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Missing brackets in $\{x\}$ in drafts, not missing in the final question/product

I am using the latest version of Firefox on Linux (bodhi linux) as well as Mac and Windows. Some $\LaTeX$ is not typeset correctly in MathOverflow: whenever I type a set, like the singleton $\{x\}$, ...
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Using mathoverflow as a blog

In the past, I’ve seen instances where a user has been accused of ‘using mathoverflow as a blog’; the specific criteria for when this accusation is leveled vary, but generally the following are ...
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Is there a way to download all your contributions?

Suppose I want to download all my questions and answers, e.g., as separate latex files. Is there a way to do this automatically? For example, this can be done on Facebook and on Google. There are many ...
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Blocking things from feed

Is it possible to block certain users or tags from appearing on one’s personal feed?
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Should there be a banner with some basic info about MO in the right sidebar?

A recent discussion about customizing the "Draft your question" panel reminded me of an older one here: Feature request: add short "about MathOverflow" section to the front page. ...
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Why isn't "Nobody has answered" on the multiple-choice list of reasons for a bounty?

When one is asked "Why are you starting this bounty?" the multiple-choice list of answers does not include "Nobody has answered the question." Choosing the answer that says it has ...
Michael Hardy's user avatar
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Procedure for requesting a complete removal from MathOverflow

With any online community, as the users and the company owning the domain change, it is inevitable that some users will want to exit the community. For example, many Facebook users deleted their ...
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Request for improvements to the citation bibtex format

According to my bibtex files, I have made citations in my various published articles to 71 different posts on MathOverflow, both questions and answers, often multiple times in different articles, when ...
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Feature: Making the MO-guidelines visible while editing questions?

I noticed that some of the MO questions that get closed are clear-cut going against the MO-guidelines eg. "here is the link to my new result" or "here is the jpg file of my homework ...
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Writing personal notes on specific questions

It would be nice to be able to add non-public notes for oneself on interesting questions on MO (of which there are very many), for later remembrance and further thinking on it. These notes can remain ...
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Should Mathoverflow take a stand against AI?

I am a mathematician with a PhD from 2016 and a long-term user of this website, though I've not been active of late. I am wondering, should Mathoverflow take a stand against Stackexchange for their ...
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Drop-down lists

Would it be possible to have markdown drop-down lists in MO? I think that hiding lengthy examples, components of long proofs, edited out text etc., inside such menus could add readability.
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Can a question be muted from showing up to the front of the page so answers can edit their response as much as they please?

I liked the answer to this question: An algebra of "integrals" by @anixx Which had a very detailed table attached. My understanding is the answerer had updated the question some 35 times to ...
Sidharth Ghoshal's user avatar
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New tag for "stochastic partial differential equations" (SPDEs)

Since there are separate tags for a) ODEs, ca.classical-analysis-and-odes and differential-equations and for b) ap.analysis-of-pdes but only one tag for stochastic-differential-equations, I was ...
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How to find highly upvoted comments?

My question is simple: is there a way to find the most highly upvoted comments on mathoverflow?
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Could we add another reason for closing that's more appropriate for "check this (dis)proof of RH"-type questions?

I wanted to vote to close this question which claims to disprove the Riemann Hypothesis, but I realized that, even though we get questions of this kind occasionally, none of the reasons to close is ...
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When voting to close, only 3 alternative SE listed as options

If I vote to close, one of the options presented to me is that the question belongs on a different SE site. I don't recall seeing this option before so I assume this is a relatively new feature, ...
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`\eqref` across posts

While editing @Ruy's answer to How can one define a kind of "determinant" on a reduced group $C^*$ algebra?, I tried to insert an \eqref to the equation ...
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Can (and should) Project Euclid links be replaced in bulk?

In February 2021, Project Euclid made some changes on their website: Project Euclid Platform Migration FAQs. It is probably a consequence of this that the links starting with ...
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Diamond moderator symbols and old posts

This question, or rather, (vague) feature-request is not specific to MO; however I leave it to more experienced (and with better skill in writing English) users to possibly ask it elsewhere. ...
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Feature request: add short "about MathOverflow" section to the front page

Until a few years ago MathOverflow front page had a short section at the top describing what the site is for. I am not sure when it disappeared or why but I would like to see it restored. Currently ...
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Hinting votes for CW contributions

I would like to learn about opinions about visually indicating votes for contributions to community wiki; what I have in mind is something analogous to the green button in the "menue-line" ...
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Unable to delete this post

I have been wanting to delete this post for quite sometime. Unfortunately a user already answered and my reputation is so low that I can’t accept or delete it. Note my original question is nothing ...
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Request: Add the option to close to review tasks from the "first questions" queue

Reviewing something in the "First questions" queue, I currently have only three options: Leave it (i.e. approve it as is) Edit it Share feedback, i.e. either Leave a comment asking for ...
Johannes Hahn's user avatar
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Why is the "last seen 96 years ago" feature gone?

User homepages used to display the information "last seen ... (min/days/...) ago". It appears this feature is gone now. I found it useful, and while it does divulge some otherwise ...
Christian Remling's user avatar
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Citation helper: can we have it automatically convert \(...\)s into \$...\$s?

Here is an example output of the citation helper in the case where the citation's title contains $\rm\LaTeX$ code (random paper found by searching for L^\infty) ...
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Make it evident that bounties are non-refundable or refund them on other people's questions

When I went to place my first bounty about a month ago, the question wasn't mine and I almost put up 500 rep to draw as much attention as possible figuring I'd only have to surrender said rep if ...
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Should the rules for deleting own questions be modified? - an example

I am aware of the own question deletion rules - in particular, kindly provided in an answer to Rules for deleting one's own question by Martin Sleziak. I think these rules have to be changed ...
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Is there any process to appeal suspensions?

Does mathoverflow have any procedure for appealing suspensions? I'm asking because I was banned for a week (I believe unjustly) due to rude behavior. Question: What recourse is there if I feel I was ...
Chertopkhanov on Malek Adel's user avatar
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Revising the help page on "What topics can I ask around here?"

This is a freestanding post taking its content from a previous discussion on the modal window for first-time askers. Thanks to Martin Sleziak and Tim Campion for the encouragement to post it ...
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What should the modal window for first-time askers say?

When a user asks their very first question on a Stack Exchange site, they are shown a modal window with some introductory advice. As explained in the March 2020 announcement of this feature, there is ...
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Filtering out the Autobiographer badge from "Recent Badges"

As discussed in this recent post, there is currently an influx of a ridiculous number of profile spammers showing up with the Autobiographer badge in the "recent badges" box on the MO ...
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Proposing a change to the close-vote interface

The feature request in this post is at the bottom; I will first highlight why I think it should be implemented. Currently, when I go to close-vote a question I see the following pop-up menu: If I ...
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Annoying popup about cookies

Recently, every time I visit Mathoverflow, I get a popup asking me to allow cookies. I have nothing against this in principle, but might there be a way that lets me respond and be done with it instead ...
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What about bountying a meta question?

While I do agree in principle that anything meta should not have anything to do with reputation changes, there might still be cases when one would like to stimulate more activity with some difficult ...
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Ability to flag user accounts as spam

There is currently no method to flag a user account as spam (only posts). However, there is a huge influx of user accounts that are clearly spam (look for the "Autobiographer" badge on the ...
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Feature request: question title should appear above question preview

Just a minor niggle - when I'm reviewing my question, one of the things I want to review is the title. It would be nice if the title appeared just above the preview of my question, so I could review ...
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Loophole to avoid closure: deletion + bounty?

Recently a question was asked in a manner which seems somewhat inappropriate to me (independent of the value of the question). Specifically, it seems that: The OP asked the question and then ...
Noah Schweber's user avatar
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Which Latex / MathJax features do we need or want to have supported on the site?

As we've started discussing, Stack Exchange is planning to redo the editor for all questions and answers across all their sites. As articulated by Emilio Pisanty, these changes will have significant ...
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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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Customize the modal window for the first-time askers [duplicate]

When a user asks their very first question on a Stack Exchange site, they are shown a modal window with a short advice. The content can be either a generic message or it can be customized for a ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Is there left any way to highlight part of text after all?

Currently we have quotes, but the quoted text looks more faint than the surrounding text The vertical bar hardly helps, I believe. In fact I think (although I cannot explain it) that this bar ...
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Creating theories-of-arithmetic logic tag

It seems to me that a tag for "arithmetic logic" is missing while it concerns a significant number ($\sim 500?$) of questions, which currently have no common tag other than the very broad lo....
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How do I follow a tag on MathOverflow?

I am probably missing something, but I would like to follow a tag on MathOverflow, so that I get emails about new questions with this tag. How do I do this (I read MathOverflow help and Googled this ...
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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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Retroactively add linked questions

Any question on MathOverflow (or other Stack Exchange site) shows the list of linked questions in the sidebar on the right. A question is added there if there is a link between the two questions ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Leveraging MO to organize mathematical research

I am currently studying an existence lemma that appears to be simple yet powerful. From what I know about it, it is applicable in combinatorics, topology, graph theory, probability, percolation theory,...
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Feature request: displaying all answers of a given user

It frequently happens that I want to find my old answer. The list of answers on my page consists of 35 pages, so searching in it using my browser search is too time consuming. On the other hand, if I ...
Alexandre Eremenko's user avatar
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Suggest edits while over 2000 rep

At 2000 rep, users gain the privilege that edits are applied immediately, and loses the ability to suggest edits. However, sometimes I find that I would prefer to suggest edits and leave it up to the ...
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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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