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Occasional "echoed" usernames in Firefox

I noticed about a month ago that quite often in the latest version of Firefox (but not in Chrome) under Windows 11 usernames become distorted like this Does anybody else see this or it is just me? ...
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Mystery popup window

Last week or so, when I get into an SE site (MO in particular), a popup window appears in the lower left corner for few milliseconds. Some kind of clickable button there, with not enough time for me ...
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Viewing reputation and badges is now opt-in and compatible with the new front page

This announcement is a little late (see the discussion here), but in response to discussions over many years, we (the moderators and board) have implemented a change to the site where by default, ...
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How to @ a user with non-Latin characters?

When typing comments, it's useful to use the "@" system to alert a user to a comment (and also to make it clear to a 3rd party who you are addressing a comment to, as comments have no "...
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Is it possible to temporarily comment out part of a post?

Scenario (true story): after posting something I became doubtful about certain claim there, so I want to hide it until I clarify my doubts. Of course I could just move that part to a temporary file, ...
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Why did my profile picture disappear?

I discovered few days ago that my profile picture is gone, had to reupload it. Did anybody else encounter this? Do you know the reason?
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What is up with the "Question feed" vs. "Related Questions"?

When looking at a question, for at least the past few months I've noticed an inconsistency in what displays in the righthand sidebar. What I expect to see is a list of "related questions" -- ...
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Did spacing increase recently?

Yesterday I noticed that line spacing in questions & answers is bigger than before, something like 1.5 Is there some global change, or is it a bug? Or maybe I do have a bug or something? Can I ...
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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 ...
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Main site changed look, but only in one device

Using Firefox on an iPad, suddenly the view for the main site changed; it now looks as follows: The meta site looks the same as it always has, and when I go to the site using firefox on a different ...
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Keyword Search of the User's own (my own) questions or answers

Is there a (good) way to "search" the keyword of the User's own (my own) previously asked questions or given answers in one's own profile? If so, how? Please illuminate. p.s. I asked that ...
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Display of differences between revisions

Being impressed by the visualisation of differences between revisions on this site (and MSE as well) I cannot resist to ask: what javascript libraries are used for this? I know that MathJax is used to ...
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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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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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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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Where is the link to Meta from Mathoverflow?

When I go to mathoverflow.net, I don't see any indication on the page about how to get to MathOverflow Meta. (I think it is supposed to be accessible from the "StackExchange" pulldown on the left of ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How to undo flagging? [duplicate]

I've erroneously flagged an answer as spam (some anonymous user tried to edit it by seemingly injecting some spam and this confused me), how do I cancel my action?
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Button for cross posts to/from Math SE

People explained me that it is possible to ask same questions in Math SE and MO, and I did this from time to time. I think it's very important to have this possibility, because often you haven't ...
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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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Can one see the latest activities in "big list" questions without reading all answers again?

There is a good question here. It is a "big list" question. sometimes it appears in active list. So I want to know what activity done there? but how? Can one see the latest activities in "big ...
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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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Why I see "question eligible for bounty since 1 hour ago" and not "start bounty" button

I had asked this question 2 days back, and now I see at the bottom, the link " question eligible for bounty since 1 hour ago", and if I click on it, it takes me to the bounty information page. I don'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to keep track of questions or answers I upvoted/downvoted?

There doesn't seem to be a favorite button for answers, so the natural remedy seems to be allowing tracing of vote history. Is this something already possible that I am missing?
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New interface - empty rectangles in the reputation column

I've got new interface and I like it, but there is something strange: Some numbers are supposed to be there, right? They are present on other StackExchange sites with this interface
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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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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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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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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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Can the Math Overflow look be changed? [closed]

I love the math sites but I rarely visit this MathOverflow site because of its look. The color and appearance is not appealing. I know this will sound weird but the mathematics is cool, maybe they can ...
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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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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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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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Tabs on the front page

It seems someone’s just broke teh CSS ...
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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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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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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 ...