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Bumping of obviously offtopic questions

Today, https://mathoverflow.net/questions/28487/is-there-a-concept-equivalent-to-factorial-that-uses-addition-rather-than-multip was on the front page. I was about to flag the question, only to ...
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Should OEIS links be updated?

Historic links to the OEIS are of the form http://www.research.att.com/~njas/sequences/A097048. These links no longer work: Neil has retired from AT&T, and in the meantime has set up the OEIS ...
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What is the source of this strange title strike?

In this question.
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html tags in title, e.g. s̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶

I thought it was a good idea to edit the title of the following question: What is the source of this E̶r̶d̶ő̶s̶ quote? I wanted to strike through (like this) the name Erdős, but apparently the html ...
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Should this question remain closed?

The OP of How to project a vector onto a very large, non-orthogonal subspace has written to complain that the question was closed unfairly. The question is too far from my area of expertise to be ...
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When asking a question on MO it seems there's far too little information on what MO is about

When we switched from the old format to the MSE 2.0 format, almost all the information about what MO is about, and what is expected from a good question was been stripped from the site. I mean, one ...
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When to answer a question via a comment?

I have noticed something a bit confusing to me during my first few days here at MathOverflow. In the "about" section it says users can "improve posts by editing or commenting." On multiple occasions I ...
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Frequently asked questions about tagging on MathOverflow

Due to several discussions on the main site, I am asking this question concerning the best practices for tagging questions on MathOverflow. Unfortunately, the relevant documentation page https://...
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Protest for my account suspension [closed]

I posted this question about two month ago. Shortly after this, I got a moderator private message. It says: We've noticed that you have a pattern of engaging in lengthy discussions in comments, ...
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Big list of feature requests and suggestions for a fantasy MO 3.0

I feel that MathOverflow is unique in the StackExchange network. There are features which we might want which might be unique to this site, and which might not be immediate feature requests or ...
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Missing question and user?

Well, this is embarrassing. I've spent the last 20 minutes looking for a particular question on main but haven't been able to find it at all. This question involves something like the growth of $n!/(...
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Crazy idea about soft questions

I was thinking the other day about big list and other soft questions and had the following crazy idea. It seems to me that what we want is to occasionally have good soft questions. The main thing ...
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What shall we do with stone soup?

Sometimes, a question is asked that isn't up to the standards of MathOverflow. Maybe it's worded vaguely, maybe it's too open ended, or maybe the asker fundamentally misunderstood something important. ...
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Anton's departure as moderator

Does outgoing moderator Anton Geraschenko deserve our heartfelt thanks, or what?
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2013 Election Results

The election process is over, and now it is time to declare the winners: Good luck in the new position, I'm sure that you'll prove to be a great addition to the community and its moderators! On ...
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Voting on suggested tag synonyms

I created a suggestion for the tag synonym 'mg.metric-geometry' <--- 'classical-geometry' two weeks ago. However, it appears to have received no votes yet, up or down. Is this delay to be expected? ...
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Drastic locking of the question “Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics”

The question Examples of common false beliefs in mathematics, was one of the best and most successful questions in the history of MO. When we discussed closing it, it was argued that after 164 answers ...
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What does research-level mathematics mean?

My understanding of this is that mathematics is research-level if: you could conceivably write a paper on some aspect of it; it could be taught in a grad-level course; it is not widely known ...
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Inline images not displaying correctly?

The images in https://mathoverflow.net/a/123671/3 are not displaying properly (checked in Chrome and Firefox), but I'm not sure why. Loading the given URLs in a new tab works fine.
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Should posts sitting in the “First posts of new users” review queue be hidden from view until they have been approved?

Presently, questions from new users are shown and can be answered immediately, although they also go into a dedicated review queue (https://mathoverflow.net/review/first-posts). Since a significant ...
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Don't we have a redundant math site?

We have mathoverflow.com with 144000 questions and answers, and we have math.stackexchange.com with 522000 questions and answers. Isn't there a redundancy? Shouldn't both sites be merged? I propose a ...
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A set of basic LaTeX macros for MO?

Do you think it would be feasible / possible to put together a basic header file of "standard" LaTeX macros that we might be able to use when typing up MO questions or answers? I mean, basic objects ...
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Should the tags [inner-models] and [inner-model-theory] be merged?

Right now there are two tags for questions about inner model theory: inner-models and inner-model-theory. I can't see any difference in the type of questions being asked under these two tags. Should ...
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Don't HTML encode quotes when creating suggested BIBTEX entries

If you click the share link underneath a question (on the main site, but not here), you'll then see a cite link, which will ...
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How can I add a diagram or picture to my questions?

As it is obvious by title, I need to add a diagram to clarify my intuitions in some questions. How can I do it? Is there any limitation in format and size of the pictures?
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Unification of two accounts

I have two accounts "loup blanc" on Math Overflow. One is unregistered, dated Aug 3, 2012 (reputation 26), and the other is registered. Is it possible to unify the two accounts into the second one?
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Diagrams in MathJax via xypic.js

Apparently, the Stacks project can load a MathJax extension called xypic.js (check the source code) and then has access to ...
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Converting a too-long answer in a comment should generate an error message

I just tried to convert an answer into a comment; it was too long for a comment, and the software just truncated the text. I think it would be better to either generate an error message, ask for ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Should the election already start now?

It seems to me the actual election already started. I find this quite surprsing as (at least) some official Q&A was planned and I assumed this (obviously?) will happen before not during the ...
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merge user35633 with DamienC

would it be possible to merge this account (user35633) with my former account from before the migration (DamienC... which I can't access anymore) ? Thanks in advance Best Damien
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How much reputation is needed to cast a vote in an election?

I noticed that MO is currently holding moderator elections, and I'm curious whether or not I will be able to vote. I've looked through the privileges list, and I do not see mentioned there a "...
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Comment template for questions more appropriate for MSE

I think it would be nice to have a comment template that everyone could use when a (new) user asks a question on the site which is clearly more appropriate for MSE. Here's what I've been using today: ...
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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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problematic phrasing of Stack Exchange terms of service

There's a problem with how the Stack Exchange terms of service are phrased. Currently, they include the following paragraph: In the event that You post or otherwise use Subscriber Content outside ...
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Who owns my MathOverflow posts?

Does Stack Exchange or MathOverflow own my posts? Can I reuse my posts elsewhere? Do I need to cite MathOverflow if I want to reuse my posts elsewhere?
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How to emphasize MathOverflow's best content?

There have been a few efforts to do this, such as the Best of MathOverflow thread. We could do more in this direction and this could have interesting repercussions. Vidit Nanda recently suggested that ...
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Please BCC moderator private messages to moderators@mathoverflow.net

(This is a feature request only really relevant to moderators, but feel free to vote or comment anyway!) With the move to 2.0, the moderators now have a new mechanism for contacting users, called a ...
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Is there any way to invite more experts (active researchers) from various subject areas?

Regarding the number of people who participate in Q&A's, I have a feeling that some subject areas are underrepresented in MO, while there are many knowledgeable experts in these areas which ...
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Frequent revisions leading to a community wiki

Due to frequent revisions my answer has become a community wiki, can I undo this. Also now if a bounty gets awarded to my answer will I get the points.
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What do moderators do?

What do moderators do? Is it just a matter of dealing with posts flagged for moderator attention, or are there other things too?
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What is our policy on asking about correctness of preprints?

We talked about this a lot on the old meta 1, 2 but I don't see a concise statement of policy that I can link to, so I'm asking a meta question in hope of generating consensus on such a statement.
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What subject specific tags could replace the tag 'divisors'?

A few names are used in different subjects in mathematics with completely distinct meanings. A couple of common examples are "spectrum" and "regular". Sometimes, this creates problems with tags on ...
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2013 Moderator Nominations [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to allow users to nominate others. The nomination period is now over and the thread is closed. The list of candidates can be found on the election page. Since the Stack ...
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Why does (moderators) tag on meta behave differently from other tags?

When I click on the moderators tag here on meta: I see that it contains one question. No tag-wiki is displayed. (And neither is the possibility to edit the tag-wiki.) When I try to find this tag in ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

As the Math Overflow community grows, so does the load on our moderator team. The existing staff is doing an excellent job, and in order to keep up the good work, they've requested a few more sets of ...
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Why was this question (sorting a countable infinite set) deleted?

A recent question on the complexity of sorting a countable infinite set (Sorting of countabe set) was apparently deleted. I'm curious why. (Certainly, the question was poorly written, with no ...
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What statistics would be interesting for a usage report?

Suppose MathOverflow were to start having quarterly or annual usage reports. What statistics would you like to see reported there? Some are obvious — new questions, new answers, new users, etc. ...
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Happy 4th anniversary, MathOverflow!

As some will cerainly know today (September 28th) is MO's anniversary, its fourth to be precise. Since this year it appears there is no system-message to celebrate the event, I thought I create this ...

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