# 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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### What to do when it seems that downvotes are not justified (for example, when they are directed "against" the person and not "against" the question)?

This question now has a score of $-2$ and it could be that it will be lowered still.
It is an elementary attempt to resolve an open problem.
I shared it with you because I am an amateur and almost ...

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### Should metaMO allow actual requests for mathematical consulting services to be remunerated either by honoraria or by "usual and customary" fees?

Should metaMO allow actual requests for mathematical consulting services to be remunerated either by honoraria or by "usual and customary" fees?
If so, should MO receive reasonable "broker" fees for ...

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### Bumping the question if it receives upvotes but no answer

Suppose a question is posted 3 days ago and it got decent number of up votes, say $5$ but did not receive any answer yet and not even comments which says some thing in direction of an answer..
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### Migrating a question which is already posted on the other site [closed]

When a question begins by saying "This question appeared earlier on math.stackexchange.com" and links to that earlier posting, how does it make sense to migrate it to math.stackexchange.com (thereby ...

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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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### Protest for my account suspension [closed]

I posted this question about two month ago. Shortly after this, I got a moderator private message.
It says:
We've noticed that you have a pattern of engaging in lengthy discussions in comments, ...

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### Is this site not intended to help mathematicians and aspiring mathematicians become more informed about the subject?

My account says "we are no longer accepting questions from this account". Although some of my questions have been negatively received (and taking into account the fastidious nature of MathOverflow), I ...

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### How the moderators/admin decide the significance/research orientation of any question before closing it? is it intuitive to them?

I am not sure whether there exists some kind of objectivity in taking a decision in closing a question. For example my question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/226226/a-symmetric-function was ...

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### Are these close-votes cast correctly?

I asked this question on MSE. It received up-votes and one answer that seems imprecise and unsatisfactory to me. Then I posted it here on MathOverflow for answers of higher quality, and it was also ...

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### Would it be okay/interesting to ask a survey type question?

I would be interested in asking a question which asks mathematicians who visit the site the following question:
1) What research topic are you actively working on right now?
2) Why are you ...

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### Should we encourage non-professionals to ask hard questions if that is good for the future development of the mathematics? [closed]

There is a story about Gauss being "unimpressed by FLT, pointing out (after finding a proof of the n=3 case) that in number theory it’s very easy to come up with problems that are very hard.".
But, ...

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### Do we have a privacy problem when people try and leave the mathoverflow community?

Do we have a privacy problem when people try and leave the Mathoverflow community?
Due to my objections regarding MO I deleted my profile. While I understand not deleting my questions and answers, I ...

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### Why does mathoverflow encourage only research level questions while stackoverflow encourages ANY questions?

Why does mathoverflow encourage only "research-level" questions while stack overflow encourages "all-level" questions?
I understand that the two communities seem to have different mentalities towards ...

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### Why was my probability question closed?

Why was my question closed here? Probability every team successfully presents a solution
At a summer math program a contest is held for $n$ teams. Each team, composed of $n$ individuals, is given the ...

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### More precisely defining the scope of mathoverflow's subject matter

A few months back someone asked about the difference between questions appropriate for mathoverflow.net and those appropriate for math.stackexchange.com. And someone answered, saying something along ...

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### The question 'Mathematical work of Jonathan Gleason' disappeared

The question
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/291518/mathematical-work-of-jonathan-gleason
was deleted by some unknown person, not long after Jonathan Gleason passed away. I am shocked with the ...

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### What is the best way to ask for comments on your proposed proof of some known theorem on MathOverflow?

Firstly, I apologize in advance if this post in not suitable for MO, but in my personal circumstances, I have no other place where I could post it.
Suppose one is fairly convinced that they have found ...

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### Can the Math Overflow look be changed? [closed]

I love the math sites but I rarely visit this MathOverflow site because of its look. The color and appearance is not appealing. I know this will sound weird but the mathematics is cool, maybe they can ...

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### Is Mathoverflow aware of its role of popularizing mathematics? [closed]

I read book of prof. Michał Heller. He received award of Hugo Steinhaus for popularizing science. In his speech he mentioned Steinhaus in anecdote. In 1952 Secretary of PAN (Polish Academy of Science) ...

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### adding n cat lab tag

I propose adding n cat lab tag with an intention to discuss mathematics that is written in https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/HomePage.
As https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/HomePage has large amount of ...

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### A radical proposal on votes and reputation

I was trying to explain the current controversy how “welcoming” MO is to a non-mathematician friend. The current best hypothesis for why MO is either attractive or repellent in general is that it has ...

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### Answering off-topic questions

What is MO's exact policy on answering or not answering off-topic questions? Assuming there is some well-defined policy. My guess is: you are allowed to answer off-topic questions and if somebody ...

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### An Introduction to Suspension Theory [closed]

Inspired by Konrad's last post I would like to start a discussion thread on some possible aspects of long time/permanent suspensions.
"Konrad" is a pseudonymous name for a long time suspended user. ...

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### Play the game: an observation about the reputation [closed]

MO is a nice Q&A network. Its niceness comes partly from the fact that it's funny, thanks to the existence of the reputation points. Normally, mature mathematicians shouldn't need a system with ...

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### Let Mathematics be a wild beast

I think the mathematics is a subject that should not hesitate to question any of it's old truths, as it enjoys the status of being foundation of the truth for most other sciences.
However, I'm seeing ...

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### Does MO have a stand on neurodiversity? [closed]

Does MO have a stand on neurodiversity, if even informal? If not, should it have a stand? And practically speaking, how might it have a stand that could improve the community as a whole?

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### Why is this answer about naming deleted?

My answer for Naming in math: from red herrings to very long names has been deleted. According to Why and how are some answers deleted?, the only two relevant reasons are:
commentary on the question ...

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### Would you like to see a MathOverflow Mods' Office?

Recently Math Stack Exchange created the Math Mods' Office with the following room description:
For informal chat with the site moderators about moderation, spam, troublesome users and other ...

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### Why was my answer deleted?

The axiom of choice as a consequence of a stronger semantics?
On what grounds?
"It is not people who break ethical standards who are regarded as aliens. It is people like me who are isolated." (...

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### Why so heavy downvoting?

For this question I received 7 upvotes and 9 downvotes. Why is so heavy downvoting?

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### Limiting the length of questions?

Many questions on MO are not formulated as concisely as they could be. I would propose a limit of characters (to be discussed, say 500 characters), and you can "buy" more space by sacrificing some of ...

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### Should MO perhaps give numerological abductive questions a little more benefit of the doubt

Background:
This question is a much more specific version of a metaMO question which was deleted for some odd reason after one poster said in a comment that he agreed with everything said in the post....

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### Why was my answer deleted? Cause?

The axiom of choice as a consequence of a stronger semantics?
First we show that $\in$ is not a semantic symbol. Suppose that $\in$ is a semantic symbol.
Contradiction: We know that $x\in \...

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### Should the MathOverflow chat room have its own moderators?

The Math Stack Exchange chat room has had some heated arguments/suspensions in the past and I was wondering if there were any plans for the newly opened Math Overflow chat room to have its own ...

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### offtopic question

my question was off toped https://mathoverflow.net/questions/298576/eiπ-1-1iπ?noredirect=1#comment742859_298576
Now I clearly see no reason for this. Just like for having two distinct websites for ...

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### Can anyone learn anything from a downvote without an accompanying rationale in a comment?

I have been on enough web boards in both the arts and sciences that I have learned not to be bothered by downvotes in and of themselves.
What does bother me is a downvote without an accompanying ...

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### on- and off-topic questions [closed]

When might it be reasonable that a question is closed as off-topic because it "does not appear to be research-level mathematics" while one of many narrow special cases of that question, posted ...

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### What needs math?

I probably do not understand the forum https://mathoverflow.net/questions
Have noticed that if someone asks how to solve any equation - then this post with a question quickly removed. Okay. Suppose ...

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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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### 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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### MathOverflow updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing.
If ...

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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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### Should Theoretical Computer Science SE and mathoverflow be merged?

I asked the same question at SO meta and I was asked to repost here.
Preamble: I have a feeling that I am disturbing honeycomb by raising this question.
Now that mathoverflow.net is a part of the ...

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### Don't we have a redundant math site?

We have mathoverflow.com with 144000 questions and answers, and we have math.stackexchange.com with 522000 questions and answers. Isn't there a redundancy? Shouldn't both sites be merged? I propose a ...

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### Freedom of speech in scientific discussions - An invitation to more tolerance in Scientific debates

I hope this post enjoys some tolerance, and don't get closed or put on hold immediately.
I believe that freedom of speech in scientific discussions is one of the key values which enriches the debates ...

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### Is there any way I can get a moderator removed for misconduct?

One of my posts that answered a question (for those who can see them now, they are at Is there some known way to create the Mandelbrot set (the boundary), with an iterated function system?) was ...