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What do we mean by welcoming when we're a site aimed at researchers?

I was just browsing the main page this morning, and I decided to look at some of the posts by new people. One of the questions had garnered three votes to close and a comment from a regular user to ...
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Interesting (and not sufficiently answered) questions on math.SE

In light of the generally positive response to this meta-thread, I am creating this to help advertise (and hopefully fully resolve) "interesting" questions on math.SE. I'm not really certain what the ...
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Customize the modal window for the first-time askers

When a user asks their very first question on a Stack Exchange site, they are shown a modal window with a short advice. The content can be either a generic message or it can be customized for a ...
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Should MathOverflow request suggested tags feature?

There is a feature of showing suggested tags after the body of a question is included. These suggestions are based on the body of the question. More details can be found in these posts: Automatically ...
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Scope and mission of MathOverflow

I followed with much interest the recent discussions on Meta about the community being perceived as unwelcoming to outsiders and the importance of looking for solutions (if any). In order to do this, ...
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MathOverflow policymaking and transparency

There goeth rumours abroad that some off-site groups are seeking a private forum together with the moderators here in order to make policy for MO. I hope that the moderators will commit to ...
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A radical proposal on votes and reputation

I was trying to explain the current controversy how “welcoming” MO is to a non-mathematician friend. The current best hypothesis for why MO is either attractive or repellent in general is that it has ...
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What are our procedures if a user complains about harassment or abuse?

Context for this question: I am writing an article on MathOverflow for the Notices of the AMS. One thing I try to address is the apparent gender skew of our website. One of the readers of my draft ...
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Once a thread is deleted, is it really too late to bring it back?

I was under the impression that "deleted" threads were still visible by moderators or other high-level members of the community. Is this correct? If a post was deleted that shouldn't have ...
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A question of notation: what does $x\lt y\in S$ mean? [closed]

I've seen expressions like $x\lt y\in S$ used on this site to mean "$x\lt y$ and $x\in S$ and $y\in S$." This has me worried because I sometimes use $x\lt y\in S$ to abbreviate "$x\lt y$...
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Appropriateness and cross-posting

I am interested in this question on math.stackexchange. To me it is interesting because while it looks "obvious" that there isn't a solution with 6 turns (I have some very partial results ...
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News of potential interest to the MO community

Occasionally, there has been a suggestion to start a meta question to collect information that might be of interest to the MO community. This is an attempt to start such a thread. Is there any news ...
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Should we have a tag for second-order logic?

There are a number of questions on this site about second-order logic (admittedly I may have asked a few more of them than is reasonable). For example, searching "second-order logic" (in ...
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Is it possible to temporarily comment out part of a post?

Scenario (true story): after posting something I became doubtful about certain claim there, so I want to hide it until I clarify my doubts. Of course I could just move that part to a temporary file, ...
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Can I ask for advice or opinions about the choice of a variant of a theory?

Basically, I have 2 versions of a theory. This is like having two competing theories of complex numbers, one where $i^2=-1$ and the other where $j^2=1$ (hyperbolic numbers) or extending reals with $+\...
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Utility of Mathematics: Is this question appropriate here, and if not/if so, how can I phrase it better?

I would like to know if this question is appropriate for Math Overflow, and if so, how I can phrase it better to get the best results. Question: I recently spoke with a very nice mathematician who ...
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Question on topic for Mathoverflow?

My question, asked months ago, was well received. Now... I'm wondering if this question is on-topic for MathOverflow: Consider a semi-Riemannian manifold $\zeta^{2,2}$ with metric, $g=\frac{dxdy}{xy}+...
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Questions seemingly/apparently/ostensibly too elementary for overlfow

Well I don't really get notifications of flag responses sooo... Nov 6 at 14:01 helpful - I suggest you take this up in meta; there is not enough space to answer here. But there are a number of ...
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Please help me improve my Q&A and possibly reopen certain questions

Prepare to downvote me. But don't think of not downvoting me just because I pre-emptively self-deprecated myself to put a show of humility. Just pretend I'm as arrogant as I may be perceived to be in ...
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Why is the ‘mathematical logic’ tag spelt [lo.logic]? [duplicate]

On MathOverflow, questions about mathematical logic bear the tag lo.logic, which has a synonym of logic. Where did this lo.logic spelling come from? Why is it not ...
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Vandalism edits by apparently-anonymous users

There is an answer to an old community wiki question that was edited about 45 mins ago to make it sexually explicit, with a second attempted edit pending approval to make it even more so. I rejected ...
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Are professional Physicists, Computer Scientists, Engineers, Economists… not allowed to ask questions at MO?

"MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians." May other professional researchers ask questions at MO? Should they check their credentials at the door? If not, and ...
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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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Site for reviewing articles, formulas, theorems, etc?

This question might be weird, I wouldn't feel bad if it is closed. I know that MathOverflow is for mathematicians and math StackExchange for people studying math at any level. But questions like "...
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Is there left any way to highlight part of text after all?

Currently we have quotes, but the quoted text looks more faint than the surrounding text The vertical bar hardly helps, I believe. In fact I think (although I cannot explain it) that this bar ...
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Why did my profile picture disappear?

I discovered few days ago that my profile picture is gone, had to reupload it. Did anybody else encounter this? Do you know the reason?
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Are new users with inappropriate questions given help or rudely dismissed?

I often see questions like this: co.combinatorics - Given index $i$, what element is at position $i$ in sorted subsets that are obviously better suited for the Math.SE site. This particular question ...
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Creating theories-of-arithmetic logic tag

It seems to me that a tag for "arithmetic logic" is missing while it concerns a significant number ($\sim 500?$) of questions, which currently have no common tag other than the very broad lo....
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Bounty awarded to an immediately deleted answer

Something peculiar has just happened. A week ago a 300 point bounty has been added to this question (I think its content is hardly relevant to this meta question) [note: the bounty was added by a user ...
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I want to answer a closed question

Please reopen this question: A problem of an infinite number of balls and an urn I have a nice answer. (Added (DR): now re-opened. Please note there are ten deleted nonsense answers, which I imagine ...
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Should “does anyone access this paper” questions be community-wiki?

Should questions consisting in barely asking for a copy or link to some given paper be community-wiki? A recent example, among others, is and Reference of J.L. Waldspurger's paper on Shimura ...
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What should you do if you find old duplicates?

Sometimes I discover that "old" MO questions are duplicates of even older MO questions. Two examples: Embarrassingly, I found out that my own question: Formula for number of permutations ...
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Do we have an unofficial quota on how many old questions one should bump for minor edits in a single day?

I noticed tonight that a well-intentioned user has been doing a lot of minor edits of formatting of old questions with the effect of filling most of the active question list with old questions bumped ...
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MO “memorial” questions

In the past, when a famous mathematician passes away, many community members feel that they should be remembered on MathOverflow in some way or another. For obvious reasons, such memorials need to be ...
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Is asking about name of a curve a research level question?

In my opinion this post is not a research level topic but surprisingly it has been received 22 votes. Is the linked post a research level question and appropriate for MO? I think it is more ...
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Any policies around Dead links?

I have been reviewing a lot of older posts (~10 years old) and there are quite a few with links that are either dead or links that point to sites that no longer contain the relevant information that ...
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Can I retag questions to get a topic badge?

This is just something I was wondering: I currently have 19 non-CW answers in real-analysis. Could I just go through my old answers looking for a question which involves real analysis but hasn't been ...
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Should graduate students be encouraged to participate in MO? If so, at what stage?

When I started graduate school ten (!) years ago, a more senior Ph.D student at the time told me about MathOverflow and encouraged me to participate. Ever since then I have found it immensely useful. ...
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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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Updated questions

The following question of mine frequently appears as recently updated question so I frequently find it at front page. But neither me nor other participants did any revise or edit on this post and its ...
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Privacy of software-generated links to questions and answers

Recently I noticed that the software inserts the id of the currently logged in user in the “share” link of any MathOverflow question or answer. When one is logged out, the “share” link comes out ...
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Why are votes secret?

It would be more correct if at least those who receive a vote know who it comes from. It would be even more correct if the vote were motivated.
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Why have I been suspended from the ICM chat? General remarks about unwelcoming behaviour on MathOverflow

Although the below obfuscates the context which is undoubtedly relevant to what has happened, the following comments appeared to be reason enough for the moderators to ban me from the ICM chat. ...
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Did spacing increase recently?

Yesterday I noticed that line spacing in questions & answers is bigger than before, something like 1.5 Is there some global change, or is it a bug? Or maybe I do have a bug or something? Can I ...
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Can I delete one of my posts that has been closed as off topic and received an answer with positive up-vote?

Can I delete one of my posts that has been closed as off topic and received an answer with positive up-vote? Should I delete all my posts that has been closed as off topic? (with/out answer)
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Questions, answers, comments or discussions on aspects of politics relevant to mathematicians on MathOverflow (main or meta)

Given the recent question here on meta about the deletion of a comment stating a political opinion on an answer which also stated a political opinion which sparked a lively debate, let me bring up the ...
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Is it reasonable to expect that the number of upvotes is greater than the number of favorites?

Am I mistaken to think that logically the number of upvotes to a question should be greater or equal to the number of favorites? The small difference between these two numbers in this post: Examples ...
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Why was my dissenting viewpoint in a post about diversity censored?

In a question about special lectures for the ICM, the following answer proposed that a lecture on how to make the mathematical field more diverse be given. The answer contains some rather bold ...
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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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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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