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Effects of the Stack Exchange 'update to Terms of Service' on MathOverflow

Do the recent changes to Stack Exchange Terms of Service affect MathOverflow in any way -- and if yes, what are the concrete effects?
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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 ...
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Rationale for reputation change on "my" reputation page that says 'User was removed'

At MathOverflow > Help center > Reputation & Moderation I see the following: [...] a user who voted for one of your posts had their account deleted (either by request or due to violating ...
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Mathjax CDN is shutting down effective April 30th 2017

If you haven't seen the official announcement yet, Mathjax is shutting down their CDN effective April 30th 2017. We are currently looking for alternatives for hosting this service including self ...
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Users with multiple accounts

In the old meta we had a very useful thread where one could point to moderators multiple accounts to be merged. Since things have changed, would there be a point on having such a thread here, or what ...
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Is there such thing as "typical user reputation curve"?

This question is driven by sheer curiosity - maybe even vanity? My reputation curve acquired curious shape lately: I can even guess reasons (mostly personal) why the pace is so slow ever after June ...
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Using MO in China

I am on a business trip in Beijing and get the following error message when using MO: Question: can that somehow be fixed?
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Automatically fix outstanding mathjax issue involving backticks

After the transition to the stack exchange network, I have occasionally noticed posts being edited to replace occurrences of the following code (note the backticks): ...
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Appropriate procedure for removing little used tags which are too specific

What is the correct procedure for removing tags which only have a single question, and would be better off with a less specific tag? My example is a question which was tagged 'relative-entropy'. ...
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Misspelling of Cauchy-Schwarz

As a comment of Dennis Serre, the correct spelling of Cauchy-Schwarz is Cauchy-Schwarz (not Cauchy-Schwartz): The spelling is Cauchy-Schwarz, from Hermann Schwarz. If you are interested in Fourier ...
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Can Mathjax preview be switched off?

I recently typed an answer with a few formulas in it. While I was typing, my browser constantly reloaded the preview part below the typing window. Because MathJax apparently does three passes over the ...
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Is the "Related" column available before posting a question?

When asking questions, I noticed that initially the list of related questions (down on the right) is not populated, and only appears after the question is already posted. Is it really so or I am just ...
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Can I migrate this question to Mathoverflow?

I asked the question "Which sets occur as boundaries of other sets in topological spaces?" on MathStackExchange on June 23, thinking that the answer is probably known, but there are no answers yet. ...
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Tracing and Seeing deleted questions

Is there a way to search through deleted questions? Can a user reach his or her own old deleted questions? In the early days of MO I asked about similar sites in related disciplines and there were a ...
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No reputation change signals if subtracted from bounty?

Right now I am observing the following. Usually every time I get an upvote somewhere, I get a signal about it in the upper right corner. Recently I declared a bounty (and awarded it for an answer) at ...
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Why does MathOverflow keep logging me out?

I'm getting tired of logging in to MathOverflow ten times a day. The other Stack Exchange sites I use keep me logged in, and so did MathOverflow until recently. What is different about MathOverflow? ...
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Can I associate my account to two gmail addresses?

I just changed jobs and so I got a new email account. Both are through Gmail. I prefer to keep them separate rather than trying to merge them. When I log in to MathOverflow I always verify using ...
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How can I see the line length available for long mathematical expressions in posting on MO?

In typing up a question (or answer) on MO, I try to format a long mathematical expression so that it fits in one line. When I meet with apparent success, as shown in the wysiwyg box underneath the box ...
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Help center text references a thread but doesn't indicate which one

In the "What about open problems?" section of https://mathoverflow.net/help, the last line says "To join the discussion about how MathOverflow should deal with open problems, go to this ...
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Is it expected my avatar to change today, without me changing any settings?

I am pretty sure yesterday my avatar was in light colors, while today is black and white, definitely different image. Haven't done any changes in my settings and the email is the same. Is this ...
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Recent question considered off-topic?

I recently posted this question, which was flagged as off-topic: How to approach the stigma of not having a math degree? I'm not sure why it was flagged. MO asks for questions about research-level ...
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Can we recover old MathOverflow Meta "Tea" discussions?

Today I flagged a question as needing to be made community wiki. I thought about why, and found this old question of mine here. Carlo Beenakker helpfully linked to a thread on the old tea. Link ...
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Criteria for Top question?

I posed a question on Mathoverflow which got no votes, but it made it to Top question. I supplied an answer, while nobody else proposed an answer. How come it made it to Top question?
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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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Is it possible to change the author of a problem on mathoverflow?

By a mistake I have written the problem Is "weakly good" series in a finite-dimensional Banach space "good"? from my account instead of writing it from the account of Lviv Scottish ...
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Are there some situations when duplicates are not shown among linked questions?

I was under the impression that if Question A is closed as a duplicate of Question B then they are linked, meaning that if you view Question A then you will see Question B in the sidebar among linked ...
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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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Is "Reputation Top 0.90%" accurate?

This is a bit of a nit-pick, but I don't let my students get away with this, so it seems worth mentioning. In the reputation section of a user's page it might say something like: Reputation top 0.90% ...
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Testing my flair

The MO user's page has a button flair. I didn't know where and how to test it. Thus I have to decided to do it here, at least temporarily. I have copied the snipped mentioned in the explanation (if it ...
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list of tags in chronological order

Is there a way to see a list all tags in chronological order (date created). I know one can see 'new' created tags, but my question is about all tags.
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My closed question was never reviewed to be reopened

Two weeks ago I posted this question: What is a good formalization of this classic math puzzle? The question was closed within hours (presumably based on a misunderstanding), I made some edits a few ...
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A markdown question: are custom list number formats possible?

For list numbering, 1., 2., ... are used. Could I change this somehow, to use, say, (1), (2), ... or i), ii), ...?
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Displaying latex on mobile

Is there a way to compile the math formulas in the stack exchange app for iphone ? It is quite boring (and hard) to translate on the go. Sorry if my question was obvious but i didnt find anything. ...
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Asking a question as anonymous

Can I ask a question as anonymous using my account or do I have to login as a guest and use a different e-mail account?
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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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Is it normal to have to log in twice to 'see all inbox items'?

When I am logged into my account and then click on the inbox icon, I see a list of recent messages in a drop down window. After scrolling to the bottom, I have the option to 'see all inbox items'. ...
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How are inbox items counted?

Sometimes my inbox icon lights up with a red number, say "3", but when I click on it I see only 2 items highlighted. Sometimes when I follow the link I find that what seemed to be just 1 item is in ...
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I don't succeed in hiding paragraphs using >!

I found here in the spoilers paragraph that putting >! would hide the following things, which was a way for me to alleviate a question's heavy presentation by hiding paragraphs that could be seen if ...
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Malfunctioning "Ask Question" Button?

When I tried to post a new question today, the effect of pressing the "Ask Question" button was, that my most recently submitted question was opened in editing mode. Is that a bug or is it due to my ...
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Sorting users by tags

"Users" lists all users (ordered by weekly/monthly/../total reputation), each followed by a number of tags, related to his/her MO-activity. My question is: Is it possible to view the list of all ...
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What is the source of this strange title strike?

In this question.
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How to ask questions during connectivity issues?

After a few hours of not being able to reach meta.mathoverflow.net, (possibly due to DNS?), I resorted to asking a question about it on the main site. Later I posted something to a chat room, and ...
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How do I recover my MathOverflow account?

I've been inactive for close to a year due to illness--and want to resume my activity as in Euclidean volume of the unit ball of matrices under the matrix norm but when I try to do so, I get treated ...
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What happened to the stack exchange app for iOS?

The stackexchange app would no longer launch, I tried to reload it from the Mac App Store, and it’s not there (or at least, I could not find it). I probably missed some event, is there an alternative?
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Question regarding the StackPrinter site

Does anybody here know whatever happened to the StackPrinter site? It seems to me that it is not working anymore. Do you know of a currently working version/link of the site? Please let me thank you ...
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What should I do if I have a question on inactive post?

I recently asked this question about gamma function, and Vincent law commented a link to another post which stated similar question. There I found a link to MathOverflow post. I visited there, and I ...
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Did few of my questions disappear without notification or trace?

I strongly suspect one or two of my questions disappeared without notification or trace on my user page in the last month. Is this true? Is there efficient algorithm to find links to the missing ...
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Failed to upload image; imgur is rejecting the request | Close

Why would imgur reject an image upload request? Temporary problem, or a problem with the particular image? I've tried several images, all small (<100KB). The error message is not very informative......
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"Have you considered to accept or start a bounty"

There are some questions of mine with answers which I did not accept them,yet. Some of them (but not all of them) has an statement on the above of its title in the question list,...
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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 ...