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Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

Let me answer from the perspective of someone who is not a mathematician but follows this community for certain topics of interest. This is a community of professional mathematicians where, indeed, ...
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Community Peer-Review in Mathoverflow

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. ...
26 votes

close/reopen wars on Mathoverflow

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 ...
25 votes

Using MO as a platform to discuss papers in math?

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 ...
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Lots of non research-level questions

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 ...
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KaTeX vs MathJax

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 ...
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Should the rules for deleting own questions be modified? - an example

There are few things on MO more annoying than posting an answer and then seeing that answer deleted before it even had a chance to be seen (except by the account that asked the question). All that ...
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Discreet editing

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 ...
19 votes

Revising the help page on "What topics can I ask around here?"

The vast majority of people who write the most common low-quality questions are not going to read this page at all. I think the people much more likely to read this page are those, especially graduate ...
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18 votes

Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

I received a huge reputation boost from this change, but I still think that answering a question still takes much more effort than writing well-posed questions. Coming up with a good mathematical ...
18 votes

Which Latex / MathJax features do we need or want to have supported on the site?

Need: Most importantly, a true preview which shows me exactly what I have written and which I can look at without affecting my LaTeX. Support for at least the symbols in standard LaTeX and amssymb (...
17 votes

Proposal for a new rule for down-vote

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: ...
17 votes

Which Latex / MathJax features do we need or want to have supported on the site?

This is not an answer expressing a preference, but one giving some resources for people to consider. Intmath.com made a Speed Comparison Test between KaTeX and MathJax. MathOverflow is currently ...
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16 votes
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Should there be a "statute of limitations" for closable questions?

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 ...
16 votes

Should top mathoverflow threads get DOIs and be permanently archived?

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 ...
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Why can't we close questions that have a bounty?

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 ...
15 votes

Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

I don't have a strong opinion on this subject, but insofar as I have one, it is this: Changing the rules is more trouble than it's worth. I lost points back when +10 was downgraded to +5, and I ...
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15 votes
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Filtering out the Autobiographer badge from "Recent Badges"

UPDATE: We've blocked Autobiographer from appearing in the recent badges list network-wide so I've removed the general block of bronze badges described below. For more information on the changes that ...
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Can we make the cite link bigger?

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 ...
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Should top mathoverflow threads get DOIs and be permanently archived?

DOIs are in some sense just like URLs, but with some differences. In particular, a DOI can be transformed into a URL by prepending http://dx.doi.org/. A DOI is ...
14 votes

Deleting others' work

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 ...
14 votes

Can we get rid of the "featured on meta" main meta links?

As mentioned in Emil Jeřábek's comment (which quickly gained several upvotes), at least some of the "network-wide stuff" (Meta Stack Exchange posts, blog posts) can be useful also for MathOverflow ...
13 votes

Would disallowing displayed equations ("double dollars") in titles be useful?

I understand the sentiment to have this blacklist, but I don't think it's really important for MathOverflow to have it. Very few questions have ever had $$ in their ...
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Numbering and cross referencing of equations in questions and answers

MathJax supports manual numbering using $$\tag{…}$$, as below: $$\tag{1}\label{grz}\Box(\Box(p\to\Box p)\to p)\to p$$ $$\tag{1}\...
13 votes

Can (and should) Project Euclid links be replaced in bulk?

Let us collect here various formats of the links to Project Euclid which no longer work. (Some of those following links also appeared in variants with https instead ...
12 votes

Ignoring certain users' postings

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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