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Altering the question in a way that makes an answer obsolete

I've seen that several times: an answer makes OP want to change the question in a way that would damage the answer. Obviously this should not be done. In fact I think it is better to delete the ...
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Why is this question counted as "off topic"

Why is this question counted as off topic? Unreasonable application of mathematics to the other areas
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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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How can I tell if my question is appropriate to MathOverflow or if I should just put a bounty on it at Math.SE?

I have at least two questions which are about graduate level mathematics on Math.SE, but about which I have serious doubts regarding whether or not they are "research level". In other words, I don't ...
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Reappearance of (topology) tag

I have noticed that topology tag was created again. According to list of new tags it was created Jun 9 at 7:55. There are currently 3 questions having this tag. I was not able to find a discussion on ...
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Do people want counterexamples in general topology that satisfy low separation axioms or high separation axioms?

When people ask general topology questions asking for a proof or a counterexample to a claim, people often do not mention whether they want a counterexample which satisfies higher separation axioms (...
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Asking for explanation of a paper?

A few months ago I asked a question about asking very specific questions about a paper. Now, I would really like to ask for a general overview and explanation of the main ideas of an entire paper. ...
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A StackExchange website aimed at graduate students?

There has been a lot of discussion about questions that do not get answered on MSE, but are not considered 'research level' on MO and thus get closed. The problem seems to be that certain questions ...
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Proposal for a new rule for down-vote

As I see it, the most common causes for down-voting a question should be: The question is completely incomprehensible, or makes no sense ("Are all prime numbers green?"); The question has a trivial ...
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How is it off-topic to ask whether the normalization of a local complete intersection is Gorenstein?

This question (which I did not ask) is whether the normalization of a local complete intersection domain is Gorenstein. Why was this closed as "off-topic"? Especially when this one, which asks ...
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New tags: Functional Data Analysis, Time Series, Functional Time Series

In my opinion there should be at least the following two tags, I couldn't find: "Time Series", "Functional Data Analysis". Since functional data are used more and more and time series as a ...
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Would disallowing displayed equations ("double dollars") in titles be useful?

If a poster includes in the title some formula in enclosed between $$, like $$x^2+y^2=z^2$$ $$x^2+y^2=z^2$$ the title of the ...
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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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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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Site statistics: Effectivity of the advice to edit a question which is closed as "unclear what you're asking"

When a question is closed as "unclear what you're asking", it gets attached the following message: Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you ...
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Should delete votes add a post to the low quality posts review queue?

Presently, unlike "Very Low Quality" flags, delete votes do not add a post to the "Low Quality Posts" review queue. -- Should they?
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Probable Homework

This post asks for the solution of a problem subject to various artificial constraints of the sort that frequently arise in homework problems. When asked repeatedly why he wants to impose these ...
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How to properly ask for the (non)existence of hypothetical mathematical objects on MO?

A question from a rookie on MO. During my research, I introduced in my physico-mathematical equations some "nasty", "problematic" mathematical objects (namely functional integrals) that are at least ...
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Recent suggested tag wiki edits

Today [Apr 21 '16] and yesterday there were a considerable number of suggested edits to previously empty tag wikis and tag wiki excerpts (browse here; viewing the full list requires >=10K points, I ...
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What's happens to a user's questions, answers and comments after an account is deleted?

I apologize if the answer to this is obvious or well-known. I'm curious to know what happens to a user's (1) questions, (2) answers, and (3) comments after a user's account has been deleted in the ...
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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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Deleting others' work

Recently a question was posted on MathOverflow, which received (I think) more than an average number of upvotes. There was an answer to the question, by someone other than the OP. Next day, the ...
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Is there bias in the parity of MO reputation (or similar random parameter)?

Background: Possibly wrong experiments with the bias of the parity of reputation based on 2012-11 MO dumps show there might be some bias: ...
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What happened to the dear user "quid" (9072), they appear deleted?

What happened to the dear user "quid" (9072), they appear deleted? Noticed this by edits I remember were from them. Google still remembers them and the user page of user number 9072 returns 404 (...
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Why are opinion based questions deprecated?

Some months ago I had posted a question in the line of "Which mathematical papers should be translated?" which soon after got voted to close because it was deemed to depend on opinion. I'm not trying ...
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Can I migrate this question about the divergence of an infinite product to Mathoverflow?

I thought this problem was just an homework-level but it turned out neither two of my professors in the area of analysis nor users active in mathstackexchange could give me a complete solution. The ...
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No time to check an answer before the end of the grace period

I get an answer for a question with a bounty: Positivity of the alternating sum of indices for boolean interval of finite groups The problem is that the answer came 2 hours before the ...
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Can I see who voted for what after I die?

I would like to know who has up- and (most importantly!) downvoted my questions. Will I find out after I die? What do different religions/beliefs say about this? I would happily convert to see the ...
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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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Recurrent posting about «Matrix polynomials» and so on

MO is currently being the focus of what I guess to be a single particular individual R.T.Man sporting multiple unregistered users identity (like Eskand or H.night). S/he's asking multiple very similar ...
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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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Why is my question on hold?

Why is this question fine, but mine is put on hold? They seem to be very similar questions? Or is there some distinction that I'm not getting?
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MathOverflow user jailed

I know this is off-topic, not even being a question. MathOverflow user Kıvanç Ersoy has been jailed, apparently for signing a petition. Edit: As mentioned in comments, there is a petition about ...
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Humans, Go, Computers, Math

This is the meta thread for What advantage humans have over computers in mathematics? It was closed, got reopened and reclosed, and reopened again. In an effort to close the barn before the horse ...
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Appropriateness of question on delay differential equations

Would my question below, posted on Mathematics Stack Exchange in May 2015 and having received no answers, just a couple of upvotes, be appropriate in level for MO? I recognize that cross posting is ...
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What "lattices" do we need?

The tag lattices is a problem since a long time. Over the years there were varied discussions about this, but no clear resolution emerged, though some things were done to better the situation. This is ...
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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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Can I ask a question here whose answer I did not get at math.stackexchange?

I have asked a question about solution of heat equation at math.stackexchange but no one answered. I think may be the question is too professional to be asked from learners. As this platform is for ...
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Time to close this question

Despite promising to stop editing it, the OP has now made his 24th edit to his question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/208867/eliminating-gibbs-phenomenon-and-approximating-with-jumping-...
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Is there a way to measure the effectiveness of MO?

One way to measure the effectiveness of MO is to track how often it leads to publishable research. That angle has been discussed before. I'm wondering if there are other metrics that can be used to ...
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Tag for errata of books

Navigating MO, it is possible to view two kinds of questions regarding errors within a book. The first kind are community-wiki questions which answers are a collaborative listing of found errors in a ...
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Appropriate or not: "To what extent are the results in Paper X correct?"

I have found a counterexample to the main theorem of a 20-year-old paper. The paper does not seem to be well known but it was written by reputable mathematicians and published in a highly regarded ...
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Need help on my closed question

It is about this question on periodic structures: my question Currently I don't have any idea what is wrong with the question? It was totally rewritten by me and edited by other users, so now it ...
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How to discourage excessive self-edits?

My question is prompted by the reappearance of this post on the front page. A glance at the edit history shows that the OP has edited his own question thirteen times. This user has a history of ...
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Appropriateness of recent LIGO question for MO

There had been numerous comments under the question Recent observation of gravitational waves that discuss whether it is appropriate for MathOverflow. That discussion is properly a concern of MO meta, ...
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Should I re-try a rejected edit with modifications?

Generating Classical Groups over Finite Local Rings asks a question that, according to the poster's own 'answer' https://mathoverflow.net/a/19098/2383, is not what was actually meant. I edited the ...
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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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What is the policy on "shortening titles" on MO?

A MO user (Myshkin) has just edited the title of a question of mine (here) to make it shorter. The old title was: Ref request: If the natural density (relative to the primes) exists, then the ...
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Should this teaching question about Graph Theory be reopened?

Should What (fun) results in graph theory should undergraduates learn? be reopened? In the comments, Andrej Bauer suggests that it is should be moved to Math Educators Stack Exchange, while Fedor ...
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Can some higher power merge the enumeration and enumerative-combinatorics tags? [duplicate]

I tried to do this myself, but I do not have sufficient privileges to do so. It seems like I cannot even suggest one as a synonym of the other. As a side question, is having an approved synonym the ...
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