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Reference to Mathoverflow

I feel a bit awkward, but my question is this: Someone asked questions on Mathoverflow and I gave answers. The whole thing was not very deep and I could provide rather standard examples to show ...
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Using multiple accounts and pseudonyms

What are the MathOverflow guidelines regarding using pseudonyms in place of one's real identities? In particular are anonymous/pseudonym users treated differently from users who use their real ...
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I can't understand the answers

I found myself in a slightly awkward situation. "Working" (hobby) on group conjugation I learnt about quandles and I finally managed to formulate some questions of some of the issues that interest me ...
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Is the question "Why fund the research in pure mathematics?" allowed on MO?

Because it's now very "sensitive" to ask soft-questions on MO, I prefer to take my care. I would like ask "Why fund the research in pure mathematics?" on MO (in community-wiki mode), with the tags: ...
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PhysicsOverflow just [in 2014] went live [closed]

The new site is now up and running (outside the SE network) here https://www.physicsoverflow.org/ PhysicsOverflow is meant to be some kind of a rebirth of the untimely passed away Theoretical Physics ...
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Migrate questions without disagreeing on their research status

Sometimes mathematics and statistics (as well as mathematics and TCS, or mathematics and computational science) overlap. There are times (such as for this question) when I'd like to be able to ...
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Closing one's own question

Sometimes I ask a question and a helpful commenter points out that the question is ill-founded. This seems like a straight-up case for closing the question, but unfortunately the best I can do is vote ...
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Should I start posting my questions on MO?

I have been a member of MO and of math.SE for a long time now. My participation in MO has been mainly lurking because I am not a researcher but a student who aims to become one. So, logically, I have ...
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"Is this a known/interesting result?"-type questions

Are questions of the form "Is this a known result?" and "Is this an interesting result?" legitimate for MO? I have sometimes found myself staring at results that were new to me and unsure whether ...
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Why do non-research and soft questions get closed if and only if the poster lacks high reputation?

The title says it all. Don't get me wrong. I have actually enjoyed my first few weeks on MO. I am not writing out of personal vendetta. That is, I have not had any of my own questions closed and I ...
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Math Educators Stackexchange is live!

The new site http://matheducators.stackexchange.com is now up and running! This site is for questions about course-design, exam-writing, teaching methods, intuition and examples, etc. Check out our ...
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comments that are not displayed right away ("add/see 10 other comments")

Often when I start reading comments, it is only when I come to the end that I see a link like "add/see 10 other comments". I can understand that if there is a huge list of comments for the same ...
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Why was this question asking non-trivial examples of closed subschemes closed?

Why was this question asking non-trivial examples of closed subschemes closed?
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posting an unanswered Math.SE question on MathOverflow

I have a question on Math.SE which hasn't received any responses. Is it alright to repost it to MathOverflow? If so, how long should I wait before doing so?
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Should the accepted answer really have a green background?

I find it annoying reading black text on a bright green background when looking at the accepted answer. I thought the big green checkmark was enough to mark which answer has been accepted.
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Weighing votes?

Judging by my own experience, reputation counting is far from perfect. Mine has been growing mostly thanks to answers to easy questions which I've been lucky to be first to read. On the other hand I ...
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A blog for MathOverflow

Amongst the moderators we've recently been discussing starting a blog for MathOverflow. The immediate goal is to have a good place to describe the current 'institutional setup' of MathOverflow (e.g. ...
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On: Graph Theory is the s(c/l)um of Topology (?)

Recently a question got asked that effectively asked for the origin of the quote "Graph theory is the scum of topolgy" indicating it might not be the exact quote but something along these lines. ...
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Why this question is off-topic?

Given an even function how to obtain the most close odd function and vise versa? Why it was closed?
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Is it a problem if I post a lot of questions?

The fuel of MO is the research level questions in mathematics. In most (regular) users' summary I look, there are much more answers than questions, as if the opposite position would be doubtful ...
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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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Should this site be "a shortcut to substitute for literature searches"?

On Reference for invariance of essential spectrum under relatively compact perturbations, Michael Renardy voted to close with the comment "This site should not become a shortcut to substitute for ...
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The Math Teaching Stackexchange proposal is registering 38 more users for a private beta

Edit: Thanks to everyone who has signed up. There are already 162 participants, a number which usually takes several months to acheive. As mentioned in this post, there is a proposal on Area51 for a ...
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Custom closing link looks too much like it should be a migrate to MSE link

Currently, one of the custom off-topic closing reasons is: MathOverflow is for mathematicians to ask each other questions about their research. See Math.StackExchange to ask general questions ...
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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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Area 51 proposal: History of Science And Mathematics

I've created a new proposal on Area 51 for a Stack Exchange focusing on the history of mathematics and science. As a math student, I am constantly studying the history of the subject. I feel that ...
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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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Why can't I accept two answers to the same question simultaneously?

I asked a question in MO and I received two interesting answers with different approaches. Both of them are very interesting. I wish to accept both of them simultaneously, but it is impossible. ...
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How is the high quality of discussion on Math Overflow achieved?

Coming from the regular Stack Overflow, the high quality of discussion on Math Overflow is very noticeable. Questions are well presented and detailed, answers and comments are thorough and precise. ...
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Formatting citations to the literature on MathOverflow

We'd like to make it easier to cite articles from the literature, on MathOverflow. I propose adding a single button to the edit toolbar while writing posts, which will pop up a search dialog, allow ...
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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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Could I have some help improving a history-overview post?

First off, a link to the post in question. It has been marked as "too broad". What could I do to improve my question? Should I break each sub-question down into its own question? Should I repost it ...
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Improving citations of MathOverflow posts

There are already a lot of citations of MathOverflow in the literature. Nevertheless, there is some resistance in the greater mathematical community since MathOverflow is not a traditional medium. ...
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Why are MO tags formatted as they are?

I noticed that some of the more frequently used MO tags are formatted according to a certain pattern, e.g.: nt.number-theory pr.probability lo.logic fa.functional-analysis Why are the tags formatted ...
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What should I do about a wrong tag added by an editor?

I posted a question and tagged it "infinite-sequences". A high-reputation editor added a more general tag: ca.analysis-and-odes. Now, in principle, having a more general tag is fine---but this tag is ...
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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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Are questions exploring constructive analysis on topic?

Meta, I'm not a professional. I've been reading Bishop. I have questions. They are likely fairly basic to a professional. Am I on topic here, or should I wander over to the other site?
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Proposal for Mathematics Learning, Studying, and Education

In view of https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/12470/forum-for-chatty-math-education-questions, I thought to create this proposal. I'd appreciate your support and contributions. Please allow ...
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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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Call for question titles: Mathematical modeling/applied mathematics SE proposal needs 33 more sample question titles

Edit: I wanted people to realize that they only need to write the question title, and not the question body itself. The Mathematical Modeling SE proposal (http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/...
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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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Suitability on MO of question on teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills

Recently, I asked a question on MSE about teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills. Would this question be suitable for MO, where it might reach more professionals involved in teaching ...
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Easy research-related questions, and closure reasons again

I am a bit confused by the close reason for https://mathoverflow.net/questions/154235/minimum-l1-norm-may-not-obtain-the-sparsest-solution?noredirect=1#comment395410_154235. It is an easy question ...
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Traffic from the list of hot network questions

To better understand the advantages and disadvantages of having MO questions featured in the list of hot network questions, as discussed here and here, it would be useful if Stack Exchange could ...
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MathOverflow vs other measures of mathematicians' interests

How closely does MathOverflow track the interests of mathematicians as measured in other ways? For instance, the Tags page here suggests that $$\frac{\text{interest}_{tags}\text{(algebraic geometry ...
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Is this question appropriate? (Counterexamples in Universal Algebra)

I have a question which I'd like to ask, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for MO, and I wanted to get some feedback. The reasons I'm worried it might be inappropriate are: (1) there are already ...
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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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Questions about applied mathematics

There's a discussion taking place at this question Mathematical study of Mpemba effect? where the author UwF is arguing that this question isn't clearly off-topic and would like some explanations for ...
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Soft questions without reputation

I would like to ask two soft questions, but i would not like to gain reputation from this. What do you think about the following procedure: I write my question in advance. I post a question named [...
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Remove Negatively voted Questions?

Should negatively voted questions be removed from MO in order to keep it 'clean', or, put differently: what is the use of negatively voted questions on MO? I am especially interested in opinions on ...

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