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The approach which seems to be throwing every conjecture conceivable on the wall and see 'what sticks' should be discouraged, IMHO. There is also a difference between conjectures and conjectures. I think that conjectures falling under at least one of the following categories should be allowed. The conjecture feels like they have been studied before, and ...


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I am against making "questions on math education no longer on-topic here". There are some excellent education related questions on this site. We may specify that education questions on MO should be related to graduate level (research) education. Graduate-level education is done by professional mathematicians not by professional teachers, and it is natural to ...


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I would very much like to keep questions about graduate level courses here at MO. There is a lot of knowledge of how to present various topics which isn't available in books and is only known to a few experts in the field, and I don't think those questions would get answered at matheducators. Here are some recent questions of mine of that sort. 1 2 3


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The Math Educators (MESE) site is still in beta, so there are a few things we can't do just yet. During the beta phase, SE sites are still defining themselves and narrowing down what is on-topic/off-topic for the site. It's best for other SE sites to avoid interfering with this process. For example, we can't establish a migration path to MESE. (Though ...


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Thanks for bringing this up. I have replaced the list of sites with a link to the "My question was closed" meta page. I have also updated the FAQ meta answer to reflect the update.


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How to write a good MathOverflow question Using MathOverflow should be an extension of the way you normally do mathematics, and the same rules you use to effectively solve problems can be used to make good MO questions. Just like solving problems, crafting good questions requires you to put in some effort! Ask a focused question that has a specific goal Be ...


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I don't think the quantity of conjectures is the problem so much as the rate and the perception generated. For the cases that motivated this question, I agree some improvement could occur. One improvement would be to ask for references or new pointers to the literature. The next would be to add some references to what is known (by authors distant from the ...


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The help center is a long term project that came into being because we found that many new users simply weren't finding the information needed to use the Stack Exchange system to their advantage. The FAQ gave good, general guidance but there's a lot of subtle quirks in how the platform works when you compare it to traditional forums, or even other Q&A ...


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Instead of using MO to publicize conjectures, I think it is now more appropriate to use other platforms that more specifically caters to this need. I immediately thought of SciLag upon seeing this Meta post. From SciLag's introductory page: SciLag is a free web-based platform that provides tools for mathematicians to collaboratively build a dynamic ...


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On math.stackexchange.com, the "What topics can I ask about here" page in the Help Center links directly to a meta.math.SE post with a MathJax tutorial as well as some other useful links. We might be able to steal it, or link to it.


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Since the contents of the help pages have not been discussed in the answers so far, let me propose a text in the spirit of the other answers. Here is a suggestion for another item in the list of things MathOverflow is not (in our help pages): MathOverflow is not for most questions about mathematics education. We recommend asking questions about the ...


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I suggest that the topics in the 'Asking' menu should be reordered as follows. Roughly speaking, stuff that all new posters should read comes at the top, and stuff that only becomes relevant when there is a problem goes further down. What topics can I ask about here? How do I ask a good question? What types of questions should I avoid asking? What are tags,...


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Two small things I noticed on "on-topic": The link How to ask a good MathOverflow question seems to be broken. Also, in the subtopic "MathOverflow is not a discussion forum" the word discussion is mis-spelled:...Stack Exchange software is bad for disscusions ...


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There is a version of this that is shown to people asking questions for the first time, just to make sure they see it. It's not, however, editable on a per-site basis. It was in the FAQ, but we found it helpful to present this and quite a bit more 'just in time' help to folks new to the engine. I don't know if the technical limitations that prevented each ...


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I've fixed the text, I think. Feel free to leave further comments requesting other improvements --- we really appreciate help with the documentation.


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List of moderators on help/on-topic page needs to be updated. It might be better to remove the list from there and replace it with a link to https://mathoverflow.net/users?tab=moderators


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Under On Topic: If you're just really interested in how the underlying Stack Exchange software works, consider visiting meta.stackoverflow or meta.stackexchange. This may change in ahem six to eight weeks, but for now MSE merely redirects to MSO, so listing the two separately seems wrong. How do I get/use an OpenID? If you already have a Google ...


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Your post touches on several questions - probably the most important is the question who can edit help center and how can regular users contribute. Who can edit help center? As a rule, most parts of the help center can be edited only by Stack Exchange staff. Some stuff can be edited by site moderators - a more detailed description can be found here: What ...


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