# 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 is the procedure to initiate merging of questions?

My previous question What to do with useful answers to questions closed as duplicates (or by some other reasons)? got an answer which satisfied me entirely: if a duplicate question has got a nice ...

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### What subject specific tags could replace the tag 'divisors'?

A few names are used in different subjects in mathematics with completely distinct meanings. A couple of common examples are "spectrum" and "regular". Sometimes, this creates ...

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### Is there any third party search engine for MathOverflow?

As has been discussed in this meta post, there is a third party search (with $\LaTeX{}$ support) engine for Mathematics Stack Exchange. I was wondering whether there is search engine with similar ...

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### MO Twitter presence?

I wonder if there should not be a MathOverflow Twitter presence, somehow generated automatically, perhaps from the few HotNet Questions
to which MO questions ascend to that list?
There could be some ...

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### Why downvote on meta?

I only posted two questions on meta, both fact based and both about the way MO is supposed to work. Today, I realized that I have received three down-votes. I have a feeling about down-votes (and up-...

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### Are users pingable from questions/answers?

There is this extremely handy feature - you can ping any user participating in a comment discussion with @. In my recent question A "prequestion" about meromorphic representations of ...

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### Should we start a "PolyMathOverflow" project?

Recently polymath projects seems to have stopped.
One reason for this could be that running such a project requires a lot of effort from at least one person running it.
I was thinking if it were ...

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### The tags (transcendence) and (transcendental-number-theory)

There exist tags transcendence and transcend.-number-theory (probably shortened from transcendental number theory to fit 25 characters limit for the tag name). At the moment, the tag-info is empty ...

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### Preferred Conciseness of Contributions

This is a followup question to Appropriate Reaction to a Failed Reference Request on MO related to Reference Request for Integer factorization with LP/ILP
I'm about to prepare an answer that ...

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### What happens to reputation when I get merged?

A while ago I sent an email to the stackexchange team on recovering my account https://mathoverflow.net/users/21278/ben-lim. They said I should create a new account and merge it with the old one. This ...

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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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### Making my post easier to read

I tried to make this post easier to read but find it extremely difficult to get through grammatical-wise.
I'm wondering if there is someone who can correct the grammar of this post or rewrite the ...

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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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### Why do we need the general-mathematics tag?

I recently came across the general-mathematics tag. It has no usage guidelines, nor do I think it should exist. Do any of you know the historic reasons for its existence, or think it should stay as it ...

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### Should I rewrite my question, or create a new one

I posed this question two days ago, which effectively asks "Has X hard-to-describe special case on Barnette's Conjecture been proven?". In retrospect, I believe it was a poor question.
What I now ...

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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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### Triangle commutative diagram does not work here at MO

I frequently tried to draw a triangle commutative diagram similar to the definition of projective modules for this question.
A module associated to an endomorphism of a vector bundle
so I ...

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### MathOverflow's Facebook page

The Facebook page for MathOverflow is currently pulled from the Wikipedia article. The Twitter account has no avatar and only 90 follows. The most active is the Google+ account, which posted about ...

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### Paper request(s)

Can we have a thread here where one might ask for help accessing to some papers ?
E.g. If someone has access to
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.dmj/1077468920
Pairs of commuting matrices over a ...

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### Down vote without comment

I received a down vote on this question without any comment.
Can one help me to understand how this question could be improved?
I think that a moral and implicit policy of MO is that a comment ...

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### Change a question after counter example

This following question was motivated by this question, though many of similar nature can be found throughout MO.
The Problem: The question asks whether any bound exist on an expression, and ...

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### How can I convince mathematicians that my question on Fourier transforms and singularities is very important to be solved and it is worth their time

How can I convince mathematicians that this question is very important to be solved and it is worth their time. This question has practical applications, but I don't know the right procedure/forum to ...

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### Can we change the reference to "professional mathematicians" on the main page?

I'm personally quite bothered by the statement on the MathOverflow main page (when not logged in) that "MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians." It seems both false ...

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### Why have I been suspended from the ICM chat? General remarks about unwelcoming behaviour on MathOverflow

Although the below obfuscates the context which is undoubtedly relevant to what has happened, the following comments appeared to be reason enough for the moderators to ban me from the ICM chat.
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### How do people determine if other people's questions are research level or not?

I post a question here:
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/159016/on-convexity-of-function-in-c10-infty
(now deleted).
Obviously, those who closed it think it is too elementary.
But how do they know ...

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### Migrating a question which is already posted on the other site [closed]

When a question begins by saying "This question appeared earlier on math.stackexchange.com" and links to that earlier posting, how does it make sense to migrate it to math.stackexchange.com (thereby ...

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### Protest for my account suspension [closed]

I posted this question about two month ago. Shortly after this, I got a moderator private message.
It says:
We've noticed that you have a pattern of engaging in lengthy discussions in comments, ...

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### If it doesn't interest you, don't read it!

As an algebraist, if I see an analysis question on Mathoverflow that falls outside my expertise, I probably won't read it in details, and if I do read it, I certainly won't judge its "level",...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Why was my answer deleted?

The axiom of choice as a consequence of a stronger semantics?
On what grounds?
"It is not people who break ethical standards who are regarded as aliens. It is people like me who are isolated." (...

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### Don't we have a redundant math site?

We have mathoverflow.com with 144000 questions and answers, and we have math.stackexchange.com with 522000 questions and answers. Isn't there a redundancy? Shouldn't both sites be merged? I propose a ...

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### Freedom of speech in scientific discussions - An invitation to more tolerance in Scientific debates

I hope this post enjoys some tolerance, and don't get closed or put on hold immediately.
I believe that freedom of speech in scientific discussions is one of the key values which enriches the debates ...