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MathJax \newcommand appears persistent across the whole page

Probably this is known. MathJax \newcommand appears to be persistent across the whole page, including the question + all answers. This potentially might cause ...
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Has the switch to SE 2.0 increased the rate of low-level / inappropriate questions?

I would be curious to know whether, now that links to MO appear in the footer of every SE 2.0 site, and in the "hot questions" list of the Stack Exchange button, the rate of inappropriate questions ...
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Are research questions in MSC 97 (Mathematics education) allowed on MO?

Check AMS Mathematics Subject Classification, you will find the 2 digit classification "97" for mathematics education. Thus it seems that It is allowed to ask mathematics education research questions ...
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Opting out of reputation

[Disclaimer. I'm making this feature request not because I want it nor because I think it's a good idea, but because I heard it so often that there is need to discuss it. Please don't shoot the ...
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How is this site different from Mathematics Stack Exchange?

I've just spotted this site on the blogs. At least that's where I think I saw it first. How is this site different from math.stackexchange.com?
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Placing bounties on questions which already have a good answer

It seems it's now possible to place bounties on other people's questions. I noticed a certain user placing a lot of bounties recently, including one on a question of mine which already had an accepted ...
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Homotopy chat room

I started an MO homotopy theory chat room at http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/9418/homotopy-theory at the request of Jon Beardsley. there seem to be people in it already who know what the word "...
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Too large font in the question names

Previously much more questions could fit one page in the question list. Currently the font is giant and the information is much less dense.
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possible bug in reviewing reopen votes?

I just reviewed Status of Beal, Granville, Tijdeman-Zagier Conjecture which had a vote to re-open, and tried to select "keep closed". But then I got a pop-up asking me to confirm that I wanted to re-...
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Use of arXiv tags

When MathOverflow began we decided to start using arXiv classification and created corresponding tags. These are still the most broadly used tags on MathOverflow. However, the usage of some these tags ...
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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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So, what will happen with Community Wiki by owner?

I have seen several discussions on this subject but I don't retrieve them. Will it, when the dust settles down, be possible on MO2.0 for someone asking a question, or posting an answer, to make it ...
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Custom 'off-topic' reasons to close

Splitting off the first item from the main 6. Currently, the 'off-topic' reasons are: This question does not appear to be about research level mathematics, within the scope defined in the help center....
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What's our consensus on people resurrecting old questions just to edit formatting?

I think the title says it all. Personally, as someone who uses the "newest questions" as the front page, I'm not keen on people tweaking questions or answers that seem to have outlived active interest....
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Algebraic geometry [closed]

Who did not graph such equations as $y^2-x^2=1$ in secondary schoool? THEREFORE: Algebraic geometry (since it is only about zero-sets of polynomials in several variables) is high-school-level stuff, ...
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Does review feature encourage closing and flagging errors?

The new review feature is interesting, and I have experimented with it. I have a number of concerns- I wonder whether my concerns are shared, and whether there is anything that can be done to address ...
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The 6 semi-essential meta questions of every SE 2.0 upgrade

In the spirit of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta I realized that there were a few things that needed to be decided by a large site that has suddenly gone SE 2.0. Initially I planned to ...
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Question about closing

The following question has 5 votes to close, but it is not closed : Preparing for Set Theory Research What is going on here? I'm not trying to start a discussion of the merits of this question (...
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Proposal to more aggressively delete off-topic questions

We are going to get many more off-topic questions now. Can we agree to vote to delete on them so as not to pollute the site? It takes a few votes from users who can vote on such things and/or one ...
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In case Chat turns out to be useful

Below, a question and answer on the only current MO chat, from two people who have been regulars on MSE chat, the second a moderator somewhere. My concern, for now, is that I see several MSE regulars ...
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Editing of the help center and about

Try to add some meat to the on topic page. Also, in the about page, you can edit the site target audience, the example question, and the bullet points that define what to ask about/what not to ask ...
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A serif font for MathOverflow?

Wouldn't it be nicer to have a serif font on MathOverflow? As is done, say, on MSE. It seems to be much more readable, like a printed text. And I'd say making answers looking more like notes or even ...
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What happens when a question is migrated to MSE?

When a question is closed as off topic and migrated, will it no longer appear in MO, or will it appear in MO with a note saying it has been migrated? Similarly, in MSE, will it say "migrated from MO" ...
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How to handle crankery on MathOverflow 2.0?

On the previous MO we had a thread on Tea called "crank post to flag as spam" in which crank posts were pointed out so people could flag them as spam and have them deleted. Seeing how we are now ...
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MathJax on Chat

Is there MathJax support on the chat?
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Why is the update so awesome?

I mean, we really don't deserve it. It's awesome. Good work everyone, high-fives all around. Cheers (for those of you from across the pond, so-to-speak).
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Has there been a recalculation of reputation?

At the risk of being too venal: yesterday I had over 8500 and now I am under 7900. Anyone else experienced changes with similar orders of magnitude?
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Description of what kinds of questions are appropriate

On the old MO site, we had an extensive FAQ describing the purpose of MO and the kinds of questions that are welcome. Right now, I don't see any way for a new user to figure out what we're about and ...
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How long will it take for all my badges to turn up?

By current count I have 3 silver and 4 bronze badges. This is a lot less than I had before. Do they just turn up in dribs and drabs over 24-48 hours, or what? Not that I'm driven by badges, but I'm ...
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Default question list

We had a discussion on the old meta about the default list of questions. It looked to me before I logged on that the default list of questions is identical to the old list (and not the weird new one)....

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