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Winter Bash on MO?

I noticed that the Stack Exchange sites are having a Winter Bash, and one of my friends received 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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searching mathematical formulae like in Zentralblatt Math

It would be nice if searching mathematical formulae like Zentralblatt Math http://zbmath.org/formulae/ could be implemented.
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Weighing votes?

Judging by my own experience, reputation counting is far from perfect. Mine has been growing mostly thanks to answers to easy questions which I've been lucky to be first to read. On the other hand I ...
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Enabling MathJax over https

MathOverflow (and indeed all the StackExchange sites) support https connections. However MathJax is currently broken, because the default server for the MathJax distribution doesn't support https. ...
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Change of colors

I decided to follow up on my own thread regarding the color scheme, and test something up. Using archive.org, I loaded a copy of MathOverflow from 2011, and it turns out that the questions in one's ...
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Tag suggestions on ask page

The ask page tag input box currently looks like this: The old ask page on MO 1.0 had a much more detailed description of what top-level tags on MO are: Since appropriate tagging on MO can be ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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Why not adding AMS classification numbers, in addition to the tags?

The tag system is fine, and the names/explications of the tags clear enough. But why is there no way to add facultatively primary (and secondary?) AMS classification numbers, like in many journals? ...
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Make edit history more accessible

Once a post has been edited once, there is a direct link to the revision history of the post that is visible to everyone as in this example: However, when a post has not been edited, this link is not ...
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Booth at Joint Mathematics Meeting?

This is identical to my misplaced "answer" here, written while attending JMM. I am reposting a fresh question at François G. Dorais's request. I wonder if it make sense, at some future Joint ...
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Please enable the AMScd package by default

We can draw diagrams using the AMScd package, and works quite nicely (see Math.SE for a working proof). However, on MathOverflow the package seems to be disabled by default, so if a user wants to use ...
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How to prevent with attempted spam edits

Over the last two days there have been two attempts to deface https://mathoverflow.net/a/152418/2051 using the edit feature, replacing it by spam. The user names of the robots which attempted edits ...
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Make it possible to flag posts as wrong

Presently the only ways to point out an error in a post are adding a comment and editing the post. However comments are not very visible in particular if a post has already many of them. Editing the ...
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Does Mathoverflow really want the 'Publicist' badge?

I enjoy the rewards system on the Stack exchange network. I learned some time ago that you can easily earn gold badges on all sites by picking the most interesting questions and using the "Share" ...
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Wording of migration closure

When we close a question through migration to another SE site, it gets a box looking like The blue text to math.stackexchange.com is a link pointing to the newly created clone at the other end of the ...
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When reviewing suggested edits, cancel rejection and approval votes

I have seen many edit suggestions approved which I consider to be minor edits to old posts (which bump them to the front page), or to actually reduce the quality or readability of the post. Other ...
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Can we have question/comment functionality on the Data Explorer?

The Data Explorer is great. But there seems to be no natural place to request modifications to a given query or to request a desired new query. If we had at least comment functionality, we could ...
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Don't HTML encode quotes when creating suggested BIBTEX entries

If you click the share link underneath a question (on the main site, but not here), you'll then see a cite link, which will ...
Scott Morrison's user avatar
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Diagrams in MathJax via xypic.js

Apparently, the Stacks project can load a MathJax extension called xypic.js (check the source code) and then has access to ...
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Converting a too-long answer in a comment should generate an error message

I just tried to convert an answer into a comment; it was too long for a comment, and the software just truncated the text. I think it would be better to either generate an error message, ask for ...
Scott Morrison's user avatar
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Please BCC moderator private messages to [email protected]

(This is a feature request only really relevant to moderators, but feel free to vote or comment anyway!) With the move to 2.0, the moderators now have a new mechanism for contacting users, called a ...
Scott Morrison's user avatar
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Homework section in the Help Center slightly outdated

I just noticed that the Help Center section that describes what is and is not on topic, and what the policy for homework questions and its rationale are, is outdated. It currently reads ...
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Who should be allowed to create a new tag?

There is a recent post on MO that includes two new tags: Beer and Bet! The problems of these two tags aside, I don't think it is a good practice to add new tags unless it is absolutely necessary. Is ...
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What to do with homework questions?

I think something should be done with the homework questions: there are too many of them now. I suggest that one reason for closing should be "homework". If at least 3 people vote for that reason to ...
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Seeing up/down votes of your own posts

When a user reaches 1000 reputation they become an established user. With that comes the ability to see the number of up and down votes on any post. While I have no problem with this privelege being ...
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Cancel the association bonus

There has been some previous discussion of the association bonus, c.f. The Association Bonus Is there an association bonus for this site? Can we please get rid of the association bonus for other ...
Scott Morrison's user avatar
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Projective geometry tags

Would it make sense to merge the tag projective-plane and projective-space into projective-geometry? It doesn't seem useful to have to search for each of these separately.
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Optionally only show "favourite tags" questions

I wonder if it would be possible to optionally only show questions having my "favourite tags" on them. (See also Questions containing my "favorite tags" are barely distinguishable)
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Why isn't "no longer relevant" an option for closing?

I would like to be able to close questions as "no longer relevant" if they have been answered in the comments (such questions generally are near the border, but on the MO side, of appropriate for MO). ...
Theo Johnson-Freyd's user avatar
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Is it possible to add an option to migrate to a programming site?

There have been a number of questions in the Close part of Review lately which were basically asking for help creating an algorithm to do some mundane task (see here, here, here for example). I wonder ...
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Why not 'thanks' in comments?

I've noticed a message in mathoverflow's place for comments saying that '+1' or 'thanks' comments are not appropriate. I don't agree with the second kind of comment being inappropriate. I think it's ...
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List of recurrent technical problems involving MathJax

Edit: I have retagged this question 'feature-request' in an attempt to expedite action on these issues. I request that the MathOverflow developers implement an automatic fix of the issues in the ...
Ricardo Andrade's user avatar
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Capitalisation of "possible" in duplicate comment

There's nothing much to this question, but I thought I'd ask anyway. When a question is flagged as a duplicate, a comment of the form "possible duplicate of . . ." is posted. Why isn't it "Possible ...
Michael Albanese's user avatar
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Is there an option to hide migrated (or even on hold) questions?

It would make sense, especially for MO, to have an option to hide migrated and on hold questions in the user preferences. Is there a way to do this already? If not I think this would make a nice ...
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Option to migrate to CS Theory

We should add the option to migrate to Theoretical Computer Science when voting to close. This question is an obvious candidate.
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