# 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 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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### 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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### User destroyed without explanations or obvious reasons

Yesterday (June 6), somebody posted this answer (now deleted, so users with <10k reputation will not see it). I have not bothered checking whether it is correct, but it surely looks reasonable, and ...

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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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### What do you think about the following MO question?

What do you think about the following MO question?
By posting this question for feedback I am following David Roberts' very patient and kind advice.
If you have already seen the question below please ...

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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?

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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 my nomination for 2022 Community Moderator Election withdrawn without convincing reason?

I was honored to participate in the elections for moderation in MO 2022 , but I am sorry to say that my candidacy was withdrawn today without any convincing reason, frankly, I did not find it ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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 ...