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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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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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Here is a suggestion for a rather different approach (either in the "What topics" page or the modal window): If you can find 10 questions on mathoverflow.net where you are confident that you understand both the question and the accepted answer, then you can assume that you are in the target audience for the site. If you ask questions at the same ...


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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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At least from my point of view, it is not clear what "another mathematical discipline" means. Physics? Statistics? That wording is confusing, in my view.


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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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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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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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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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