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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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Is it possible for someone who better understand my question to re-edit it?

I have completely redone my question. I doubt users in Math Stack Exchange will answer. If the question is unclear/off-topic but you understand, and know how to improve it, is it possible to re-edit ...
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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 frequently used. Would ...
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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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Should we delete or reopen these old posts?

The purpose of this question is to link to various old (say $\succeq 1$ year old) closed posts, mostly by no longer active users, most of which are reasonable candidates for deletion, and a few for ...
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Would introducing an “operations-research” tag be appreciated?

What are your feelings about introducing an operations-research tag? I was tempted of introducing it but as it OR is also covered by combinatorial-optimization or graph-theory and maybe also other ...
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Should I rewrite my question, or create a new one

I posed this question two days ago, which effectively asks "Has X hard-to-describe special case on Barnette's Conjecture been proven?". In retrospect, I believe it was a poor question. What I now ...
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Does MO have a stand on neurodiversity? [closed]

Does MO have a stand on neurodiversity, if even informal? If not, should it have a stand? And practically speaking, how might it have a stand that could improve the community as a whole?
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About if doubts in Research papers can be asked on MathOverflow

I am new to MathOverflow. I am a master of mathematics student. I am studying research papers as a part of my masters project. I wanted to ask if questions in research papers ( regarding what I ...
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Is there a software solution if we do cut the cord from SE?

There has been some recent concerns about MathOverflow's relationship with StackExchange: see What is MathOverflow's "agreement" with Stack Exchange? How much is MathOverflow exposed to ...
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Compulsive question editing

There is a user that is modifying a lot of question in the last couple of hours, in particular, converting to latex any plain text that he considers that should be in math mode. It is getting annoying ...
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Recognizing identifiable users changing user names

I noticed recently regular users changing usernames (for instance, changing to a username supporting some particular political issue). The purpose of this post is not to discuss whether this should ...
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Should algebraic-dynamics tag be made a synonym for arithmetic-dynamics tag?

Disclosure: On Meta at Mathematics Stack Exchange, I have asked whether an algebraic-dynamics tag should be created and made a synonym of the existing arithmetic-dynamics tag there, given the apparent ...
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Are questions appropriate if they require answers to be edited in perpetuity?

A recent popular question asks about the status of a certain list of open problems. The OP answered his own question within 13 hours of asking it, and has now edited his answer 26 times, so that it is ...
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2019: a year in moderation

Since the start of the new year, I've been posting questions on various sites detailing how the various moderation actions taken on these sites break down between Moderators and ordinary members of ...
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Questions which are research level but where the OP is unlikely to have the background to follow the research

There is a type of question which gets closed a lot which I find frustrating. An example is How to compute the volume of a region transformed by a matrix? , which I recently took the liberty of ...
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Would this question be appropriate for MathOverflow?

I asked this question in Math Stack Exchange several days ago, but I have received no interaction so far, apart from 4 upvotes. I was considering adding a bounty, but since (to my humble understanding)...
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Tags for off-topic question

This is a pretty minor issue, but what should I do (if anything) when there are no appropriate tags for an off-topic question, e.g. this one? I tried to delete the existing tags but can't without ...
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Are questions on standard graduate textbooks on-topic? [duplicate]

I am a masters student in mathematics and I am self studying and trying problems of graduate texts in mathematics like Tom M Apostol modular functions and Dirichlet series in number theory, Serge Lang ...
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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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