# Questions tagged [on-topic]

For discussions and questions on the appropriateness (for the main site) of a question or a certain type of question.

103
questions

**47**

votes

**4**answers

3k views

### On discussion of published papers at MO

There is an interesting discussion taking place at MO over the suitability of this question: Complex structure on $S^6$ gets published in Journ. Math. Phys. The question is about the correctness of a ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

507 views

### A (type of) question which falls between MO and academia.SE?

This question Style of mathematical writing vs. too many lemmas seems like it may get closed. I am somewhat torn as to whether it should stay open or be closed (and so I have neither voted up nor down ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

161 views

### Appropriate to ask question regarding choice of “magma” to describe simple algebraic structures?

I just started reading Bourbaki's Algebra, and posed a question regarding the choice of the word "magma" (which I came across on the first page of Bourbaki) on History of Science and Mathematics SE.
...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

212 views

### Will this question be suitable for MO?

Recently I have asked two questions in MSE regarding the simultaneous solutions of the following inequalities:
$$x+y>p_{\pi(x)}+p_{\pi(y)+1}\tag{1}$$$$x+y>p_{\pi(y)}+p_{\pi(x)+1}\tag{2}.$$
My ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

118 views

### Is it possible to Un-migrate a question?

I was not sure at first, but I think this question migrated from MO to MSE has been underestimated, and would receive better answers from MO users. It is related to another question (which was well ...

**2**

votes

**3**answers

253 views

### Is asking for good review papers a good question?

I think that generally speaking asking for papers might be a non-research issue. If it's merely a google issue, then it shouldn't be in MO.
What about Survey/Review papers? Obviously those are hard ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

642 views

### I want to post a question on MathOverflow, but is it suitable?

I posted a question "A question on the remainders of integer division" on Mathematics one week ago. There is not any answer until now.
I do not think it is a question of professional level, but it ...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

698 views

### Is it appropriate to ask why a textbook on nonlinear algebra not well known?

I am wondering if it would be worthwhile to ask why a certain textbook and/or its authors (Dolotin and Morozov) are not well known.
From the description of the book:
This unique text presents the ...

**22**

votes

**5**answers

2k views

### 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 ...

**-1**

votes

**2**answers

480 views

### Proposed question: In the math history books of the future, what will be written about the years 1960-2010?

I was reading Stillwell's book, Mathematics and its History, and it got me thinking about how research developments in the last two decades (i.e. history for us too, except recent) would be "narrated"....

**13**

votes

**0**answers

535 views

### Is this question appropriate for MO? (Recognizing cohomological ideas)

About two weeks ago I asked this question on MSE: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1085946/when-should-i-be-doing-cohomology. (Short version: what are some ways I can tell that some sort of ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

408 views

### Is it appropriate to post question asking to prove NP-completness of more than one problem?

I believe that I discovered a method to generate several NP-complete problems. The NP-completeness proof is not immediately apparent to me. I did not find any reference in complexity literature to my ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

487 views

### Suitability about a question on amenability of Thompsons group $F$

I was wondering if a question along the lines of the following would be appropriate for MO:
An open problem that seems to get a lot of attention every once in a while is the amenability of ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

837 views

### Is it appropriate to ask a research-level question that is not part of a research problem?

I think that the following question is conceivably research-level, but it arose just as a curiosity, not part of any serious research. Is it reasonable to ask it on MO? (I include the specific ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

717 views

### Requesting solutions to graduate textbooks is off-topic?

Today this question was put on Hold as off-topic
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/186117/solutions-for-categories-for-the-working-mathematician
I wander if this is a disservice in fact. I suspect ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

644 views

### Where/how does one best post “Seeking a collaborator”

I have an idea for an attack on an additive number theory conjecture. My usual collaborator (with whom I have published four papers) is not an ANT specialist, and is not interested in working on this ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

689 views

### Why this is off-topic?

I posted a question on MSE for two months and received no helpful answer. So I tried the same question on MO. I got 4 off-topic votes and so the question got migrated back to MSE. I'd like to mention ...

**-6**

votes

**1**answer

289 views

### Would it be okay/interesting to ask a survey type question?

I would be interested in asking a question which asks mathematicians who visit the site the following question:
1) What research topic are you actively working on right now?
2) Why are you ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

768 views

### Are these questions of mine, (seemingly too hard for MSE?), suitable for MO?

The questions at issue are this and this. If they get no answer even after the end of bounties, might I post to MO?
And how about evaluating $\displaystyle \sum_{m=0}^\infty \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{(-...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

353 views

### is a question regarding thought process suitible?

I am lately thinking about methods to organize my thoughts when Im thinking about a mathematical problem. Is it ok to ask the math community here about their thought processes and techniques?
If not, ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

671 views

### Can a definition make a good question?

There is a question I would like to ask at MO, but it seems somewhat unorthodox compared most others, so I want to get some support (or discouragement) here first.
What I want to do is to give a new ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

439 views

### Is it appropriate to ask for exercises?

I am teaching an independent-reading course from Simon's "Representations of finite and compact groups". I chose this book based on fond memories from a previous reading course in which I had ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

441 views

### Is this question appropriate? (What features should a mathematician look for in a tablet computer)

I'm getting ready to buy my first tablet computer and I have some fairly specific things I need it to be able to do so that it can be an effective tool for my research. I need it to be able to compile ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

1k views

### On the question about a strengthening of Bertrand's postulate

I am trying to work out what I think about the suitability of this question. The author is in a very real and awkward situation: His$^{\ast}$ graduate student has a result. The result is not that ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

409 views

### Is asking a question on the applicability of cellular automata to solving PDEs on closed curves appropriate?

Being a low rep user who is somewhat unfamiliar with the workings of this site, I would appreciate it if I could get some feedback on a question I am considering asking. It would be a reference ...

**17**

votes

**2**answers

707 views

### Questions on Coq

Now I'm awake again, I can raise this here in meta, as per quid's request.
I commented on the question How do I verify the Coq proof of Feit-Thompson?
I like this question, and would defend it ...

**23**

votes

**4**answers

1k views

### Are professional Physicists, Computer Scientists, Engineers, Economists… not allowed to ask questions at MO?

"MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians."
May other professional researchers ask questions at MO? Should they check their credentials at the door?
If not, and ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

2k views

### Is the question “Why fund the research in pure mathematics?” allowed on MO?

Because it's now very "sensitive" to ask soft-questions on MO, I prefer to take my care.
I would like ask "Why fund the research in pure mathematics?" on MO (in community-wiki mode),
with the tags: ...

**26**

votes

**1**answer

781 views

### Should I start posting my questions on MO?

I have been a member of MO and of math.SE for a long time now. My participation in MO has been mainly lurking because I am not a researcher but a student who aims to become one. So, logically, I have ...

**23**

votes

**1**answer

728 views

### “Is this a known/interesting result?”-type questions

Are questions of the form "Is this a known result?" and "Is this an interesting result?" legitimate for MO?
I have sometimes found myself staring at results that were new to me and unsure whether ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

544 views

### Is it a problem if I post a lot of questions?

The fuel of MO is the research level questions in mathematics.
In most (regular) users' summary I look, there are much more answers than questions, as if the opposite position would be doubtful ...

**79**

votes

**3**answers

1k views

### Should this site be “a shortcut to substitute for literature searches”?

On Reference for invariance of essential spectrum under relatively compact perturbations, Michael Renardy voted to close with the comment "This site should not become a shortcut to substitute for ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

246 views

### Would this M.SE question that has received no answers be appropriate for MO? (or could it be tweaked into being appropriate?)

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/667830/modern-research-into-grassmans-theory-of-forms
When I first posted it on MO, it received a downvote, so I figured there might be something wrong with ...

**5**

votes

**4**answers

408 views

### Could I have some help improving a history-overview post?

First off, a link to the post in question.
It has been marked as "too broad".
What could I do to improve my question? Should I break each sub-question down into its own question? Should I repost it ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

320 views

### Are questions exploring constructive analysis on topic?

Meta,
I'm not a professional. I've been reading Bishop. I have questions. They are likely fairly basic to a professional. Am I on topic here, or should I wander over to the other site?

**6**

votes

**2**answers

491 views

### Suitability on MO of question on teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills

Recently, I asked a question on MSE about teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills. Would this question be suitable for MO, where it might reach more professionals involved in teaching ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

472 views

### Is this question appropriate? (Counterexamples in Universal Algebra)

I have a question which I'd like to ask, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for MO, and I wanted to get some feedback.
The reasons I'm worried it might be inappropriate are: (1) there are already ...

**16**

votes

**6**answers

1k views

### Questions about applied mathematics

There's a discussion taking place at this question Mathematical study of Mpemba effect? where the author UwF is arguing that this question isn't clearly off-topic and would like some explanations for ...

**25**

votes

**1**answer

878 views

### Using Math Overflow to check whether or not a proof is correct

A user named JĆ¼rgen BĆ¶hm recently posted two questions which boiled down to checking whether or not his proof is correct. I left a comment on the second one saying that I don't think this is ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

868 views

### Can I ask whether or not a paper that proves P=NP is correct?

I found a paper on arXiv.com that claims that P=NP is proved. The paper is written by a professor in Russia and it looks well-writen. http://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.0954v31.pdf
Can I ask whether or not ...

**1**

vote

**3**answers

363 views

### Are questions related to mathematicians appropriate for MO?

Is it acceptable to ask questions that are more concerned with mathematicians (women and men alike) as persons than with their contribution to mathematics?
Those questions could be related to the ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

711 views

### “What is known about” considered harmful?

I have noticed that those of my questions with downvotes are exactly those beginning with the words "what is known about..." or "is anything known about...." For example:
Stationary many subsets of $...

**18**

votes

**2**answers

2k views

### Any other site besides mathoverflow and mathematics stackexchange?

I know the differences between mathoverflow and math-stack but I have been wondering:
Are there legitimate mathematical questions that would not get answered at math-stack because there is no ...

**12**

votes

**0**answers

631 views

### Is the following question on paper-writing etiquette appropriate for MO?

I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to ask a soft question on MO regarding mathematical etiquette. In more detail, I'm writing a paper that cites a well-known paper in my field, but I've been ...

**8**

votes

**2**answers

552 views

### Getting Experts Opinions on Mathematical Results

I would like to know, whether it is in the line of MO rules to present a result and ask for "opinions" like whether it is already known or worth pursuing and, who might be interested in the result.
...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

820 views

### Is this non-technical question appropriate?

I am interested in asking the following question, and would like some indication as to whether it is appropriate or not before I do. The question would be entitled something like 'Mathematical ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

580 views

### On “How does the work of a pure mathematician impact society?”

The question How does the work of a pure mathematician impact society? was originally quickly closed, relatively quickly reopened, after a longer time closed again and has at the time of this edit a ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

312 views

### Can I ask on the main question board about what are the recent research in some area?

I'm not a researcher yet, I'm defending my thesis next year and would like to get acquainted with recent results and branches of representation theory
Mainly groups and C*-algebras
Can I ask this in ...

**9**

votes

**4**answers

1k views

### How to treat `polymath' questions?

W. Kuperberg asked a question about plane geometry, which invites contributions to solving a research problem which he has worked on.
Small quadrilaterals containing a given convex region
Given that ...

**19**

votes

**3**answers

793 views

### Is there a consensus on whether history of mathematics questions are acceptable on MO?

I recently stumbled across an old meta discussion in which some people suggested that history of mathematics questions were off-topic for MO. This took me by surprise and I would like to ask for ...