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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? ...
Ricardo Andrade's user avatar
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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 ...
Albert Zhang's user avatar
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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.
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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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 ...
Benedict Eastaugh's user avatar
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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 ...
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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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 ...
Jesko Hüttenhain's user avatar
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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 ...
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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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 "...
Cameron Buie's user avatar
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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: ...
Michael Albanese's user avatar
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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?
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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1 answer
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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 ...
Henry Cohn's user avatar
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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?
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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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 ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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1 answer
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Please BCC moderator private messages to [email protected]

(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 ...
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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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?
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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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.
David E Speyer's user avatar
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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 ...
Ricardo Andrade's user avatar
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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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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6 answers
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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 ...
Noah Schweber's user avatar
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5 answers
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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. ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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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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How to contact moderators [duplicate]

Is there some way to contact all the MathOverflow moderators?
Michael Hardy's user avatar
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1 answer
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building a platform for reusing mathoverflow content

I'm working together with PlanetMath contributor Raymond Puzio on a proposal that would improve the PlanetMath platform, making it useful for remixing contents from MathOverflow, math.stackexchange....
Joe Corneli's user avatar
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Homework section in the Help Center slightly outdated

I just noticed that the Help Center section that describes what is and is not on topic, and what the policy for homework questions and its rationale are, is outdated. It currently reads ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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How to write a good MathOverflow question?

How do I write a good MathOverflow question? Got any advice for me?
Kim Morrison's user avatar
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Who should be allowed to create a new tag?

There is a recent post on MO that includes two new tags: Beer and Bet! The problems of these two tags aside, I don't think it is a good practice to add new tags unless it is absolutely necessary. Is ...
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Requests to remove community wiki

In the old days of MathOverflow, community wiki status was irreversible. This is no longer the case! There are many old questions and answers that became community wiki by accident or other reasons. ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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3 answers
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What to do with homework questions?

I think something should be done with the homework questions: there are too many of them now. I suggest that one reason for closing should be "homework". If at least 3 people vote for that reason to ...
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Help cleanup tags!

This is meant to agglomerate tags that need (occasional or regular) cleanup. That is tags that mean multiple unrelated things and need to be separated into more specific tags. Please follow 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 ...
Noah Snyder's user avatar
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Tag for Fragments of Peano Arithmetic

There are quite a few questions on the main site related to (first-order) Peano Arithmetic and its fragments. Here are two examples: 1, 2 (but there are many others). It would be nice, and feels ...
Andrés E. Caicedo's user avatar
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Development of the MathOverflow community

From the Stack Exchange Data Explorer one can obtain the following data: Number of people who joined MO in the last 4 years and have collected at least 10000 points: 96 Number of people who joined ...
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