Alexander Gruber
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Reputation - Why do so many people care?
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Up to 20k there are moderation privileges gained from earning reputation. After that, it's mostly bragging rights. You can also spend reputation at any point to put a bounty on questions you'd like ...

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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?
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50 votes

Here are some of my experiences talking about math.se in the real world. I knew a well-meaning but struggling sophomore math major who felt too afraid to post a question here. She used the site ...

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On the Bachelor/ette "correction"
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Personally, I don't think the question is sexist towards women, or that the edit is sexist towards men. With that said, the fact that I'm not offended by it doesn't invalidate the feelings of the ...

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Is it acceptable to request answers via e-mail?
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No, I don't think this is appropriate. Users can opt to receive emails when their questions are answered or commented on, so this could really only be interpreted as a request to receive an answer by ...

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Cleaning up an old post of mine -- a moral dilemma
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I don't want to be accused of superfluous editing just to bump my question. Well, I think you hit the nail on the head there. It's fine to update and improve old questions (and answers) as long as ...

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How do we earn reputation more easily?
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38 votes

The best way to gain reputation is simply to direct your efforts towards answering questions that aren't closed / do have proper context. Off-topic questions are mostly closed and deleted, so ...

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How can I type the "isomorphic","not equal" and "the set of integers , rationals and reals" symbol?
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38 votes

$\cong$ for $\cong$ $\ne$ for $\ne$ $\mathbb{R}$, $\mathbb{Q}$, and $\mathbb{Z}$ for $\mathbb{R}$, $\mathbb{Q}$, and $\mathbb{Z}$, respectfully. See here to learn how to do it all.

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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?
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It's the same reason that detailed essays will never get as many upvotes as cat memes on social media. On the internet, people consume content primarily in a browsing paradigm. Quick and easy content ...

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Closing questions that show no effort - official policy?
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I am so frustrated with no effort, copy-paste homework questions that I would support a one-flag close/delete policy on them. In my opinion, these are not on topic for MSE, and if they are, they damn ...

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Too much effort shown?
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If someone includes ten pages of work and expects me to sort through it to find their error, I'm not going to do it. I expect someone to isolate their problem, show me what they've done and where ...

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About not upvoted, answered questions
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Sometimes I think a question is sort of crappy but feel like writing about the topic, so I write a quick answer, don't upvote, and move on to the next one. I guess I just like hearing the sound of my ...

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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
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Many moderator duties concern the removal of low quality content. Aside from this, what will you do to facilitate the creation of high quality content?

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Please Delete This Account
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Feel my lightning! ${}{}{}{}{}$

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I feel mathematically inadequate for this site. What level are the majority of questions?
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There will never be a time when you don't feel mathematically inadequate, either here or in general, because the essence of mathematics is figuring things out that you don't know yet. Very few of the ...

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Is it incorrect to make edits to math mistakes?
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25 votes

It depends on the nature of the mistake. It is important that the OP address conceptual mathematical mistakes himself in order to help clarify misconceptions. If he doesn't understand why a ...

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Is there a way to edit without bumping the question?
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23 votes

There's currently no way to do that. Strictly speaking, all edits should be substantive. If you want to stay strictly above radar, try to add something useful along with your typo correction. Often ...

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What to do with questions that are exact duplicates from MathOverflow?
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I think the best thing to do would be to post a CW answer containing a quotebox with the MO solution while providing both a link to the MO thread and citing who gave the solution. Justification: ...

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How to cross out mathematical expressions?
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23 votes

In text environment you can use <strike> </strike>, for example: strike. In math environment, you can cross out expressions using cancel bcancel xcancel or cancelto as long as you require ...

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Can we only ask practical questions at MSE?
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I interpret this in two ways: Do not ask well-known open problems as questions. It's not practical to ask MSE to prove the Riemann hypothesis for you. You're allowed to ask difficult, research ...

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How "civil" should we be?
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Though I do not do so often in writing, when speaking, I curse often and with great enthusiasm. (I also rarely type ain't, y'all, fixing, or reckon, because doing so feels weird.) I encourage anyone ...

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Are physics questions unwelcome?
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Some physics questions are welcome on MSE, see for example the physics or quantum-mechanics tags. The key is that all posts must still be about mathematics, so the question will have to be about ...

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Random downvotes
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I just wonder how more experienced users react in such situations. My approach is generally something along the lines of, "it's 4 rep. Who cares?"

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Retitling Questions: a modest proposal
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I'm for it. I have been making an effort lately to do this myself. I am sick of seeing titles like "Proof about a semigroup" (an example taken from the front page right at this moment). This ...

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Close reason: "lack of research effort"
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"No context" does function as a bit of a catch-all, and certainly 90% of the time, it is applied to "do my homework!" PSQs. However, there are several reasons it is stated like it is. Its "forms of ...

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Are math-heavy cosmology questions on topic?
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As long as it's heavily math-based, it's on topic. Cosmology questions just haven't been posted frequently enough to warrant a tag for them. mathematical-physics should suffice.

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Downvoting posts that are very popular but not especially good - is this an acceptable way to vote?
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18 votes

From a rules standpoint, you can vote how you want, with only a few exceptions-- namely, revenge downvoting, targeted voting, upvote rings, etc. The common theme of these exceptions is that they're ...

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Can I ask a question about whether something can be modeled/proven/etc mathematically?
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It sounds broad, but if you narrow it down, I think it could be very interesting. My recommendation would be to split it up into multiple questions. What you want is to formulate "meritocracy&...

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Should there be distinction between the tags (inequation) and (inequality)?
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18 votes

To avoid inequation being recreated, I have made it a synonym for inequality.

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What to do with a question that is no longer relevant?
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18 votes

You should just delete it. There is no reason to clog up the site with questions that don't need to be answered. The localized nature of your mistake also makes it unlikely that the question will be ...

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How can I freeze a question I created, so no one can post in it for a while?
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18 votes

If the edits are significant enough that it entirely changes the question, you should simply delete and ask it as a new question, as otherwise would look confusing in the post history. Also, you ...

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