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The presence of three distinct colours for "unanswered, answered, accepted" was a helpful feature IMO. In the new layout the "unanswered" questions no longer stand out. I regret that change.


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Restore +10 reputation for questions. A good question might actually be more important than a good answer, in mathematics and in life. Having them count for less than answers decreases the relative motivation to write detailed and coherent questions, and I suspect that it lowers the overall quality of questions on MO. On Fantasy MO 3.0, I would return +10 ...


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Please vote this answer up if you think MathOverflow should stay with a sans serif font (similar to the font on the original site). Please do not vote this answer down if you disagree with this.


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Increase the allowed length of comments. I am running of space more often than not and have to either castrate both my thought and my language in such cases or make a chain of comments instead of a single one. Posting an answer instead is often not an option because the comments are tied to the post or even to the previous comments and may be quite ...


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Minor edits See this post of Scott Morrison : << Can we have a "minor edit" checkbox in the edit interface, along with the parenthetical text "minor edits do not bump posts on the list of active questions, but are subject to review but another user"? >>


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Change the term "reputation" to something more neutral, e.g. "points" or "score" I can't help myself, but I feel that having a numerical "reputation" value attached to oneself is in a certain sense disreputable in itself, enough to possibly scare off potential users. -- Maybe this is a subtle issue of use of language, or reflects some cultural difference (...


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Allow reopen votes and close votes to cancel each other. If the difference between close votes and keep open votes does not reach 5 the question remains open. Likewise a closed question will remain so as long as the difference between reopen and keep closed votes does not reach 5. I think this might help with reducing the amount closing/reopening/...


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When moderators make a question CW, by default they remove all rep earned from the question There are many soft questions which quickly earn enormous rep for both the question and its answers before the moderators mark the question CW. In most of these cases, if the moderators had noticed the question earlier then it would have been CW'ed earlier, and no ...


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Restore "No longer relevant" as a reason for question closure It happens sometimes that a question turns out to be naïve and is immediately answered in comments, or the OP notices a mistake in the question. Alternatively, the question is asking for a reference to XYZ, and in the interim a paper on XYZ is posted to ArXiv or a difficult-to-find reference is ...


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I have quite good eyes, and I have to say that in order to tell if any of the highlighted favorite tags are actually highlighted I tip my laptop at an absurd angle. Could this shade be any closer to white? This seems to defeat the purpose. I had this same complaint at a different SE site and learned how to manually fix it, but it is kind of a pain for non-...


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Here is the CSS I was talking about: /* Unanswered questions box */ .status.unanswered, .status.unanswered .mini-counts, .status.unanswered strong { border: none; background-color: #833700; color: #FFF } /* Answered questions box */ .status.answered,.status.answered .mini-counts,.status.answered strong { border: none; background-...


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Separate points into Question score and Answer score Why not have two reputation scores in Fantasy MO 3.0, a "question reputation score" and an "answer reputation score"? Then the rep levels required for various privileges can be in terms of some linear combination of the two rep scores. The two ways of earning rep seem very different from each other, so ...


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Comment. As I was preparing this post, a completely new (temporary?) design with a top nav bar showed up and disappeared again. Perhaps this post is no longer relevant. Even though I am not a tablet or smartphone user, I appreciate the move to responsive design. Here are some things that catch my eye because they look bad: Question 1. Why was a sticky ...


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With apologies, I'm not sure this is the right place for the following, but the site-wide meta post on these changes is locked, and this is a bit long for a comment. I've been blithely ignoring all the site-wide discussion on these changes to this point, and I'm having trouble catching up, so I have a few questions. This post indicates that in the old ...


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Make it possible to flag errors Presently the only ways to point out an error in a post are adding a comment and editing the post. However comments are not very visible in particular if a post has already many of them. Editing the post does not have this drawback, but it still may not be what one really wants, in particular if one does not know how to ...


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This is a trivial request but it can be helpful: allow to order answers to questions by "newest" and not only by "oldest" (maybe it is possible now?)


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Let users opt out of reputation This was the topic of a thread by Francois Dorais, and is discussed there: Opting out of reputation To quote: Indeed, some users have resorted to various schemes to avoid accruing reputation on MO such as answering in comments, answering in community wiki mode, discarding points through bounties, etc. There are a few ...


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Commutative diagrams It would be wonderful if there was some way of adding support for xypic to mathoverflow.


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EDIT: Some more information from Catija: This screen element is not currently customizable, so if we wanted it customized, SE would have to implement a new feature. Here Catija indicates that the current SE thinking is that this particular screen element ought to be something which looks the same across the whole SE network. But here she indicates that on ...


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Editable comments Since comments are used a bit differently on MO I think it is reasonable to allow a bit more editing.


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Like მამუკა ჯიბლაძე, I slightly miss the pastel colored background to accepted answers - could this be re-instated in addition to or instead of the check mark? (But I do not consider this a big deal. I hang out on several other SE sites, and overall I find the more uniform look-and-feel preferable. Moreover, the colored background trades - or used to ...


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Having an incubator thread on Meta for soft questions This was suggested by Noah Snyder and is discussed there: Crazy idea about soft questions To quote: I was thinking the other day about big list and other soft questions and had the following crazy idea. It seems to me that what we want is to occasionally have good soft questions. The main thing that ...


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As a data point for our Stack Exchange overlords, I have twice now tried to migrate a question from math.SE to math.SE because I didn't realize it was already there. I'd really like to get a striking difference in color and background.


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After letting this slip through the cracks for a couple of years, I'm pleased say we've implemented Scott Morrison's solution: (Ignore the "mod" link if you aren't a moderator.) We did talk about replacing the share link, but decided it was potentially confusing for users of other sites. Currently the citations are active on the following sites: Computer ...


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You can find links to some basic info on favorites here, specifically this post is rather detailed: How do favorite questions work? This feature request has been posted on main meta a few years ago: Add a page explaining the favorites feature to the Help Center. Existence of this feature request suggests that you are probably not the only person who ...


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I sympathize with you. Apparently, StackExchange has recognized from the start that the new themes were going to lead to a sense of "missing identity" on various sites. Personally, I would have preferred they give us a longer beta-testing period so that we could address these problems before they went live, because a sense of "missing identity" is a big ...


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Please vote this answer up if you think MathOverflow should switch to a serif font (similar to the one on MSE). Please do not vote this answer down if you disagree with this.


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Watching questions and answers for comments. In StackExchange, you can mark questions you are interested in as "favourite", and later find new answers for those questions by checking the list of your favourites ordered by activity. This way, you can learn if someone posts a reply to a question you are interested in, even if you haven't asked that question. ...


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No design changes are mandatory, no matter what the SE people say. If we write some Javascript code ourselves, we can make arbitrary customizations to the UI. The MO foundation has an agreement with Stack Exchange that allows us to inject arbitrary javascript in the page, as long as "it does not compromise the technical integrity of the network". Stack ...


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