# 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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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### On a question that was deleted recently.

I noticed that yesterday a question that received many upvotes (>40) and no downvotes, and which mathematically seems quite interesting was deleted by a Stack Exchange Moderator. I definitely don't ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Using bounty to prevent a question from being closed

There is a recent question Which universities teach true infinitesimal calculus? , suitability of which has been questioned by several users [I personally do not see in this question anything related ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Should we reopen “The resolution of which conjecture/problem would-advance mathematics the most?”

The question is whether we should reopen it (link here).
My point of view is that we should because
a) It is asked by an intelligent and highly respected user.
b) It hasn't generated a single ...

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### Is this an appropriate MathOverflow question: can I ask for some intuition and “excitement” behind the Dynamical Mordell-Lang conjecture?

I am a math undergraduate at my local university, and I have decided to make it a habit to attend the weekly seminars that are given by the faculty.
Today, the talk was on the Dynamic Mordell-Lang ...

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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 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 ...

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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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### Probability question migrated to stats.stackexchange

What has happened to the following question?: https://mathoverflow.net/posts/202242/revisions
Firstly, it looks like a reasonable question to me (although the notation could be improved). Why was it ...

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### 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 ...

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### Questions on Mathematical Writing

Where should I ask about how to approach Mathematical paper writing? For example, the question [How to write an abstract for a math paper? ] was put on hold? Which stack exchange site should I have ...

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### 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 ...

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### Why was the question about “expected difference of random variables” put on hold?

As I explained in the answer to the question The metric of the expected difference of random variables, I don't see any reason for closing it other than simple misunderstanding (to put it mildly) on ...

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### Why has the question “Optical methods for number theory?” been closed?

Edit: The MO question has now been reopened, and the two answers here that addressed it have been copied across.
The question Optical methods for number theory? was put on hold. While answers are ...

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### Answer to what was an open question

I vaguely remember reading a question on main about a possibly "open question", which got an answer which started by affirming that the question is indeed open, and then proceeded to provide a ...

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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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### Why was “Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology?” closed?

This post is about the question Is it meaningful to work on convergencies, integration, etc. on the Zariski topology? It is an interesting, relevant question which attracted two excellent answers. The ...

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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 ...

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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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### 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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### Can a 10K+ help copy an answer to Math.SE?

A question was posted on Math.SE late last year, which I noted is very similar to a question posted here on MO. The author seemed to have been somewhat satisfied with the answer given on MO. But the ...

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### Can we bring back the question about Gauss-Legendre nodes and weights?

The question
Computing Gauss Legendre Quadrature for Large N
was voluntarily removed by its author, after I implied (with a link to Wikipedia) that the answer was trivial and well-known. I have ...

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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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### Subquestion of Original Post

On this question, I asked broadly about computing the Gauss Legendre quadrature for large N. However, I've mentioned there in the "edit" section an algorithm I've found on the web, which theoretically ...

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### Failed migration?

What happened to this question? When I saw it in the review queue, it had 3 votes to migrate to MSE, and 1 vote to close (Yemon's custom reason). But after I cast the last vote to close, it is now put ...

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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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### 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 ...

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### Should this question remain closed?

The OP of How to project a vector onto a very large, non-orthogonal subspace has written to complain that the question was closed unfairly. The question is too far from my area of expertise to be ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### On a question previously posted on Math .SE

Some days ago I have asked this question but I got no response. Will it be ok if I post this question in this site (I am asking this because crossposting isn't generally welcomed in this site)? Also ...

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### 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 ...

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### On: Graph Theory is the s(c/l)um of Topology (?)

Recently a question got asked that effectively asked for the origin of the quote "Graph theory is the scum of topolgy" indicating it might not be the exact quote but something along these lines.
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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### Why is this question considered undergraduate?

The question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/173132/number-of-combinations-of-ordered-sequences-of-n-integers is closed because it is considered "undergraduate"... could someone explain me how in ...

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### 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 ...