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### Why is my question is closed and do I get views?

I have a question about my MathOverflow post: the minimum amount of x, x(x(125x + 300) + 240) + 64 is zero, what is 5 times of x? Why is my question is closed and do I get views?
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I have checked a random sample of questions in the main page, and it seems that almost every one of them has some form of answer in the comments, apart from completely unanswered/untouched ones. This ...
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### 2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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### Why isn't the link processed in this comment?

At The concept of duality, it looks like the link in the comment is perfectly well formed. Why isn't it parsed as a link?
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### Do we use the downvote button more than other sites?

Is there data available (besides crawling thousands of questions) on how often we use the downvote button, and how quickly? The motivation for this question is Carlo Beenakker's recent answer on MOM. ...
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### Is anybody else not seeing comments on their iPhone?

Starting last night I can no longer see comments when using the site on my iPhone, nor can I comment. Things are fine on my iPad just not my iPhone. I am wondering if anybody else has ever had this ...
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### What do we mean by welcoming when we're a site aimed at researchers?

I was just browsing the main page this morning, and I decided to look at some of the posts by new people. One of the questions had garnered three votes to close and a comment from a regular user to ...
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### Why is my feature-request not showing on meta?

I posted my feature request (Feature request: a possibility to leave mathoverflow) yesterday, yet it is not showing on the list of most recent questions. I thought it might be the negative votes but ...
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### Feature request: a possibility to leave mathoverflow

I would like to see implemented a real possibility for a user to leave MO for good. To be precise, I imagine that such a feature, if a user chose to implement it, would: 1.- Remove all answers, all ...
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### Scope and mission of MathOverflow

I followed with much interest the recent discussions on Meta about the community being perceived as unwelcoming to outsiders and the importance of looking for solutions (if any). In order to do this, ...
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I was trying to explain the current controversy how “welcoming” MO is to a non-mathematician friend. The current best hypothesis for why MO is either attractive or repellent in general is that it has ...
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### MathOverflow policymaking and transparency

There goeth rumours abroad that some off-site groups are seeking a private forum together with the moderators here in order to make policy for MO. I hope that the moderators will commit to ...
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### Customize the modal window for the first-time askers

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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### Once a thread is deleted, is it really too late to bring it back?

I was under the impression that "deleted" threads were still visible by moderators or other high-level members of the community. Is this correct? If a post was deleted that shouldn't have ...
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### “Scope” of being blocked from asking

As you know well, when one attempts to delete a question that has already received an answer, the following message is displayed. "Repeated deletion of answered questions can result in your ...
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### Appropriateness and cross-posting

I am interested in this question on math.stackexchange. To me it is interesting because while it looks "obvious" that there isn't a solution with 6 turns (I have some very partial results ...
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### A question of notation: what does $x\lt y\in S$ mean? [closed]

I've seen expressions like $x\lt y\in S$ used on this site to mean "$x\lt y$ and $x\in S$ and $y\in S$." This has me worried because I sometimes use $x\lt y\in S$ to abbreviate "$x\lt y$...
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### What are our procedures if a user complains about harassment or abuse?

Context for this question: I am writing an article on MathOverflow for the Notices of the AMS. One thing I try to address is the apparent gender skew of our website. One of the readers of my draft ...
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### Questions seemingly/apparently/ostensibly too elementary for overlfow

Well I don't really get notifications of flag responses sooo... Nov 6 at 14:01 helpful - I suggest you take this up in meta; there is not enough space to answer here. But there are a number of ...
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Prepare to downvote me. But don't think of not downvoting me just because I pre-emptively self-deprecated myself to put a show of humility. Just pretend I'm as arrogant as I may be perceived to be in ...
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### Why is the ‘mathematical logic’ tag spelt [lo.logic]? [duplicate]

On MathOverflow, questions about mathematical logic bear the tag lo.logic, which has a synonym of logic. Where did this lo.logic spelling come from? Why is it not ...
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I vaguely remember seeing links to comments somewhere, was it a dream or it is indeed doable?
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### Vandalism edits by apparently-anonymous users

There is an answer to an old community wiki question that was edited about 45 mins ago to make it sexually explicit, with a second attempted edit pending approval to make it even more so. I rejected ...
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### How to tell who created a tag?

The "stats" section of a tag's page says how long the tag has existed, and the tag description history says who created the tag description. However, I don't see how to find who created the ...
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### How can this question have more downvotes than views?

An off-topic question recently appeared on the main site. It was heavily downvoted and got deleted after only a few minutes. But at one point before the question was deleted, I noticed it had been ...
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### Site for reviewing articles, formulas, theorems, etc?

This question might be weird, I wouldn't feel bad if it is closed. I know that MathOverflow is for mathematicians and math StackExchange for people studying math at any level. But questions like "...
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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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### Are new users with inappropriate questions given help or rudely dismissed?

I often see questions like this: co.combinatorics - Given index $i$, what element is at position $i$ in sorted subsets that are obviously better suited for the Math.SE site. This particular question ...
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### Is there left any way to highlight part of text after all?

Currently we have quotes, but the quoted text looks more faint than the surrounding text The vertical bar hardly helps, I believe. In fact I think (although I cannot explain it) that this bar ...
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### Bounty awarded to an immediately deleted answer

Something peculiar has just happened. A week ago a 300 point bounty has been added to this question (I think its content is hardly relevant to this meta question) [note: the bounty was added by a user ...
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### Creating theories-of-arithmetic logic tag

It seems to me that a tag for "arithmetic logic" is missing while it concerns a significant number ($\sim 500?$) of questions, which currently have no common tag other than the very broad lo....
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### I want to answer a closed question

Please reopen this question: A problem of an infinite number of balls and an urn I have a nice answer. (Added (DR): now re-opened. Please note there are ten deleted nonsense answers, which I imagine ...
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### Platform-wide suspenson but not on MO?

At this closed question the user seems to be playing ignorant, but I looked at their network profile and some of the other StackExchange sites, and there is a prominent banner This account is ...
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### Should “does anyone access this paper” questions be community-wiki?

Should questions consisting in barely asking for a copy or link to some given paper be community-wiki? A recent example, among others, is and Reference of J.L. Waldspurger's paper on Shimura ...
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### Dollar sign in image title works in preview, but not in actual post

I was just trying to clean up Understanding why $\pi_{3}(N) = \mathbb{Z}_{(2n, n^2)}$? , which was originally almost entirely cut-and-pasted images without any alternate text. For the first image, I ...
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### What should you do if you find old duplicates?

Sometimes I discover that "old" MO questions are duplicates of even older MO questions. Two examples: Embarrassingly, I found out that my own question: Formula for number of permutations ...
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### Is asking about name of a curve a research level question?

In my opinion this post is not a research level topic but surprisingly it has been received 22 votes. Is the linked post a research level question and appropriate for MO? I think it is more ...
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I have been reviewing a lot of older posts (~10 years old) and there are quite a few with links that are either dead or links that point to sites that no longer contain the relevant information that ...
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### Can I retag questions to get a topic badge?

This is just something I was wondering: I currently have 19 non-CW answers in real-analysis. Could I just go through my old answers looking for a question which involves real analysis but hasn't been ...
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### Updated questions

The following question of mine frequently appears as recently updated question so I frequently find it at front page. But neither me nor other participants did any revise or edit on this post and its ...