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New stack exchange for proof assistants and automatic theorem provers opens private beta

Stack Exchange will soon create the Private Beta site for Proof Assistants and Automatic Theorem Provers. If you want to see what a StackExchange site is like in its initial beginnings, want to help ...
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How can one find out who is downvoting my questions?

Of late, I have had several persons downvote questions of mine. I have asked why, but no one answers. Is it possible to find out who these persons are so I can ask them directly. My concern is that ...
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Viewing reputation and badges is now opt-in

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 does one check progress towards a (second) Socratic badge?

Not to take anything too seriously, but how does one check progress towards a (second) Socratic badge? I've seen a script for another Overflow site, but it doesn't seem to work here.
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Can I somewhere see my own deleted questions?

Don't worry, I won't try to sneakily repost them or otherwise bother anyone else besides me with them. I just felt like it would be nice to see what sort of questions I was thinking about a couple of ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Asking the same (subjective) question on Math.SE and MO

I asked a question a couple of years ago on MathStackexchange which was quite popular. I would like to ask it on MathOverflow as well, since I'd be interested in the answers there. But I'm never ...
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Reputation and badges are no longer visible next to the users' names

Right now it seems that a bug is affecting MO: reputation and badges are no longer displayed next to the users' names. This happens both on the front page: as well as on pages of individual questions:...
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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 ...
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On a MathOverflow post, the members' reputation for a question & answer shows briefly but then disappears [duplicate]

When I was just viewing the MathOverflow Improving Cauchy estimates?, this is what I see for the question & answer members' "flair" sections: Doing a refresh causes the reputations to ...
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Should users be shown some basic information before posting the first question? [duplicate]

In an answer to another question discussing possibilities how to decrease the number of off-topic questions1 it was mentioned that: Perhaps we should force a person to read the rules before posting ...
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News of potential interest to the MO community

Occasionally, there has been a suggestion to start a meta question to collect information that might be of interest to the MO community. This is an attempt to start such a thread. Is there any news ...
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I am new to MathOverflow. I am a master of mathematics student. I wanted to ask if questions in research papers ( regarding what I am not able to understand in the paper ) can be asked on ...
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How to make welcoming comments on "homework-like" posts that will be closed?

We get posts here that are phrased as if from a textbook or homework; the one I have in mind is Find the recurrence relation, but my question is more general. Such posts will certainly be closed. A ...
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Top-voted questions for the year?

This link shows the top-voted questions:       https://mathoverflow.net/questions?tab=Votes In a New Year's spirit, how can I restrict this query to top-voted ...
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Is it possible to transfer a question from math stack exchange despite being temporarily suspended there?

I would like to transfer my question How do we find the structure of a set with the most equidistribution using entropy? to math overflow despite being temporarily suspended for one year due to ...
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How can I contact a specific user

I'm new here and it was suggested to me to ask this here. There was a particular user who's answers and questions came up more than once when researching a couple math related topics and I was hoping ...
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Is it possible to find out why a comment was deleted?

I had a comment at How do you generate math figures for academic papers? asking whether the question was a duplicate. (Carlo Beenakker is responding to it in this comment.) Since the comment is no ...
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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 ...
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Welcoming new user: on a recent question about connections

I think that the history of this question about connections is unfortunate. I would like to discuss (respectfully, without throwing blame around) whether/how a better outcome might have been achieved....
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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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I would like to learn about opinions about visually indicating votes for contributions to community wiki; what I have in mind is something analogous to the green button in the "menue-line" ...
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My activity page in particular contains "All actions" tab; all my comments are there. Can I search for, say, a specific word there? A wonderful answer by Martin Sleziak to my question Is it ...
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What if I'm not sure about what area of math a problem lies?

One student asked me how to solve a problem and the only way of solving it that came to me seems hopeless to find an answers. It occurred to me that I may using a wrong approach to it. How could I ask ...
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Help improve tagging!

Please help by writing tag wikis for your favorite tags! Use answers to this post to suggest tag synonyms. Finally, if you're a 10k+ user, note how easy it is for you to edit tags now!
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Don't know the details to my old account, how can I find them?

My question is pretty much as in the title. I have an old account but no longer know which e-mail I used to set it up (never mind the password xD). Is there any way I can get the e-mail? I'm ...
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Is this partial differential equation on topic for Mathoverflow?

I came across this differential equation. I'm not sure if it's research level, but I think it might be: u\frac{\partial}{\partial u}\left(u\frac{\partial f}{\partial u}\right) + v\frac{\partial}{\...
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Requests for reopen and undelete votes for closed and deleted questions

Since I expect this may prove rather useful, I'm blatantly purloining Asaf's question from meta.math.se. Please post general requests for reopen votes as answers below. Beware that "short" ...
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Why is the question about SO(4) embedding into SU(3) attracting so many troll answers

This question: Is SO(4) a subgroup of SU(3)? has already attracted 5 rude spam answers (most of which have been deleted by the time I posted this, but if you have enough reputation you can see them). ...
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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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Braces are not rendered in MathJax in the preview of a question

I am using Firefox 94.0.1, with no user scripts. I have a few add-ons, which I can list if needed, but, since the behaviour does not always occur, they cannot always be interfering. My renderer is <...
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Two traffic observations and questions

The MathOverflow traffic (page views, visits, new visits) shows steady and possibly increasing activity over the last $2+$ yrs. The chart below runs from 2019-Jul-07 on the left and 2021-Nov-04 on the ...
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Best of MathOverflow, or papers inspired by MathOverflow

This is a place to collect MathOverflow success stories! Was some of your research inspired by something on MathOverflow? Do you know questions & answers that led to interesting research? ...
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"overestimates topoi" and research level

I wonder now and then, why this question is still open Did Grothendieck overestimate topoi? Usually, MO's members tend to be very strict about what is and what isn't a good question. But why is this ...
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I found a very neat way to speed up MathJax execution times and I thought about sharing it with everyone here. Typically whenever I start my browser I have to load up all of these MathJax resources ...
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PhysicsOverflow just [in 2014] went live [closed]

The new site is now up and running (outside the SE network) here https://www.physicsoverflow.org/ PhysicsOverflow is meant to be some kind of a rebirth of the untimely passed away Theoretical Physics ...
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Why I am not allowed to answer protected questions?

I'm a new user of MathOverflow. In the privileges section, it says that I can now answer protected question. But in reality, when I visited this protected question, it says: I'm not counting the ...
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Request from PRIMES to keep an eye out for their problems

On m.SE last year there was a problem with someone cheating on the entrance problem set for the PRIMES high school research program at MIT. Selection for PRIMES for this year has begun, and they're ...
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To which extent can one modify another's question?

One highly off-topic question of real analysis was asked in the main site by a new user. One user sent, 1 hour later, a long answer going far beyond the the question, and then, 12 hours later, edited ...
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I had already asked a question as follows: "Is there a one dimensional foliation of a two dimensional manifold whose foliation groupoid is diffeomorphic to a 3 sphere with two north pole. The ...
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Finding previously highly active deleted users

I was fairly active on MO at the start. Then, as is the case with some early users, my participation became much more sporadic over the years. Recently, I realized that quite a few of the old accounts ...
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There has been an apparent case where the question poster asked a question that had been answered in their own paper from about 10 years before the question. This would not be a problem if the ...
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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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Why was this math puzzle question migrated to Science Fiction & Fantasy?

There was a recent question on MathOverflow which was just incorrectly migrated to Science Fiction & Fantasy (where it has been promptly deleted). I suspect the reason the question was migrated ...
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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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Request: Add the option to close to review tasks from the "first questions" queue

Reviewing something in the "First questions" queue, I currently have only three options: Leave it (i.e. approve it as is) Edit it Share feedback, i.e. either Leave a comment asking for ...
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How to find out why a post was deleted

It would help to know why a post was deleted, I believe in this case automatically by a MO monitoring robot. I am not judging the decision, but would like to know why, to avoid asking such questions ...
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Unable to delete this post

I have been wanting to delete this post for quite sometime. Unfortunately a user already answered and my reputation is so low that I can’t accept or delete it. Note my original question is nothing ...