Akhil Mathew
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The unilateral removal of comments by Jeff Atwood
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Dear Jeff Atwood, Removing something as "hurtful to the community" is, I think, quite Orwellian in the latitude it gives to the flagger and moderator; restricting to the classical standards of "spam ...

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FAQ for math.stackexchange
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Q: What's the relationship between math.SE and MathOverflow? A: The purpose. MathOverflow is designed to be a website where professional mathematicians ask and answer questions that come up in their ...

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When to vote a question down
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24 votes

I don't think the purpose of downvoting is to keep users from having privileges on this website (since, for instance, the penalty to one's reputation is relatively small; besides, to obtain privileges,...

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Why is this website so strict?
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This topic has come up multiple times on meta.MO threads. The short answer is that this seems to be only way (in the view of many people here, including myself) to keep the forums healthy. There are ...

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What do we do with users who post numerous unlabeled homework questions?
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16 votes

This is definitely not what MSE is for. I've emailed the user asking them to stop. If the behavior continues, they will be suspended and their questions closed or locked. To David and student: thank ...

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Please help construct moderation policies for our newcoming moderators
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A proposal: meta should be something of a free-for-all (except for obvious insults, spam, flamewars, etc.): in particular, I'd much prefer it if fewer meta threads were closed and/or locked.

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Add new stuff in the question or add a new answer instead
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12 votes

Assuming the answer to your old question was helpful, and the answer to it was accepted, you could just ask a new question with a reference to the old one and an explanation of what you've done since ...

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Use of moderator power to close questions
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I would prefer that for questions (excluding obvious spam), that moderators refrained from closing until there were already four votes. There are now many users with reputations over 500 and ...

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Should moderators recuse themselves from closing or locking meta questions about their own conduct?
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I posted this as a comment on the closed question. I have cast a vote to reopen. This is admittedly a heated discussion, but it is also a productive one about the policy about this site, ...

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An open letter to Jeff Atwood
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Dear Jeff Atwood: Thanks for your quick reply, and I'm very sorry in being so slow to respond myself (I have an entirely filled schedule on Fridays). First, I am glad that the moderators on this ...

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FAQ for math.stackexchange
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Q: Why was my question closed? A: Typically, a short reason will be given in the comments. Note that being closed doesn't mean that your question is bad, just that we don't think it appropriate for ...

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What is the site etiquette about (i) asking and (ii) answering questions in a language other than English?
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The user C.R. posted a detailed commentary on the main site. Following a request, I've moved it here. The translation is due to Derek Jennings. Ceci devrait être un commentaire à la dernière réponse, ...

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Do we have a suspension policy?
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10 votes

I would say go ahead and suspend the user for a day: obvious bad faith trolling and crankery merits it. See also this.

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"What are the implications of the discovery of the kalle-numbers ?"
10 votes

I actually think that a moderator or group of 10k+ users should just delete the question now. It is nothing more than crankery and trolling, and the OP is obviously acting in extremely bad faith.

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is this question acceptable: Need the solution for the following code
10 votes

I don't like this question either. It's a puzzle, not containing (as far as I can see) anything of genuine mathematical interest. I don't object to questions about the mathematics behind ...

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Cloning over questions from MO
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10 votes

I think some of them are acceptable here, but many of them are simply too vague and too general. Math.SE isn't supposed to be the place for the bad or discussion-y MO questions! Rather, it's supposed ...

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Is it possible for this site to get some sort of "best of" feature to compile classic answers?
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I wrote a couple of Perl scripts a while back to do just this with the database dumps for MO. I'm pretty sure they'd work for MSE, since the dumps are in the same format (though the copyright notice ...

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On current content of the site
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I'd agree that the website needs more specific math questions. However, I myself don't have a problem with questions such as the one on EGA. But admittedly that was mine, so let me list a few more ...

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Mathematical Modeling and Applied Mathematics Question Policy
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I think applied math should be welcome on math.SE. Nevertheless, since many of us will not be familiar with the terminology, I agree that techniques from outside mathematics should be explained ...

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Philosophical time-wastebaskets
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On MO, people tend to be fairly restrictive about philosophical questions -- they're generally closed mercilessly and swiftly. I'd say this is too strict for the present site, though, since the ...

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"How many gallons of water is on earth to this day?"
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I think this question can be counted as "applied math." There are (to my knowledge) no other SE sites where this could go (for instance, the proposed economics.SE is probably too advanced), so I think ...

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Moderators: please do not close harmless threads pro-actively
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I don't have a strong opinion on Willie's particular action, since as he observes there were already two votes to close on the original question, but I am fond of a quote of Andrew Stacey: A ...

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Proposed FAQ "move personal material to bottom of question" and carte blanche for edits to do this.
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I think this is a good point. Instead of moving things around, however, I think it simpler to edit the question by adding to it, so that the first two lines contain the essence of the question. This ...

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Closing of "Is this proof of a^{1/2} being either integer or irrational circular/incorrect?"
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I've voted to close, because the thread is turning into a flamewar over what seems to be nit-picking, and I think all the important points have been said and re-said.

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Words of warning from people who have seen it before.
7 votes

I think that crackpot theories, numerology, etc. should be closed without hesitation, since this is a website about mathematics. It is not a site about debunking crackpot theories. For an explanation ...

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About the [soft-question] and [big-list] tags
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I think so. There will be people who don't like soft-questions and big-list questions, and they may want to ignore them. There will also be people who are curious about specifically reading soft ...

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How to deal with cranks
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I myself don't think it will be that hard. If they are asking us to evaluate their proof of trisecting the angle, we can simply close the question with a remark that it is impossible, possibly ...

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MathOverflow tags + others ?
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I'm fairly certain that many of the arXiv tags won't be used much (e.g. [ag.algebraic-geometry]). I also think it would be better simply to use [algebraic-geometry] than [ag.algebraic-geometry], ...

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Suggesting more specific titles to an OP
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I think this is a completely reasonable use of comments. Asking questions with poor titles weakens the quality of the website, because people that might be interested in answering it might not look at ...

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Offering to e-mail a copy of a book to the OP of a question
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This is more of a comment than an answer, but my guess is that this will be less of an issue on this website than on MO, because while a lot of technical material in mathematics is basically available ...

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