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A mathjax issue with stars in super/subscripts

I encountered Topos associated to a category with glowing-red \*s in it. When trying to edit them out I discovered that whenever I try to replace an ...
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Streamlined tagging for Mochizuki

For better or worse, there is a number of questions at MO on Mochizuki's stuff. I noticed that some of the questions have the tag "abc-conjecture" while others don't have this tag. Should ...
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Incentivizing ‘bad’ questions

As a 5+ year member of MO, I remember the old days when upvotes on questions only netted you 5 points as opposed to the current 10. While I was generally glad to see good questions being rewarded in a ...
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MathOverflow answers and peer review

Sometimes, the asker does not have sufficient background to verify an answer. How should one handle such cases? Some of the signals on whether to accept such an answer are whether it 'looks' good, ...
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Ordered rings tag

I've noticed that while there are tags ordered-groups and ordered-fields, there is no tag ordered-rings. The issue is that there was a little amount of questions with this tag. So it got deleted. I ...
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All these invalid weblinks

I found so many web links became invalid on the questions and even more on the comments. Please be aware of this issue. In the future, this site needs to either repair the invalid links or advise ...
Ming Lei's user avatar
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Is it fine to repost questions from a paper

Is it fine to re-ask open questions from ones paper on mathoverflow? On the one hand, I am interested in finding an answer to the question, and it might help if it is more publicly available. But if I ...
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How do we fit in with Stack Exchange’s new AI agreement with Google?

Stack Exchange has some kind of new AI agreement with Google, as announced in their blog. I’m just trying to get caught up myself here on what exactly is going on, but one real possibility is that ...
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Why doesn't the prime in $\sum_n'$ sit flush against the summation symbol?

The TeX snippets $\sum_n'$ \sum_n' and $\sum_n^\prime$ \sum_n^\prime should (as with all things TeX, barring trickery) be ...
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Could MO use a minus sign for negative numbers?

I just noticed that negative vote totals are recorded with a hyphen: In general within the StackExchange network it's probably not worth fussing over, but, here on MO, maybe we could use a minus sign ...
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Request to consider undeleting an answer

Apologies if this should go in the "requests to undelete questions" thread but this seems to be technically different. I noticed that this answer https://mathoverflow.net/a/465960/ has ...
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Why can't I post a question?

I'm not good at expressing myself and need research level math help, to assist my research in mathematics, to help the community. Please let me express myself here as I am just trying to get ...
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Inconsistency in MO votes

Yesterday I sent this question to a friend of mine. He told me he upvoted my question. When I go to my notifications, I don't see the vote. But when I go to the history of my question, it can be seen ...
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Missing brackets in $\{x\}$ in drafts, not missing in the final question/product

I am using the latest version of Firefox on Linux (bodhi linux) as well as Mac and Windows. Some $\LaTeX$ is not typeset correctly in MathOverflow: whenever I type a set, like the singleton $\{x\}$, ...
Dominic van der Zypen's user avatar
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Including a hash character (#) in a math equation causes it to not render (in new-question page)

I want to ask a question about a paper that uses this notation: However, when I typeset it in MathJax with ...
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Why was my spam flag declined on an answer that does nothing but promote the answerer's book?

I recently encountered an answer that does nothing but refer to the poster's book: Please look pages 141-147 of the book: S. Saitoh and Y. Sawano, Theory of Reproducing Kernels and Applications, ...
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A MathJax/LaTeX question

In This question, the following appears: $$[0,2] \times \left[0,4-\sqrt{3}\right] \times \left[0,4-\sqrt{3}\right] \times \mathop{\Large\times}_{i=1}^{k-3}[0,2]$$ Thinking that that last $\times$ ...
Michael Hardy's user avatar
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Using mathoverflow as a blog

In the past, I’ve seen instances where a user has been accused of ‘using mathoverflow as a blog’; the specific criteria for when this accusation is leveled vary, but generally the following are ...
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Is there a way to download all your contributions?

Suppose I want to download all my questions and answers, e.g., as separate latex files. Is there a way to do this automatically? For example, this can be done on Facebook and on Google. There are many ...
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Suggestions for the design of a font for math articles/books

Recently I've resumed work on a font I'm currently developing, meant to be released as a completely free, open-source, OFL-licensed font designed specifically for use in papers, theses, books, lecture ...
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Is there a way to see the up/down vote spread on all questions asked by a given user?

When you as a user get some sufficiently high reputation, you can see the up/down vote spread of any question/answer. Now suppose there's some user, X, you're interested in. On their page you can sort ...
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Blocking things from feed

Is it possible to block certain users or tags from appearing on one’s personal feed?
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Should there be a banner with some basic info about MO in the right sidebar?

A recent discussion about customizing the "Draft your question" panel reminded me of an older one here: Feature request: add short "about MathOverflow" section to the front page. ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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MathJax ignores a `\tag` in an `{equation}` containing a `{split}`

The following snippet, when compiled as part of a LaTeX document with appropriate packages loaded, would produce a numbered (well, \tagged) equation: ...
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In the MathOverflow data, can you determine the number of hours you've spent on MathOverflow?

In your profile, you can find a list of all your questions, answers, and comments, and also how many total days you've been logged into MathOverflow. Is there also a way to determine the total number ...
David White's user avatar
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Should community wiki answers be eligible for bounties?

I posted an answer to this question Kepler conjecture: Are there only two most efficient packings or could there be more than two? summarizing various points made in the comments into a coherent ...
Sam Hopkins's user avatar
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Are "has this been studied before" questions on topic?

I have a fairly elementary question but rather than feeding it straight to the wolves I thought I would ask it here. Well, via a more general question: Are questions of the form "has $X$ been ...
JP McCarthy's user avatar
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Systematic downvoting

In the past 7 days, I have received 9 downvotes (on questions that have been otherwise positively received). I suspect someone is systematically downvoting, but doing so with a large enough interval ...
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How often are questions "successfully" migrated to MSE?

I rarely use MSE and so I don't have a good feel for what it's like overall. I was slightly surprised by a recent comment by Christian Remling which characterizes MSE as a "homework factory with ...
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Why isn't "Nobody has answered" on the multiple-choice list of reasons for a bounty?

When one is asked "Why are you starting this bounty?" the multiple-choice list of answers does not include "Nobody has answered the question." Choosing the answer that says it has ...
Michael Hardy's user avatar
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Procedure for requesting a complete removal from MathOverflow

With any online community, as the users and the company owning the domain change, it is inevitable that some users will want to exit the community. For example, many Facebook users deleted their ...
David White's user avatar
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Dialog for closure misleading when question has been closed and re-opened

I noticed, when clicking "close" on this question: Breakthroughs in mathematics in 2023, that when a question has been closed and re-opened, and you voted to close it previously, the dialog ...
Sam Hopkins's user avatar
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Most important results of the year - appropriate or not?

The question Most important results in 2023 has been posted to MO, and as in previous years, has had a mixed reception. (EDIT: As of this writing, the post has been deleted by the author, presumably ...
Timothy Chow's user avatar
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Is asking for the status of Vandiver's conjecture suitable for MO?

I wonder what the current status of Vandiver's conjecture in number theory is? An internet search revealed the paper "Vandiver's conjecture via K-theory" by Alexander Stolin from 2020 on the ...
Todd Leason 's user avatar
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Should this question be reopened

Given the comments, should this question be reopened Is |A| < |B| possible if A->B is surjective? With a negative score, no answers and closed it will be automatically deleted, losing the ...
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Question titles do not auto-expand if URL contains non-ASCII characters?

Consider two versions of What is the modulus of continuity of this function that is continuous, increasing and bounded but nowhere locally Hölder?. Notice that, in the first version, the linked ...
LSpice's user avatar
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Should we be more polite when closing non-research-level questions?

We get many questions from students (usually in high school, or less-advanced undergrads) that are clearly off-topic since they’re well below research-level. Mods and high-rep users are generally ...
Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine's user avatar
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Undelete a post

Is there any possibility of undeleting a post? I know it was closed years ago as not MO level. So maybe it could be undeleted and then moved to MSE? Just because it hosts a discussion which is ...
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Request for improvements to the citation bibtex format

According to my bibtex files, I have made citations in my various published articles to 71 different posts on MathOverflow, both questions and answers, often multiple times in different articles, when ...
Joel David Hamkins's user avatar
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Why is it taking so much longer than it used to for MathJax to get rendered?

These last few days when I click on a posting it sometimes takes more than a minute or even two, for MathJax to get rendered. It used to be a couple of seconds. Is anything being done to correct this?
Michael Hardy's user avatar
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Getting list of users ordered by date joined

Back in the old days before we moved to the current stackexchange platform, you could list users sorted by their user number. Is it still possible to get such a list? I'm trying to remember an old-...
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On documents found over the internet and sites that make them available

Yesterday on MO I saw this question and gave this answer by posting a link I found by googling (more precisely, I used DuckDuckGo). The sought for paper is from a series of preprints issued by the ...
Daniele Tampieri's user avatar
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affiliation or association (in the wording of the promotion help page)

There is a little discussion in the comments of a recent MO question on the meaning of the word "affiliation" in our promotion help page. If you promote one of your own publications in a ...
Carlo Beenakker's user avatar
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Why does revision 5 of MO120096 look empty?

I recently came across Andrea Mori's question Explicit Casselman theory: reference needed. The comments 1 2 make reference to matrices rendering poorly, and then being fixed, and I was curious what ...
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Feature: Making the MO-guidelines visible while editing questions?

I noticed that some of the MO questions that get closed are clear-cut going against the MO-guidelines eg. "here is the link to my new result" or "here is the jpg file of my homework ...
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How long are the lines?

I know that probably my place would be in a mental institution, but I'm a stickler about formatting my questions nicely. For example, I like to start each sentence in a new line, and I don't like if a ...
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Undelete request, question 455497 [duplicate]

I'm asking if question 455497 could be undeleted. It was about multiplicative persistence. Even if the question itself was not that well-prepared, it was a valid question about research (at some level ...
Jukka Kohonen's user avatar
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Is this an AI bot? Can't tell if answer is from a real person

This question of Baez is getting a string of strange answers. I can't tell if the author is a mathematician, but their answers don't make much sense to me. Which finite abelian groups aren't ...
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Does anyone remember seeing this answer/comment? (A famous result known earlier than believed)

I remember seeing the following interesting exchange recently on MathOverflow: someone asked a question about something, another person ($X$) answered (or commented) that the answer is such-or-such ...
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