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Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Tag for “open problems database” and other ideas for collecting open problems their approaches and updates

As suggested in another post, sooner or later we will form a strong raw database of open problems with their approaches and updates. Then the OpenGarden and OpenProblems projects will serve as a ...
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Should we start a “PolyMathOverflow” project?

Recently polymath projects seems to have stopped. One reason for this could be that running such a project requires a lot of effort from at least one person running it. I was thinking if it were ...
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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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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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My question was closed on MO because it is not research level. Where should I ask instead?

If a question is closed (put on hold) on MathOverflow as off-topic for not being research level-question, but it is still a question about mathematics. What might be a suitable place for such question?...
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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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Best of MathOverflow, or papers inspired by MathOverflow

This is a place to collect MathOverflow success stories! Was some of your research inspired by something on MathOverflow? Do you know questions & answers that led to interesting research? ...
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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 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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Why is it not possible to offer a bounty for longer than 7 days?

I had offered a bounty for the following question that expires in 7 hours: What did Gelfand mean by suggesting to study "Heredity Principle" structures instead of categories? The results ...
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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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Why is “MathOverflow” spelled without a space when “Stack Overflow” is spelled with a space?

I assumed the name of our site “MathOverflow” is derived from the name “Stack Overflow” of the first and largest site that used the same base software (Stack Exchange). Is this so? If it is, then ...
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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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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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What to do when a post contains a “suspicious” link (possibly with copyrighted material)?

Occasionally there some posts on the main site contain links where it is very natural to suspect that the link provides access to some material without having the necessary legal rights. Should the ...
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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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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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Why is this answer about naming deleted?

My answer for Naming in math: from red herrings to very long names has been deleted. According to Why and how are some answers deleted?, the only two relevant reasons are: commentary on the question ...
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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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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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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 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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Is there any third party search engine for MathOverflow?

As has been discussed in this meta post, there is a third party search (with $\LaTeX{}$ support) engine for Mathematics Stack Exchange. I was wondering whether there is search engine with similar ...
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Proper protocol for edit wars

In this question, I made an edit to change the formatting because I thought it was inappropriate (related meta discussion). The author swiftly reverted my edit to restore the original version, ...
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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 ...
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MO-Hard Questions

The term "MO-Hard" has entered the mathematical vocabulary, describing interesting questions that were asked on MathOverflow but haven't been answered in spite of efforts by many community members. ...
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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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History of MathOverflow

What is history of this site? When and by whom was it created? What were the important milestones of this site?
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Proposal for a new rule for down-vote

As I see it, the most common causes for down-voting a question should be: The question is completely incomprehensible, or makes no sense ("Are all prime numbers green?"); The question has a trivial ...
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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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Problem with posts and comments relying on macros defined elsewhere

MathJax supports possibility do define macros. (Using \newcommand, \DeclareMathOperator, \def...
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Triangle commutative diagram does not work here at MO

I frequently tried to draw a triangle commutative diagram similar to the definition of projective modules for this question. A module associated to an endomorphism of a vector bundle so I ...
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No reputation change signals if subtracted from bounty?

Right now I am observing the following. Usually every time I get an upvote somewhere, I get a signal about it in the upper right corner. Recently I declared a bounty (and awarded it for an answer) at ...
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reminder for comments/responses

Suppose a user commented on my post and due to some reason I overlooked and then forgot. As it is my question, the one who responded for my question would not care to write another comment if I do ...
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Problem with this (or any) basic research question?

At the end of 2017, I posted a question here. I was looking for references for something that is very clear and intuitive, but not really mentioned ANYWHERE. I got no answer, but a few comments which ...
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Try “question feed”

From another meta question here, I guess this is a little-known feature. Look at a question page on MO. On the right, below BLOG, HOT META POSTS, Related etc., ...
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Is it ok to ask for explanation of content in question?

I can not explain with out taking an example. See this question Gauge theory on schemes. I hear "Gauge theory" every now and then and wanted to know what it is about. I did not enjoy reading ...
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Noncommutative rings/algebra tags

I'm suggesting to make noncommutative-rings a synonym to noncommutative-algebra, in the same way as commutative-rings has been made to ac.commutative-algebra. Initially asked there, I'm asking it ...
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Why does Mathoverflow not like opinions?

I've learnt that mathematics is largely about people and their experiences. The mathematics and the people are entwined in a way that should be celebrated. So with this in mind, why does Mathoverflow ...
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Merging old duplicates?

New to meta, so apologies for any breaches of etiquette. I've just noticed that these two old questions are duplicates: Smallest permutation representation of a finite group? Smallest n for which G ...
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What is the procedure to initiate merging of questions?

My previous question What to do with useful answers to questions closed as duplicates (or by some other reasons)? got an answer which satisfied me entirely: if a duplicate question has got a nice ...
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Giving “bountied questions” more visibility weight

What community thinks about idea giving "bountied questions" more attention ? I almost never look on the tab "featured", I guess I am not alone. So I guess such questions deserve little attention. ...