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Up- and downvote statistics
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Naturally, as the site grows, the number of votes of either kind goes up. The trend is shown below: upvotes per day in blue, 10*downvotes per day in red. (Multiplied by 10 to be roughly on the same ...

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Distribution of time to first answer in MathStackExchange?
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I considered the distribution of (question)-(1st answer) time interval among the questions that received at least one answer. There are about 186600 of such questions in the SEDE database, ...

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Is it ok to use our MSE peers as search engines?
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As long as you made an honest effort to search first, there is no shame in asking what turns out to be a duplicate. In addition to the built-in search, you should try Google search with the operator ...

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What is the percentage of answers that have no upvote/downvote or not even a comment?
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Update. The original version of the answer did not take acceptances into account. Definition 1. An answer is unappreciated if it is not accepted, not commented upon, and has the score of 0. Some ...

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Creating a solutions manual within a single math.SE question
21 votes

This question can be understood as Not a question, but a call for contributions to a project. Should be closed as "not a real question" (no longer a standard reason, but can be a custom off-topic ...

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Should rep requirements for tag creation be higher?
17 votes

I agree; there is much less need for new tags on an established math Q&A site than on a technology-oriented Q&A site. On a tech Q&A, users are likely to bring up questions about a new ...

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Should a question with a flaw be deleted?
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If the question has an upvoted answer, the issue is moot: you will not be able to delete it. Generally, you should refrain from deleting questions with a 0-score answer too (unless the answer is also ...

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Why was the soft question on "Maths at university" closed?
15 votes

The existing answers show why such questions should be closed. They are a random collection of personally preferred practices, opinions and anecdotes of little to no value, taken from a self-selected ...

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A proposal for a voting index
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13 votes

Generally speaking, Stack Exchange network (4.6 million users) does not customize its interface to individual user's preference. However, users are able to customize the interface themselves with ...

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Would you ever favourite a question you down vote?
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From How do favorite questions work?: Marking a question as a favorite basically says that a particular user feels like watching that question. It's completely separate from the voting system ...

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Answer acceptance rate
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12 votes

They tend to just up vote the answer. Users cannot vote until they have 15 points (and are registered). There is a good chance that the vote you see came from someone other than the new user. But ...

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Should we really have a reputation requirement for commenting?
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The commenting privilege was debated ad infinitum at meta.SO, and proposals to lower the threshold were declined, declined, and declined again. Keep in mind that math.SE is not an independent site ...

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Why does it take so long till posted questions appear on the questions frontpage?
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Question lists are cached by SE servers. This means, the scripts fetching posts from the database don't actually talk to the database every time you hit refresh or navigate between pages. They wait ...

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What does exactly mean the number associated to an user account?
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11 votes

The numbers are assigned consecutively to all accounts created on the site. With one exception, they are positive integers. The first accounts are created by SE developers in the process of putting ...

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Can this idea be materialized to a useful ad?
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11 votes

There are several reasons to try: it will add some variety to the sidebar the design is nice (also optimized for high-density pixel displays) it would bring more occasional expert visitors (such as ...

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Concern about lesser attention towards relatively advanced questions
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The current active front page is probably not attractive enough for someone visiting from MO to stay. Showing them the interesting tab by default would be an improvement, but SE declined to do so. I ...

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Browsing the answers by deleted users
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Yes. I put together the page Answers by deleted Math.SE users which organizers the answers by score, by user and by tags. How it works: Deleted users are listed in the decreasing order of the total ...

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Reputation question
10 votes

You can get at most 200 points in a day from upvotes. But bounties and +15 bonus for accepted answers are exempt from the cap. Hence, the total number of points one can get in a day is not limited. ...

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I want to create a new tag
10 votes

Downvotes on meta mean disagreement: in this case, with the proposal to introduce the particular tag. Besides being too long (there's 25 character limit), it would not serve the purpose for which ...

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How to browse or search comments?
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If browsing through the comments list in your profile takes too long, you can search them through Data Explorer: Search your comments (or another user's comments, by entering their User Id) ...

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Asking a cross-discipline question
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Such a question would be on-topic here. However, another SE site Computational Science has a higher concentration of people working on cross-disciplinary problems between mathematics and programming. ...

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Typing on Ipad and Ipad app.
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8 votes

SE is developing both Android and iOS apps. They began with the Android version which is available for testing; iOS app will come later. Update: forget the SE app: it will not render TeX, let ...

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Hat flew into the post!
8 votes

Interesting. Most other hats are positioned on the page relative to user's avatar (position: relative), but this one is given absolute coordinates, with respect to the upper left corner of the page: (...

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What Do We Do About Comment-Answered Questions?
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This was discussed before: see Close/flag questions as answered and the posts linked there... and the posts linked there... Concerning the feature request about marking a question as 'answered': it ...

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Hot Network Questions. How are they selected?
8 votes

There is at least something that can be done to reduce the degree of embarrassment that "hot" questions bring to Math.SE: improve their titles. The titles are what ~3 million daily ...

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How to send private messages?
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If you want to contact a specific moderator: check their profile. Some moderators provide their email address in the profile, and indicate it may be used for moderation-related inquiries. If they don'...

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What's the best fittest length for questions?
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7 votes

Don't worry about how your question fits the reader's screen; worry about how it fits their brain. Very short questions (1-2 lines) are almost universally bad (I exclude "evaluate this expression" ...

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What's going on with the UI?
7 votes

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 ...

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Double-voting on delete/undelete status of questions.
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An interesting point. This issue was debated on meta.SO: Why is it possible to vote for deletion/undeletion more than once? It seems that SE developers somehow neglected to implement the same check ...

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What constitutes a day for the purposes of daily limits?
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6 votes

Depends on the particular limit. For reputation and badges, the UTC day is used (0:00-23:59 UTC time). See What is an SE "day"? When does each day start? For other reputation-related ...

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