27 votes

MO policy regarding pseudonyms that are other people's real name

I think that it makes a difference whether there is any chance that the person using the pseudonym could be confused with a more well-known person with that name. There are a number of users who have ...
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26 votes

Appropriate or not: "To what extent are the results in Paper X correct?"

One approach is to find a different stakeholder: see who cites the paper and uses the result. Then ask them if they are interested in your counterexample. If they are responsive, they may give you ...
23 votes

Appropriate or not: "To what extent are the results in Paper X correct?"

I propose to ask it as follows: In my view such a question written clearly is suitable for MO. A question about X's paper on Y The main theorem of X's paper on Y is "quote (precisely) and if ...
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20 votes
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Is it appropriate to edit a question for the sole purpose of having it highlighted?

To answer the question in the title, no it is not appropriate. To answer the intent of the question, consider the following strategy: take a single somewhat general question and break it up into ...
20 votes

Politeness on MO/MetaMO

Everywhere were people come together, some are less polite than they should be, and some feel insulted also when nobody intended to be impolite, let alone insulting. MathOverflow is no exception here, ...
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20 votes

Guidelines for contacting author of paper directly as opposed to asking on mathoverflow

Upon thinking a little longer about my question, it seems to me that the following should often constitute a sensible procedure: If you think the answer would be of public interest, ask on ...
18 votes
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Community standard for contacting users off of MO?

I think that mathematical questions are fine (though don't pester people), but I get annoyed when I get emails about administrative issues (e.g. closures and down votes). Those should be dealt with ...
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18 votes
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Altering the question in a way that makes an answer obsolete

As Gerald Edgar said, the most common reason for this situation is that the answer reveals to the OP that they posed the question in a form that did not properly capture what they intended to ask. I ...
17 votes

Editing etiquette

Most of the time, the edits that I see on MO are respectfully and tactfully performed and small in scope, and gratefully received by the post's author as improvements. Occasionally though I see flare-...
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15 votes

How to discourage excessive self-edits?

In the Internet world (and also in the real world) non native English speakers have huge disadvantage. Gaining some attention to one's MO questions and answers due to the need to edit them more is a ...
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14 votes
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Strange username

The user has changed to another username Math is like Friday. (Just answering to make the possibility of considering the issue as solved.)
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12 votes

Guidelines for contacting author of paper directly as opposed to asking on mathoverflow

Stefan Kohl has the right idea, which I amplify. Authors are usually interested in sincere feedback and appropriate level questions about their work. It is not clear to me how your question will be ...
11 votes

Bizarre Recent Upvotes

(First of all, let me mention that I did not upvote the questions mentioned.) Two of the questions you mentioned were from new users (those with 1 reputation and asking a question for the first time ...
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10 votes
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Delete wrong answers or leave them for instructional purposes

I think many wrong answers should be kept for the reason you stated. But this only applies to answers that have mistakes that are interesting or easy to do; it is only worthwhile to keep answers if ...
10 votes
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Are MO Titles questions or Headlines:

Both systems of capitalization are OK for use here: How to Answer Questions on MO. How to answer questions on MO. Conclusions: Which system should you use? The one most comfortable to you. Should ...
10 votes

How to discourage excessive self-edits?

I am not familiar with software management of MO, so I do not know whether the following suggestion is applicable or no?But I guess that it is easy to be applied. Suggestion 1: Consideration of ...
10 votes

MO policy regarding pseudonyms that are other people's real name

It is evidently inappropriate to use someone else's identity to post on MO (or anywhere else!). That said, people's chosen username is a sensitive issue. If someone is legitimately known as "...
9 votes

Politeness on MO/MetaMO

I sympathize with Włodzimierz Holsztyński's position. I have had comments made on some of my posts which I initially took as insults. I also have made comments which I later saw could be taken ...
9 votes

Should I edit this question or make a new question?

Since your old question has two upvoted answers, I would recommend not to edit it. If you did, the good answers would become non-answers (or only partial answers), which can make the answerers ...
9 votes

Citing papers in questions/answers

I would say that to some extent this could be simply based on common sense. And perhaps you could take into account your estimate whether you think that your answer (and the link/citation) might be ...
8 votes
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Subquestion of Original Post

It seems that you have a new question and the old question was already answered. I therefore suggest asking a new question, for two reasons: It is clearer to state separate questions as separate ...
7 votes

Community standard for contacting users off of MO?

To my knowledge, there is no spoken standard followed by the community. There are general rules of politeness and courtesy: applied here, they suggest to me at most one unsolicited comment and one ...
7 votes
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Accepting One's own Answer

Yes, you can accept your own answer but you must wait 48 hours before doing so.
7 votes

Citing papers in questions/answers

I post my comment as an answer: it is definitely good to use the citation helper (see New feature - citation helper). It makes citation easy, and puts all the information needed into the post. Ideal ...
6 votes

Is it good practice to write "@someone" in a question?

@-notifications don't work in questions, as @MadScientist wrote. Nevertheless, I still prefer to write @ in front of an username in a question, as a graphical cue ...

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