Brian M. Scott
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What is Math.SE?
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Math.SE cannot afford to be a place for everything math(s)-related: that way lie endless ‘proofs’ of the Goldbach conjecture, ‘demonstrations’ that Cantor was wrong-wrong-wrongity-wrong and $\Bbb R$ ...

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How do the experts here deal with low-level questions?
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I’ve a rather wider view of what constitutes a good (or at least acceptable) question, so I don’t have your problem. Answering an interesting question in general or set-theoretic topology that forces ...

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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
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How would you personally prefer that so-called PSQs [Problem Statement Questions] be handled? Given the current policies and customs of the site, how do you think that they should in fact be handled?

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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
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What is your opinion of efforts to delete questions that have correct answers? Does it matter whether they are votes to delete or downvoting to help the autodelete process apply to the question?

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Congratulations: the big thread!
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Congratulations to Henning Makholm on reaching $100$K on $5$ March $2015$, bringing the number of $100$K+ users to a full score; not bad for someone who describes ‘[r]eal mathematics’ as ‘more of ...

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Request for translation help (English to Portuguese)
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I’ve now been sent a translation, by someone who prefers to remain anonymous, and have added it to the answer. My thanks to the translator.

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Tags for separation axioms and countability axioms for topological spaces
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I don’t think that there should be a countability-axioms tag in the first place: it’s not a natural category. Second countability, first countability, and separability are just names for the countable ...

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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
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What is your opinion of downvoting reasonably clear, mathematically correct answers that do not violate an OP’s request for hints only?

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Edit yourself or suggest the OP to edit
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I do not consider it acceptable to edit someone else’s answer in such a way as to change the content significantly. Cleaning up formatting and spelling is fine. Fixing obvious typos (e.g., $>$ for ...

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Mathjax 2.1 beta
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The code g(x)=\sum_{n\ge 2}\left(\sum_{k\ge 0}\binom{n-1}{2k-1}\right)x^n=x^2\sum_{n\ge 2}\left(\sum_{k\ge 0}\binom{n-1}{2k-1}\right)x^{n-2}=x^2\sum_{n\ge 0}\left(\sum_{k\ge 0}\binom{n+1}{2k-1}\right)...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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The person who asked this question has now added the missing photograph, and it’s now clear what is wanted: an example of a regular, non-normal space other than the Sorgenfrey plane. I expect that the ...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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[REOPENED] I have no doubt about what this question is asking and have actually posted an answer in the form of a pair of comments. I’d prefer to give it a ‘real’ answer, however. I note that the ...

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Images not displayed in Firefox
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Problem solved, thanks to Mad Scientist: I’ve no idea how it happened, since I’ve not added any filters to the basic ones, but Adblock Plus was blocking the images.

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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[Reopened; reclosed ] This question was closed as unclear. It should be clear to anyone who’s seen parenthesis notation for trees — admittedly more common in linguistics than in mathematics, but ...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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[REOPENED] This question was put on hold as unclear. It seems perfectly clear to me, and I’ve just given an answer in the comments.

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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[REOPENED] This question should never have been put on hold in the first place, as it was obvious that the OP was asking for verification of the arguments. This request has now been explicitly added, ...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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[REOPENED] This question was put on hold as unclear, since the term throdd and the abbreviation PBAC were not explained. I’ve added the definition of throdd from an earlier question by the same ...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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[REOPENED] This question, closed as unclear, is now, after the OP’s response to a question, completely clear. I’ve incorporated that response into the body of the question.

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014)
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[REOPENED] I can’t for the life of me see what’s unclear about this question; André Nicolas, Andres Caicedo, and I have all addressed parts of it in the comments, and my comment would have been part ...

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Examples of poor review audits
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Another gem. The question was whether to close it as unclear, and the answer was clearly no — the OP is explicitly asking how to construct such a completion. This was so obvious that I foolishly didn’...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 01/2015 - 07/2018 )
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Reopened, reclosed, deleted, undeleted, deleted by a moderator This question was closed as off-topic for missing context or other details. In fact the OP did explain what he’d already attempted, so ...

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