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Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted?

There are a few jokes in "Do good math jokes exist?" that I think are inappropriate. Specifically: Nov 21 '09 at 9:01 item (1) Oct 19 '09 at 16:03 Dec 10 '09 at 23:14 Dec 15 '09 at 1:31 All of ...
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Decluttering MathOverflow

There are quite a few very poor questions (all being put on hold quite soon after they've been asked), such as this. These questions stick around unless they get deleted by the OP (which they almost ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Why was there pushback on a user's profile image?

The comments on the OP for the following question are disconcerting: Why is Voevodsky's motivic homotopy theory 'the right' approach? From what I can gather, the OP must have had ...
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Should moderators in some cases remove a question from the network-wide hot questions list?

Not too long ago - in March 2019 - some changes have been made to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ). Some of the new features are the limit on the number of hot questions from a single site, or limit on ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. MathOverflow is scheduled for an election next week, 29 March, 2021....
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2013 Moderator Nominations [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to allow users to nominate others. The nomination period is now over and the thread is closed. The list of candidates can be found on the election page. Since the Stack ...
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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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Quickly Accessible MathJax Help

I recently had the problem of encoding big brackets in a formula in my question "Functions that Calculate their $L_p$ Norm" and, I could find nothing under "How to Format > MathJax equations", as the ...
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Why this is off-topic?

I posted a question on MSE for two months and received no helpful answer. So I tried the same question on MO. I got 4 off-topic votes and so the question got migrated back to MSE. I'd like to mention ...
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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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Are there policies to respect in order for MathOverflow Q&As to be tracked back in relevant zbMATH Open reviews?

Are there policies to respect in order for MathOverflow Q&As to be tracked back in relevant zbMATH Open reviews? I am asking this since I noticed that all questions and answers to which I ...
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Can anybody provide a clear list of design changes that are obligatory, with explanations?

With several heavily loaded questions here on meta and the StackExchange meta, - MathOverflow updated site theme is ready for testing! Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Appropriate Reaction to a Failed Reference Request on MO

This follows Amir Asghari's advice concerning my comment on the answer to Answering my own question: Background of my question is, that I can envisage different reasons for reference requests on ...
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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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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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Some proposals for modifications of the process of closing/reopening questions

I wish to make a modest proposal on closing/reopening questions. Let me begin by noting that by far the most frequent reviews are Close votes -- almost 37,000, and looking quickly most of the close ...
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Updated: 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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Slight downward trend in Q & A

I thought MO users might be interested in this graph constructed by Neal Young in a discussion at meta.cstheory about the more pronounced downward trend in cstheory. It shows MO Q&A activity ...
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Can the clutter of obviously off-topic questions be removed faster?

I have noticed a number of blatantly off-topic questions that hang around for a long time despite heavy down-voting and calls for removal by senior users. I found somewhere on the site (although I can'...
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Data on voting by 'association bonus only' users

There's recently been some discussion of the potential impact on voting of users whose only MathOverflow reputation comes from the network association bonus. I asked the SE team about this, and ...
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What areas/aspects of mathematics are underrepresented on MO?

The question: What areas/aspects of mathematics are underrepresented on MO?
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Proposal to more aggressively delete off-topic questions

We are going to get many more off-topic questions now. Can we agree to vote to delete on them so as not to pollute the site? It takes a few votes from users who can vote on such things and/or one ...
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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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In the new site design, what should the background look like on MO?

SE is giving us pretty limited options for how the site is going to look going forward. Our most popular customization request, judging either from Carlo Beenakker's original suggestion or the ...
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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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Problem with posts and comments relying on macros defined elsewhere

MathJax supports possibility do define macros. (Using \newcommand, \DeclareMathOperator, \def...
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Why is my question apparently not research-level?

I just posted this question a few hours ago, and it's already had two votes to close for being off-topic (i.e., not of "research-level mathematics"). Considering it's ultimately a question about ...
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Development of the MathOverflow community

From the Stack Exchange Data Explorer one can obtain the following data: Number of people who joined MO in the last 4 years and have collected at least 10000 points: 96 Number of people who joined ...
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"This question has been answered in the comments."

Athanagor Wurlitzer has recently been adding answers saying "This question has been answered in the comments" (see, e.g. https://mathoverflow.net/a/156051/3). I'm inclined to delete these answers (...
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Is bounties period sufficient?

I edit the quesion according to the comment of professor Edgar Is it reasonable to suggest to MO to extend the bountiess period from 7 days to 3 or 4 weeks? Can mo be an exception, according to ...
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What to do with the synonyms for the deprecated tags?

Recently, the following tag synonyms were created by a MathOveflow moderator: abstract-algebra $\to$ ra.rings-and-algebras, geometry $\to$ mg.metric-geometry and discrete-mathematics $\to$ co....
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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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Answering my own question

As a typical scenario, assume I ask for examples of some mathematical phenomenon and somebody answers my question and provides 2 families of examples. After several months, I figure a third family of ...
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What to do with useful answers to questions closed as duplicates (or by some other reasons)?

Before the question Intuitive explanation of concentration of the measure for spheres has been marked as duplicate (correctly I believe), it has got an answer which might provide additional useful ...
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How to ask multiple very specific questions about a paper?

I'm slowly going through some topos theory papers by Lawvere. In almost every paper, there are many small sayings and sometimes entire sentences which I do not understand and have never explicitly ...
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"Answer your own question – share your knowledge, Q&A-style": is there consensus among MO moderators?

I have the impression, that there is no concensus among MO moderators about sharing knowledge on MO; the impression is based on quite contradictory reactions to offering to share such a knowledge, ...
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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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Merging old duplicates?

New to meta, so apologies for any breaches of etiquette. I've just noticed that these two old questions are duplicates: Smallest permutation representation of a finite group? Smallest n for which G ...
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What does research-level mathematics mean?

My understanding of this is that mathematics is research-level if: you could conceivably write a paper on some aspect of it; it could be taught in a grad-level course; it is not widely known ...
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Undelete request, question 23943

NEVER MIND --- the same moderator who suggested I post here has solved the problem by deleting my copy-paste job and undeleting the answer we wanted undeleted. [or maybe it got undeleted by some other ...
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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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Bounty policies

When you propose a bounty, these points are immediately subtracted from your score, and can never return, even if there is no satisfactory answer. I think this is unfair; can someone explain the ...
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Garbled MathJax in some old questions [duplicate]

In several old questions/answers I have seen in MathJax the combination \\, where it obviously should be \, and also ...
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Reference Requests: Good Ways and Bad Ways

I would like to know of types of bad examples of MathOverflow questions that are tantamount to reference requests. I can think of two: a) A reference request for something that is properly outside ...
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Should there be Anonymous Comments?

I currently got a downvote for my question Making a Graph Eulerian for Applying TSP Heuristics, but unfortunately the downvoter didn't leave a comment explaining what the motivation was, thus ...
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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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Area 51 Mathematics Open Community Reviews

Following the discussions in Area 51 community peer review and links therein, I have created the following proposal Mathematics Open Community Reviews hoping to get things started. The proposal ...
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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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