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Have you read the tour? MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians. Your question does not qualify for this; hence it's downvoted and closed. For more details, see What topics can I ask about here?


After a question is closed, it can still be viewed. So the view count can still go up. You can still edit the question, if you think you can make it into an acceptable question. Then (with enough votes) the question can be re-opened. So "closed" is not the same as "gone and forgotten".

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