Jyrki Lahtonen
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Should we discourage full solutions to questions that explicitly ask for a hint?
3 votes

Discussing hints in general rather than in the precise scenario in Theo's question. If I check out my own old answers labelled as hints, the collection of material leaves a lot to be desired. Some ...

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Tag management 2021
5 votes

I just noticed that in early August somebody created the tag algebraic-integers. A list of the questions carrying the tag. There's no tag wiki, hardly a surprise. I suggest that we unceremoniously ...

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How to write left superscripts
10 votes

As pointed out in the comments (by lulu and Xander), it is possible to put the superscript on a blank space. And an alternative is to put it on a vertical (=zero width) phantom box created by TeX's \...

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In MathJax, how can I get the index of a cube root of a tall expression to be at the right level?
3 votes

There is $\root{\displaystyle{3}}\of{\frac{a}{b}}$ that will make the $3$ larger: $$\root{\displaystyle{3}}\of{\frac{a}{b}}.$$ Don't know if this substantially better. If your custom is to use the \...

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scaling root problem
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8 votes

Neither a solution nor an analysis of the inner working of MathJax. Just posting ${\sqrt{\Huge{e^\overline{X}}}}$ for comparison: ${\sqrt{\Huge{e^\overline{X}}}}$ This looks better on my screen (...

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How to ask a good question.
15 votes

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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What kind of context is good to add to a contest math question?
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One way for the asker to show effort on a taxing contest question is to Work out a simple(r) case This is also good advice towards solving the question (straight out of Polya's How to solve it). A ...

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Improving other's questions via adding solution attempts in the question
6 votes

I guess I need to chime in because I have resorted to this tactic myself on occasion. My battle cry has been Whoever wants to preserve a question of doubtful quality should take charge and edit it ...

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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
3 votes

Asking and answering duplicate questions happens frequently on the site even though relatively efficient tools aiding the search have been introduced. This has the negative effects that it increases ...

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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
7 votes

If PSQ has become a naughty word, then a more neutral way of approaching the theme might be: Our Help Center refers to our policy on How to ask a good question, outlining what is expected from, e.g. ...

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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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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?
33 votes

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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Tag management 2020
3 votes

Proposal: Make division-ring a synonym of division-algebras. I don't think there is much difference. We can argue whether a division algebra is always associative or not. I wrote the tag wiki with ...

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Is it allowed to ask questions from Project Euler here?
3 votes

We also have a contest policy. It states that questions from on-going contests are not allowed, but questions past their due date are ok. Admittedly that policy was developed with national/regional/...

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Can I forsake my superpowers?
11 votes

First and foremost: You are not alone feeling/thinking that on some occasions you would prefer only to cast an ordinary vote! I don't think you can forsake the superpowers, but you can use them ...

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Chevron in MathJax
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1 votes

Is $x\hat{}y$ acceptable? Gotten with $x\hat{}y$. In-line I have used $x$^$y$ which produces $x$^$y$. To get that effect in a displayed formula, an obvious work around is to wrap it in a text box $$ \...

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I forgot an important condition in my question, but the question already has answers. Is there anything I can do?
7 votes

Unless the omission made the question trivial, and you didn't see it within a few minutes it is probably better to ask a different question. If there were only one answer, an option would also be ...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - 12/2020)
3 votes

Undeleted, Reopened, Reclosed as a duplicate. I found this question sufficiently non-trivial. Given that the series of positive numbers $\sum_n a_n$ converges, can we say anything about the ...

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Can we please STOP closing and deleting old posts with answers?
10 votes

Attempting to outline my thinking. Not sure how mainstream my views are, so feel free to vote/comment as you see fit. As always, I may have overlooked something. I downvoted Jack's question because ...

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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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Can we please be more generous to elementary beginners?
12 votes

I feel that the title of this thread is misguided. I see no evidence of this being about the elementary beginner. The asker of your example question has not been seen on the site since March 30th. ...

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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?
11 votes

Promoting some of the comments to an answer so that users can vote on them more freely. I got the impression that at least the OP wanted this to happen. As this is somewhat independent from my longer ...

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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?
9 votes

The site norms about this have gradually changed over the years, so it may be helpful to take a bit of "historical" look at the problem. I think it sheds some additional light. Also, I try to explain ...

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Can we manually adjust image width in a post?
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11 votes

I'm the wrong person to tell the whole story, but I know that you can resize images by using an appropriate HTML img attribute. Below I reuse an animation that is a small part of an answer of mine ...

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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool
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14 votes

In this context I want to bring up two possible uses of self-answered questions. My goal in posting this as an answer is to poll our user base, and learn whether people find this palatable. I am ...

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Is it always that difficult questions are upvoted?
5 votes

No. We don't have rules against easy questions. However, we do have a rule that askers are supposed to search first, and ask only if it happens that there are no answers. You may have seen a reaction ...

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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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Should duplicate questions be deleted?
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As a rule I am in favor of deleting duplicates. Admittedly this is a relatively recent change of heart. The reasons for my change of opinion are the following. Nowadays we have several human ...

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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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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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