detective work is all that's required to connect the dots between date of deletion of the ...


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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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A fix will be deployed in the next production build (sometimes tonight or tomorrow). Your setting will no longer expire.


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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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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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The design is done by one of the Stack Exchange designers, currently those are Jin Yang and Stéphane Martin. While they take input from the community on the design, there is no formal voting. The site designs are generally not changed completely, there is one exception that I know of and that was the Physics site. The original design used a white on black ...


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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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