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offtopic question

MathOverflow is geared toward professional mathematicians and their PhD students who seek answers to questions arising in their research. It is the preeminent internet clearinghouse for questions of ...
Todd Trimble's user avatar
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May I know why is my question on hold when it is clearly research-level?

I will do my best to give an honest interpretation of what is happening here, with the caveat that cutting-edge research into FLT is not within my range of expertise. (Disclaimer: I didn't vote up or ...
Todd Trimble's user avatar
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Concern about sending to academia.stackexchange

I agree with the general sentiment that there’s overlap between the two sites and we don’t need to close all questions in that overlap. However, I don’t personally think either of these particular ...
Noah Snyder's user avatar
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Repeated re-open/close votes (Tate conjecture)

As of this writing, the question concludes with the following paragraph: I'd like to conclude by respectfully reiterating that, on one hand, the author seems to be reliable, and on the other, even in ...
Timothy Chow's user avatar
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Questions seemingly/apparently/ostensibly too elementary for overlfow

The judgment of whether a question is considered on-topic or not for MO is made by individual MO users. If a question is closed but other users disagree with the reasons for closure, the latter may ...
Todd Trimble's user avatar
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Acceptability of "Changes forced by the pandemic"

However, I personally feel that this is an interesting and valuable question where the MathOverflow community can provide insight that would not be readily available elsewhere. That argument could ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
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Acceptability of "Changes forced by the pandemic"

In my view, the value of this question lies in the fact that, whereas each one of us is aware of the changes which our own institution has made, it is very likely that each person/institution did ...
André Henriques's user avatar
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Concern about sending to academia.stackexchange

This may be a bit provocative, but there's an argument for never sending questions to Academia.SE. The problem with academia.SE is that it is very different in style from MO and other SE sites. The ...
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Is there a clear rule against "check this proof" type questions?

Since I was one of the "delete" votes for "Riemann Hypothesis", I'll present my standpoint here. In that particular instance you do not need to know pretty much anything beyond elementary algebra and ...
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List of close reasons has changed?

This change happened as part of the new post notices roll-out, on 5 Dec 2019. Apart from visual appearances, the texts of many of these notices were rewritten as well, the list of close reasons being ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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Revamping the closure reasons in 2022

My suggestion would be to merge the two existing site-specific close reasons (which are too confusingly similar anyway) into a single one, like: This question does not appear to be about research-...
Gro-Tsen's user avatar
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How to recommend that a question is better suited for another SE site that isn't listed in the close reasons?

From the answer to the FAQ post "What is migration and how does it work?" (on Meta Stack Exchange, here is a link to the current revision): If the site isn't in the list of available ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Revamping the closure reasons in 2022

We've now implemented exactly the sort of changes discussed here. (Thanks in particular to Stefan Kohl!). Here's are the new community-specific close reasons: You'll see we've deleted both the old ...
Tim Campion's user avatar
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Could we add another reason for closing that's more appropriate for "check this (dis)proof of RH"-type questions?

A bit of an update, too long for a comment. To be sure we're all on the same page, here's the current setup. If you have sufficient rep, you can click the "close" button on a question, and ...
Tim Campion's user avatar
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Acceptability of "Changes forced by the pandemic"

I think these close/open fights are very unproductive. Personally I feel like this wasn't a great fit for MO and wouldn't have asked it myself, but I respect André's opinion a lot and if he thinks it'...
Noah Snyder's user avatar
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4 votes
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Can’t vote to close question as duplicate of question without an answer

I will quote from the help center - the part about duplicates: In general, the original question must have an answer; questions may only be marked as duplicates of unanswered questions (a) on meta ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Can’t vote to close question as duplicate of question without an answer

This is just me recording my thoughts as to why, for MathOverflow, voting to close a question as a duplicate of an unanswered question should be an option. MathOverflow is a bit different from other ...
3 votes

Close votes of different types

Sometimes questions do not fit the forum. When I comment on these questions, I normally suggest they picked the wrong forum, and sometimes suggest a different forum. If there is an obvious fix that ...
Gerhard Paseman's user avatar
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Is there a clear rule against "check this proof" type questions?

The real reason, I suspect, is that it is a common request which we (the past, current, and with high probability future MathOverflow community) are tired of hearing, like checking on proofs of 1 not ...
Gerhard Paseman's user avatar
1 vote
Accepted

Was the custom close reason mentioning Math.SE removed?

We've changed the close reasons; as mentioned, this question came mid-stream. See the answer here for an explanation.
Tim Campion's user avatar
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change in voting to close

Hopefully you can get more information on this from moderators (and community managers). Anyway, here is a brief summary of some recent changes based on these posts: Question Close Updates: Phase 1 ...

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