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How to recommend that a question is better suited for another SE site that isn't listed in the close reasons?

Today I found MO questions where commenters recommended that Proof Assistants or History of Science and Mathematics would be preferable to MO. Other better placements I remember include Mathematica, ...
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Repeated re-open/close votes (Tate conjecture)

The question Tate conjecture (Proved?) was asked yesterday, and quite quickly closed; it was then re-opened, and then closed (by, I think, a different set of 5). Questions about proofs of correctness ...
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Can’t vote to close question as duplicate of question without an answer

I tried to vote to close Einstein problem; on mirror symmemtry as a duplicate of Aperiodic monotile without reflections?. But the software gave me an error I wasn’t expecting: it said because the ...
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New community close vote reason

While doing some cleanup on the home page just now, I noticed that we have a new community specific reason to close. The second option in the list is new, and leaves me slightly confused. While I ...
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Was the custom close reason mentioning Math.SE removed?

For a long time, these two custom close reasons used to be available: This question does not appear to be about research level mathematics within the scope defined in the help center. MathOverflow ...
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Revamping the closure reasons in 2022

Prompted by Gro-Tsen's recent meta question, it appears that now may be a good time to rethink our site-specific close reasons here on MathOverflow. Background: If you have sufficient rep, you can ...
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Could we add another reason for closing that's more appropriate for "check this (dis)proof of RH"-type questions?

I wanted to vote to close this question which claims to disprove the Riemann Hypothesis, but I realized that, even though we get questions of this kind occasionally, none of the reasons to close is ...
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"overestimates topoi" and research level

I wonder now and then, why this question is still open Did Grothendieck overestimate topoi? Usually, MO's members tend to be very strict about what is and what isn't a good question. But why is this ...
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How to find out why a post was deleted

It would help to know why a post was deleted, I believe in this case automatically by a MO monitoring robot. I am not judging the decision, but would like to know why, to avoid asking such questions ...
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Unable to delete this post

I have been wanting to delete this post for quite sometime. Unfortunately a user already answered and my reputation is so low that I can’t accept or delete it. Note my original question is nothing ...
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A case when the closure reason might be unclear to the OP (and possibly others)

There is this question I have read about the 3x+1 conjecture so I am thinking of 3x-1 instead closed as not research level. It is about replacing $3n+1$ with $3n-1$ in the Collatz conjecture. OP shows ...
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Concern about sending to academia.stackexchange

There have been two questions today with suggestions (one acted on, at time of writing) to close, with the question being better asked at academia.stackexchange: Referee reports and Covid lessons. In ...
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Acceptability of "Changes forced by the pandemic"

I refer to this question by André Henriques. It is nonstandard, and prima facie there is a clear case for closing it, and at the time of writing there is one vote to do that. However, I personally ...
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Questions seemingly/apparently/ostensibly too elementary for overlfow

Well I don't really get notifications of flag responses sooo... Nov 6 at 14:01 helpful - I suggest you take this up in meta; there is not enough space to answer here. But there are a number of ...
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What should you do if you find old duplicates?

Sometimes I discover that "old" MO questions are duplicates of even older MO questions. Two examples: Embarrassingly, I found out that my own question: Formula for number of permutations ...
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Closing votes: what difference between "not research related" and "not research related" [duplicate]

I am reviewing many posts with close votes recently, and I often end up with the same uneasiness about the reason to chose. In the "Community specific reason" option, there are This question does ...
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change in voting to close

I noticed today that the pop-up screens for voting to close a question have acquired a new layer. Clicking "close" used to produce a pop-up with checkboxes indicating various reasons for closing. Now ...
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Merge the closing reasons "needs details" and "needs more focus"

I usually find unclear how to choose between the closing reasons "Needs details or clarity" and Needs more focus. Moreover the reasons "Off-topic because..." seem much more ...
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List of close reasons has changed?

I just wanted to vote to close a question, and it looks like the list of options has changed The options are now: Duplicate of... Off-topic because... Needs details or clarify Needs more focus ...
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Possible additional option for "See Math.Stackexchange" close vote [duplicate]

Some of the most common close votes are for people who have posted homework questions, to which the usual appropriate response (to my understanding) is to flag as off-topic with the message "...
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Are we making it too tempting/easy to send inappropriate posts to MSE?

This "question" (asking for generalized help with a long list of elementary topics) is clearly going to be unwelcome almost anywhere, yet two users voted to close with a suggestion to "see math....
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When we close questions and suggest MSE, should we link to their How to Ask? [duplicate]

When we close questions by saying MathOverflow is for mathematicians to ask each other questions about their research. See Math.StackExchange to ask general questions in mathematics. ...should the ...
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Close votes of different types

Sometimes when a question is closed, different people have a different reason for closing it. You can see this while voting: there is a count in the margin saying how many votes of a given type have ...
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What's the difference between two off-topic flags? [duplicate]

I'm sure that this is somewhere on MMO, but my searching hasn't turned it up. When I flag a question as off-topic, two of the options that I am given are "This question does not appear to be about ...
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offtopic question

my question was off toped https://mathoverflow.net/questions/298576/eiπ-1-1iπ?noredirect=1#comment742859_298576 Now I clearly see no reason for this. Just like for having two distinct websites for ...
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Another close reason: "subsumed"?

This happened few hours ago: the question Series involving gamma function about the sum of a specific series, probably not research level, was followed by another one, Series involving factorials ...
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Is there a clear rule against "check this proof" type questions?

I discovered that the meta question "Questions" of the type "I have written something, please give me feedback" from more than three years ago still does not have any answer, while ...
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Not a duplicate, but

Just encountered two questions, ADE type Dynkin diagrams and Is there a common genesis for ADE classifications? IMO, they are very-very similar, but this is not really a duplicate case, rather, ...
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May I know why is my question on hold when it is clearly research-level?

This is my question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/262039/central-properties-of-the-integers-mathbbz-over-other-structures-with-sum I think the question is clear enough and it is easy to ...
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Need help on my closed question

It is about this question on periodic structures: my question Currently I don't have any idea what is wrong with the question? It was totally rewritten by me and edited by other users, so now it ...
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Why is my question on martingales off-topic and not migrated?

Here is my question: https://mathoverflow.net/questions/225181/show-that-ex-t-t-infty-le-ex-0-and-cp-sup-x-n-ge-c-le-ex-0 I said in the beginning to please migrate if needed. Could it be on-topic ...
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Downvoting and Closing of a Good Question

This seems to be a perfectly good (i.e. interesting and nontrivial) question that was downvoted and closed for mysterious reasons. As far as I can tell, the main objection is that the author ...
Steven Landsburg's user avatar
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Why was "Awfully sophisticated proof for simple facts" closed (two years ago)?

Most likely veterans became bored with Awfully sophisticated proof for simple facts but for newcomers it is such a delight! My actual question is: what happens with closed questions? Do they become ...
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Migrating to Math.SE: too many close reasons [duplicate]

As everyone knows, we get a fair number of questions on this site that are not research level, but would be appropriate for http://math.stackexchange.com. As a frequent Math.SE user, I have an ...
Nate Eldredge's user avatar
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Why is this still 'unclear'? [closed]

I recently asked a question that was subsequently put 'on hold' for being 'unclear'. I then edited it pretty drastically, and as far as I can tell there is nothing really unclear about the new version,...
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Redundant ways to close as off-topic/better on MSE [duplicate]

Right now, there are 4 ways to vote to close a question as off-topic. "This question does not appear to be about research level mathematics within the scope defined in the help center." "...
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Why is this question considered undergraduate?

The question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/173132/number-of-combinations-of-ordered-sequences-of-n-integers is closed because it is considered "undergraduate"... could someone explain me how in ...
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Why has the question "Optical methods for number theory?" been closed?

Edit: The MO question has now been reopened, and the two answers here that addressed it have been copied across. The question Optical methods for number theory? was put on hold. While answers are ...
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What about the question "does Grothendieck have any pseudonymous paper"

There is a beginning of close war about that question. It has 25 votes, just got closed, but has already 3 "reopen" votes only three hours after it was closed. Only quiz has given in comments a reason ...
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Why was "Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology?" closed?

This post is about the question Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology? It is an interesting, relevant question which attracted two excellent answers. The ...
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How do people determine if other people's questions are research level or not?

I post a question here: https://mathoverflow.net/questions/159016/on-convexity-of-function-in-c10-infty (now deleted). Obviously, those who closed it think it is too elementary. But how do they know ...
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Custom closing link looks too much like it should be a migrate to MSE link [duplicate]

Currently, one of the custom off-topic closing reasons is: MathOverflow is for mathematicians to ask each other questions about their research. See Math.StackExchange to ask general questions ...
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Easy research-related questions, and closure reasons again

I am a bit confused by the close reason for https://mathoverflow.net/questions/154235/minimum-l1-norm-may-not-obtain-the-sparsest-solution?noredirect=1#comment395410_154235. It is an easy question ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
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Why this question is not welcomed but others are welcomed in MO?

May I wonder why this question is not welcomed: accidental-unplanned-breakthroughs-in-mathematics see the votes-down. And unfriendly responses. but many others are even more broad or more opinion-...
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Revamping the closure reasons

Motivation 1 Currently the custom off-topic reasons for MathOverflow read: This question does not appear to be about research level mathematics within the scope defined in the help center. ...
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What shall we do with stone soup?

Sometimes, a question is asked that isn't up to the standards of MathOverflow. Maybe it's worded vaguely, maybe it's too open ended, or maybe the asker fundamentally misunderstood something important. ...
Scott Morrison's user avatar
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Allow questions to be closed as duplicates of questions on math.stackexchange.com

We frequently have questions that are crossposted, e.g. https://mathoverflow.net/questions/137414/systems-of-parameters-for-algebra-a#question. The only options for now are to close as off-topic, ...
Scott Morrison's user avatar
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Really minor complaint about the off-topic close menu

In the off-topic part of the close menu, the radio button for "this question does not appear to be about math" is annoyingly close to the link to the help center, at least for me: Twice now I've ...
Qiaochu Yuan's user avatar
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Custom 'off-topic' reasons to close

Splitting off the first item from the main 6. Currently, the 'off-topic' reasons are: This question does not appear to be about research level mathematics, within the scope defined in the help center....
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