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Would disallowing displayed equations ("double dollars") in titles be useful?

If a poster includes in the title some formula in enclosed between $$, like $$x^2+y^2=z^2$$ $$x^2+y^2=z^2$$ the title of the ...
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Stack Overflow Reference in Out of topic flag

This question is motivated by this post, but not exclusively. When we flag OP's as off topic, under the "this question belongs in another site of the stack community", the StackOverflow website is ...
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Autosave of drafted questions or answers

So there I am, typing a new question (or an answer). As it appears $\LaTeX$'ed in the preview frame, I keep improving it... and then I realize that there is some detail I need to think more about ...
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Deleting others' work

Recently a question was posted on MathOverflow, which received (I think) more than an average number of upvotes. There was an answer to the question, by someone other than the OP. Next day, the ...
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Button for cross posts to/from Math SE

People explained me that it is possible to ask same questions in Math SE and MO, and I did this from time to time. I think it's very important to have this possibility, because often you haven't ...
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Tag warnings on MO

In the last few months, Stack exchange has introduced tag warnings, that is, a text that is displayed when a user creates a new question that contains a specific warning, such as this example. ...
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Remove the user-identifying part of the "share" URL

When you click the 'share' button beneath a post on MathOverflow, a box pops up containing a short URL for the post, e.g. of the form ...
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Are bounty reputation points assigned to unanswered question returned back?

Are bounty reputation points, being assigned to unanswered question, returned back to the issuer of the bounty? If "yes" - when? If not - why? Alternatively (instead of direct "refunding") in the case,...
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On Notification Mechanisms in MathOverflow

Inbox is where a typical user receives most notifications in Mathoverflow. One also receives moderators' private messages through mail. My question is: What other notification mechanisms are ...
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Can Mathjax preview be switched off?

I recently typed an answer with a few formulas in it. While I was typing, my browser constantly reloaded the preview part below the typing window. Because MathJax apparently does three passes over the ...
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Voting to close a question as off-topic because it's a notorious open problem

I just voted to close a question which was equivalent to Goldbach's conjecture. When I had to give the reason, I didn't really know what to pick. Off-topic? It is definitely a research question, so... ...
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New queue for questions without an accepted answer

In the questions section one can find a special queue for unanswered questions. It is for attracting more attention of the community and getting a possible answer in the future. Is it possible to ...
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Right-clicking on a mathjax link does wrong thing

Surely I am not the only user of this site with this habit - if I want to have look at the linked content I right-click on the link to open it in a new tab, so when I finish reading I then turn to the ...
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How to keep track of questions or answers I upvoted/downvoted?

There doesn't seem to be a favorite button for answers, so the natural remedy seems to be allowing tracing of vote history. Is this something already possible that I am missing?
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Reviewing first posts that are answers or late answers

When reviewing first posts that are answers or late answers to questions that have existing answers I invariably go to the original question to see these answers since I want to check if these new ...
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Reword "What topics can I ask about here?"

Another time recently, an user has asked a question which is very far from research level, and has been reprimanded for not reading the FAQ. However, I realize that there might be a problem in the ...
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Should top mathoverflow threads get DOIs and be permanently archived?

Josh from The Winnower (thewinnower.com) here. I wanted to reach out and see if users of mathOverflow would be interested in permanently archiving and assigning DOIs to top threads with The Winnower. ...
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Improve management tools of favorite and upvoted questions/answers

Here is my wish list: When one marks a question as favorite or upvotes it, give a chance to: Mark the question with a private tag. Add a private comment to the question. Its length could be limited ...
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Can we replace client-side MathJax with server-side MathJax?

One of the (many) problems with MathJax is that formulas are rendered using a client-side JavaScript. Apart from the process itself being ridiculously slow, this also means that the entire page must ...
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Review suggestions MathJax [duplicate]

Can we please turn on MathJax in "Rendered output" of "Suggested edits"? Or am I not qualified unless I can read raw LaTeX?
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Time cutoff for changing vote

The stackexchange software currently imposes a cutoff on changing votes, i.e. a vote cannot be changed after a certain time has elapsed. I can understand the rationale behind having such a policy as ...
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Is it possible to provide information about further developments outside MO that followed a question/answer?

It happened several times - I've found a very interesting (for me) relatively old answer or question which would most likely lead to some new research. I ask about any possible recent references in a ...
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Numerical Analysis - SO Vs MO

though I'm a relative newbie to the "Stack" community, my research interest has brought me to a dilemma. The area of Numerical Analysis is theoretically covered by both MO and SO, but is practically ...
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Two new user pages?

Will MO be participating in this? http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2015/04/two-new-user-pages-one-new-stat-this-ones-big/?cb=1
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Adding "Academia.StackExchange" to the migration list

First, I hope that the request is appropriate and asked at the right place. If you have any issue with it, remarks are warmly welcomed. When flagging a question for "Off-topic > This question belongs ...
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Can we migrate users with their questions?

If a question is migrated from MO to MSE, would (or should) it be possible to automatically create the user an account at MSE and link it to the one at MO if they don't have an MSE account yet? I don'...
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Legitimate questions put on hold with no comments, no notification, and no chance to improve

My question was put on hold as unclear. I see a number of issues in this: No intent was made to clarify the question via comments: it was just shut up. I consider it rude and unhelpful. No reason was ...
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Being notified of the comments under the answer of someone else to your post

Sometimes a lot of good things happen as the comments under an answer to your post. Though we are notified of the answers given or the comments under the body of the post, it seems that we are not ...
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Illustrating posts of others

This issue arose in connection to the question Is this a $C^0$ foliation of $\mathbb{R}^2$? where a foliation is described formally. I thought it would help to have a picture of it. Initially I wanted ...
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Should there be a "statute of limitations" for closable questions?

Ever more frequently I find in the "close votes" review queue questions which are a few years old. Many of them already have accepted answers, and one can see that they were well received at the time ...
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Hard to notice links in comments

This is a conscious duplicate :D There are at least two more questions about it (The color of links in comments, On the current color scheme, and why it sucks - by the way, when trying to share them ...
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Flagging questions answered in comments

Several times e.g. here and its links, people have discussed the issue of questions of effectively answered in the comments, both here and on MSE, which remain in the unanswered queue. Despite the ...
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Lots of non research-level questions

There seem to be lots of questions appearing posted by users that either mistake this site for math.SE or do not know what the purpose of the site is. Would it be possible and a good idea to limit ...
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Winter Bash on MO?

I noticed that the Stackexchange sites are having a Winter Bash, and one of my friends recieved a hat on MSE. Why isn't this on MO? It'll be fun to have something like that here, wouldn't it? (I ...
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How to find out what activity activated a favorite?

I have several favorite questions and it is a great feature that every time something happens around them, they are flagged up for me. However, when I turn to them, in most cases I cannot figure out ...
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Reputation's sliding window?

One may have the same weekly and monthly score. It's quite common. It's less common under such circumstances (of coinciding weekly and monthly gain) to be more advanced on the monthly list than on the ...
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Can the flagging of off-topic questions be simplified?

To help keep Mathoverflow tidy, by speeding up the removal of inappropriate questions, I often flag them and vote them down. In every case, the need for removal is obvious. Almost none of these ...
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Tell what's been modified

On the page of "top questions" that opens when I go to mathoverflow.net, each question is accompanied by information about what happened to it most recently. The information consists of "asked" or "...
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Discreet editing

After I edited someone's Question or Answer, it feels real awkward to see my name mentioned in front of the author of the respective Q. or A. I feel that instead of displaying editor's name there ...
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Encouraging patience on cross-posts

I realize that there has been a lot of discussion about cross-posting an migrating between MO and MSE. It seems to me that it is common for someone to be unsure on whether a question is an MSE ...
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KaTeX vs MathJax

According to some benchmarks, it seems that KaTeX renders latex much more faster than Mathjax. Is there any chance to use KaTeX in place of Mathjax?
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Acceptance of partial answers

In which cases is it appropriate to accept a partial answer? For example, if an answer gives the state of the research on the area, that does not completely answer the question, but says also ...
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Quickly Accessible MathJax Help

I recently had the problem of encoding big brackets in a formula in my question "Functions that Calculate their $L_p$ Norm" and, I could find nothing under "How to Format > MathJax equations", as the ...
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Why not restoring the + 10 reputation for questions but make each negative vote also count -10 reputation?

To maintain MO alive and well, we need a regular flow of good questions, and not too many bad questions. It seems to me that one has given more weight to the latter, forgetting the former which in my ...
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Why doesn't "browse the complete list of questions" continue with next questions?

I always wonder (and find it anoying) that, when I reached the end of the first page of questions and click on "browse the complete list of questions", I find myself at the beginning of the first page ...
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About the option of editing comments - a different algorithm?

There is a 5 minute limit on editing comments. Perhaps the idea is to keep the flow of the thread faithful (to avoid distortions--or even manipulations--of a discussion). However I happen to be quite ...
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Migrate questions without disagreeing on their research status

Sometimes mathematics and statistics (as well as mathematics and TCS, or mathematics and computational science) overlap. There are times (such as for this question) when I'd like to be able to ...
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Any chance of a "save for later / TODO" feature?

Sometimes when browsing MO questions I have the need to "save for later" for various reasons. There is a star for favoriting questions, it would be very useful to have "TODO" labels beyond just the ...
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Closing one's own question

Sometimes I ask a question and a helpful commenter points out that the question is ill-founded. This seems like a straight-up case for closing the question, but unfortunately the best I can do is vote ...
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Making it easier to access hidden comments

This is a follow-up of this recent post, and hopefully a feasible suggestion. Problem: If a question/answer has many comments (say more than fit on my screen) and I decide to read them all, in ...
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