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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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Why did flagging a comment for deletion made it disappear immediately?

I wrote a comment under an answer, claiming that the answer was wrong. The poster replied to me in another comment, showing that my argument was wrong. Acknowledging this, I deleted my comment and ...
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Why can't we close questions that have a bounty?

I just cast the 5th vote to close the question Was Cauchy so obstinate?, but the system said that it's impossible to close a question with an open bounty. It seems to me that this question is ...
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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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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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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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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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What should I do if I want to ask an almost duplicate question?

There already exists a question very like the one I want to ask, with a very partial answer by the OP. I want to ask the same question but restricted to a special case, for which I hope more can be ...
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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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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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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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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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What's the difference between two off-topic flags? [duplicate]

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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Moving back my question to MO

References on Gerbes question is migrated from MO to meta. It was never about MO. I was only giving information about search I have done. None of the comments except one has objection with this. None ...
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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 ...
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Regarding a deleted post

I posted a question on mathoverflow. It was regarding a counter example that I had found. Later I realized that I should not have done that and deleted it. I am writing a research paper on how I ...
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MathOverflow feature: facilitating collaborations (algebra & other sciences)

One of my goals as an academic is to facilitate collaborations between my field ("pure algebra") and other sciences. We can't expect administrative staff (for instance, the Dean of Science) to help ...
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Tagging Answers?

Simple question: should the tagging of a question cover answers? Suppose I asked a question about a mathematical problem and in the answers contained for example: pointers to literature algorithms ...
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If I can't get an answer on math.stackexchange.com or dsp.stackexchange.com, when should I post here?

I have a question about finite fields that I posted on math.stackexchange.com a few weeks ago, for what seems to me like a tough problem, and I haven't gotten an answer (or figured it out myself). ...
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How to find the meta-thread of an MO-thread at hand? Is there one? Should there be?

Questions. (0) How to find out for an MO question at hand whether it already has anything like its canonical meta-thread? (1) Should, in your opinion, every MO question automatically generate a meta-...
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Pronunciation questions

Every so often, I have a question about the correct pronunciation of a math term/name that I’ve only read, and the answer isn’t on Wikipedia. Some examples from my past: “Hartshorne” (I ended up ...
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Editing a question admitting a trivial example

In this question I forgot to add that I want the space to be sufficiently large. One user wrote a (correct) answer pointing out a trivial example on $2$ points, answering the question. It was my ...
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2 answers
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MathOverflow logo and icon for icon font

I would like to add the MathOverflow icon to Academicons together with some other mathematical research related icons. Does anyone know where I could get/request a vector version of the MathOverflow ...
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1 answer
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Copyright of MathOverflow logo?

What is the copyright of the MathOverflow logo? Is it in the public domain? In this site they say that "most simple logos simply do not have the required level of creativity to be considered ...
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Editing titles to include $\mathfrak{LaTeX \; Math}$

Should question titles, which sometimes intentionally avoid LaTeX math for those who choose faster rendering, be edited to insist upon LaTeX math? A recent instance that prompted my question is "two ...
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How about a way to flag a question for migration to another site without down voting it

If the question is valid, it seems churlish to down-vote it, especially since doing so affects the user's reputation adversely. Sure, it's a mistake to ask a question on the wrong SE site, but I don't ...
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Repeated TeXifying of question titles

A specific user has recently edited a lot of years-old posts in which, as far as I can tell, he is just TeXifying titles. While I assume that this is being done with good intentions, it seems likely ...
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List of recurrent technical problems involving MathJax

Edit: I have retagged this question 'feature-request' in an attempt to expedite action on these issues. I request that the MathOverflow developers implement an automatic fix of the issues in the ...
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1 answer
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On the top-level tag ra.rings-and-algebras

I'm confused about the scope of the ra.rings-and-algebras The problem is related to the ambiguity of the word "algebra", which essentially has two (rough) meanings the meaning "ring&...
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Using multiple accounts and pseudonyms

What are the MathOverflow guidelines regarding using pseudonyms in place of one's real identities? In particular are anonymous/pseudonym users treated differently from users who use their real ...
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Is 10% with accepted answers typical?

At the current moment posting this, 5 out of the 50 front-page postings (that I see) are are accepted answers. My question is: Q. Is this typical, about $10$% accepted answers at any one time?
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Chatroom links disappeared

I like to hang out in the homotopy theory chatroom. I used to navigate to this and other chatrooms using a link on the main site. This seems to have disappeared. Is there a reason for this change? I ...

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