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Not accepting answers

In my opinion, there is a moral obligation on those asking questions to do something with the answers: Either accept one, or to explain why none of the answers is satisfactory. I do not see this ...
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Should we encourage non-professionals to ask hard questions if that is good for the future development of the mathematics? [closed]

There is a story about Gauss being "unimpressed by FLT, pointing out (after finding a proof of the n=3 case) that in number theory it’s very easy to come up with problems that are very hard.". But, ...
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Who owns MathOverflow?

Is MathOverflow a subsidiary of Stack Exchange? Did MathOverflow lose its independence when it migrated to the Stack Exchange network?
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Enabling arXiv trackbacks for [other] SE communities

I recently became aware of MathOverflow arXiv trackback feature that was custom implemented by @ScottMorrison. This is just awesome and certainly serves very well MathOverflow community. I was ...
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A questions about “on hold” status of a question and about “closed” status

I have a question that´s been put "on hold". And I have some questions. Who can see that this question is "on hold"? Can that see all users of the site or even some people who ...
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Bounty from Community

This question has an outstanding bounty from the Community user. How does that happen?
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Unregistered Users (in Theory and in Practice)

There's been past discussion (e.g. here) about whether MathOverflow should allow posts from unregistered users. I am fully on board with the apparent consensus that the answer is yes, because of the ...
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Are we making it too tempting/easy to send inappropriate posts to MSE?

This "question" (asking for generalized help with a long list of elementary topics) is clearly going to be unwelcome almost anywhere, yet two users voted to close with a suggestion to "see math....
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Why I cannot start bounty on my own question, just because I have answered it?

Can it circumvent and avoid awarding bounty for own answers and reward answers by posters other than the author of the question. Why avoid the author from starting bounty itself all together. In such ...
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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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Links to the reputation leagues are broken on MathOverflow

At the bottom of the users page you can find links to weekly / monthly / quarterly reputation leagues. Currently there is the following link: https://stackexchange.com/leagues/week/mathoverflow - it ...
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Should we start a “PolyMathOverflow” project?

Recently polymath projects seems to have stopped. One reason for this could be that running such a project requires a lot of effort from at least one person running it. I was thinking if it were ...
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Primarily opinion-based questions/answers

One closing option is primarily opinion-based: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on ...
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How to edit tags correctly?

I attempted to edit the tags for this question. I got the message: This edit introduces tags that do not help to define the topic of the question. Tags should help to describe what the question is ...
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Answering off-topic questions

What is MO's exact policy on answering or not answering off-topic questions? Assuming there is some well-defined policy. My guess is: you are allowed to answer off-topic questions and if somebody ...
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Stack-exchange devoted to research problems, the suggested approaches and updates

The idea is to have a database of open research problems where the answers will be updates or suggested approaches. One research problem per post. This is in the spirit of Polymath. Reasons: ...
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My question was closed on MO because it is not research level. Where should I ask instead?

If a question is closed (put on hold) on MathOverflow as off-topic for not being research level-question, but it is still a question about mathematics. What might be a suitable place for such question?...
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Bounties for Answers?

What are your feelings about offering a bounty for deciding or evaluating an answer to a MO question? Background of this post is that I have provided two answers to a highly upvoted question with ...
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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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Migrating a question removes some comments?

This question has just been migrated to MSE, but I notice that not all comments were migrated in the process. This is unfortunate because one comment (by YuiTo Cheng) pointed to a highly relevant ...
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The reason for putting on hold a question

Why was this question put on hold? It seems to be fairly specific and it is about mathematics. You could argue that it is slightly meta-mathematical; would it then be appropriate on meta MO?
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sort unanswered questions by date

I am sure this used to be possible. However now, when I select "unanswered" the query is obviously answered by sorting via votes received and I don't know how to sort unanswered questions by date, ...
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Insufficient space following MathJax, but only right after posting

I am using Safari 12.0.2 on macOS Mojave. In my answer https://mathoverflow.net/a/331026 , I see the following: It seems to me that the spacing between the second and third parentheses at the end of ...
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Wrong rendering in narrow width in Safari

When I view the front page right now in Safari, I see: Notice that the question mark, which the poster properly placed at the end of the equation (see the question (before another edit removed the ...
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Negative reputation?

I found this in the "Users" listing What is negative reputation? The profile for this user (who was last here 3 years ago) shows reputation 101.
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How do I add captions to inserted figures

Some of my MO answers have figures in them. How do I add captions and tags to them?
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Ask for help in proofreading a book

In case, one had written a book manuscript, but it was not possible to find, by other means, proofreaders mathematically knowledgeable enough to proofread the manuscript, would it be appropriate to ...
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Remove the upper bound on the number of bounties a single user can have at any moment

This question is about the maximum number of active bounties one user can have at any given point of time. Why do we have such a limitation? Why only 3 bounties? I have asked some questions on this ...
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Printer-friendly versions?

When I print an MO thread (using Chrome, at least), the font size is extremely small (8pt? nested indices are very hard to read, at least). Since I don't think this is easily fixable on the user side (...
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Why is it not possible to offer a bounty for longer than 7 days?

I had offered a bounty for the following question that expires in 7 hours: What did Gelfand mean by suggesting to study "Heredity Principle" structures instead of categories? The results ...
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How to “cite” MathOverflow answer?

I am writing a paper at the moment and for one proof I use an idea which I got from a MathOverflow answer (at the time I was asking idle questions but later of course found a way to use it). I of ...
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Why is “MathOverflow” spelled without a space when “Stack Overflow” is spelled with a space?

I assumed the name of our site “MathOverflow” is derived from the name “Stack Overflow” of the first and largest site that used the same base software (Stack Exchange). Is this so? If it is, then ...
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Disabled buttons not visible in /review

When using the review queues, the disabled button has become invisible: For example, this is how it looks like for Stack Overflow: This issue is maybe related to Buttons (white-on-light grey) look ...
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When we close questions and suggest MSE, should we link to their How to Ask?

When we close questions by saying MathOverflow is for mathematicians to ask each other questions about their research. See Math.StackExchange to ask general questions in mathematics. ...should the ...
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Increase in unexplained downvotes on (old) questions/answers?

I recently received a downvote without comment on a question and all of its answers, which are good independent of the value of my question imo. I’ve also had two other questions receive similar ...
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What to do when a post contains a “suspicious” link (possibly with copyrighted material)?

Occasionally there some posts on the main site contain links where it is very natural to suspect that the link provides access to some material without having the necessary legal rights. Should the ...
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I lost my three questions

About 3_4 days ago 3 questions of mine got down vote but they were not "closed" or "onhold". After these downvotes, each of them became -1 vote, totally. Now I can not find these question. Where are ...
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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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Traffic follows work-week and holiday schedules

This is not a question; more an observation from the "site analytics" below. I am surprised/impressed by the regularity of the traffic, which reliably plummets on the weekends, and shows a ...
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Chat page has disappeared

I recently looked at an old question of mine (well, old, but the answer & discussion this refers to happened less than 2 years ago.) After a long discussion with the answerer in the comments, I ...
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Why is this answer about naming deleted?

My answer for Naming in math: from red herrings to very long names has been deleted. According to Why and how are some answers deleted?, the only two relevant reasons are: commentary on the question ...
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Is it a bad practise to add details (limited) to some one's answer?

A user X answered my (some one else's) question in a compact way (less than $10$ lines). Upon discussion, user X has explained somethings in comment which made answer clearer. Is it considered to ...
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Publicizing conjectures on MO

This question Positive integers written as $\binom{w}2+\binom{x}4+\binom{y}6+\binom{z}8$ with $w,x,y,z\in\{2,3,\ldots\}$ is basically just a statement of a few conjectures by the asker. The "...
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Problem with “move to chat” function?

I seem to be having a problem with the "move to chat" button. In a recent question, I received the "consider moving to chat" prompt, and I clicked the proffered button; however, it didn't work. ...
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“Add comment” button overflowing

I was leaving a comment on an accepted answer, and I noticed that the "add comment" button was overflowing, as was some of the text of the comments. This appears on several other threads (one, two, ...
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MO links chopped in gmail pdf viewer

Currently I am preparing the text for a paper (together with two coauthors) where we cite help from MO on two occasions. I am doing this using the cite button. It ...
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On convexity tags

The tags on convexity are convex-geometry ($\times$560), convex-analysis ($\times$ 266), convexity ($\times$ 420). Here the number is the current (2019/02/23) number of uses and I ignore some more ...
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Is it bad practice to edit my own question with details from the paper provided in the top answer?

I asked a question and received a helpful answer that showed me work that I did not know how to search for. The answer was a link to the author's paper and some context on its relevance. While I could ...
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Why is community bulletin no longer shown on MathOverflow?

Community bulletin is a block displayed in the top right part of the site which shows some of the questions on meta (and sometimes also some other stuff). It is useful, because it attracts attention ...
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Is there any third party search engine for MathOverflow?

As has been discussed in this meta post, there is a third party search (with $\LaTeX{}$ support) engine for Mathematics Stack Exchange. I was wondering whether there is search engine with similar ...

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