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Wouldn't it be nice to have subforums on MathOverflow dedicated to learning certain books/papers/etc.?

Oftentimes, I read something and start to ponder questions of the form "Does the formula on pg. 87 have a typo?" or "Isn't this a gap in the proof?" or "Why does the definition have this extra ...
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Can we get rid of the “featured on meta” main meta links?

As you know, MathOverflow has a special status in the Stack Exchange family, and (by a special agreement) it doesn't display any kind of ads nor links to the hot network questions in the sidebar. ...
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Primarily opinion-based questions/answers

One closing option is primarily opinion-based: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on ...
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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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Remove the upper bound on the number of bounties a single user can have at any moment

This question is about the maximum number of active bounties one user can have at any given point of time. Why do we have such a limitation? Why only 3 bounties? I have asked some questions on this ...
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When we close questions and suggest MSE, should we link to their How to Ask?

When we close questions by saying MathOverflow is for mathematicians to ask each other questions about their research. See Math.StackExchange to ask general questions in mathematics. ...should the ...
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reminder for comments/responses

Suppose a user commented on my post and due to some reason I overlooked and then forgot. As it is my question, the one who responded for my question would not care to write another comment if I do ...
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Remove down-voting or show down-votes in the separate counter

I have been reading this question and answers and I have submitted the answer there which is really a question. I have added it there, because it come to my mind after reading the questions and ...
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How to follow a question?

Basically, is it possible to follow a question by another user? Meaning whenever there are new answers or comments on it, I get a notification in my inbox, the same way the original poster of the ...
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Giving “bountied questions” more visibility weight

What community thinks about idea giving "bountied questions" more attention ? I almost never look on the tab "featured", I guess I am not alone. So I guess such questions deserve little attention. ...
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What about temporary design changes just to make better distinction from other sites?

It seems that the most common complaint about the new design is that the site looks very similar to other sites. (Especially Mathematics was mentioned a few times, probably because there are many ...
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Should there be Anonymous Comments?

I currently got a downvote for my question Making a Graph Eulerian for Applying TSP Heuristics, but unfortunately the downvoter didn't leave a comment explaining what the motivation was, thus ...
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Change reputation required to post on meta back to 5 reputation points

Typically, Stack Exchange sites have the restriction that only users with at least 5 reputation points on the main site can post on meta. In this regard, MathOverflow is different. (It is listed also ...
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Ability to flag for migration to other stackoverflow sites

Currently on mathoverflow, flags can be set for questions to be migrated to meta.mathoverflow, math.stackexchange, and stats.stackexchange. However, there are often questions that belong on other ...
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Removal of the “symplectic” tag

There is a symplectic tag on MO that currently contains just two questions. The first question so tagged dates from March 26 2017, so this makes this tag at least 1 year and 4 months old. I believe ...
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Close votes of different types

Sometimes when a question is closed, different people have a different reason for closing it. You can see this while voting: there is a count in the margin saying how many votes of a given type have ...
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Seems like right margins in answer texts need to be increased

It is a very minor thing but still - it seems that answer texts have zero right margin which shows somehow unpleasantly with colored background of accepted answers: (This is with latest Chrome on ...
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Should we have standing bounties?

There have been proposals to stop the bounties from expiring. On meta.SE these have been received rather badly, but would be most likely welcome here, as offering rewards for unsolved problems has a ...
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Why is log-in hidden

On the front page I looked in vain for "log in" button. Eventually found to my surprise that clicking on "sign up" takes me to a page where I can choose between "sign up" and "log in". Do I have any ...
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close/reopen wars on Mathoverflow

Sometimes one sees a situation like with this question: Cargo Cult Science in mathematics? which goes on hold and back again a number of times. Should there be a limit to the number of such rounds? ...
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A markdown question: are custom list number formats possible?

For list numbering, 1., 2., ... are used. Could I change this somehow, to use, say, (1), (2), ... or i), ii), ...?
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Recommending to move the question to another site

I am trying to recommend to move the question to another SE site. When I press the corresponding button, the menu pops up which offers me choices: meta, MathSE, stats. And no more choices. How can I ...
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Tags “riemann-zeta-function” and “zeta-functions” are almost identical

I have discovered that the following two tags are too similar to each other: riemann-zeta-function, with 299 questions tagged, has the description The Riemann zeta function is the function of one ...
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Does it make sense to have both “surfaces” and “curves-and-surfaces” tags?

I have noticed that there currently exist tags surfaces (with description "A surface is a two-dimensional topological manifold. The term can also be used to describe a smooth surface, depending on the ...
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What if I want to increase bounty by somebody else?

I found an exciting question that somebody gave bounty of 50, and I would like to increase it. Seems there is no way to do it. Why? Also, I never tried this so I don't know: can I increase my own ...
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MathOverflow feature: facilitating collaborations (algebra & other sciences)

One of my goals as an academic is to facilitate collaborations between my field ("pure algebra") and other sciences. We can't expect administrative staff (for instance, the Dean of Science) to help ...
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Serial downvoting

I received 4 downvotes within a short amount of time, I suspect it has been the same person. I think a mechanism should be installed that no user $u$ can downvote more than one post with a positive ...
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How to cut and paste

It has happened a few times that I have wanted to move someone else's answer from the comments to an answer, when the poster implicitly does not wish to do so (by not responding after a days-old ...
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Should MathOverflow request suggested tags feature?

There is a feature of showing suggested tags after the body of a question is included. These suggestions are based on the body of the question. More details can be found in these posts: ...
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Could there be a warning when a new tag is created?

It is rather easy to make a typo and create a new tag by mistake without even noticing it.1 Could we have a warning saying that the user is creating a new tag so that users can notice such mistakes ...
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Another close reason: “subsumed”?

This happened few hours ago: the question Series involving gamma function about the sum of a specific series, probably not research level, was followed by another one, Series involving factorials ...
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Can external links to MO questions/answers be made more informative?

On several occasions I have sent by email links to MO questions or answers. They appear just like this - say, https://mathoverflow.net/a/287214/41291 Is it difficult to achieve that such links in ...
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Why is it not possible to offer a bounty for longer than 7 days?

I had offered a bounty for the following question that expires in 7 hours: What did Gelfand mean by suggesting to study "Heredity Principle" structures instead of categories? The results ...
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Removing questions after answers

I recently gave a simple counter example to a question posed (I'm sure the mods can see the question). Probably the user was embarrassed by this. The question was promptly deleted and with that my ...
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Is there a clear rule against “check this proof” type questions?

I discovered that the meta question "Questions" of the type "I have written something, please give me feedback" from more than three years ago still does not have any answer, while ...
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Reviewing questions outside one's expertise

The review system is rigged to nudge users into action rather than non-action. This means that when someone opens a review, if they want to review, there is a good chance that they will act on a low ...
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Migration site list lacks entries

The question What is the integral of temperature over space called? obviously belongs elsewhere. Most probably the proper place is physics.SE, but in any case not here on meta, not on math.SE, and not ...
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Can we have a “cited by” in a right panel?

For math papers it is possible to check which other papers cite it. Can we have the same thing for Mathoverflow questions/answers? It would be nice to see next to the panels "related" and "linked", a ...
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Migration to Physics.SE

Several times, including perhaps this question today I would have liked to suggest migration to Physics.SE. Similar to this question I would like to ask for this feature to become available as a ...
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Where can one find out details about the arXiv trackback feature? Can we have our own?

I stumbled completely by accident on the meta question Did ArXiv trackbacks for MathOverflow stop working again since September 29th 2016? and was really fascinated to learn that arXiv has this ...
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Is it possible to list all mathoverflow users from a given country?

Is it possible to produce the list all mathoverflow users from a given country?
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Is it possible to change the author of a problem on mathoverflow?

By a mistake I have written the problem Is "weakly good" series in a finite-dimensional Banach space "good"? from my account instead of writing it from the account of Lviv Scottish ...
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One more reason to reject an edit: too much alteration

I encountered this now, and have seen it quite frequently before: I would like to reject an edit, and the reason is something between "attempt to reply" and "clearly conflicts with author's intent". ...
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Should users be shown some basic information before posting the first question?

In an answer to another question discussing possibilities how to decrease the number of off-topic questions1 it was mentioned that: Perhaps we should force a person to read the rules before posting ...
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Using MO as a platform to discuss papers in math?

A use case scenario: I am reading a paper and I get stuck on some point. It is obvious to me that everyone else who tried to understand this point would get stuck. I ask around, people either haven't ...
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Should be simply “no answer” among bounty reasons

I am going to declare a bounty on a question simply because I hope it will additionally stimulate at least somebody to think harder on it. Among the reasons I could choose is "Draw attention", which ...
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Forbid (or rewrite) proxy links in answers

One can see from the recent discussion Correcting links with university proxy (especially MathSciNet links) that some users add in their posts links that only work for people behind a specific proxy, ...
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How to find the meta-thread of an MO-thread at hand? Is there one? Should there be?

Questions. (0) How to find out for an MO question at hand whether it already has anything like its canonical meta-thread? (1) Should, in your opinion, every MO question automatically generate a meta-...
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Is here something like blog service or just sand-box to store notes ?

Sometimes when I find something interesting on MO it would be convinient for me to store it somewhere here, something like small personal blog, or may be just sand box. Is here something like that ? (...
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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 ...