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Questions specifically about the process of asking questions on this site.

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Asking questions with out answering any one else’s question

Here I only ask questions and do not (can not answer for lack of knowledge) answer any of the questions. Sometimes I feel it is bad. Some questions that I know answer to are either closed as not ...
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What should I do if I want to ask an almost duplicate question?

There already exists a question very like the one I want to ask, with a very partial answer by the OP. I want to ask the same question but restricted to a special case, for which I hope more can be ...
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Editing a question admitting a trivial example

In this question I forgot to add that I want the space to be sufficiently large. One user wrote a (correct) answer pointing out a trivial example on $2$ points, answering the question. It was my ...
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Limiting the length of questions?

Many questions on MO are not formulated as concisely as they could be. I would propose a limit of characters (to be discussed, say 500 characters), and you can "buy" more space by sacrificing some of ...
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Should users be shown some basic information before posting the first question?

In an answer to another question discussing possibilities how to decrease the number of off-topic questions1 it was mentioned that: Perhaps we should force a person to read the rules before posting ...
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Should MathOverflow require registration to ask a question?

Probably anybody visiting this site regularly noticed that quite often there are posts which are not at MO-level and quite frequently also of very low quality. (Many of them are simply copy-paste of ...
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How to ask the same question with additional hypothesis

In a recent question I've asked if a claim I've make could be true, a user answered with a counterexample and so I've accepted his answer. Now I formulated some additional hypothesis under which I ...
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How to Ask Multiple Very Specific Questions About New Applications of an Old Theorem

This question is a different flavor of this one, the difference being, that I am not looking for help in understanding something. My "problem" is, that while ramping up my knowledge about the ...
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How to ask multiple very specific questions about a paper?

I'm slowly going through some topos theory papers by Lawvere. In almost every paper, there are many small sayings and sometimes entire sentences which I do not understand and have never explicitly ...
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Question warning without asking a question!

I have never asked a question on mathoverflow.net, yet when I was about to ask my first question, the site flagged a warning regarding the question not being well received, is this normal behavour? ...
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How could I have better clarified my question?

I seem to keep getting my posts put on hold in various stack exchanges because it's "unclear what I am asking." How can I do better to prevent this? Specifically right now I'm asking about this ...
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Questions on Mathematical Writing

Where should I ask about how to approach Mathematical paper writing? For example, the question [How to write an abstract for a math paper? ] was put on hold? Which stack exchange site should I have ...
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Reposting a Deleted Question

What are the opinions about reposting a question that come up with the discovery of a new algorithm, but had to be deleted because an "interested party" wanted to do some checking before deciding on ...
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Should I add a hypothetic solution of a partial problem in my answer or ask a separate question whether this hypothese holds?

In the MO-question on a lacunary series I wrote an answer (really: a comment) having the hypothese about an interesting fact (the function $d(x)$ as difference between the OP's function $f(x)$ and ...
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Should I edit this question or make a new question?

Should the Grothendieck ring of varieties be K_0 of numerical motives? I want to change it to: 1) Asking about after tensoring with $\Qb$ 2) Asking if there is a map in some direction and if ...
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Automatized features don't work when asking a question

When I try to ask new questions, the "autocomplete features" don't work (in Firefox ESR 31.3.0): When I start typing a title, I don't get a list of existing titles. I don't see a preview of my ...
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How to change the direction of an answer thread

I asked this question, with the hopes someone might help me with the algebraic proof I was working on towards the stated conjecture. Based on this meta thread, my original question got changed — for ...
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Why is my question apparently not research-level?

I just posted this question a few hours ago, and it's already had two votes to close for being off-topic (i.e., not of "research-level mathematics"). Considering it's ultimately a question about ...
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How to write a good MathOverflow question?

How do I write a good MathOverflow question? Got any advice for me?