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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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I am profoundly opposed to the "cargo cult" question. The internet is full of places where one can indulge in the pleasures of righteous indignation by mocking the failings of others. I absolutely do not want Mathoverflow to join that sorry list. People who agree with me have every right to vote for re-closure, as many times as necessary, and I hope that ...


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I feel your pain. :-) But as for the first question, I would say no. For example, it happens sometimes that strong mathematicians decide to post to MO for the first time, and your suggestion would not be a reasonable hoop to make them jump through. I'm not sure what mechanism you have in mind for the second question, but off hand I am skeptical. I haven't ...


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I am intrigued by this idea and I think it would be a wonderful thing if it gained the support and acceptance of the MathOverflow community. So I am supportive of further discussion of the proposal. My opinion is that our current refereeing process in mathematics is basically broken, and that the professional mathematics research community should pursue ...


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If there is a specific mathematical question about a specific point in the paper, then there is no problem with discussing it on MO. This has been established by consensus on numerous occasions. In particular, there does not seem to be a problem with the use case you suggest. We mostly recommend against broader discussion about the paper as a whole or the ...


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I am not sure if migration is the cause. I think the main issue is that the scope of the site is not communicated to newcomers in a satisfying and understandable way (something like "The target community of MO is mathematicians and professional researchers in mathematics, i.e. people whose job is doing research in mathematics. If you are not a professional ...


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Let me make a suggestion which seems obvious to me: You should only vote to close a question as homework if you can solve it. By this I mean you have actually thought through most of a solution, not that you think "oh yeah, I could probably do that." Both here and on math.SE, I frequently see questions attract closed votes because they are formatted like ...


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I see your point and it makes sense. However, it is a fundamental aspect of community moderation that edits should be anything but discreet. It also makes sense for editors to be clearly visible as that information is very useful for moderation tasks. That said, I agree that it is not necessary for the editor to be the same size as the original author as it ...


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Currently, KaTeX supports a limited subset of the functionality provided by MathJax. Many of the missing functionality (notably arrays and equation alignment) is regularly used on MathOverflow, so I would not recommend using KaTeX for viewing MathOverflow. http://github.com/Khan/KaTeX/wiki/Function-Support-in-KaTeX http://docs.mathjax.org/en/latest/tex.html#...


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As an aside, I've posted this as a feature-request directly on https://meta.mathoverflow.net/, rather than at https://meta.stackoverflow.com/. I think that minor edits are particularly important to mathematicians --- we are much more concerned about the accuracy and detail of all posts than most SE sites, where attention to old posts decays more rapidly. (I ...


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Vote here if you disagree with introducing error flags, and think the proposal should be withdrawn.


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Long-term archiving is a valid and important issue, but I do not think it should be done via thewinnower.com. This is a problem I feel we can and should solve in collaboration with libraries or archive.org, without the need to involve an additional party (especially an unknown one). Our current coverage by archive.org crawls is good enough for most purposes, ...


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Other reasons to downvote a question is if one doesn't think it demonstrates sufficient research effort, or isn't deemed to be useful. In fact, the question-downvote tooltip says this explicitly: These are of course subjective metrics, and can at times seem to be done at a whim without any real justification. But this does not mean that the voter didn't ...


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I have enabled mathjax on the meta site. Sorry that was a slight oversight on my part.


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If a question has positive score or an answer with a positive score1, closure will not imply deletion (and closure is not necessary for deletion). Thus good old questions are not lost even if they get closed, so I see little reason to introduce additional safeguards (although I see no compelling reason to close old questions, either). If someone finds an ...


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Closing a question prevents new answers to be added. If one could close a question with a bounty, the net effect would be to shorten the bounty period, possibly causing the loss or misattribution of bounty points. On the other hand, adding a bounty to a question can be used to prevent closing a question, which is a misuse of the bounty system. Since there ...


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Disclaimer: Hi! I'm one of the community managers at Stack Exchange. I'm sure you've seen some of us and a few developers around over the last couple of days, sorting out last-minute issues and problems arising from the site upgrade to SE 2.0. Welcome! We're happy to have y'all here. Far as migration paths go, we'd be happy to set up up to 4 defaults for ...


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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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Even if that message is generated, I believe you can simply ignore it and make further comments.


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Such a system would be technically impossible since we can't delay posting a question until tags have been approved. However, this is not a serious problem: Only users with at least 300 points can create new tags. Users are quick to delete inappropriate tags from posts. Unused tags get purged in 24 hours; single use tags get deleted after 6 months. ...


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Of course we want the badge. If 1000 people use the link and come here, but 997 of them never come back, we have lost very little. But if the other 3 find out about MO and do become regular participants, then we have gained something. SO ... I don't intend to do it, but if someone wants to get lots of gold badges by this method: Go for it!


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There have been discussions and ideas surrounding decaying votes, along with weights of votes themselves. I've got mixed feelings about both. It's important to look at the utility of reputation, the degree that the system trusts you, before you consider the extrinsic motivation that it provides. Believe it or not, having someone arrive to your site and ...


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Here is a specific example Embed a bordered Riemann surface into punctured Riemann surfaces? The user apparently asked only one question, it scored 4 and was deleted 2 minutes after I entered the answer.


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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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Ok. I've lowered the reputation requirement here to 1 for the time being. You'll probably want to revert to 5 at some point just to make your own lives easier, but during the transition dropping it seems like a good idea.


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There are several significant problems with enforcing a comment for every downvote: There is no good universal way to determine if a user already left a sufficient explanation, so a bad post will accumulate a lot of nearly identical comments that explain why it is bad. This creates a lot of unnecessary noise and also might look even more hostile to new ...


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I share the view by one of the moderators in the post you have linked to that providing such a tool is a bad idea.


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