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Revamping the closure reasons

Motivation 1 Currently the custom off-topic reasons for MathOverflow read: This question does not appear to be about research level mathematics within the scope defined in the help center. ...
Willie Wong's user avatar
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1 answer
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Text on some buttons has become unrecognizable

Very recently (I think today) the buttons with "Post your answer", "Answer your question" and some others became black, with the text hardly readable. With me it happens on Windows 10 with latest ...
მამუკა ჯიბლაძე's user avatar
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Updated: Is it time to replace links to the UCDavis arXiv frontend?

This question from March 2020 points out that many questions/answers link to papers at the http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/ frontend instead of at the arXiv itself, but that the frontend had been down a ...
Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine's user avatar
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Kitty can’t fix it — Old questions inaccessible for logged-in users, giving “unexpected error”

For the past few days, any attempt to access the question Collecting proofs that finite multiplicative subgroups of fields are cyclic results in an internal server error: It seems the poor kitten ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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1 answer
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Why are we now getting 'hot network questions'?

I notice that we are now getting a bar listing hot questions from across the SE network. I thought we'd settled for no cross-site advertising in MO2.0.
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Customize the modal window for the first-time askers [duplicate]

When a user asks their very first question on a Stack Exchange site, they are shown a modal window with a short advice. The content can be either a generic message or it can be customized for a ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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4 answers
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Should we blacklist or delete the "research" tag?

Should we blacklist or delete the research tag? This site is about mathematical research, so I don't see how the "research" tag is helpful, any more than a "mathematics" tag would be helpful. Of the ...
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Can we make the cite link bigger?

The cite link in the share box is minuscule: Since this is a very important feature for MO, it should have much more visibility. [Related: https://meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/112, Citation ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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1 answer
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Really minor complaint about the off-topic close menu

In the off-topic part of the close menu, the radio button for "this question does not appear to be about math" is annoyingly close to the link to the help center, at least for me: Twice now I've ...
Qiaochu Yuan's user avatar
16 votes
3 answers
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What to do with homework questions?

I think something should be done with the homework questions: there are too many of them now. I suggest that one reason for closing should be "homework". If at least 3 people vote for that reason to ...
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What should the modal window for first-time askers say?

When a user asks their very first question on a Stack Exchange site, they are shown a modal window with some introductory advice. As explained in the March 2020 announcement of this feature, there is ...
Tim Campion's user avatar
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Visits per day: 1

From the link that quid usefully provided in another answer:
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
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Could there be a warning when a new tag is created?

It is rather easy to make a typo and create a new tag by mistake without even noticing it.1 Could we have a warning saying that the user is creating a new tag so that users can notice such mistakes ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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4 answers
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Hiding reputation

In MathOverflow 1.0 we had the ability to hide other users' reputations. Can we get that again? (Also, I had to rewrite this question several times to get past an annoying box that said my question ...
Mark Meckes's user avatar
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No MathJax on meta

Meta doesn't seem to have MathJax enabled ($x=y$). I think it's best enable it to be consistent with the main site.
Anton Geraschenko's user avatar
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Request for help with javascript for the citation search feature

I would like to switch over the citation helper from the current kludged together back-end based on MathSciNet data, to an officially supported back-end (very kindly!) provided by Zentralblatt. We'll ...
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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1 answer
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Wrong choice of words in info message -- "close" instead of "reopen"

When moving the mouse above the [reopen] button below a closed question which I have voted to reopen, I see the text "You voted to reopen. 3 more votes from other users are needed to close this ...
Stefan Kohl's user avatar
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1 answer
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Braces don't render in preview

When I type braces in math mode in a post, like $\{1,2,3\}$, they don't show up in the preview. See the following screen shot. I tried all the different Math ...
Nate Eldredge's user avatar
12 votes
2 answers
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Filtering out the Autobiographer badge from "Recent Badges"

As discussed in this recent post, there is currently an influx of a ridiculous number of profile spammers showing up with the Autobiographer badge in the "recent badges" box on the MO ...
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2 answers
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Age of Mathoverlow

As was pointed out here, Mathoverflow is listed as being 2012 years old here.
Michael Greinecker's user avatar
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1 answer
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The tour page is now a generic stackexchange version

In the sandbox phase, the tour page (here: https://mathoverflow.net/about) was populated with MO-specific questions/answers. Now it has generic (and to my mind, overly silly) questions, and I would ...
David Roberts's user avatar
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2 answers
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Double backslashes

The “backslash-bug” from the old version is no longer there. You can simply write { and } to get $\{\}$. However, all the old questions and answers using \{ are now broken and look terrible: $\prod\\{...
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Notification doesn't go away

I have a notification of a reply to a comment of mine which doesn't disappear from the notification icon on the top of the page. I click on it and it clears but, when I refresh the page or go to ...
Felipe Voloch's user avatar
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1 answer
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Flagging as Low Quality should add the post to the review queue

In How to handle crankery on MathOverflow 2.0? Andy Putman pointed out that he flagged a post as low quality, but it never reached the low quality review queue. I feel that in order to effectively ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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Watched tags highlighting lost

On both Chrome Version 91.0.4472.77 and Safari Version 14.1.1 running on MacOS 10.15.7, I've lost the color-highlighting of front-page Top Questions in my Watched Tags list. Is this just my problem, ...
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
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1 answer
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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 ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
10 votes
2 answers
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The data explorer on MO

I don't seem to be able to use http://data.stackexchange.com/ on MathOverflow. Will this change?
Mariano Suárez-Álvarez's user avatar
10 votes
1 answer
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Citation feature

Is it possible to re-enable the "cite" feature from MO (and later MSE)? (I'd like to remind the users, in the case this is going to be enabled, that the feature now hides within the "share" button, ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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10 votes
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Enabling MathJax over https

MathOverflow (and indeed all the StackExchange sites) support https connections. However MathJax is currently broken, because the default server for the MathJax distribution doesn't support https. ...
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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10 votes
0 answers
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Wrong message for closing questions as off-topic

I was just reviewing the queue for closing votes, and I noticed that the message displayed in the options for closing as off-topic was: off-topic because... This question does not appear to be ...
Ricardo Andrade's user avatar
9 votes
1 answer
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Allow posting on meta without any reputation for the first week

Would it be possible to remove the reputation requirements for posting on meta for the first week, while we iron out all the login problems people are having? We've already had a few instances of ...
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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1 answer
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On StackExchange.com MO is still Uncategorized

Obviously MO is listed at All Sites/All, but instead of also being at All Sites/Science, like M.SE, it's in All Sites/Uncategorized. (I noticed it back when the age was wrong, but it hasn't been ...
Mark Hurd's user avatar
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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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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5 answers
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latex.mathoverflow.net/png images broken

Prior to MathJax and jsmath, MathOverflow used http://latex.mathoverflow.net/png to generate images of mathematical equations to insert in posts (e.g. this one). That didn't last very long but all of ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
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"Offline for maintenance" error message shows incorrect site name

A short while ago, this site was down for maintenance. However, the error page shown during said maintenance period incorrectly stated the name of this site: As you probably know, this site is ...
gparyani's user avatar
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8 votes
1 answer
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Links to the reputation leagues are broken on MathOverflow

At the bottom of the users page you can find links to weekly / monthly / quarterly reputation leagues. Currently there is the following link: https://stackexchange.com/leagues/week/mathoverflow - it ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
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A chat -theme for the MathOverflow chat

The MathOverflow chat needs a chat-theme (in my opinion), because the current one doesn't look very beautiful. It should fit with the design of the main. Does someone have a design in mind, or wants ...
Dominic Michaelis's user avatar
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0 answers
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Icon for citation helper

On the main MathOverflow site (and also on math.stackexchange) the icon for the citation helper, which used to look as below, has recently confusingly changed to a "B", identical to the icon at the ...
Jeremy Rickard's user avatar
8 votes
0 answers
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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 ...
David Ketcheson's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
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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 ...
silvascientist's user avatar
7 votes
2 answers
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MathJax problems in comments

I'm not sure if this has been reported elsewhere. See for example Fred Kline's comment on quid's answer at https://mathoverflow.net/questions/104608/need-help-defining-placeholders-for-primes The ...
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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7 votes
4 answers
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Will there be an update fixing the rendering?

As has been reported in two previous questions on meta (here and here), the mathoverflow update generated a few problems with the rendering related to mathjax. Initially there was a problem with ...
Ricardo Andrade's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
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Tabs on the front page

It seems someone’s just broke teh CSS ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
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Reputation number not visible on main page

This is a very minor bug, but the reputation number seems not to be visible on the main site: Interestingly, it is visible in meta:
Noah Schweber's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
270 views

Alignment of tabs on profile page in MathOverflow

This morning, on several machines, with Windows 8.1, XP, and CentOS, and with Chrome and Firefox, on MathOverflow, the profile page shows:
jeq's user avatar
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Projective geometry tags

Would it make sense to merge the tag projective-plane and projective-space into projective-geometry? It doesn't seem useful to have to search for each of these separately.
Zsbán Ambrus's user avatar
6 votes
4 answers
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What should the "hover text" for the MathOverflow link on all SE sites be?

If you go to the bottom of any page in the SE network (e.g. this one!), you'll see a list of SE sites. In particular there's a link to MathOverflow, that is potentially seen by a large number of ...
6 votes
2 answers
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Undelete request, Question 67384

An answer to Source and context of $\frac{22}{7} - \pi = \int_0^1 (x-x^2)^4 dx/(1+x^2)$? posted on 9 June 2011 gained 31 upvotes before being deleted by its author on 23 August 2012. Would those who ...
Gerry Myerson's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
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Vote count in Users->voters is off

Right now, my MathOverflow user page shows 12,878 votes, but the page with people's overall vote counts shows a mere 8674. I see similar discrepancies with other people's accounts. Is there some ...
S. Carnahan's user avatar
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6 votes
1 answer
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The link on the main page banner to meta is broken

It points to meta.mathoverflow.com, rather than meta.mathoverflow.net. (and the scripts won't let me post this with just the line above)
David Roberts's user avatar
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