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Help center text references a thread but doesn't indicate which one

In the "What about open problems?" section of, the last line says "To join the discussion about how MathOverflow should deal with open problems, go to this ...
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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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Publicizing conjectures on MO

This question Positive integers written as $\binom{w}2+\binom{x}4+\binom{y}6+\binom{z}8$ with $w,x,y,z\in\{2,3,\ldots\}$ is basically just a statement of a few conjectures by the asker. The "...
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Update outdated links in the list of suggested alternative sites

The part of help center What kind of questions should I not ask here? (Wayback Machine) contains at the moment the following formulation: "But there are lots of other math Q&A sites where your ...
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Are all terms clearly defined in Help fragments? If not, who can contribute?

I could be hypocritical and not specify the specific case that induced this question. But actually I am after a golden badge :D Its description says this: Ask a well-received question on 100 ...
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Help Center "On Topic" first section's header doesn't match the text below it

Current Issue: I was glancing through the help center's articles, and the article's structure on the What topics can I ask about here? page doesn't really make sense and confused me a bit. The first ...
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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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How should we react to the existence of Math Educators SE?

As was previously announced at meta, there is now an SE site for mathematics education (MESE). My broad questions is this: Should we react to this somehow? (More specific questions are below.) Does ...
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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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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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Help fix the documentation!

Moderators have started incorporating the old faq material in the new help system. It wasn't a perfect fit, a lot of stuff is no longer relevant, redundant, missing or broken. You can help by going ...
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Explanation of site scope in help center

Where in the new help center can I find an explanation that the scope of this site is limited to research-level math questions? There is a close reason (part of "off topic") that mentions the help ...
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How To Ask page

One of the best things on the old MO page was the "How to Ask" link on the top. It is true that SE took the hint and added something like that to the previous FAQ (which is now retired), but the MO ...
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