Jyrki Lahtonen
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2017 Election Results: Congratulations to the new moderators!
75 votes

I want to use this opportunity to give my personal thanks to @arjafi. He leaves a huge void in the moderator team. Filling it up will take a long while and requires growth and learning from both the ...

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Mathematics new site theme is live
61 votes

status-completed bug Yet another problem with this is that (at least in a comment) a link is barely distinguishable from usual text. How is anybody supposed to tell at a glance that 7 old answers ...

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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?
44 votes

Many aspects to this. I agree to a great extent with the points raised in the other answers. Yes, there are XY problems. Yes, the question is not here just for the benefit of the asker, and this shows ...

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Updates to the site
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I am a bit inconvenienced by the use of very light grey hues. This only affects a small number posts, so not a pressing concern. Just this morning I was typing a comment to a new user, whose (totally ...

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Proposal: Discourage questions that are nothing besides a problem statement
34 votes

Late to join this party, but there are a few sporadic thoughts I want to share, so here comes anyway. First and foremost I'm all for culling the weakest questions from here. The fact that they ...

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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?
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There are so many approaches and reasons to upvoting and downvoting here (=Math.SE, not Meta) that it is IMHO largely pointless to attempt to codify them. A discussion is, of course, ok, if for no ...

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User who posts ongoing contest problems
31 votes

In the past we agreed on a policy to not allow questions from on-going contests. This is enforced. With zeal. Personally, I shoot first (=lock/delete), and interrogate survivors afterwards. The one ...

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Why do women participate less on our site using their real names?
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I could think of several reasons for this: World wide women are somewhat underpresented in math. A lot of improvement has taken place, and the exact percentages vary VERY MUCH from one culture to ...

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Should rings be considered non commutative if the question doesn't imply they are commutative?
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Posting this as an answer to test how widespread my beliefs/definitions are :-) My creed (largely those of a loyal disciple of Jacobson's BA I-II): A ring is not necessarily commutative. The ...

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"Be nice" vs. summarily closing questions for being too naive or "frustrating"
25 votes

This is a difficult issue, but I basically disagree with your conclusions in these two cases. Sporadic thoughts: I didn't vote to put either of those questions on hold even though I saw them in the ...

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Discrimination against PDE questions?
25 votes

I think that you suffer from a case of specialist's myopia. As I may have also been diagnosed with it let me elaborate. The calculus (or elementary number theory, not to mention high school level ...

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Three levels of Math
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This problem has caused a lot of disagreement over the years, and lately the tension has become, IMHO, intolerable. I asked for suggestions from moderators of other SE-sites in a network wide mod ...

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How to deal with "discomforting" downvotes?
22 votes

Since I was the moderator handling this ill-fated thread in main let me give a summary of its history the way I saw it. The question was asked by a new user yesterday. It was judged to lack ...

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What is going on with undeletion lately?
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This continues to be a divisive issue with neither side willing to compromise at all. Mathematicians being idealists of the purest kind that is hardly a surprise. I am somewhat impressed by the fact ...

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A rule on subtracting reputation points
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19 votes

The timeline of this post reveals that you started a bounty worth 100 points on that date. The bounties are deducted from the rep tally immediately.

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discrepancies between skills and ambitions
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I think I have met a couple of students like this in real life. I'm bad at reading people's motives, but I think basically they want to impress. Either the lecturer or their peers or themselves. All ...

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A feature requested for the purpose of avoiding unintentional newbie-biting
18 votes

Sorry about being late to weigh in - I was busy last weekend. Why I support this feature-request? The norm re context that we have developed means that new questions at varying levels of ...

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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
17 votes

The following is basically a refinement of In your opinion, what do moderators do. I just feel like making it a bit more ... role oriented. Do you see your (eventual) moderator role primarily as ...

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Is this account suspension abuse of moderator power?
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Makoto Kato: You wanted community to respond to the question whether you were abused by the moderators. Look at the voting on your question: 6 votes say that you were, 24 votes say that you were not. ...

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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Jyrki Lahtonen's answers, user profile and nomination. How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from ...

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Under what circumstances is it appropriate to delete a question that has received a good answer?
17 votes

Testing the waters with: I propose that if the answer(s) can be reproduced with a call to Wolfram Alpha, then the Q&A can be deleted without any qualms. So for example standard tricks to ...

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Blindly answering easy questions without considering whether the question satisfies MSE policy.
16 votes

This really should be a comment to an answer from a now deleted account, but I want to elaborate on a point, and also get a reality check from others. So an answer it is. Quoting The truth is that 99%...

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A Consolidated Homework Policy
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[From 2018] Bumping this thread in case I'm not the only user who thinks we should revisit our homework policy. Rereading what I wrote six years makes me a bit sad. The weight of the history of the ...

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Why do people answer the question in the comment section?
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16 votes

I largely agree with everything Hurkyl said. Since people have asked me why I do this let me add a few points. When I do this, often it is because I think the question is total turkey shoot. If I ...

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What are the reasons for organizing the October 2017 moderator election?
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16 votes

The Community Managers, most notably Grace Note and Shog9, discussed the matter with the currently active moderators. And we jointly decided (on CMs initiative) that it is a good time to recruit new ...

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Are questions about history on topic?
16 votes

Posting this answer to poll the opinions of Math.SE activists. Upvote if you agree, downvote if you disagree. Comment as you see fit. I am looking for general principles that would guide moderators in ...

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Username "Jihad"
16 votes

I haven't found anything threatening in the history of either of the users with this name. Therefore I will not do anything at this time. I obviously did not check all their posts, so I may have ...

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Is the FAQ poor and the learning curve steep?
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First and foremost, thanks to Bill Dubuque for advertising this in sci.math. I have more or less given up that due to its very low signal-to-noise ratio. May be I should try and locate that thread and ...

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How to ask a good question.
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If the question you want to ask appeared in a Math contest (or contest training), then You should make it clear that the question is from a contest. Adding the contest-math tag is a good way of ...

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Why are the user suspension criteria applied for unfair comments on the main site currently not applied for unfair use of public chat rooms?
15 votes

For my part I will say the following. I don't really regret making those chat comments. I mean, I am not willing to apologize for them at the moment. But I do concede that I'm not at all proud of ...

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