# 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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### Question regarding the StackPrinter site

Does anybody here know whatever happened to the StackPrinter site? It seems to me that it is not working anymore. Do you know of a currently working version/link of the site?
Please let me thank you ...

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### Is there a post where one can thank mathoverflow community?

Is there a post where one can thank MathOverflow community for its indirect help for a paper that has recently published, along with the link of the paper? (Especially given that MathOverflow being ...

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### Why are people trying to close this question?

Why are people trying to close this question? This was posted yesterday.
There are 3 close votes so far and not a single comment from anyone.

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### An answer to an unposed question

I was very tempted to answer Suggestions for reducing the transmission rate? with the following. In fact I did, but I deleted it again, because I do realize that there is nothing mathematical in my ...

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### Merge the closing reasons "needs details" and "needs more focus"

I usually find unclear how to choose between the closing reasons "Needs details or clarity" and Needs more focus. Moreover the reasons "Off-topic because..." seem much more ...

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### Should algebraic-dynamics tag be made a synonym for arithmetic-dynamics tag?

Disclosure: On Meta at Mathematics Stack Exchange, I have asked whether an algebraic-dynamics tag should be created and made a synonym of the existing arithmetic-dynamics tag there, given the apparent ...

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### Collaborate to answer

Question: If the question is about proving $P$, which, pointed out in comments, follows from $Q$ and $R$. Is it acceptable to write an answer only containing the proof of $Q$, as part of collaboration?...

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### Bounties for Answers?

What are your feelings about offering a bounty for deciding or evaluating an answer to a MO question?
Background of this post is that I have provided two answers to a highly upvoted question with ...

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### Should @ in referring to some one in comments be changed

Suppose I want to refer some person X in comments, I write @X.
Suppose the name of that person is not in English script, it is not clear how to refer that person. Some times it comes automatically ...

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### Using results from refereed papers

If a question pops up which is answered by a theorem inside some paper I’ve refereed that isn’t in print yet, is it appropriate to answer the question and cite the (presumably) forthcoming paper or ...

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### What should I do if I have a question on inactive post?

I recently asked this question about gamma function, and Vincent law commented a link to another post which stated similar question.
There I found a link to MathOverflow post.
I visited there, and I ...

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### Imgur image inaccessible

I noticed when this question, How do these primes jump?,
was bumped to the front page, the image I posted:
https://i.sstatic.net/RGsqP.jpg
will no longer load. Possibly my local problem?

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### The (tag-removed) tag and migration

Occasionally I have seen that for low-level questions (such as introductory calculus exercises or similar level) some user replaced the tags by the tag-removed tag1 - to indicate that the question is ...

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### How about a way to flag a question for migration to another site without down voting it

If the question is valid, it seems churlish to down-vote it, especially since doing so affects the user's reputation adversely. Sure, it's a mistake to ask a question on the wrong SE site, but I don't ...

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### Is 10% with accepted answers typical?

At the current moment posting this, 5 out of the 50 front-page postings
(that I see)
are are accepted answers. My question is:
Q. Is this typical, about $10$% accepted answers at any one time?

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### What happened to Stackedit?

I'm not sure if this question is appropriate for MOmeta, but as the tool had been suggested for offline editing, I'll give it a try (please vote to close if not appropriate).
Stackedit got updated in ...

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### Why was this question made community wiki?

Yesterday I asked a question seeking published references studying popular games, to start building up an undergraduate research program. Today I woke up to find it had been made community wiki. Now, ...

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### Why was my question closed while it looks like similar questions are still open?

Recently, my question regarding a good introductory book on mathematical risk theory was closed because it was deemed off-topic and not research-level mathematics.
However, I think that multiple ...

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### "Have you considered to accept or start a bounty"

There are some questions of mine with answers which I did not accept them,yet.
Some of them (but not all of them) has an statement on the above of its title in the question list,...

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### Browser crashes

For some odd reason, this seemingly innocuous MO question crashes every browser with which I try to open it on my iPhone. (This remains true after a phone reboot.) It opens perfectly well on other ...

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### Is this question out of place?

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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### Hadamard product (and other ambiguous tags)

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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### Can I ask for criticism of a paper or theory?

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

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### I loose a question

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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### No attention or any comment on this question yet. Should it be migrated to math.SE?

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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### 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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### Redirection for off-topics posts

At the moment there are three choices in the Closing > Off-Topics > Migration tab.
Shouldn't the other stackexchange websites
http://matheducators.stackexchange.com and https://hsm.stackexchange.com/...

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### My question has been asked but not answered at all. What should I do?

My problem is somewhat similar to My question has already been asked, but not really answered? What should I do?.
But in my case the question has not been answered at all.
My first idea was to write ...

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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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### 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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### Can I ask this question here?

I recently posted this question on Math Stack Exchange, in which I asked for a published reference containing the proof of a certain fact. What I got instead was a very rough outline of a proof. I've ...

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### Risqué and uninformative title.

I found the previous title of
Realizing proper pure octonions as conjugates
slightly risqué and also uninformative. So in the spirit of being bold I just changed it to something mathematical. I'...

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### Can I ask this type of question? I don't know whether it can be qualified as research level?

I asked this question on Math.Stackexchange, this, can I ask here. I have done little research on proving for the general case of n-variables other than mentioned in my answer.

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### Should the tags [inner-models] and [inner-model-theory] be merged?

Right now there are two tags for questions about inner model theory: inner-models and inner-model-theory. I can't see any difference in the type of questions being asked under these two tags. Should ...

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### Should this question be reopened

Given the comments, should this question be reopened Is |A| < |B| possible if A->B is surjective?
With a negative score, no answers and closed it will be automatically deleted, losing the ...

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### Why is it taking so much longer than it used to for MathJax to get rendered?

These last few days when I click on a posting it sometimes takes more than a minute or even two, for MathJax to get rendered. It used to be a couple of seconds.
Is anything being done to correct this?

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### On documents found over the internet and sites that make them available

Yesterday on MO I saw this question and gave this answer by posting a link I found by googling (more precisely, I used DuckDuckGo). The sought for paper is from a series of preprints issued by the ...

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### There is no any answer box for this post

I would like to add an answer to this question but there is no any answer box for this question.
What is the reason?
Nonequivalent definitions in Mathematics

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### Transferring a misplaced question after it has a positively received answer

I recently goof'd and forgot that hsm.stackexchange exists, and posted a history of mathematics question here.
This was kindly pointed out to me by a user here, but the question already had a ...

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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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### Should this question have been CW?

Yesterday I asked a big-list question (Examples of errors in computational combinatorics results). The question is naturally big-list because it asks for various examples. Now I am not quite familiar ...

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### Self advertising and posting a candidate constructive proof

I would like to learn about appropriateness of posting a candidate constructive proof that decides a conjecture or open question and asking for counter examples that render the proof incorrect.
The ...

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### What is the correct action if the OP finds an answer incorrect (with a recent example)?

While I certainly think that the OP of the question Non trivial zeros of Riemann zeta function definitely abuses MO in a couple of ways, still I believe it is a good example for the question in the ...

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### Appropriateness and cross-posting

I am interested in this question on math.stackexchange. To me it is interesting because while it looks "obvious" that there isn't a solution with 6 turns (I have some very partial results ...

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### Impact of politics on the availability of video conference software for mathematics online conferences

I'm not sure that this is the best place for this post, but on the other hand I could not think of a better forum. Of course I understand if this post must be downvoted since it doesn't strictly ...

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### Create usage guidance for 2-categories tag

The 2-categories tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create
it?
This is what the 2-categories tag page https://mathoverflow.net/questions/tagged/2-categories says.
Can some one create usage ...

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### Need advice on math enthusiasts forum

I am looking to find a forum in the Internet intended for math enthusiasts to discuss math ideas outside the question-answer format but at high level. Can anyone advise such sites?

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### Would this question be suitable for MO?

I have asked What are some efficient ways to keep a note of results of a paper? in Academia SE.
Would this question be suitable for MO?
Is this better suited in MO than academia?

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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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### Should this be moved to math.stackexchange?

I posted Lower bound on Carmichael Function
and just assumed it belonged here, but after thinking about it for some time I'm not so sure. The Carmichael function itself might be encountered by other ...