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deleting junk spam more quickly

In the last days, there have been several posts which are commercial spam (mostly from India, as it seems) and have no link at all with mathematics. Is it technically possible that one of the ...
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Fake activity mark on favorites tab

I already asked about activity on favorites (How to find out what activity activated a favorite?). This time it is about what seems to be a bug. Every now and then the favorites tab shows new activity ...
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Unbolding sans serif font in math mode

Is there a way to "unbold" the default text font (namely, sans serif) when written in math mode? Consider this example: Hello World$\qquad\textsf{Hello World}$ The first instance of "Hello World" is ...
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Disappearing “Hi!”

Just curious ... A brand new member posted a question this afternoon, and I posted an answer. I know him quite well, and he was here in Bristol to give a seminar two days ago, and without giving it ...
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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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What is the role of star on the left-hand side of a question?

I've been active on MO for a while now, but I have not yet figured out the role of the star that appears on the left-hand side of a question, underneath the number up/down votes. Sometimes there are ...
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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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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 keep getting reputation points for an answer to a CW question

I keep getting reputation points for an answer to the question Most intriguing mathematical epigraphs which has been made community wiki some days ago. Not that I don't like it but...
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Are downvotes zero cost?

I've just gotten a downvote on an answer in main and it did not result in a decrease in my total rep. Is this normal?
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Question warning without asking a question!

I have never asked a question on mathoverflow.net, yet when I was about to ask my first question, the site flagged a warning regarding the question not being well received, is this normal behavour? ...
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Trouble with tea?

This post has a link to this one on the old-meta-now-tea site, but when I clicked on it, I got this: A fatal, non-recoverable error has occurred Technical information (for support personel): Error ...
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Is it OK to direct attention of a particular user to a particular question of mine?

About a year ago I asked a question which did produce very little feedback; today I've noticed that a specialist in the field recently joined MO. I think it would make sense to somehow ask this user ...
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Changing mind about upvoting a comment

If I change my mind about upvoting a comment, is there any way to cancel my upvote there?
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Literature Requests & Opinions: Conventions At MO

Background: Having failed to solve a general problem that I posted more than a year ago on mathoverflow.net, I have now resorted to numerical methods (involving finite probability distributions) . ...
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Examples of MathJax codes of directed labelled graphs to use in a MathOverflow Question

I need some examples of MathJax codes of directed labelled (with loops or multiple edges) graphs to use in MathOverflow Questions so that I could easily change them to my graphs. Here is my try to ...
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Invisible posts

The post, Freedom of speech in scientific discussions - An invitation to more tolerance in Scientific debates, is currently invisible on the meta front page. I take it this is due to the large ...
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Are the colors wrong?

I know that my eyes are not the best when it comes to color vision. But all the colors look wrong. Is it just me, is it the Nexus 4 that I'm using, or did someone do something?
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Sticky vote controls at MO?

This SE meta post mentions a test of sticky vote controls. I couple of days back I remember that I had sticky vote controls for a short while but then it returned back to normal. The linked post ...
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Can you help me open my alter user?

My name is Erin Carmody 916. Can you unite me with myself? Please forgive me for my former transgressions. I promise to show my love for mathoverflow in the way it is intended in the future. I don't ...
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Is it possible to Un-migrate a question?

I was not sure at first, but I think this question migrated from MO to MSE has been underestimated, and would receive better answers from MO users. It is related to another question (which was well ...
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How to obtain the bibtex item for a question with a program?

Background The FindStat project encourages contributors to provide references for combinatorial statistics. I am currently redesigning the way such references are processed. In future, a ...
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Some guidance needed concerning a suggested edit

I just reviewed an edit and rejected it because it looked wrong to me. The edit suggested a modification with respect to indices in some formula. https://mathoverflow.net/review/suggested-edits/43644. ...
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Non-CW answers to CW questions

I have understood that if a question has community wiki (CW) status, then all answers must have it, too. I came across an exception in a question about refereeing. The answers by Chris Woodward and ...
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A blue message, which vanishes

When I vote (or comment?) I get recently a blue message which vanishes before I catch it. Do you have any idea about this colorful (well, just blue) info item?
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a spate of deletions by “Community”

18 minutes ago (at time of writing) a whole swathe of questions appear to have been deleted, some of which seemed not to be obviously sub-par or off-topic, and some of which had a net rep scoire of 0 (...
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Why does mathoverflow constantly compile the latex for my questions and answers?

Whenever I ask or answer questions on mathoverflow, the output is constantly being compiled. While this is sometimes a desirable feature, it turns out that at least for my computer, when I am giving a ...
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Respond to comments of deleted posts

Recently my answer to a question got deleted . Before it got deleted, it had comments from 2 specific users. Since I came to know about the comments after it was deleted I was unable to reply. So, How ...
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Stable url for linking

This question probably belongs to some more general meta but since most heavily I use links on MO let me still ask it here. Occasionally I link to materials which may disappear at some point - like ...
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How to include diagrams in MO?

I have seen many questions and answers with nice diagrams but I do not know how to make them. Any answer involving MathJax and/or uploaded pictures is welcomed.
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Legitimate questions put on hold with no comments, no notification, and no chance to improve

My question was put on hold as unclear. I see a number of issues in this: No intent was made to clarify the question via comments: it was just shut up. I consider it rude and unhelpful. No reason was ...
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Illustrating posts of others

This issue arose in connection to the question Is this a $C^0$ foliation of $\mathbb{R}^2$? where a foliation is described formally. I thought it would help to have a picture of it. Initially I wanted ...
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Question eligible for bounty

many days ago I made this question https://mathoverflow.net/questions/195492/linearized-action-of-a-torus-and-orbits-in-alexeevs-construction I didn't receive any answer and I would like to start a ...
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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 I customize TeX/MathJax in Chrome?

Probably this question belongs to some general SE meta but I don't even know where it is or whether I am eligible to post there, and mostly I am using MO anyway, so if there is another more ...
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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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Hard to notice links in comments

This is a conscious duplicate :D There are at least two more questions about it (The color of links in comments, On the current color scheme, and why it sucks - by the way, when trying to share them ...
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Automatized features don't work when asking a question

When I try to ask new questions, the "autocomplete features" don't work (in Firefox ESR 31.3.0): When I start typing a title, I don't get a list of existing titles. I don't see a preview of my ...
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Geographic distribution of people on MathOverflow

Is there a way to answer questions like the following, either by means of the StackExchange Date Explorer or by other means?: How many of the regular MathOverflow users (say, e.g., those who ...
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I deleted my post, but now want to view its source

I asked a question, but it was noted in the comments that it was a bit too elementary for this site, and it was suggested that I delete and then post it to Math.SE. I deleted it, and still have the ...
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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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The largest number of answers

I would like to know how to find the posts that contain the largest number of answers.
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I can't find a comment to my answer

I have posted an answer to this question: Most dispersed set of points in a disk?, but do not see any indication that a comment has been left to that answer, if I however use the StackExchange App, ...
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How to find out what activity activated a favorite?

I have several favorite questions and it is a great feature that every time something happens around them, they are flagged up for me. However, when I turn to them, in most cases I cannot figure out ...
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Favorites tab on user page is populated with StackOverflow users

I noticed that the favorite users tab on the main user page is filled with people from StackOverflow, rather than MathOverflow. It is also the same on the math.SE favorite users tab. Is this the ...
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If I've found an error in my answer

If I've found an error in my answer, should I delete the answer or just to post a comment saying about the error? It seems that reading my answer may be helpful for finding a true answer.
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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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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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Awarding bounty to multiple answers

Can a bounty be awarded to multiple answers? I have a question that has a number of correct answers, but from slightly different perspectives, so I'd like to give each some of the bounty.