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The vast majority of people who write the most common low-quality questions are not going to read this page at all. I think the people much more likely to read this page are those, especially graduate students, who are very nervous about asking a question on MO. They need some encouragement and some advice on how to present a question to ensure it is well-...


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The new Custom Ask Advice that is shown to new users is now live. Here is what it looks like right now on the site:


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Vote up / down if you would / would not prefer to add to Martin Sleziak's proposal some language about cross-posting. Voting for this change does not preclude voting for any other change as well; we may end up making more than one change in the end. To improve the chances of your question getting an answer make sure that it: Is about mathematics at ...


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Let me give some initial suggestion. (I hope that somebody proposes a better version - seeing many well-written posts both on main and on meta, clearly many MO users are able to do so.) I have tried to keep it short - after all, the window is not very big. So I did not include some suggestions from the comments - such as a note about cross-posting. I did not ...


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Vote up / down if you think Martin Sleziak's proposal should / should not be modified to use the phrase "research-level mathematics" rather than "mathematics at graduate level or higher". (Note that this would actually bring the wording closer to earlier drafts of Martin's proposal; the term "graduate-level" had been introduced ...


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Concerning the first proposed edit, its modifications are unlikely to make things more clear for users asking low-quality questions. In particular, such users rarely have any exposure to graduate education, so would have no idea what “graduate-level training” means. Not to mention that such a description makes no sense for much of Europe, where the ...


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The FAQ post "What can I do when getting “We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”?" contains the following paragraph: Will a ban on one Stack Exchange site affect my standing on other sites in the network? No, post bans are considered separately per site. Your activity on one site will only affect post bans on that one site,...


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I'd add that the current help page on "What topics can I ask around here?" probably isn't helping. After the bolded phrase mathematical questions related to current research in mathematics I would add something like which you are well-placed to ask if you've had graduate-level training in mathematics or another mathematical discipline. (If you ...


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Perhaps the following ideas are outside the scope or the original question. But in an ideal world, I think it would be useful to make the question editing window a bit more interactive for first time or beginner users. It is already the case that when you type the title of the question, the site dynamically matches the keywords in it and brings up links to ...


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Okay, after several days with no further substantive discussion on this question, it appears that both changes which I suggested as answers are supported by the community. After tinkering with a couple other possibilities, I was not personally able to come up with anything making the words "research mathematics" pop out any further. So the plan ...


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I believe that it is very important to make the phrasing essentially positive, so as to encourage questions as much as possible from the main population of people that might make valuable contributions to MathOverflow. We need in particular to phrase things so as to encourage questions from graduate students who might otherwise feel inhibited to contribute. ...


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This refers to the so-called question ban and it's per site; your questions on MathOverflow do not influence your ability to ask questions on other Stack Exchange sites. Not even Meta MathOverflow; it's perfectly possible to ask Meta questions while being question-banned on the main site. Another informative article is this Help Center article. It doesn't ...


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Vote up / down if you think Martin Sleziak's proposal should / should not be used as-is: To improve the chances of your question getting an answer make sure that it: Is about mathematics at graduate or higher level. (Use other sites for general mathematical questions.) Includes the necessary background and has an informative title. (See also: How to write ...


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