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Should Kevin Buzzard's Lean question be left in its original state?

Kevin Buzzard asked this question, which incorporated a long section of background discussion. Federico Poloni removed that section. Yemon Choi commented that he thought the question was OK before ...
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Are help requests to entitle specific papers appropriate for MathOverflow?

The title of a paper has crucial importance, since when it is well thought, other researchers will have more possibilities of finding it when in need, and of wondering its content when encountered. I ...
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One number on top of another with mathjax?

Probably a simple question, but how can I write my script in mathjax to show one number on top of another and with a minus sign in the left side? Like this:
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Are Links to Articles Behind a Paywall Acceptable Answers?

This question boils down to whether an answer to a question should contain sufficiently free and easily accessible detail about the solution to a question. So IMHO it would be perfectly acceptable, ...
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Bumping the question if it receives upvotes but no answer

Suppose a question is posted 3 days ago and it got decent number of up votes, say $5$ but did not receive any answer yet and not even comments which says some thing in direction of an answer.. In ...
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Should we have new moderator elections?

Mathoverflow has seven moderators, but many of them seem to be inactive (at least from the point of view of an unprivileged user): for instance, they are not active on meta, and they moderated few ...
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Restriction on Number of edits

Book about fluid dynamics asked Apr 13 '10 edited 1 hour ago Are there examples of conjectures supported by heuristic arguments that have been finally disproved? asked 21 hours ago edited 2 hours ...
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To contact moderator who responded for flag

Suppose I have raised a flag and moderator has responded for that flag, accepted/declined it. I am happy/not happy with their decision and would like to thank/explain the point to the moderator who ...
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Why was my non-big-list question made community wiki?

This question of mine was made community wiki by someone other than me. I'm aware of discussion (e.g. here and here) arguing that big-list questions should be CW so that the voting system can be used ...
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Imgur image inaccessible

I noticed when this question, How do these primes jump?, was bumped to the front page, the image I posted: https://i.stack.imgur.com/RGsqP.jpg will no longer load. Possibly my local problem?
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Is this site not intended to help mathematicians and aspiring mathematicians become more informed about the subject?

My account says "we are no longer accepting questions from this account". Although some of my questions have been negatively received (and taking into account the fastidious nature of MathOverflow), I ...
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What is the intended use of the (proofs) tag?

There is a tag called proofs. This tag has empty tag-info/usage guidance. Without any usage guidance it is quite likely to be used incorrectly. The fact that there are many deleted questions having ...
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Should there be a separate tag for videos?

Sometimes there are questions about videos, movies, documentaries, etc. (I'll add a small sample below.) Would it be useful to have a separate tag for this topic? This could possibly help when ...
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Removal of the “symplectic” tag

There is a symplectic tag on MO that currently contains just two questions. The first question so tagged dates from March 26 2017, so this makes this tag at least 1 year and 4 months old. I believe ...
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Restriction on editing closed questions

Guidelines to prove that $2^{\sqrt{2}}$ is a transcendental number? question bumped into https://mathoverflow.net/ after making an edit. I am not sure if that adds anything to the question. Should ...
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Using ideas found in MO and MSE in a paper

If there is an answer to a question that I have asked on MathOverflow or MathStackExchange which helps me to prove a result appropriate for a published paper, what should I do: (1) Cite the MO or MSE ...
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The question 'Mathematical work of Jonathan Gleason' disappeared

The question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/291518/mathematical-work-of-jonathan-gleason was deleted by some unknown person, not long after Jonathan Gleason passed away. I am shocked with the ...
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Seems like right margins in answer texts need to be increased

It is a very minor thing but still - it seems that answer texts have zero right margin which shows somehow unpleasantly with colored background of accepted answers: (This is with latest Chrome on ...
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Downvoted on many questions asked in less than 60 seconds

I'm not sure why but it seems I've been targeted been down voting (I think by the same user) as it happened in all the questions I've asked in less than 60 seconds. I do not think this is due to the ...
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Blocking some words in question title to prevent silly questions

Is there any way to block some words in question title? Need help with a equation. Help me please, its pretty urgent :) (now deleted by the OP) May be blocking some words such as "please","urgent". ...
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Should we have standing bounties?

There have been proposals to stop the bounties from expiring. On meta.SE these have been received rather badly, but would be most likely welcome here, as offering rewards for unsolved problems has a ...
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Deleted answered question / arXiv posts based on unacknowledged MO posts

I'd like to mention here two possibly related facts: (a) Soon after this question was answered, there was an arXiv paper posted providing the same answer (b) Soon after this closely related ...
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Asking questions with out answering any one else’s question

Here I only ask questions and do not (can not answer for lack of knowledge) answer any of the questions. Sometimes I feel it is bad. Some questions that I know answer to are either closed as not ...
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Is it possible to use tikzcd code in MO posts?

Question : Is it possible to use tikzcd code in MO posts? There are information for drawing diagrams using AMScd ...
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Would this question be on topic?

I'm independently working on some research, and would like to see if there are any other papers on this topic. Can I ask a question on the main site, with a brief description of my work, to see what ...
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adding n cat lab tag

I propose adding n cat lab tag with an intention to discuss mathematics that is written in https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/HomePage. As https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/HomePage has large amount of ...
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Is MathOverflow missing a tag for ODEs?

TL;DR: Is there a tag which is intended (only) for ordinary differential equations? If not, should there be one? The situation with the tags related to ODEs seems a bit unclear to me. AFAICT there is ...
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A message from stack exchange concerning support for OpenID

I received the following message but I am not sure that it is a real message or is spam. Is it it really a message from SE sent to all participants? "Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange are ...
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close/reopen wars on Mathoverflow

Sometimes one sees a situation like with this question: Cargo Cult Science in mathematics? which goes on hold and back again a number of times. Should there be a limit to the number of such rounds? ...
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What's the difference between two off-topic flags?

I'm sure that this is somewhere on MMO, but my searching hasn't turned it up. When I flag a question as off-topic, two of the options that I am given are "This question does not appear to be about ...
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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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Why does this figure do not appear?

I add a Picture "GaussBonnet with Jpeg format to the following question but it does not work. (Some possible obstructions to ) Limit cycles as closed geodesics(3) Can one help me to resolve ...
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Reopening questions after clarifications

I noticed that closing unclear questions often happens in next to no time while reopening them after the OP honestly follows the request to explain what he meant and does a reasonably decent job on ...
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Is there a way to check all questions/answers posted from a deleted account

Suppose I know an account number, say user313948. Is there any way to check all questions/answers posted by that user?
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How to respond to multiple questions asked together?

What is the best way to respond when someone asks more than one question at once? There has been some discussion in the past of circumstances under which this could be an appropriate thing to do. My ...
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Tags “riemann-zeta-function” and “zeta-functions” are almost identical

I have discovered that the following two tags are too similar to each other: riemann-zeta-function, with 299 questions tagged, has the description The Riemann zeta function is the function of one ...
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Does it make sense to have both “surfaces” and “curves-and-surfaces” tags?

I have noticed that there currently exist tags surfaces (with description "A surface is a two-dimensional topological manifold. The term can also be used to describe a smooth surface, depending on the ...
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Effects of the Stack Exchange 'update to Terms of Service' on MathOverflow

Do the recent changes to Stack Exchange Terms of Service affect MathOverflow in any way -- and if yes, what are the concrete effects?
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Who decides on a community policy?

Approximately one month ago, I asked whether pronunciation questions should be allowed. The responses I received seemed to suggest that they should, albeit possibly in the form of a handful of ...
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What to do with questions that are partially answered

I have asked a question here. Point of question was to understand about holonomy of gerbes. I have said that at the end of the question. I did said that there is some equality which I was not able ...
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The existing deprecated tags should be blacklisted

TL;DR: I suggest to blacklist the deprecated tags that still exist on some questions, in order to prevent them from being added to new questions. There are a few tags which are deprecated and should ...
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Help finding question

I am seeking a link to a question I posed myself, but which I can no longer find, either with Google site:https://mathoverflow.net or with StackExchange search (...
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“Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming.” — are we?

There is a new posting on the Stackoverflow blog, entitled Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change. A quote: Too often, someone comes here to ask a question, only to be ...
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Deleted posts visible to high reputation users

Suppose I delete an answer or a question I have posted, it is still visible for users with high reputation to see that. I guess deleting an answer would mean I realise that the content is wrong or ...
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Is this post incompatible with its tags?

Is the following question incompatible with its tags? I really do not understand the reason that some participants voted to closing this question as off topic question: PhD dissertations that ...
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offtopic question

my question was off toped https://mathoverflow.net/questions/298576/eiπ-1-1iπ?noredirect=1#comment742859_298576 Now I clearly see no reason for this. Just like for having two distinct websites for ...
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The (tag-removed) tag and migration

Occasionally I have seen that for low-level questions (such as introductory calculus exercises or similar level) some user replaced the tags by the tag-removed tag1 - to indicate that the question is ...
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Cancel command in MO post

Why the \cancel command does not work in the last part of the following post: A cohomology associated to a Riemannian manifold I would like to strike through the last part of the ...
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Accepting an answer to a closed question

To my surprise I discovered that I can accept an answer to my question that has been closed. I am not sure whether it is "good" or "bad", my question is whether it is an intended feature and if yes, ...
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What if I want to increase bounty by somebody else?

I found an exciting question that somebody gave bounty of 50, and I would like to increase it. Seems there is no way to do it. Why? Also, I never tried this so I don't know: can I increase my own ...