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What should the tag (open-problems) be used for?

Since this issue came up in comments to another questions on meta, I'll ask about the intended issue of the open-problems tag. Question. What is the intended usage of the open-problems tag? Should it ...
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Making Open problems tag

I think there are a lot of good conjectures out there that don't get as much publicity as they should. I think it would be useful for the research community if there was a centralized repository for ...
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Can we get rid of the “featured on meta” main meta links?

As you know, MathOverflow has a special status in the Stack Exchange family, and (by a special agreement) it doesn't display any kind of ads nor links to the hot network questions in the sidebar. ...
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Can I ask about entry-level questions (understanding and definitions) of research-level topics?

I am currently doing a reading on Teichmuller space and I am having trouble understanding some basic definitions. So I asked these two questions on MSE first: Understanding Teichmuller equivalence of ...
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Suggested tag: approximation-property

I'm relatively new to MO (but have been on MSE for a longer time), which means that I don't have enough reputation to create new tags. Which is probably a good thing. Lately I've been puzzling with ...
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Appropriateness of proposed question on applications of number theory in dynamical systems?

Update: the question has now been asked on the main site - Applications of number theory in dynamical systems I am considering asking a reference-request type question on MO about significant and/or ...
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Why was the whole math jokes thread deleted, and should it have been?

[Topic very similar to several other recent questions, but the central question is I think not a duplicate.] The meta thread Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted? raised the ...
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Dynkin Diagrams and Graphs in Latex

I have a question about my MathOverflow post: Dynkin Diagrams and Graphs in Latex
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Collaborate to answer

Question: If the question is about proving $P$, which, pointed out in comments, follows from $Q$ and $R$. Is it acceptable to write an answer only containing the proof of $Q$, as part of collaboration?...
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Links with IP adresses rather than website names

I have noticed several posts with links to pdf files where IP address is used instead of domain name the url.1 (I will list them below.) Several of them seem to be dead. Moreover, this type of url ...
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Area 51 Mathematics Open Community Reviews

Following the discussions in Area 51 community peer review and links therein, I have created the following proposal Mathematics Open Community Reviews hoping to get things started. The proposal ...
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Catering to professional appearance a bit much?

[In case of hurry, please scroll down to the suggestions at the very end.] The deletion of the Math Jokes thread (mirrors: html or pdf), most likely provoked by the meta.MO debate about some specific ...
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Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted?

There are a few jokes in "Do good math jokes exist?" that I think are inappropriate. Specifically: Nov 21 '09 at 9:01 item (1) Oct 19 '09 at 16:03 Dec 10 '09 at 23:14 Dec 15 '09 at 1:31 All of ...
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Will ads appear on MO?

It looks like the Stack Exchange network is trying to monetize the various stack sites as much as possible, to the dismay of users across the board. Will this affect MO? If I recall correctly we ...
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Rules for deleting one's own question

Today (2019 July 6) a new user had posted a question that received some upvotes The problem is from contest.Please flag it for removing it and I had provided an answer that didn't solve the problem. ...
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Does MathOverflow help people get past paywalls?

I just came across the following question: Kaczorowski's paper on Distribution of Primes In case the question gets deleted or closed in the future, the OP asks for a specific reference, which is ...
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Restoring Bill Thurston's figures in an answer

The question Floating polyhedra with fair equilibria was answered by Bill Thurston, but his (typically amazing) answer contains links to 7 figures, all now broken. I don't know how to retrieve those ...
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Should moderators in some cases remove a question from the network-wide hot questions list?

Not too long ago - in March 2019 - some changes have been made to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ). Some of the new features are the limit on the number of hot questions from a single site, or limit on ...
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Not accepting answers

In my opinion, there is a moral obligation on those asking questions to do something with the answers: Either accept one, or to explain why none of the answers is satisfactory. I do not see this ...
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What do you want to do in September for MO's tenth anniversary?

On Sep. 28, 2009, MathOverflow went online, and has almost ten years of almost constant operation, thanks to StackExchange. There will be an obligatory post observing the anniversary. The board of ...
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Should we encourage non-professionals to ask hard questions if that is good for the future development of the mathematics? [closed]

There is a story about Gauss being "unimpressed by FLT, pointing out (after finding a proof of the n=3 case) that in number theory it’s very easy to come up with problems that are very hard.". But, ...
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A questions about “on hold” status of a question and about “closed” status

I have a question that´s been put "on hold". And I have some questions. Who can see that this question is "on hold"? Can that see all users of the site or even some people who browse this site "...
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Enabling arXiv trackbacks for [other] SE communities

I recently became aware of MathOverflow arXiv trackback feature that was custom implemented by @ScottMorrison. This is just awesome and certainly serves very well MathOverflow community. I was ...
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Bounty from Community

This question has an outstanding bounty from the Community user. How does that happen?
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Unregistered Users (in Theory and in Practice)

There's been past discussion (e.g. here) about whether MathOverflow should allow posts from unregistered users. I am fully on board with the apparent consensus that the answer is yes, because of the ...
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Primarily opinion-based questions/answers

One closing option is primarily opinion-based: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on ...
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How to edit tags correctly?

I attempted to edit the tags for this question. I got the message: This edit introduces tags that do not help to define the topic of the question. Tags should help to describe what the question is ...
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Answering off-topic questions

What is MO's exact policy on answering or not answering off-topic questions? Assuming there is some well-defined policy. My guess is: you are allowed to answer off-topic questions and if somebody ...
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Stack-exchange devoted to research problems, the suggested approaches and updates

The idea is to have a database of open research problems where the answers will be updates or suggested approaches. One research problem per post. This is in the spirit of Polymath. Reasons: ...
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Bounties for Answers?

What are your feelings about offering a bounty for deciding or evaluating an answer to a MO question? Background of this post is that I have provided two answers to a highly upvoted question with ...
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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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The reason for putting on hold a question

Why was this question put on hold? It seems to be fairly specific and it is about mathematics. You could argue that it is slightly meta-mathematical; would it then be appropriate on meta MO?
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Flood of Similar New User(s)

The following thirteen(!) users: goingfullscheme valua_aint_no_galois going-full-isomorphic logicians_rule, martintzar royalroadtogeometry bundlist compactbut faptoint you_dont_mess_with_ron ...
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Ask for help in proofreading a book

In case, one had written a book manuscript, but it was not possible to find, by other means, proofreaders mathematically knowledgeable enough to proofread the manuscript, would it be appropriate to ...
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How to “cite” MathOverflow answer?

I am writing a paper at the moment and for one proof I use an idea which I got from a MathOverflow answer (at the time I was asking idle questions but later of course found a way to use it). I of ...
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Increase in unexplained downvotes on (old) questions/answers?

I recently received a downvote without comment on a question and all of its answers, which are good independent of the value of my question imo. I’ve also had two other questions receive similar ...
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I lost my three questions

About 3_4 days ago 3 questions of mine got down vote but they were not "closed" or "onhold". After these downvotes, each of them became -1 vote, totally. Now I can not find these question. Where are ...
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Display of differences between revisions

Being impressed by the visualisation of differences between revisions on this site (and MSE as well) I cannot resist to ask: what javascript libraries are used for this? I know that MathJax is used to ...
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Creating tag “small-uncountable-cardinals”

Looking through meta-MO I have found a proposal of Martin Sleziak to create a new "small-uncountable-cardinals", which I liked since many of my (and not only my) questions fall under this tag. So, I ...
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Traffic follows work-week and holiday schedules

This is not a question; more an observation from the "site analytics" below. I am surprised/impressed by the regularity of the traffic, which reliably plummets on the weekends, and shows a ...
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MO links chopped in gmail pdf viewer

Currently I am preparing the text for a paper (together with two coauthors) where we cite help from MO on two occasions. I am doing this using the cite button. It ...
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Is it bad practice to edit my own question with details from the paper provided in the top answer?

I asked a question and received a helpful answer that showed me work that I did not know how to search for. The answer was a link to the author's paper and some context on its relevance. While I could ...
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On convexity tags

The tags on convexity are convex-geometry ($\times$560), convex-analysis ($\times$ 266), convexity ($\times$ 420). Here the number is the current (2019/02/23) number of uses and I ignore some more ...
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Is it a bad practise to add details (limited) to some one's answer?

A user X answered my (some one else's) question in a compact way (less than $10$ lines). Upon discussion, user X has explained somethings in comment which made answer clearer. Is it considered to ...
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Publicizing conjectures on MO

This question Positive integers written as $\binom{w}2+\binom{x}4+\binom{y}6+\binom{z}8$ with $w,x,y,z\in\{2,3,\ldots\}$ is basically just a statement of a few conjectures by the asker. The "...
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What if I posted a (perhaps…) nice answer, but to the wrong question?

First of all, I apologize for asking this question if the topic has already been debated on the MO.meta, but I did not succeed in finding anything similar: and now the question. Nearly a year ago I ...
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What do you see to upvote an answer?

Question is as in the title? What makes you to up vote an answer? Most of my answers are with $0$ upvotes. I am trying to understand the reason. One of the reasons could be that mathematics that I ...
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Papers, articles, books and other resources discussing MathOverflow

There already is a post asking about published works which started on or were inspired by posts on MathOverflow: Best of MathOverflow, or papers inspired by MathOverflow. It might be interesting to ...
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Studying the MathOverflow data dump with Mathematica

This is just a mention of some work Wolfram has done recently, allowing you to import a database dump of MathOverflow and analyse it within Mathematica. The Data Science of MathOverflow Their ...
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When answers are primarily opinion based, should the question be CW?

A question was just asked about whether or not we still need model categories of spectra (vs working with the $\infty$-category). To me (and Fernando Muro at least), it is reminiscent of a previous ...