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Is it time to replace links to the UCDavis arXiv frontend?

This question from March 2020 points out that many questions/answers link to papers at the http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/ frontend instead of at the arXiv itself, but that the frontend had been down a ...
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Criteria for Top question?

I posed a question on Mathoverflow which got no votes, but it made it to Top question. I supplied an answer, while nobody else proposed an answer. How come it made it to Top question?
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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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Asking a question you know the answer to, but not answering

There has been an apparent case where the question poster asked a question that had been answered in their own paper from about 10 years before the question. This would not be a problem if the ...
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How to find out why a post was deleted

It would help to know why a post was deleted, I believe in this case automatically by a MO monitoring robot. I am not judging the decision, but would like to know why, to avoid asking such questions ...
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My recent question

I recently asked: Completion of $S\cong \Bbb Q$. Note: If the commenters and answerers could include (why is this question good and why is it bad) I would be grateful for that. What do the experts ...
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Should we blacklist or delete the "research" tag?

Should we blacklist or delete the research tag? This site is about mathematical research, so I don't see how the "research" tag is helpful, any more than a "mathematics" tag would be helpful. Of the ...
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Answer converted to comment, then reverted to answer

Earlier today, this answer to this question was converted to a comment by a moderator. The same moderator subsequently reconverted the comment back into an answer an hour or so later. One of the ...
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Why was my probability question closed?

Why was my question closed here? Probability every team successfully presents a solution At a summer math program a contest is held for $n$ teams. Each team, composed of $n$ individuals, is given the ...
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Questions on the mathoverflow newsletter

Good morning, everyone... I have a little question about the mathoverflow newsletter. Ever since I subscribed to it, I used to find it every Tuesday in my gmail inbox, but I have not received the ...
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Why is the "last seen 96 years ago" feature gone?

User homepages used to display the information "last seen ... (min/days/...) ago". It appears this feature is gone now. I found it useful, and while it does divulge some otherwise ...
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A case when the closure reason might be unclear to the OP (and possibly others)

There is this question I have read about the 3x+1 conjecture so I am thinking of 3x-1 instead closed as not research level. It is about replacing $3n+1$ with $3n-1$ in the Collatz conjecture. OP shows ...
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PhysicsOverflow just went live

The new site is now up and running (outside the SE network) here https://www.physicsoverflow.org/ PhysicsOverflow is meant to be some kind of a rebirth of the untimely passed away Theoretical Physics ...
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A fuller story of up/down-voting

MO-participants should appreciate the difference between information about  +1 vote   and   +4 vs -3 votes.   This is especially the case of closed questions. I hope that MO will implement the more ...
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What are the exact mechanics of the vote for MO moderators?

The election for moderators is currently going on. Three new moderators will be elected. On the election page you are allowed to rank your choices of the candidates. It is a little unclear whether you ...
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Help center text references a thread but doesn't indicate which one

In the "What about open problems?" section of https://mathoverflow.net/help, the last line says "To join the discussion about how MathOverflow should deal with open problems, go to this ...
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Why is Math Overflow a .net website unlike all the other sites which are .com websites?

As stated in the title, MathOverflow is a .net website, unlike every other site I've seen in the SE network, which are all .com sites. Why is MathOverflow the sole .net site of Stack Exchange?
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Rationale for moderator deletion of a non-spammy, off-topic question

The Euler quote question "Why are people hanged if they talked" has been deleted by a moderator. I have the impression this is a new practice (correct me if I'm wrong), that deletions of off-...
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Asking whether this question will be suitable and hence answered by people on MO ? ( I will use career and advice tag)

I am thinking of asking this question on the MO website which is due to the fact that how should I write/ explain the gap in my CV while applying for PHD programs in 2022. Very brief of the situations ...
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Rationale for migration to MSE of a well-received question on MO

I was a bit surprised (annoyed?) by the migration of this question from MO to MSE. Yes, the question could have been asked on MSE, but it was asked on MO, received much attention there, with a high-...
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Using MathOverflow to help with referee work

Suppose I am refereeing a paper and wish to remain anonymous as referee. Suppose I had trouble understanding some of the proofs in the paper and made a post on MathOverflow and received a very helpful ...
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Self advertising and posting a candidate constructive proof

I would like to learn about appropriateness of posting a candidate constructive proof that decides a conjecture or open question and asking for counter examples that render the proof incorrect. The ...
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My question is removed

Recently my question entitled "Non existence of a parametrically compatible metric to a complete geodesible vector field on $\mathbb{R}^2\setminus\{p,q\}$" is removed. What is the reason?
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unaccepting an answer, and then accepting own similar answer

Happened to me recently, and I wonder whether this is acceptable kind of behaviour, and not basically stealing ideas to get points. In that particular case the person who asked the question appears to ...
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How to @ a user with non-Latin characters?

When typing comments, it's useful to use the "@" system to alert a user to a comment (and also to make it clear to a 3rd party who you are addressing a comment to, as comments have no "...
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What is the correct action if the OP finds an answer incorrect (with a recent example)?

While I certainly think that the OP of the question Non trivial zeros of Riemann zeta function definitely abuses MO in a couple of ways, still I believe it is a good example for the question in the ...
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What should the modal window for first-time askers say?

When a user asks their very first question on a Stack Exchange site, they are shown a modal window with some introductory advice. As explained in the March 2020 announcement of this feature, there is ...
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Prosus' acquisition and its effect on MathOverflow

Just saw the PROSUS acquisition news of StackOverflow. Does it have any effect on MathOverflow? In what way would it help or not help MO? Thanks beforehand.
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How do off-topic question askers find MO?

Apologies if this has been addressed on Meta before (it's a little hard to know the right keywords to search for Meta questions with). Question: Has there been any systematic attempt to try to figure ...
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Acceptability of "Changes forced by the pandemic"

I refer to this question by André Henriques. It is nonstandard, and prima facie there is a clear case for closing it, and at the time of writing there is one vote to do that. However, I personally ...
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No MathJax line wrapping in Firefox

Example: Chrome, for comparison: Happens on Windows 10, both browsers are up to date. Should I use the bug tag? Does anybody else encounter this? Can it be something on my side? After the question ...
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Make it evident that bounties are non-refundable or refund them on other people's questions

When I went to place my first bounty about a month ago, the question wasn't mine and I almost put up 500 rep to draw as much attention as possible figuring I'd only have to surrender said rep if ...
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Concern about sending to academia.stackexchange

There have been two questions today with suggestions (one acted on, at time of writing) to close, with the question being better asked at academia.stackexchange: Referee reports and Covid lessons. In ...
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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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Should the rules for deleting own questions be modified? - an example

I am aware of the own question deletion rules - in particular, kindly provided in an answer to Rules for deleting one's own question by Martin Sleziak. I think these rules have to be changed ...
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Deletion of on-topic comment threads

This question is about suppression of threads of comments by moderators, moved to chat with the message "Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat", ...
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Efficacy of bounties by reward amount

Is there any data available on how often bountied questions receive answers? Can we stratify by bounty amount, to see if we're actually 'getting more bang for our buck' when we bounty higher amounts? ...
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What happened to the fonts?

It appears that MO (including MO Meta) has recently changed the display fonts: I couldn't find any topics on MO Meta pertaining to this new change, hence this question. SO has also switched the fonts,...
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Moderator Elections: bug reporting for new voting UI

As we announced a few weeks ago, there is a new user interface for voting in moderator elections. Math Overflow will be the first Stack Exchange community to use the new UI when voting for your ...
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Three-vote close?

MO users might be interested in this StackExchange experiment: Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites. There has been considerable discussion around close-votes in MO Meta over the ...
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Why are there two separate tags (open-problem) and (open-problems)?

I assume that most likely this was just an oversight - but since it was a result of a moderator's action, it is probably better to ask than just remove the tag singlehandedly.1 Question: At the moment ...
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How to deal with answers that don't answer anything?

I'm really hesitant to put this on the table, but what should be done with answers that to do not contain anything of help related to the question? Specifically I refer to this. It is not the fact of ...
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Revising the help page on "What topics can I ask around here?"

This is a freestanding post taking its content from a previous discussion on the modal window for first-time askers. Thanks to Martin Sleziak and Tim Campion for the encouragement to post it ...
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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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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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Can I ask a question on MathOverflow and also on another site?

Sometimes one might ask a question on a website such as Mathematics Stack Exchange which is comparable but not identical to MathOverflow, and then decide to post the same question on MathOverflow. ...
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Name of the site

This site keeps getting questions from users who have mistaken mathoverflow for a place to ask questions about elementary mathematics. This is not a problem for me, as those too-elementary questions ...
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(When) are "career advice" questions on-topic here? If and when such a question is on-topic, what to keep in mind in answering such a question?

We have a tag career and a tag advice. We don't have a flood of questions under these tags, but for several reasons I think it would also be appropriate for us to have a bit more guidance on meta ...
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Can I undelete questions deleted by the OP if I find them interesting?

I am not sure and I could not find anything about the ethical guidelines. A new user recently asked a question, which I've found interesting, as well as others, as it started some discussion, and then ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...

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