# 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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### What should the "hover text" for the MathOverflow link on all SE sites be?

If you go to the bottom of any page in the SE network (e.g. this one!), you'll see a list of SE sites. In particular there's a link to MathOverflow, that is potentially seen by a large number of ...

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### Questions answered in a comment

It may happen that a question has zero answers, but is actually already answered satisfactorily in a comment. An example is this question.
I think this is somewhat misleading, as the "0 answers" ...

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### Would the question "Fourier series is to Fourier transform what Laurent series is to …?" be on topic at MO?

I asked the question Fourier series is to Fourier transform what Laurent series is to …? over at MSE, since that's where my questions usually belong to. But since I couldn't find any resources on it, ...

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### When questions are migrated, so are comments, and this can cause misconceptions

I recently noticed a question posted to MO that was migrated to MSE. Furthermore the comment was also migrated along with the question. The content of the comment was "This is not the right site for ...

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### Should questions to which I already know the answer in advance be appropriate for MO?

I was just asking Is it appropriate to ask for references and point to a blog with the same question and started to read http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/07/its-ok-to-ask-and-answer-your-own-...

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### Is it appropriate to ask for references and point to a blog with the same question

I wonder if the community would find it appropriate if I ask a question like
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Is this or that known? It would be interesting for this and that reason. For details see our blog "blah" where we ask ...

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### Mathematical modeling Area51 Proposal

I wanted to inform those who did not follow that there is a Mathematical modeling proposal in Area 51 under its way:
http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/57490/mathematical-modeling
Since it ...

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### More precisely defining the scope of mathoverflow's subject matter

A few months back someone asked about the difference between questions appropriate for mathoverflow.net and those appropriate for math.stackexchange.com. And someone answered, saying something along ...

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### How to handle crankery on MathOverflow 2.0?

On the previous MO we had a thread on Tea called "crank post to flag as spam" in which crank posts were pointed out so people could flag them as spam and have them deleted.
Seeing how we are now ...

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### The mysterious Sportsmanship badge

MO 2.0 has a new badge:
Sportsmanship: Up voted 100 answers on questions where an answer of yours has a positive score.
I'm curious whether this badge really makes sense in our community- I think I ...

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### Should Theoretical Computer Science SE and mathoverflow be merged?

I asked the same question at SO meta and I was asked to repost here.
Preamble: I have a feeling that I am disturbing honeycomb by raising this question.
Now that mathoverflow.net is a part of the ...

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### Searching via site:mathoverflow.net: a puzzle

I was searching for an answer I posted, using Google. I knew I mentioned "beltway," "homometric," and "Skiena." But none of the Google searches ...

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### Quick or easy methods to post math or diagrams on chat

One of the seeming obstacles to having scheduled informal seminars on chat is the extra work, probably mostly for the leader of the discussion (should there be one), in presenting ideas on the chat ...

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### In writing a research paper, how can I refer to peoples' answers given to a question on MO?

Here is a question that I recently posted on MO. The last paragraph of the description reads:
The reason that I am interested in this question is that we are
currently working on an assessment ...

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### Completely Unexplained Downvotes

I came across this question recently and asked the OP to explain some notation (see my comment below the question). As the OP was addressing my concerns, there was suddenly a down-vote (along with the ...

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### Spelling conventions

After the recent discussion on LaTeX style accents, I have been reminded of this old discussion at tea regarding the appropriate spelling convention for some German names, such as Kähler. At the time, ...

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### Will MO have Community Promotion Ads?

Community Promotion Ads seem to be a useful tool for helping spread various links that might be useful for users of the site.
I have mostly encountered them at MSE. I have learned several ...

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### Would it be appropriate to ask why a new user chose MO over MSE?

With the move to Stack Exchange 2.0, some people feel that there will be (have been?) many more first time users asking questions on MO which should instead be asked on MSE. Presumably, such a user ...

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### Should the MathOverflow chat room have its own moderators?

The Math Stack Exchange chat room has had some heated arguments/suspensions in the past and I was wondering if there were any plans for the newly opened Math Overflow chat room to have its own ...

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### Selected Papers Network

As some (many?) of us are aware, there is a recent venture to enable some sort of "meta-discussion" interface for the articles in the form of the Selected Papers Network. For a quick introduction to ...

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### Why was 'How to Discover Counterexamples and Required Objects' put on hold?

Please forgive me if I did not post this correctly. I'm writing following https://mathoverflow.net/help/reopen-questions. I would like to ask for my question to be reopened: https://mathoverflow.net/...

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### soft-question tag for discussing mathematical best-practices

I asked a question about where people could store slides for future reference. As a discussion of best-practices in the Mathematical profession, I thought it was appropriate for the soft-question tag ...

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### migration versus on-hold

Several questions have been migrated to m.se of late, and several others have been put "on hold" as off-topic, and I'm having trouble seeing how the distinction is made between the two courses of ...

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### MathJax \newcommand appears persistent across the whole page

Probably this is known.
MathJax \newcommand appears to be persistent
across the whole page, including the question + all answers.
This potentially might cause ...

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### Are research questions in MSC 97 (Mathematics education) allowed on MO?

Check AMS Mathematics Subject Classification, you will find the 2 digit classification "97" for mathematics education. Thus it seems that It is allowed to ask mathematics education research questions ...

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### Homotopy chat room

I started an MO homotopy theory chat room at http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/9418/homotopy-theory at the request of Jon Beardsley. there seem to be people in it already who know what the word "...

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### Description of what kinds of questions are appropriate

On the old MO site, we had an extensive FAQ describing the purpose of MO and the kinds of questions that are welcome. Right now, I don't see any way for a new user to figure out what we're about and ...

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### Algebraic geometry [closed]

Who did not graph such equations as $y^2-x^2=1$ in secondary schoool?
THEREFORE: Algebraic geometry (since it is only about zero-sets of polynomials in several variables) is high-school-level stuff, ...

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### Too large font in the question names

Previously much more questions could fit one page in the question list. Currently the font is giant and the information is much less dense.

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### Use of arXiv tags

When MathOverflow began we decided to start using arXiv classification and created corresponding tags. These are still the most broadly used tags on MathOverflow. However, the usage of some these tags ...

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### So, what will happen with Community Wiki by owner?

I have seen several discussions on this subject but I don't retrieve them.
Will it, when the dust settles down, be possible on MO2.0 for someone asking a question, or posting an answer, to make it ...

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### In case Chat turns out to be useful

Below, a question and answer on the only current MO chat, from two people who have been regulars on MSE chat, the second a moderator somewhere. My concern, for now, is that I see several MSE regulars ...

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### Does review feature encourage closing and flagging errors?

The new review feature is interesting, and I have experimented with it. I have a number of concerns- I wonder whether my concerns are shared, and whether there is anything that can be done to address ...

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### Question about closing

The following question has 5 votes to close, but it is not closed : Preparing for Set Theory Research
What is going on here? I'm not trying to start a discussion of the merits of this question (...

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### MathJax on Chat

Is there MathJax support on the chat?

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### What happens when a question is migrated to MSE?

When a question is closed as off topic and migrated, will it no longer appear in MO, or will it appear in MO with a note saying it has been migrated?
Similarly, in MSE, will it say "migrated from MO" ...

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### Editing of the help center and about

Try to add some meat to the on topic page. Also, in the about page, you can edit the site target audience, the example question, and the bullet points that define what to ask about/what not to ask ...

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### Why is the update so awesome?

I mean, we really don't deserve it. It's awesome. Good work everyone, high-fives all around. Cheers (for those of you from across the pond, so-to-speak).

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### How long will it take for all my badges to turn up?

By current count I have 3 silver and 4 bronze badges. This is a lot less than I had before. Do they just turn up in dribs and drabs over 24-48 hours, or what?
Not that I'm driven by badges, but I'm ...

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### Default question list

We had a discussion on the old meta about the default list of questions. It looked to me before I logged on that the default list of questions is identical to the old list (and not the weird new one)....