Qiaochu Yuan
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Why does @someone sometimes disappear from comments?
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This isn't a bug. @s are automatically stripped if, for example, you're trying to address someone in a comment to one of their questions: they already get a notification, so it's unnecessary.

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What is within a moderator's power regarding posts?
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Yes. No. I have been deleting such answers. No. I have been converting such answers into comments. See Shog's comment below, this is actually possible using the Moderator Tools.

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Mobile version of the site
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There is already a mobile version of the site!

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Newbie wondering: Personal messages, leftover incomplete answers, ...
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@UserName is used to direct a comment to a particular user, and it will give you a notification if either the question / answer being commented on belongs to you or if you've previously commented on ...

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Use of "too localized" as reason for closure, perhaps too "subjective and argumentative"?
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I think you're right - used for lack of "better" options. But if it doesn't satisfy "too localized", and there are no other options or available justifications for closing, then a question shouldn't ...

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Policy guidelines on asking homework questions
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I mean, everytime I've asked a homework question, I have specifically stated it with the homework tag and tried my honest best to attempt the questions given. Many users don't do this. It is easier ...

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Dealing with undeserved downvotes
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The moderators cannot do anything about individual downvotes. We can, however, track suspicious voting patterns in two ways: some of them are caught by the software, and we can also tell if a ...

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No increase in Reputation points
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You don't get any reputation for community wiki answers or questions. This isn't a bug; it's a feature.

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What is our policy for "(let me Google that for you) links" ?
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This is far too specific a behavior to bother having a policy for. Generally people should deal with the consequences of their own possibly rude behavior. Policies are for behaviors that interfere ...

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Why does the latex-code for questions on MSE sometimes not work for questions on MO?
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The problem with the offending bit of text is that MO processes underscores differently from math.SE. You need to escape the underscores. One way to do this on MO is by putting `` around all of your ...

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A list of questions I have not viewed?
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The easiest way to not miss questions is to subscribe to the rss feed.

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Closure wars are caused by asymmetrical close/reopen voting process.
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As far as I can tell this is not something we have individual control over; the issue has also come up on meta.MO. Our provisional solution is that users with the appropriate amount of reputation can ...

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Deleted questions
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The questions were from an ongoing contest. This is unacceptable behavior.

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Three answers disappeared
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An account was deleted. This deletes questions with a negative vote total, so deletes the corresponding answers. For future reference, here is a relevant section of the terms of service (emphasis ...

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How do I "refresh" a question to return it to the top of the list?
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It already returns to the top of the list of active questions (which is the default question view).

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Recurring discrepancies in rep
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There have been a handful of troublesome users posting spam whose accounts I have been destroying. One of those users may have posted a question you answered.

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Why was "Derivative Definition & Limits" deleted?
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The OP was suspended for posting a string of homework questions without accepting answers and without listening to multiple comments by other users. I didn't want any answers to be posted to those ...

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Deleting and undeleting a question
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I don't think you can see arbitrary deleted questions until 10k+ rep. It'll probably be easiest for you to ask a moderator to undelete it (again, not perfect, but flagging an arbitrary question works)....

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What is the proper way to acknowledge an answer posted on another forum / site?
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To me, asking a question on multiple sites simultaneously is very roughly analogous to proposing to two women (or men!) at the same time. I guess there is no law against this (although in most ...

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When may one post responses that aren't direct answers?
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If the answer is an honest attempt to either answer the question or provide some kind of relevant background and/or context, I think it's fine. Additionally, sometimes a question is hard and you have ...

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On the closing of "Why is mathematics complicated"
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I'm ambivalent. I would not have voted to close the question but I am not sure I want to vote to reopen it either. I agree that it has the potential for interesting answers, but as has been on ...

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How do I learn about markup?
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The markup that SE sites use is called markdown. You can read about it here.

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I'm not a robot?
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"Robot" here really means spambot. On many places on the internet where people can make accounts and post content, spambots often appear to post advertisements, links to shady websites, etc. The ...

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Cross-posting or Move a Question to CrossValidated?
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I moved it. The question is not a mathematical question.

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Why was "Rational numbers - sticks and stones" deleted?
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Ali was posting questions from contests and requested that all of their questions be deleted as penitence.

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What happened to user user9413?
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That means the account was deleted.

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zeta-function vs. riemann-zeta tags
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The tags have been un-synonymized and I've renamed zeta-function to zeta-functions.

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Closure / other action regarding Qubrix Brain Twister question
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The question has been locked and deleted. I agree with Dan (with the caveat that users of the SE network are required to be at least 13, so not quite all ages). quanta's edit was out of line: ...

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Is math puzzle "on-topic" or "off-topic"?
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You can do whatever you want (within reason), but there are plenty of users whose first instinct will be to Google the puzzle and post a link to a solution online. If you are going to do this, please ...

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What does the [elementary] tag mean?
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The tag's been removed. The questions tagged with [elementary] didn't have enough features in common for any tag other than [tag-removed] to feel reasonable as a replacement. Unfortunately a few of ...

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