Zev Chonoles
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How to draw a commutative diagram?
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It is possible to do (somewhat primitive) commutative diagrams using \array: $$\begin{array}{ccccccccc} 0 & \xrightarrow{i} & A & \xrightarrow{f} & B & \xrightarrow{q} & C &...

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How do I insert a table when asking a question?
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Regarding how to write general math expressions on the site, my answer here covers that well I think. Specifically for tables, you can use LaTeX's \array command. The tabular command, which only ...

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Can we do anything to avoid losing Bill D?
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I am offended by your accusation that any of the moderators acted out of retaliation for Bill's criticisms of the site's policies. As far as you indicate in your post, you have no idea what the ...

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Why should we accept answers?
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26 votes

I'd say the main arguments for accepting answers are given in the FAQ posts in meta.SO on accepting an answer and accept rate, namely: rewards posters for solving your problem informs others that ...

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Downvoting for no stated reason is abusive
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There is a discussion on meta.SO about this. While all the answers and comments are interesting, the answer given by Jeff Atwood, one of the two creators of the StackExchange network, says that people ...

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How to Write Math Equation Here
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23 votes

No need to be ashamed - it unfortunately is not clearly indicated where to see how to format math expressions on the site. You can find some good starting points on how to format mathematics on the ...

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How to center a figure in the post?
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22 votes

There's a meta.SO thread on this issue, though perhaps it's out of date. The advice there is essentially the same, though they suggest using repeated  's or spaces inside a code block to ...

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Take-home test policy
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Coincidentally, there was another instance of academic dishonesty earlier today, but I was unsure of how to respond to it; I asked the informer how they wanted it to be dealt with and acted ...

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Why are mathematical questions being asked on meta?
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I think that the primary (only?) cause is that the styling of the main site and meta site are not sufficiently distinctive for people unfamiliar with the Stack Exchange network. In contrast, ...

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Edited posts after 2,000 reputation
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Now that you've reached 2000 reputation, your edits are no longer reviewed by others - you submit your edits and they go through immediately. Lots of people would game the system if there were an ...

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Is it time to expand the moderator team?
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This would be most welcome. In fact I recently wrote an email to the SE team about this possibility. I think that while our community is fairly quiet - most flags are just about people who posted an ...

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Gender-neutral pronouns, they, zie, hir
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I don't understand why Phira's question has received such a negative response - this is a completely valid issue to be discussed on meta. Take, for example, this question on what our policy should be ...

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A feature request:Blocking the removal of a comment which was already quoted
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Difficult to decide when a comment should be considered as quoting another comment. Not an expected behavior - we'd get endless meta threads "Why can't I delete my comment?" Too easy to abuse (one ...

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Why do some answerers prefer full solutions to hints for homework and homework-like questions?
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I often try to give hints, but there are times that I post full solutions, and when that happens I'd say my reasoning is usually one or more of the following: I'm in a rush (or I just want to post ...

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Why are there only 2 moderators?
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There are currently four moderators (Qiaochu, Willie, Mariano, and myself), and the two winners of the election will be added to make a total of six.

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Why am I losing points when i downvote someone else?
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16 votes

No, that is how downvoting is supposed to work. The loss of a point for each downvote on an answer (in theory) disincentivizes people from downvoting out of spite.

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How do you cite a reference in a comment?
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You should use the following format: [text](link) e.g. [Google](http://www.google.com/) See here.

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Why do some posts appear faded out?
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Answers that have a score of -3 or below are shown greyed out, to de-emphasize them.

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Why are there requirements for duplicated questions?
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I think the idea is that if the older question has no upvoted or accepted answer, then it may well be the case that the newer version has done a better job of asking the question, in which case it ...

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What should I do when I'm wondering if there's another outage that should be reported?
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I posit that a public report of any problem about a website should give a precise description of the problem you're having, ideally using both words and pictures give information about the OS and ...

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Questions about math grad school and such
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14 votes

I agree with your assessment. For some reason, the FAQ's list of topics that are explicitly welcomed does not include academic or educational aspects of mathematics, but nevertheless we have had good ...

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Downvotes and the maximum daily reputation
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13 votes

If you mean "should" in the sense of "the system is designed to operate that way", then yes, the order of votes matters. This is similar to how downvotes and upvotes don't commute for new users, since ...

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What is the accepted notation for natural logarithms, trig functions and powers?
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Write anything that you think is clear and understandable. Amendment by Lord_Farin: When you feel your notation may be less than universally understood (given the tags on the question etc.) cq. ...

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Is it possible a question actually "too localized" in MSE?
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Here are some examples of canonical use of the "too localized" close reason. https://math.stackexchange.com/q/124513/264 https://math.stackexchange.com/q/269913/264 https://math.stackexchange.com/q/...

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Website plagiarizing math.stackexchange material
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13 votes

This site has recently been reported to the SE team. See also this meta.SO post.

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message when responses are made to questions you have upvoted
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Personally, I think that there are far too many questions I've upvoted for notifications of activity on all of them to be practical to keep track of - I'd be swamped! Besides, the current setup of ...

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Mathjax/markdown issue
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The commands \lbrack and \rbrack are macros that produce [ and ] respectively, and MathJax has no problem when you use them instead of the symbols - see the comment below, which was produced by For ...

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What's wrong with this question?
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It originally contained the single statement Classify (up to ring isomorphism) all semisimple rings of order 720. A valid reason to downvote (hover over the downvote button to see) is that This ...

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Guidelines for good use of MathJax in question titles
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Markdown doesn't work in titles, so occasionally people will use MathJax as an approximation. $quod\;erat\;demonstrandum$             &...

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Accepting least upvoted answers - Troll?
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I would say that we shouldn't do anything - a user is indeed entitled to accept the answers they want. Whether or not one's answer is accepted is of relatively little consequence, anyway: the ...

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