# 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.

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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Is this question out of place here, as I could not garner any attention/comment? How would you classify this and what would you suggest, in a situation similar to this question.

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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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There is this tag, hadamard-product; as can be seen e. g. on the Wikipedia disambiguation page, it can have four different meanings. I for one, attracted by it in a recent question (I badly need to ...

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Occasionally some tags on MathOverflow are deprecated - it is decided that they should no longer be used.
If a deprecated tag is only used in a few questions, then it can be removed manually - the ...

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I'm not sure if this question should be posted on overflow. So I put it here first.
I see the abbreviation of the journal Annals of mathematics is always like Ann. of Math. (2). I'm confused why it ...

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(Neil Strickland provided a link to early graduate level questions: MO or Math.SE? which more or less answers this, so I have marked it as a duplicate)
Every now and then I encounter questions which ...

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Can I ask for criticism or improvement advice for a paper or theory available online?

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Just encountered two questions,
ADE type Dynkin diagrams
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Is there a common genesis for ADE classifications?
IMO, they are very-very similar, but this is not really a duplicate case, rather, ...

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I remember that I had asked a question about obstructions for a $n^2$ dimensional vector bundle for which the fibers admit a structure of matrix algebra. I do not remember ...

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Probably anybody visiting this site regularly noticed that quite often there are posts which are not at MO-level and quite frequently also of very low quality. (Many of them are simply copy-paste of ...

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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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I have noticed today that we have a completeness tag. It currently houses seven different questions on widely different notions of completeness.
Since there are widely different notions of ...

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You could save me a few heart attacks :-) by changing the message to the more clearer "Voter was removed" (or whatever you see fitting). I first thought I was removed (maybe on another suboverflow, ...

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For Category theory there is a well known and quite active research mailing list https://www.mta.ca/~cat-dist/ Do similar mailing lists or usenet groups exist for other branches of mathematics? For ...

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I have not got any attention/comment on this question yet, even after being in bounty for 4 days. Meanwhile I learned that the problem has trivial solution in higher dimensions (minimum value = 0), ...

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What is considered the most appropriate way of reporting about progress towards an answer to my own question(s)?
The options related to MO I see, are either in form of an edit, in form of an ...

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I would like to know whether there has been progress in the last five years on the 2011 question H^4 of the Monster. Given the discussion there (and also given what else I know of the field), it seems ...

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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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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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The question is here.
For convenience:
Let $S=M_n(\mathbb{Z}_2)$. Let $D^{(n)}_2$ be the matrices in the rank $2$ $\mathcal{D}$-class of $S$. Find
$$N_n=\left\lvert\left\{\begin{array}
\, e &...

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I have seen several times people editing a post to add a link to an article under restricted access/behind a paywall. By this I mean that the article is on some site requiring a login/payment before ...

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This question (now deleted) asked for a way to compute generators for $I \cap \mathbb{Z}[z_1,\ldots,z_n]$ as an ideal of $\mathbb{Z}[z_1,\ldots,z_n]$, given generators $f_1,\ldots,f_m \in \mathbb{Z}[...

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In this slightly unusual and relaxed post,
I would like to express my admiration for
our all-time top rep user Joel David Hamkins,
in the spirit of the jon-skeet-facts post
from the sibling ...

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In a recent question I've asked if a claim I've make could be true, a user answered with a counterexample and so I've accepted his answer.
Now I formulated some additional hypothesis under which I ...

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The following account looks like some kind of SEO trick.
https://mathoverflow.net/users/106607/nilead-web-design-company
It doesn't seem that I can flag accounts for moderator attention, hence this ...

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I could imagine that several very long Mathoverflow answers have eventually turned into expository papers. For example, I have posted this (unpublished) expository paper on the arxiv about various ...

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I've been on this site for several years and I appreciate the site a lot but I don't like to post here anymore because no matter what I write I get some kind of sarcastic comment, or put-down, or ...

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It went/goes something like this:
"It [the abc conjecture] resembles a false proposition in that A GREAT DEAL of results would follow from its veracity".
I may have read it in the comments of a ...

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In several old questions/answers I have seen in MathJax the combination \\, where it obviously should be \, and also ...

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In the days before StackExchange used i.stack.imgur.com for images, I had linked quite a few images to my college's web server. Now all those links are broken, and I will eventually move them to i....

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On page 333 of the March 2010 issue, John Baez wrote that "MathOverflow has become a universal clearinghouse for math questions."
The March 2017 issue features an interview with Prof. Ken Ribet--the ...

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Occasionally, there has been a suggestion to start a meta question to collect information that might be of interest to the MO community. This is an attempt to start such a thread.
Is there any news ...

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Several times I have seen answers that should be comments posted by new users without enough reputation to comment. Sometimes they know it should be a comment, and say so.
Sometimes these get the ...

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This is my question
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/262039/central-properties-of-the-integers-mathbbz-over-other-structures-with-sum
I think the question is clear enough and it is easy to ...

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Often there are questions of the type: "I have posted this question on math.SE. No satisfactory answer so far. Would this question be suitable for MathOverflow?"
People ask this in various places:
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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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Well, it is amazing to find some of the greatest figures of mathematics at MO (including Field medalists) and even more startling is the fact that they have put queries too.
So, I was left wondering ...

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This morning, the following question involving the Riemann Hypothesis was posted:
The Riemann Hypothesis Proof
(in case it gets deleted: here is its content, albeit in a less readable form)
It was ...

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I am much more familiar with math.SE. On that site there are explicit guidelines about LaTeX in titles and things like \displaystyle, ...

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If I see a post that I think belongs on MathStackExchange, what should be my first response?
a) Comment to the user
b) Down-vote
c) Vote to close with suggestion of migration
And how long should I ...

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The post homomesy and asymptotic behaviour currently ends with "regards, A. Leverkühn". My impression is that the MO policy is not to sign comments, much less posts, but removing this seems like a ...

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The following question
Fractional-order Rellich–Kondrashov Theorem
uses the Cyrillic alphabet to write "Kondrachov", and I wanted to know what was the policy of the website concerning this vaguely "...

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I edit this old feature request of mine, in the hope that mentality have evolved and some consensus can be reached and some action be taken:
After each question on MO (with no answers yet), we can ...

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I was recently surfing around the Physicsoverflow and I have to admit I was impressed by their Review section. I could not help myself from thinking how -and if- such a feature could also be ...

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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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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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I am a bit hesitant to bring up this issue, but since it does bother me a good deal here goes. It has similarities with this other meta question but with a more objective edge maybe.
It is a fact ...

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I deleted the original post on MO and put it here.
Unlike the western counterpart, Chinese family names have fewer varieties. So you can see many Chinese mathematicians named as Zhang, Wang, Li, etc....

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I recently tried to write the name of the French mathematician Gâteaux in the correct way, i.e. with a circumflex over the first 'a'.
Using MathJax formatting inside inline math or in formula, that ...

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I remember there was a question posted to MO about maybe two months ago or so which was, essentially, about the existence of zero-one vectors in the kernel of some matrix. Can anybody help me to ...