# Questions tagged [specific-question]

For discussions related to some particular question posted (or to be posted) on the main site. Do not use if your intention is to discuss/ask about a general issue, and you merely linked some question(s) as an example.

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### Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted?

There are a few jokes in "Do good math jokes exist?" that I think are inappropriate.
Specifically:
Nov 21 '09 at 9:01 item (1)
Oct 19 '09 at 16:03
Dec 10 '09 at 23:14
Dec 15 '09 at 1:31
All of ...

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### The reason for putting on hold a question

Why was this question put on hold? It seems to be fairly specific and it is about mathematics. You could argue that it is slightly meta-mathematical; would it then be appropriate on meta MO?

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### I lost my three questions

About 3_4 days ago 3 questions of mine got down vote but they were not "closed" or "onhold". After these downvotes, each of them became -1 vote, totally. Now I can not find these question. Where are ...

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### What if I posted a (perhaps…) nice answer, but to the wrong question?

First of all, I apologize for asking this question if the topic has already been debated on the MO.meta, but I did not succeed in finding anything similar: and now the question.
Nearly a year ago I ...

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### Can we please reopen the colorful language in mathematics question?

A long time ago, the question
What are some examples of colorful language in serious mathematics papers?
was closed because someone posted a copy of Spencer Bloch's review of Milne's Étale ...

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### Why was there pushback on a user's profile image?

The comments on the OP for the following question are disconcerting: Why is Voevodsky's motivic homotopy theory 'the right' approach?
From what I can gather, the OP must have had ...

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### Withdrawn question

I have just noticed that this question, which I have found quite exciting (and so have at least 14 other users who have voted for it) has been withdrawn by the OP. Is there any way to figure out the ...

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### Is there a way to discuss the correctness of the proof of the RH by Atiyah in MO?

I just made a question in MO to discuss the correctness of the proof provided by Prof. Atiyah for the Riemann hypothesis (link here: Is there an error in the pre print published by Atiyah with his ...

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### Should Kevin Buzzard's Lean question be left in its original state?

Kevin Buzzard asked this question, which incorporated a long section of background discussion. Federico Poloni removed that section. Yemon Choi commented that he thought the question was OK before ...

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### Why was my non-big-list question made community wiki?

This question of mine was made community wiki by someone other than me. I'm aware of discussion (e.g. here and here) arguing that big-list questions should be CW so that the voting system can be used ...

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### The question 'Mathematical work of Jonathan Gleason' disappeared

The question
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/291518/mathematical-work-of-jonathan-gleason
was deleted by some unknown person, not long after Jonathan Gleason passed away. I am shocked with the ...

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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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### Help finding question

I am seeking a link to a question I posed myself, but which I can no longer find, either with Google site:https://mathoverflow.net or with StackExchange search (...

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### Is this post incompatible with its tags?

Is the following question incompatible with its tags? I really do not understand the reason that some participants voted to closing this question as off topic question:
PhD dissertations that ...

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### Moving back my question to MO

References on Gerbes question is migrated from MO to meta.
It was never about MO. I was only giving information about search I have done. None of the comments except one has objection with this. None ...

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### Why was my question closed while it looks like similar questions are still open?

Recently, my question regarding a good introductory book on mathematical risk theory was closed because it was deemed off-topic and not research-level mathematics.
However, I think that multiple ...

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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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### How to know if an old post is deleted, when I cannot find it

I'm looking for a post that I'm 100% sure was still here on this site about a year ago. It probably has tags "big-list" and "soft-question", and at least several of the responses received more than ...

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### Should my question be migrated?

I asked a question about the time-complexity of a problem on MathOverflow. Is it a good idea to migrate this to Theoretical Computer Science, since I almost had no response at all here?

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### Regarding my question: “Can only the constructible sets be proven to exist in $ZF$…”

I am concerned that the 'bad reviews' regarding my most recent question are more harassment than helpful. They seem to come from distinctions between $Def$ (or what I call $\mathscr P_{Def}$), $\...

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### Re-Posting on Math.StackExchange

Here is the link to question:
Counterexample Required (Standard Notations)
Perhaps it seems that I am being overly impulsive by posting this (and maybe that is right). But after looking at all the ...

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### I loose a question

I remember that I had asked a question about obstructions for a $n^2$ dimensional vector bundle for which the fibers admit a structure of matrix algebra. I do not remember ...

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### Question was deleted, I'd like to know the answer or contact the poster

This question (now deleted) asked for a way to compute generators for $I \cap \mathbb{Z}[z_1,\ldots,z_n]$ as an ideal of $\mathbb{Z}[z_1,\ldots,z_n]$, given generators $f_1,\ldots,f_m \in \mathbb{Z}[...

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### Using MathOverflow to get new results in your research and publish them afterwards

So, MathOverflow is mainly used for posting research problems. Assume I have a research idea on which I want to write a paper. I developed it to some extent, but I am stuck somewhere and I post the ...

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### Can you suggest some negative point in this post

Can one suggest me some negative points in the following post with several downvote
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/247716/topological-groupoid-structure-on-a-pair-s3-a
Thank you

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### Question disappeared?

I posted this on meta.math.SE but they couldn't locate my question so I guess I had asked here. I copied my meta question below.
I asked a question like a year ago. It was pretty detailed. Recently I ...

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### Why is this question counted as “off topic”

Why is this question counted as off topic?
Unreasonable application of mathematics to the other areas

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### Recently Posted Question Limited Visibility

Earlier today, I posted following question. Shortly later, I noticed that it was no longer visible when one looks at the "Newest" list for the tags fourier-analysis and harmonic-analysis, both of ...

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### How is it off-topic to ask whether the normalization of a local complete intersection is Gorenstein?

This question (which I did not ask) is whether the normalization of a local complete intersection domain is Gorenstein. Why was this closed as "off-topic"? Especially when this one, which asks ...

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### How to properly ask for the (non)existence of hypothetical mathematical objects on MO?

A question from a rookie on MO.
During my research, I introduced in my physico-mathematical equations some "nasty", "problematic" mathematical objects (namely functional integrals) that are at least ...

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### Change a question after counter example

This following question was motivated by this question, though many of similar nature can be found throughout MO.
The Problem: The question asks whether any bound exist on an expression, and ...

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### Why is my question on hold?

Why is this question fine, but mine is put on hold? They seem to be very similar questions? Or is there some distinction that I'm not getting?

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### Humans, Go, Computers, Math

This is the meta thread for What advantage humans have over computers in mathematics?
It was closed, got reopened and reclosed, and reopened again.
In an effort to close the barn before the horse ...

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### Appropriateness of question on delay differential equations

Would my question below, posted on Mathematics Stack Exchange in May 2015 and having received no answers, just a couple of upvotes, be appropriate in level for MO? I recognize that cross posting is ...

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### Can I ask a question here whose answer I did not get at math.stackexchange?

I have asked a question about solution of heat equation at math.stackexchange but no one answered. I think may be the question is too professional to be asked from learners. As this platform is for ...

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### Time to close this question

Despite promising to stop editing it, the OP has now made his 24th edit to his question
https://mathoverflow.net/questions/208867/eliminating-gibbs-phenomenon-and-approximating-with-jumping-...

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### Appropriateness of recent LIGO question for MO

There had been numerous comments under the question Recent observation of gravitational waves that discuss whether it is appropriate for MathOverflow. That discussion is properly a concern of MO meta, ...

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### Should this teaching question about Graph Theory be reopened?

Should What (fun) results in graph theory should undergraduates learn? be reopened? In the comments, Andrej Bauer suggests that it is should be moved to Math Educators Stack Exchange, while Fedor ...

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### On the viXra question

Should Hard maths on viXra? be reopened?
Is it appropriate for the site?
Why or why not?

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### Can I ask this question here?

I recently posted this question on Math Stack Exchange, in which I asked for a published reference containing the proof of a certain fact. What I got instead was a very rough outline of a proof. I've ...

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### Learn from my mistake

The question "What is the spin connection in 9 dimensions as opposed to 5 dimensions?" received two down votes. I would like to know what I can do to improve the quality of this question. Thank you ...

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### Is this question migratable to MO?

Is it worth migrating this question to MO, from math.SE?
It seems elementary but did not get any response on MSE even after 10 days.

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### I fixed my question. Can it please be taken off hold now?

Yesterday I asked a question on parameterizations of knotted surfaces in $\mathbb R^4$. After I stated in the comments that I wanted the question to be kept to the case of a general surface, the ...

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### Why is my question on martingales off-topic and not migrated?

Here is my question: https://mathoverflow.net/questions/225181/show-that-ex-t-t-infty-le-ex-0-and-cp-sup-x-n-ge-c-le-ex-0
I said in the beginning to please migrate if needed. Could it be on-topic ...

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### Should my question be closed?

See the question "On the number of $n$-perfect numbers". Some people claimed that it should be closed because I know the answer while I don't simply because they are hard open problems in number ...

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### The strange case of a declined comment flag

I came across this question and noticed there were four comments stating the current number of deleted answers.
However, as none of them were up-to-date, I decided to flag them as obsolete.
But here'...

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### Are these close-votes cast correctly?

I asked this question on MSE. It received up-votes and one answer that seems imprecise and unsatisfactory to me. Then I posted it here on MathOverflow for answers of higher quality, and it was also ...

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### How could I have better clarified my question?

I seem to keep getting my posts put on hold in various stack exchanges because it's "unclear what I am asking." How can I do better to prevent this? Specifically right now I'm asking about this ...

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### What to do when the answer makes details of the question moot?

In this question I asked about a theorem in an old paper. I gave many details explaining the difficulty I was having in following the proof. The author of the paper kindly replied, pointing me to a ...

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### Ignore this question no more

There is an odd question on the main site:
Ignore this question*
The question is no longer required to fulfill its purpose as stated in the body.†
Perhaps it ought to be deleted outright.
As it is ...