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Formatting citations to the literature on MathOverflow

We'd like to make it easier to cite articles from the literature, on MathOverflow. I propose adding a single button to the edit toolbar while writing posts, which will pop up a search dialog, allow ...
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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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Ignoring certain users' postings

This old post on meta stackexchange contains a script that hides posts from users of your choice. There were some negative comments there and the script doesn't seem to be working anymore (maybe ...
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Make edit history more accessible

Once a post has been edited once, there is a direct link to the revision history of the post that is visible to everyone as in this example: However, when a post has not been edited, this link is not ...
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How to get to meta?

There's a new toolbar for all the SE sites. (That big black thing up there!) Mostly I think it's pretty awesome. But how do I get to meta now?
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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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Color of links (both in posts and comments)

I know the issue has been discussed before in the last couple of years (here, here and kind of here), but nothing has been done to solve it, so I thought it would make sense to bring it up again. If ...
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comments that are not displayed right away (“add/see 10 other comments”)

Often when I start reading comments, it is only when I come to the end that I see a link like "add/see 10 other comments". I can understand that if there is a huge list of comments for the same ...
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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 ...
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May I borrow the question/answer editing/preview gadgets?

That is, I really like the feel and responsiveness of these gadgets (much better than LyX, for instance) and would like to use them offline. Is this actually possible? Are there licensing issues? ...
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How to turn off the MathJax preview?

The constant compiling of MathJax while composing a post is undesirable for me. How can I stop the MathJax preview? Is there a way to turn off the MathJax preview? Where is the button to switch off ...
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Tell what's been modified

On the page of "top questions" that opens when I go to mathoverflow.net, each question is accompanied by information about what happened to it most recently. The information consists of "asked" or "...
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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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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 ...
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Buttons (white-on-light grey) look like they are inactive

Many buttons on MO currently have white text on a light grey background, like this: (at least on my browser). The text is not very visible, and moreover this color scheme is often used for inactive/...
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How to logout from the site?

There is no visible (to me) button for logging out. How to do so? This is an attempt to comply with François Dorais' request.
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Where is the off switch for the concurrent preview now?

I feel like an idiot but I cannot find it. Meanwhile, if the post is long and has a lot of LaTeX formulae in it, and the connection is imperfect, the wysiwyg regime is a non-stop fight. I figured out ...
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Next badge appeared and disappeared

A few days ago I noticed that under the recent achievements tab there were two status bars showing how far along you were to the next privilege and next badge. I liked this but it has now disappeared. ...
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Mysterious evil scrollbar

While compulsively checking my question, I noticed that a mysterious in-site scrollbar appeared. When I click on the scrollbar, the question disappears and I have to reload! This leads me to believe ...
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Is there an option to know when somebody (especially author of the post) does something after my comment?

Yes I do realize that the comments are primarily meant to introduce improvements in the post being commented on. And also that if any subsequent commenters want my feedback, they will @ me explicitly. ...
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Tag suggestions on ask page

The ask page tag input box currently looks like this: The old ask page on MO 1.0 had a much more detailed description of what top-level tags on MO are: Since appropriate tagging on MO can be ...
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New queue for questions without an accepted answer

In the questions section one can find a special queue for unanswered questions. It is for attracting more attention of the community and getting a possible answer in the future. Is it possible to ...
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A question regarding some downvoting on my first question and answer on MathOverflow and my desired remedy

My first question "A question regarding the Continuum Hypothesis" (which I answered), was recently downvoted after several years of staying at the same score. Since I (with 20/20 hindsight) believe ...
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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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Chatroom links disappeared

I like to hang out in the homotopy theory chatroom. I used to navigate to this and other chatrooms using a link on the main site. This seems to have disappeared. Is there a reason for this change? I ...
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I can't post comments on first generation iPad

I have a first generation iPad, with OS 5.1.1, and sometimes look at MathOverflow on it, in the Safari web browser. Recently, it seems as though posting comments has stopped working. I type the ...
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Which deleted question show up on the “recently deleted” tool?

The question is as in the title : what are the criteria for deleted questions to be listed in the "recently deleted" list available to high-rep users? My initial assumption was that it included ...
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Tabs on the front page

It seems someone’s just broke teh CSS ...
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Right-clicking on a mathjax link does wrong thing

Surely I am not the only user of this site with this habit - if I want to have look at the linked content I right-click on the link to open it in a new tab, so when I finish reading I then turn to 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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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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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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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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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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Flagging Options

When I flag a question, I'm given a menu of possible reasons. Sometimes there are only three reasons (roughly "Spam", "Offensive" and "Needs Moderator Attention"). Other times there are more (e.g. "...
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Why are there no dates on community wiki questions

While "ordinary" questions have their birth time readily visible above the original poster name, it seems like the only way to find out when a CW question has been asked is to view its revision ...
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Monthly reputation counts tab on Users page is wrong

On the user page, if you click on the Month tab, the mouseover says "2016-08-01 to today" but the reputation counts are too high for that period. They seem instead likely related to the past 30 days ...
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Should the accepted answer really have a green background?

I find it annoying reading black text on a bright green background when looking at the accepted answer. I thought the big green checkmark was enough to mark which answer has been accepted.
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Can the flagging of off-topic questions be simplified?

To help keep Mathoverflow tidy, by speeding up the removal of inappropriate questions, I often flag them and vote them down. In every case, the need for removal is obvious. Almost none of these ...
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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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Any chance of a “save for later / TODO” feature?

Sometimes when browsing MO questions I have the need to "save for later" for various reasons. There is a star for favoriting questions, it would be very useful to have "TODO" labels beyond just the ...
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Image human verification problem

I typed up an answer, and it tells me I have to have a name and a password to post. Apparently my session timed out while I was researching the answer. So I click the "Login" button, and my answer ...
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Why is log-in hidden

On the front page I looked in vain for "log in" button. Eventually found to my surprise that clicking on "sign up" takes me to a page where I can choose between "sign up" and "log in". Do I have any ...
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Are searches by tag broken?

I have tried a few variations, and they all take me to the Featured tab. This would be OK if I wanted featured questions. Unfortunately, I want questions (more than 1) which are tagged nt or co or ...
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To what extent is MO usable with console browser, not supporting javascript and images?

To what extent is MO usable with console browser, not supporting javascript and images? Say lynx/links/links2/elinks or something else? I can live with javascript killed, but on some occasions when ...
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Seems to be a (minor) bug with displaying mathjax

Hardly noticeable but I still decided to report it - just noticed: at Find the number of boolean functions of n variable that satisfy the following condition one sees this The second $k$ below is ...
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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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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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Are users pingable from questions/answers?

There is this extremely handy feature - you can ping any user participating in a comment discussion with @. In my recent question A "prequestion" about meromorphic representations of ...