# 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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### Question about $i$ versus $-i$

I vaguely recall that some years ago, there was an MO question about how to distinguish between the complex numbers $i$ and $-i$, and in what sense this might be meaningful.
I also recall that I ...

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### I want to answer a closed question

Please reopen this question:
A problem of an infinite number of balls and an urn
I have a nice answer.
(Added (DR): now re-opened. Please note there are ten deleted nonsense answers, which I imagine ...

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### Is asking about name of a curve a research level question?

In my opinion this post is not a research level topic but surprisingly it has been received 22 votes.
Is the linked post a research level question and appropriate for MO?
I think it is more ...

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### One person creating multiple Riemann Hypothesis-related accounts

I have been flagging these posts individually, but I thought maybe a meta question would be a good follow-up, in case the moderators are not aware of the behaviour. As @YemonChoi points out, the ...

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### Student trying to cheat in an exam

This deleted question (10k+ users only) is a student who just copied exam questions and wanted help, and admitted it in the comments to me before deleting the question. I would like this question to ...

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### Someone is trying to delete the Memorable Titles thread

There is currently a vote to delete this very old thread. I am writing to register my strong protest against this and bring it to the attention of other users here on meta.
Most memorable titles

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### Why don't images show up in a post?

Why do the image links in the post Triangle angle bisectors, trisectors, quadrisectors, show up as raw source? (I tried deleting everything but the [1] or ...

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### Need details or clarity

I need some help to understand what is unclear with my question A reform of logic to secure naive set theory? and also what details are missing, from other persons perspective.

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### Well-received but unanswered Math SE question; should I consider posting it here or requesting migration?

The Mathematics SE question Can there be an energetically unbounded three-body orbit where escape is impossible due to conservation of angular momentum? was well received and someone had graciously ...

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### High accuracy computation question on MO

Can I ask question which require very high accuracy calculation with very delicate nature on MO :
Ex: calculate:
$$S(q)=\int_{x=2}^q\sin^2\left(\frac{π\Gamma(x)}{2x}\right)dx$$ for $q=10^3$ or $10^...

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### Why was "The origin(s) of the word “elliptic” migrated to hsm?

This question on the history of the ellipse terminology was migrated to hsm after a week of being active on MO and receiving several useful answers.
Did the OP ask for migration?
Why are some ...

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### Is my question for Math Overflow?

In the first paragraph of Prove or Disprove this Darboux-like sum of a function defined on infinite limit points converges to zero, I state that I do not know whether this is a research question. Is ...

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### How do I improve the clarity of my post?

I have a question about my MathOverflow post: How do we create a better definition (for my definition of average) which is easier to compute and gives exact values?
How do I improve the clarity of my ...

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### Why are people trying to close this question?

Why are people trying to close this question? This was posted yesterday.
There are 3 close votes so far and not a single comment from anyone.

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### Should I rewrite my question, or create a new one

I posed this question two days ago, which effectively asks "Has X hard-to-describe special case on Barnette's Conjecture been proven?". In retrospect, I believe it was a poor question.
What I now ...

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### Would this question be appropriate for MathOverflow?

I asked this question in Math Stack Exchange several days ago, but I have received no interaction so far, apart from 4 upvotes. I was considering adding a bounty, but since (to my humble understanding)...

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### Is my question suitable for MO?

Around a month ago I asked a question on ME here. It was well received (got seven up votes). Sadly nobody was able to help much. To get more attention I also placed a bounty on it. Still no luck. The ...

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### Should this be moved to math.stackexchange?

I posted Lower bound on Carmichael Function
and just assumed it belonged here, but after thinking about it for some time I'm not so sure. The Carmichael function itself might be encountered by other ...

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### Can I ask about entry-level questions (understanding and definitions) of research-level topics?

I am currently doing a reading on Teichmuller space and I am having trouble understanding some basic definitions. So I asked these two questions on MSE first:
Understanding Teichmuller equivalence of ...

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### Would this soft question be appropriate?

A few weeks back on the Math Stack Exchange, I asked this question about "interesting" PDEs. It got (no answers and) some deserved criticism, so I opened a discussion on the Meta there and made some ...

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### Appropriateness of proposed question on applications of number theory in dynamical systems?

Update: the question has now been asked on the main site - Applications of number theory in dynamical systems
I am considering asking a reference-request type question on MO about significant and/or ...

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### Why was the whole math jokes thread deleted, and should it have been?

[Topic very similar to several other recent questions, but the central question is I think not a duplicate.]
The meta thread Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted? raised the ...

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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 ...