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I am not a mathematician and I am here. Therefore there is at least one non-mathematician here.


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I just spent quite a bit of time reading through all the comments in this thread and Willie's. A lot of them jump back and forth between various issues, and they have a very controversial feel to them, but it seems to me that on the important issues there's a rather broad consensus, and I want to try to distill that here. Asking questions with the intention ...


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My opinion is that this kind of dramatic spectacle, especially when it has a personal nature as here, is harmful to the site. This goes both for this meta question as well as the rude comments on the questions in question. I would urge that we concentrate on mathematics. Answer the questions if you find them interesting, and ignore them if you don't. Who ...


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As Paramanand says aptly in the comments : The fact that you get high quality answers is more important than the information that the answerer is/is not a professional mathematician. First, I will answer the question : By my estimation, I have been on the site for about three and a half years. I would like to mention that there are quite a few ...


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Stack Exchange and Wikipedia are both crowd-sourced sites. Experts and non-experts alike can post content to both. Some Stack Exchange answers link to Wikipedia, and some Wikipedia articles link to Stack Exchange answers. It is highly probable that there's overlap between the Wikipedia editors who edit the articles on mathematics and the users who answer ...


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I think there is a wide range of acceptable behavior and I appreciate it when someone helps another user by giving an extensive and detailed answer, even if it takes 81 edits. The ability to edit posts is IMHO meant to improve the quality of posts to the readers of MSE. I do think the 81 edits served that goal and were perfectly legitimate. I think it is ...


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A main source of questions are those of beginning university/college students, or those at this level, which can include some advanced high-school students. More abstractly, persons towards the beginning of their tertiary education, or very close to the end of their secondary education. Now, a main subject of study in mathematics at this level is calculus/...


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To cover an additional sector of people beyond those in астон вілла олоф мэллбэрг's answer. There are probably many people self-taught people with little to no formal credentials. (This is certainly true if PhD is the minimum bar.) Obviously, this is easily doable for something like high school algebra or undergrad calculus, but it's certainly not limited to ...


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Yes, the account in question has been deleted. (In general, accounts which are greyed out either belong to a now-deleted account, or, in the case of migrated questions, possibly to an account that was never created. When an account is deleted, the display name is reverted to the default user#### form.) Voluntary account deletions can happen in basically two ...


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You were only looking at the reputation earned during the current month: Click on the "all" to get cumulative reputation (modulo caching):


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Math.SE is not a personal blog, it's a community. The front page is a disaster, and meta is full of threads about this. If this one user refuses to take one of the many suggestions made by well respected community members, then he is trolling all of us. If nothing else gets through to this one user, then we should threaten to ban him. Maybe that will get ...


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We can go to stack exchange data explorer. There is a script for top users without gold badge. Below is the list of top users without gold badge on our site as of September 24, 2017.


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One cannot have negative total reputation, but one can of course lose reputation during a set time period. Bounties are a popular method for such reputation losses. In the reputation leagues for a fixed time period (the last week/month/quarter/year), the reputation change during that period is listed. In the all-time reputation league, the current total ...


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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, the site is more designed as an asynchronous medium, not for real-time or near real-time interaction. The follow feature is very new. As far as I know such a ...


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If you go on the main site and click on users, you see them ranked by reputation. Click on one of the possibilities week/month/quarter/year/all to select the range from which you want see the reputation. If you click on all, you will see the users ranked by the total reputation. You can find some interesting information also in reputation leagues. For ...


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I think the moderators should have dealt with this behavior and should have punished the the user because of it before it got to the point where other users would start to down-vote his posts to show their unhappiness (it seems that everyone here agrees the behavior to be inappropriate and bad for the health of the site). The FAQ clearly states that "...


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The community norm is clearly not to vote only based on the mathematical content. Let $X$ be some interesting mathematical question. Imagine seeing the following question: hey math geeks! can anyone of you tell me why X? please hurry, I do not have uch time (some of us have a life...) I'm pretty sure it would rain downvotes, especially if it is not a ...


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The response to questions based on the person asking them is, in my opinion, shameful behavior on the part of this community. Yes, Jordan has rankled many people in chat. He's also been the target of derision and general ridicule, and if you wanna bring out the ol' ban-hammer, make sure you swing it fair. Behavior that is clearly outside the scope of what ...


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The link to list of users ordered by participation is http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/users?tab=participation: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/users?tab=participation If you simply remove meta. part from the URL, you get this list: https://math.stackexchange.com/users?tab=participation I'd guess that it is calculated by the same algorithm as on meta, ...


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Would you say that Pierre de Fermat was a mathematician?


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There is probably a somewhat large number of MSc engineering graduates having gone back and specialized in mathematics applied for their field on PhD level. I am one of those, anyway. For more "pure math" folks it seems to me that MathOverflow is a more of such a site.


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There just is no answer that was deleted. Note what it says (added emphasis): "This message means that a user who voted for one of your posts had their account deleted[...]" What happened is that a user was removed that had cast an upvote on one of your answers, and the ten points gained from that upvote were removed (to be precise, it could also be any ...


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You (technically) ask different questions in the title and the body. On Stack Exchange, contributions $\neq$ reputation and posts. There are many, many, many other ways in which a user can help out: Editing posts without making trivial edits Completing review tasks without merely skimming the post at hand Participating on meta without simply giving knee-...


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I only see 10727 when I search in meta, but when I search on main, I only see 84371. I had thought that only registered accounts showed up in the search, but the unregistered account 10727 shows up (in meta). I see that there is no meta account for 84371. Perhaps he has not opened meta with that account.


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I was going to stay out of this, as I loosely agree with The Chaz and Andre. But as there is another answer that I am completely and totally against, I will enter the fray. Let me be precise: In Michael Greinecker's answer there is the line: But I agree, banning might be preferable to downvoting in this case. And the comment by user1729: Certainly, ...


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