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What should I do if I have a question on inactive post?

I recently asked this question about gamma function, and Vincent law commented a link to another post which stated similar question. There I found a link to MathOverflow post. I visited there, and I ...
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Markdown not rendering in a particular comment

In a recent comment, one occurrence of stars-to-italics ('particular') doesn't render, but one does ('abstract'). This seems to be a bug. Is this the right place to report it? EDIT: Now also ...
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How to cut and paste

It has happened a few times that I have wanted to move someone else's answer from the comments to an answer, when the poster implicitly does not wish to do so (by not responding after a days-old ...
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Why did flagging a comment for deletion made it disappear immediately?

I wrote a comment under an answer, claiming that the answer was wrong. The poster replied to me in another comment, showing that my argument was wrong. Acknowledging this, I deleted my comment and ...
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Can anyone learn anything from a downvote without an accompanying rationale in a comment?

I have been on enough web boards in both the arts and sciences that I have learned not to be bothered by downvotes in and of themselves. What does bother me is a downvote without an accompanying ...
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How to find the meta-thread of an MO-thread at hand? Is there one? Should there be?

Questions. (0) How to find out for an MO question at hand whether it already has anything like its canonical meta-thread? (1) Should, in your opinion, every MO question automatically generate a meta-...
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Searching for comments

Is there a method to search past comments only. I'm interested in a comment I read years ago that was not specific to the question or answers, so it wouldn't be in the normal search. Keywords: ...
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A remark on the abc conjecture

It went/goes something like this: "It [the abc conjecture] resembles a false proposition in that A GREAT DEAL of results would follow from its veracity". I may have read it in the comments of a ...
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Comment / Down-vote / Vote to close — in what order, with what delay?

If I see a post that I think belongs on MathStackExchange, what should be my first response? a) Comment to the user b) Down-vote c) Vote to close with suggestion of migration And how long should I ...
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I can't post comments on first generation iPad

I have a first generation iPad, with OS 5.1.1, and sometimes look at MathOverflow on it, in the Safari web browser. Recently, it seems as though posting comments has stopped working. I type the ...
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The strange case of a declined comment flag

I came across this question and noticed there were four comments stating the current number of deleted answers. However, as none of them were up-to-date, I decided to flag them as obsolete. But here'...
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Is there a problem with answers clarified in comments, but the clarification not reflected in the answer itself?

Occasionally I am re-reading my answers in case I've overlooked something or left some misguiding misprint or something. What I noticed is that there are a couple of them where I was not entirely ...
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Should I delete my own question if it turns out trivial after a comment?

I had not given this question enough thought before asking it. I went straight to looking for a reference without thinking about it. Somebody pointed out the obvious solution in a comment. Should I ...
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Long MathJax in comment breaks linewrapping throughout the comment thread

A picture is worth a thousand words; here is what I am talking about, from the comments on this post. By posting a very long formula into MathJax, not only have I caused my own comment to run off the ...
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Changing mind about upvoting a comment

If I change my mind about upvoting a comment, is there any way to cancel my upvote there?
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Is it possible to provide information about further developments outside MO that followed a question/answer?

It happened several times - I've found a very interesting (for me) relatively old answer or question which would most likely lead to some new research. I ask about any possible recent references in a ...
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Being notified of the comments under the answer of someone else to your post

Sometimes a lot of good things happen as the comments under an answer to your post. Though we are notified of the answers given or the comments under the body of the post, it seems that we are not ...
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I can't find a comment to my answer

I have posted an answer to this question: Most dispersed set of points in a disk?, but do not see any indication that a comment has been left to that answer, if I however use the StackExchange App, ...
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What is to be done about replies left as edits?

This question attracted a comment that seems relevant and helpful. Unfortunately, the user who tried to leave this comment is new and has a reputation of 1. The user could not leave comments, so ...
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Risqué and uninformative title.

I found the previous title of Realizing proper pure octonions as conjugates slightly risqué and also uninformative. So in the spirit of being bold I just changed it to something mathematical. I'...
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Couldn't the comment vote rate limitation be made more ergonomic?

Quite often I read a comment thread, and then decide which comments I vote up. As soon as this is more than one comment, I get an error message that I can cast only one comment vote every 5 seconds. --...
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Problem replying to comments

Usually, I'm able to address a comment to someone by writing "@[whoever]" before the text; but in a comment to a recent question (Compact, densely ordered spaces) I wasn't able to do this: when I ...
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Interpretation of Time-limit for Editing Comments

Yesterday I had written a comment and, after 4 minutes began editing it. After having finished my editing, I tried to save the comment and was prompted with the message, that editing is only possible ...
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Making it easier to access hidden comments

This is a follow-up of this recent post, and hopefully a feasible suggestion. Problem: If a question/answer has many comments (say more than fit on my screen) and I decide to read them all, in ...
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comments that are not displayed right away (“add/see 10 other comments”)

Often when I start reading comments, it is only when I come to the end that I see a link like "add/see 10 other comments". I can understand that if there is a huge list of comments for the same ...
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“This question has been answered in the comments.”

Athanagor Wurlitzer has recently been adding answers saying "This question has been answered in the comments" (see, e.g. https://mathoverflow.net/a/156051/3). I'm inclined to delete these answers (...
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The math! It's overflowing!

See what happens if you expand the comments on this question, we get this prime example of a math overflow: Of course, this is due to a \$ problem, but still, it seems to be a flaw in the CSS that ...
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Is it considered good practice to clean up one's “useless” comments?

Hovering with the mouse above the upvoting arrow of a comment shows the text "this comment adds something useful to the post". Therefore arguably the number of upvotes a comment receives equals the ...
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When to answer a question via a comment?

I have noticed something a bit confusing to me during my first few days here at MathOverflow. In the "about" section it says users can "improve posts by editing or commenting." On multiple occasions I ...
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Converting a too-long answer in a comment should generate an error message

I just tried to convert an answer into a comment; it was too long for a comment, and the software just truncated the text. I think it would be better to either generate an error message, ask for ...
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Comment template for questions more appropriate for MSE

I think it would be nice to have a comment template that everyone could use when a (new) user asks a question on the site which is clearly more appropriate for MSE. Here's what I've been using today: ...
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Should there be a general policy for putting comments on “not-suitable-for-MO” questions?

Right now, there is a question posted on MO that rightly does not belong to MO: The equivalence of the mathematical induction and the principle of the smallest. Of course, such questions comes and ...
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Why adding a comment requires 50 reputation points?

When a new member tries to write a comment he sees “add comment (requires 50 reputation)” but of course he has no so many points. On the other hand, answering does not require any reputation. Then the ...
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Can a bounty be awarded to an answer in a comment?

Recently I have placed a bounty on this question. The question has no answer in technical terms, but it has been answered in a comment within the bounty period. Now the banner below the question says ...
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Why not 'thanks' in comments?

I've noticed a message in mathoverflow's place for comments saying that '+1' or 'thanks' comments are not appropriate. I don't agree with the second kind of comment being inappropriate. I think it's ...
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Cleaning up comments

Traditionally, MathOverflow moderators only delete comments that are highly problematic. Even in that case, we copied the entire deleted comment thread to tea.mathoverflow.net. Since migrating to the ...
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Questions answered in a comment

It may happen that a question has zero answers, but is actually already answered satisfactorily in a comment. An example is this question. I think this is somewhat misleading, as the "0 answers" ...
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Backticks breaking MathJax in comments

The backticks that were used to circumvent MathJax problems on MO 1.0 were removed in questions and answers. However, it appears that the comments were not affected by this fix and thus display ...
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Should I be able to notify multiple people with the same comment?

One of the many things I was excited about in our move from MO 1.0 to 2.0 was the chance to leave responses to previous comments that automatically notify those people. Occasionally, a conversation ...