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Probability question migrated to stats.stackexchange

What has happened to the following question?: https://mathoverflow.net/posts/202242/revisions Firstly, it looks like a reasonable question to me (although the notation could be improved). Why was it ...
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Why are trivial answers upvoted more than answers that actually contain substance?

I have noticed that a two line answer that anyone can come up with usually has more upvotes than an answer that is more difficult to come up with. Is this trend simply a result of pure laziness as ...
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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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Proposing a change to the close-vote interface

The feature request in this post is at the bottom; I will first highlight why I think it should be implemented. Currently, when I go to close-vote a question I see the following pop-up menu: If I ...
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Can a person other than the author start a bounty for a question they like?

Suppose Jack is new to MO and he posts a good question. Tim has a lot of reputations in MO and thinks the question deserves more attentions. Why not we allow Tim to offer some of his reputations to ...
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What makes you vote to reopen a question?

This is the dual form of a question posted by quid: What makes you vote to close a question? As the entire description in that question is applicable here I avoid adding extra points about why this ...
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Is it a bad practise to add details (limited) to some one's answer?

A user X answered my (some one else's) question in a compact way (less than $10$ lines). Upon discussion, user X has explained somethings in comment which made answer clearer. Is it considered to ...
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Currently, is it possible to have relevant question under the latex tag

A question using the latex tag was recently posted, which received a number of down votes and comments which directed to post on tex.stackexchange.com. MO predates tex.stackexchange.com and so at ...
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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Appropriate procedure for removing little used tags which are too specific

What is the correct procedure for removing tags which only have a single question, and would be better off with a less specific tag? My example is a question which was tagged 'relative-entropy'. ...
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Getting Experts Opinions on Mathematical Results

I would like to know, whether it is in the line of MO rules to present a result and ask for "opinions" like whether it is already known or worth pursuing and, who might be interested in the result. ...
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Between math stack exchange and mathoverflow

Suppose that I posted a question on mathstack exchange and no one has answered it. In my opinion it is not enough reason to post it on mathoverflow but if I also awarded a bounty and still didn't get ...
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How does MathOverflow deal with the liability for the content of the site?

As can for example be read here and here, creators or webmasters of websites are responsible for the content of their website, even if the material leading to legal issues (for example disputes ...
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When to add post notices

Mods have a new option to add post notices. There are three basic notices currently available but MO specific notices could be added: citation needed - This post does not cite any references or ...
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Reason for the 2021 moderator election

There are three possible reasons for having the moderators election this year (with 3 positions to fill): 3 moderators from the current team have decided to step down (for reasons that I consider ...
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List of close reasons has changed?

I just wanted to vote to close a question, and it looks like the list of options has changed The options are now: Duplicate of... Off-topic because... Needs details or clarify Needs more focus ...
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Flagging Low Quality Questions

For questions of extremely low quality that are sure to get closed anyway, do the moderators still want flags? Or is that just cluttering up their mailboxes to no purpose?
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Is it good practice to write "@someone" in a question?

On SE and on the old MO have seen @someone in a question. Probably this notifies someone in his inbox and draws his attention (which is the goal). Does it really ...
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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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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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How is TeX rendered in edit summaries?

I recently edited a question Dynkin type classification for 2-dimensional hypersurfaces in non-commutative space, and entered as my edit summary "$<x,y>$ -> $\langle x,y\rangle$" <...
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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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The number of MO users

Is there any statistics/diagram that shows and compares the number of MO users in the course of time?
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`positive-characteristic` and `characteristic-p` are synonyms

I thought that tag synonyms were meant simply to be proposed and left to survive or die on their own, but I see another question in HNQ about tag synonyms, so maybe one is supposed to raise a ...
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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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Who owns the content of MO, and why migrating a question is legal?

There is a long list of comments in Migrating a question which is already posted on the other site, and an important question is deep in that list, so I repost it here. Where in the legal agreement, ...
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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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Why was "Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology?" closed?

This post is about the question Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology? It is an interesting, relevant question which attracted two excellent answers. The ...
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Should posts sitting in the "First posts of new users" review queue be hidden from view until they have been approved?

Presently, questions from new users are shown and can be answered immediately, although they also go into a dedicated review queue (https://mathoverflow.net/review/first-posts). Since a significant ...
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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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Where/how does one best post "Seeking a collaborator"

I have an idea for an attack on an additive number theory conjecture. My usual collaborator (with whom I have published four papers) is not an ANT specialist, and is not interested in working on this ...
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Hard to notice links in comments

This is a conscious duplicate :D There are at least two more questions about it (The color of links in comments, On the current color scheme, and why it sucks - by the way, when trying to share them ...
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What are mirrors of mathoverflow?

I am looking for mirrors of mathoverflow. Searching for questions so far found: http://lfhck.com/site/mathoverflow/1 http://mathdiscussions.aircraftdata.net/ http://hwnvoc.youdegreeearn.com/...
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Nominate bountied question for closure

Bountied questions cannot be closed: this prompted this meta-MO question. In the answer to that question, the reasons for this feature are explained (closure would shorten the bounty period, possibly ...
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Might featuring some FAQ posts on meta be useful?

Among the things on the site which can be directly influenced by the site moderators (without any involvement of Stack Exchange staff), probably the community bulletin has the most visibility. The ...
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Should meta be Q&A?

Should the meta-MathOverflow have the Q&A format? I don't see any rationale for this. After all, meta is just an auxiliary sub-forum which should help running the main forum. Collecting the ...
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Should I edit this question or make a new question?

Should the Grothendieck ring of varieties be K_0 of numerical motives? I want to change it to: 1) Asking about after tensoring with $\Qb$ 2) Asking if there is a map in some direction and if ...
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Swinnerton-Dyer passed away?

His wiki article has been updated to say that he passed away recently. Are there any other sources confirming that? Thanks. If it is more appropriate for another stackexchange site, please feel free ...
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Are bounty reputation points assigned to unanswered question returned back?

Are bounty reputation points, being assigned to unanswered question, returned back to the issuer of the bounty? If "yes" - when? If not - why? Alternatively (instead of direct "refunding") in the case,...
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Tag referring to a book/ specific collection of problems

The scottish-book has been created today by one user, posting various questions from the given book, or adding references and retagging existing a few questions when they appear in the given book. ...
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Appropriateness of intuition pump question

Before I begin, please note that I am not troubled by the votes to close of my question here, but I'm somewhat puzzled about them. The purpose of this meta thread is for someone to explain why the ...
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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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Two tags for partially ordered sets

There are currently two tags for partially ordered sets: posets and order-theory. In my opinion, they mean the same thing. I see three posibilities. Merge the tags. Make them synonymous. Keep them as ...
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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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Would this M.SE question that has received no answers be appropriate for MO? (or could it be tweaked into being appropriate?)

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/667830/modern-research-into-grassmans-theory-of-forms When I first posted it on MO, it received a downvote, so I figured there might be something wrong with ...
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What are our copyright policies?

Interesting questions, answers and ideas overflow everywhere in MathOverflow. Users can use them in their lectures, papers, teachings, etc. Of course it is the main propose of this free math ...
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Should be simply "no answer" among bounty reasons

I am going to declare a bounty on a question simply because I hope it will additionally stimulate at least somebody to think harder on it. Among the reasons I could choose is "Draw attention", which ...
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Should [tag:feynman-integral] be a synonym of [tag:path-integral]?

The question is in the title: I see no benefit from having these two tags for essentially the same concept (particularly as the path-integral wiki excerpt refers to the path integral formulation of ...
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Tag [upper-bounds] is nowhere to be found

At the moment, MathOverflow has tag lower-bounds (100 questions), but no tag upper-bounds. Are lower bounds that much harder to compute? Or that much more interesting? Worse, due to the non-existence ...
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Problematic wording of the TOS, take two

The Stack exchange terms of service have been recently changed since a sentence in them was perceived as too strict by many users. The change was in this paragraph: In the event that You post or ...
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