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Reporting a possible 2nd account belonging to a network-wide suspended user

This user is suspended for 71.63 more years: A user with the same name is not suspended: Perhaps the mods can investigate their IP addresses and act accordingly (both users are basically active on ...
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Why does this (old) funding proposal for MathOverflow, say that Ben Green got the Fields Medal?

This funding proposal says: But Ben's name is not mentioned here.
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Richard K. Guy, the centennarian mathematician

Professor Richard K. Guy, the great number theorist had passed away long before in March. Since there were no posts to commemorate him on this site (as far as I saw), I decided to post this question ...
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Impact of politics on the availability of video conference software for mathematics online conferences

I'm not sure that this is the best place for this post, but on the other hand I could not think of a better forum. Of course I understand if this post must be downvoted since it doesn't strictly ...
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Would asking this question be permissible on the main site?

I have been working on a problem for days, that I previously mentioned on ComScience StackExchange. The answers were helpful. But, I need more information to develop a polynomial space algorithm. I ...
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Someone is trying to delete the Memorable Titles thread

There is currently a vote to delete this very old thread. I am writing to register my strong protest against this and bring it to the attention of other users here on meta. Most memorable titles
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Why are usernames not unique?

Fifty users on MO are identified simply by the name Andrew (with a capital A). Perhaps there are even more common names. Most websites require prospective users to register a name distinct from that ...
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Ron Graham (1935-2020)

As you may know, Ron Graham passed away on July 6, 2020. In the past, when a famous mathematician passes away, many community members feel that they should be remembered on MathOverflow in some way or ...
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Need details or clarity

I need some help to understand what is unclear with my question A reform of logic to secure naive set theory? and also what details are missing, from other persons perspective.
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Is there a way for moderators to contact MO users personally?

Question is as in the title: Is there a way for moderators to contact MO users personally?
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Role of the tag “gm.general-mathematics”

This question is about the tag gm.general-mathematics. A meta question about it already occurred here, but was less specific (and didn't generate much discussion). See also the discussion in the ...
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Clicking question author username sends to revision history

This happens with Every mathematician has only a few tricks: the link with the author username leads to the revision history. I checked several other questions, including some cw (this one is cw), ...
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Should we blacklist or delete the “research” tag?

Should we blacklist or delete the research tag? This site is about mathematical research, so I don't see how the "research" tag is helpful, any more than a "mathematics" tag would be helpful. Of the ...
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Question regarding the StackPrinter site

Does anybody here know whatever happened to the StackPrinter site? It seems to me that it is not working anymore. Do you know of a currently working version/link of the site? Please let me thank you ...
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Type of content to be posted on MO and differences with MathSE

I've been part of both communities for half a year now and despite the fact that I've not being particularly active I am surely interested in the good practices in posting questions in here and the ...
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Is there a post where one can thank mathoverflow community?

Is there a post where one can thank MathOverflow community for its indirect help for a paper that has recently published, along with the link of the paper? (Especially given that MathOverflow being ...
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Is it ok to write a CW answer extracted from a comment of some user?

Suppose I have seen an answer to a question by a user X. Suppose another user Y leave a comment under X's answer. This comment received good number of up votes (6 as of now). This comment is not ...
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Retroactively add linked questions

Any question on MathOverflow (or other Stack Exchange site) shows the list of linked questions in the sidebar on the right. A question is added there if there is a link between the two questions ...
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Well-received but unanswered Math SE question; should I consider posting it here or requesting migration?

The Mathematics SE question Can there be an energetically unbounded three-body orbit where escape is impossible due to conservation of angular momentum? was well received and someone had graciously ...
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What to do about gmane links in old answers?

Recently, while reading this answer, I noticed that the links such as this one to gmane.org don't work. After searching around for a while, I was able to discover that these mailing list posts are ...
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Is there such thing as “typical user reputation curve”?

This question is driven by sheer curiosity - maybe even vanity? My reputation curve acquired curious shape lately: I can even guess reasons (mostly personal) why the pace is so slow ever after June ...
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Leveraging MO to organize mathematical research

I am currently studying an existence lemma that appears to be simple yet powerful. From what I know about it, it is applicable in combinatorics, topology, graph theory, probability, percolation theory,...
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Create usage guidance for 2-categories tag

The 2-categories tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? This is what the 2-categories tag page https://mathoverflow.net/questions/tagged/2-categories says. Can some one create usage ...
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High accuracy computation question on MO

Can I ask question which require very high accuracy calculation with very delicate nature on MO : Ex: calculate: $$S(q)=\int_{x=2}^q\sin^2\left(\frac{π\Gamma(x)}{2x}\right)dx$$ for $q=10^3$ or $10^...
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Need advice on math enthusiasts forum

I am looking to find a forum in the Internet intended for math enthusiasts to discuss math ideas outside the question-answer format but at high level. Can anyone advise such sites?
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Why was "The origin(s) of the word “elliptic” migrated to hsm?

This question on the history of the ellipse terminology was migrated to hsm after a week of being active on MO and receiving several useful answers. Did the OP ask for migration? Why are some ...
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Nominate bountied question for closure

Bountied questions cannot be closed: this prompted this meta-MO question. In the answer to that question, the reasons for this feature are explained (closure would shorten the bounty period, possibly ...
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About votes by 101 users

Related: this So I have just run a query at SEDE, and get the following data: Upvotes cast by rep 101 users: 66626 Upvotes cast by all users: 1777003 Hence by simple calculation, we get $$\frac {...
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What to do with the synonyms for the deprecated tags?

Recently, the following tag synonyms were created by a MathOveflow moderator: abstract-algebra $\to$ ra.rings-and-algebras, geometry $\to$ mg.metric-geometry and discrete-mathematics $\to$ co....
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Only one addtional @user

Why do we have this restriction? There are many circumstances where it is natural to cite several users (especially when several=two) in one comment.
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Strange username

We have a new user called Asian but no Chinese. It's not spam, and I guess it's not offensive, but it seems … weird. I couldn't find a tag related to username issues on the only other post I ...
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Is my question for Math Overflow?

In the first paragraph of Prove or Disprove this Darboux-like sum of a function defined on infinite limit points converges to zero, I state that I do not know whether this is a research question. Is ...
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Closing votes: what difference between “not research related” and “not research related”

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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To moderators: is my account deleted?

To moderators: Is my account deleted? The rep number is now 1 . but I can still login. I cannot ask this on meta because $1<5$. Thanks for the comments. The account is scheduled for deletion now.
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Writing a proper MathOverflow question

I am in uni and I'm struggling to write a proper question for this site. I always end up writing too little and people say they need more detail. Sometimes I get a bad rep and criticised for being ...
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What to do with links to arXiv front end?

There are quite a few posts which link to some paper at http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/ rather than directly at https://arxiv.org/ The front for arXiv at UC Davis seems to be down for some time. (I ...
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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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Would this question be suitable for MO?

I have asked What are some efficient ways to keep a note of results of a paper? in Academia SE. Would this question be suitable for MO? Is this better suited in MO than academia?
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Advice with arXiv: MO Meta or academia SE?

I would like to write a question $Q$ asking for advice about what to do with a note which I wrote (itself based on a self-answer on MathOverflow) which was rejected from the arXiv (something I didn't ...
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Does the number of answers really drop over years?

This was caused by an answer of mine to the question Slight downward trend in Q & A. I was adding another update to that answer when I noticed that the query I was using there now can be run for ...
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MO is not the place for Mochizuki news

This question Everybody wants to know what's going on with this but we should leave it to Twitter, Reddit, blogs, etc. There is very little actual Mathematics in the discussion I linked to. (I am ...
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Why are people trying to close this question?

Why are people trying to close this question? This was posted yesterday. There are 3 close votes so far and not a single comment from anyone.
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Diminished activity during pandemic?

There has been a reduction in "traffic," but not nearly as much as I anticipated. This chart is maybe a few days behind a fast-moving situation, but I find it somehow comforting that math "goes on." ...
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An answer to an unposed question

I was very tempted to answer Suggestions for reducing the transmission rate? with the following. In fact I did, but I deleted it again, because I do realize that there is nothing mathematical in my ...
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Some concession for first couple of questions posted by new user

which is more important between connection and metric? This question was posted by a new user before 40 minutes. It was not a spam post. It is not clearly mentioned what the question is. ...
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MathOverflow to the rescue — not in the usual way

Every now and then we get a post to meta about ways in which MathOverflow has improved the quality of someone's research. One way I haven't seen mentioned is one that just now happened to me, and (...
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Setting up math Q/A site in foreign language

Now that my college shifted to online education because of the coronavirus, I would like to setup a MathOverflow style site in Hungarian where I could post exercises, and students could comment, post ...
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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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Is this a site content rip-off? Did I report it correctly?

I apologize if this is off-topic here. Such reports perhaps should be made elsewhere (see below), and one can find posts of this nature being closed as duplicates on StackExchange network-wide meta. ...
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Should I give a new answer or change the old one?

Related, but not exactly the same, to this question: "Should I rewrite my question, or create a new one?" Recently I gave a "quick and dirty" answer (in fact I just googled for getting it) to this ...

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