59 votes

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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46 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

In my opinion, if it were easy for MathOverflow to leave, then we should have done it already. There's no bright line, but it's become clear over the last few years that Stack Exchange Inc is not an ...
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What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

As the founder of one of the sites on this network, who has put an insane amount of time into building that community of 6000+ users, I want to escape from SE just as much as anyone else, but ...
Nike Dattani's user avatar
27 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

For one thing, I would consider SE changing drastically the licensing on MO data, or making restricted commercial profit out of it, to be a red line. In my opinion, MO data should remain free to ...
Loïc Teyssier's user avatar
26 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

To me, the answer comes down to "what makes life easiest for the mods". I don't feel any loyalty or goodwill to the SE corporation, but I also don't feel goodwill to the deans and provosts ...
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25 votes
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What is MathOverflow's "agreement" with Stack Exchange?

Suggested in comments but I don't know if this is allowed. In any case: I've used an OCR program to copy the contents of the 2.5 pages below. I've used some minimal editing to keep the format vaguely ...
23 votes

What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

In addition to practical issues around making the move and practical issues around whether the new hosts would do as good a job as SE, there's also the major concern of whether the new hosts would ...
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What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

Answering directly to your questions: Would we retain the same domain name? Yes, because the domain name is property of the Mathoverflow foundation. Source How similar would the user interface be? ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
20 votes

Would newly elected moderators join the board of MathOverflow Inc.?

The members of the MO board are the six current moderators, Anton Geraschenko, and Ravi Vakil. Whoever becomes a moderator becomes a member of that board.
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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 ...
HenrikRüping's user avatar
19 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

I suspect that the only way, in practice, to engineer a "MOexit" is the same way Brexit happened: have a referendum. A MOexit that isn't backed by an election result is surely going to be ...
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19 votes
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Would newly elected moderators join the board of MathOverflow Inc.?

This is an important question, thanks! My response is a clarification of @Todd's answer, but it seems better to give it as a separate answer. The board exists because of the need of a legal entity ...
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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 ...
Timothy Chow's user avatar
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14 votes

Is there a software solution if we do cut the cord from SE?

Converted from a comment: Codidact was born of a previous mass exodus from SE and has some experience with migrating data from SE to their software platform, QPixel.
Federico Poloni's user avatar
13 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

I love MO, and have always been a big fan of 'sticking it to the man' whenever possible. That being said, as I get older I'm beginning to feel the effects of constantly cutting off my nose to spite my ...
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12 votes
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Has word "mathoverflow" trademark?

A trademark infringement occurs when unauthorized use of a trademark (or a substantially similar mark, like a distinctive logo or motto) happens in the same domain of operation as the original. In the ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
11 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

Converted from a comment by another user: To me, one of the thresholds triggering the "nuclear option" would be SE firing one or more MO mods (the current agreement between MO and SE does ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
7 votes

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

I am not against the change, but I am strongly against the change being implemented retroactively. I felt the same way when question upvotes were changed from 10 points to 5 points retroactively, and ...
Tony Huynh's user avatar
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5 votes

What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

This probably depends on the way how MO would (try to) continue. As a separate site (with its own hosting and infrastructure), or as a part of some network which hosts several sites. (I.e., something ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
5 votes

Is there a software solution if we do cut the cord from SE?

Converted from a comment: PhysicsOverflow has a setup that's reasonably close to MO. It runs on the Question2Answer software. It was in part set up a kind of exodus from physics.stackexchange
Federico Poloni's user avatar
5 votes

Is there a software solution if we do cut the cord from SE?

Converted from a comment: I would expect the database to be in a form similar to the existing periodic data dumps at https://archive.org/details/stackexchange (not that I have any idea what those ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
2 votes

Has word "mathoverflow" trademark?

I am neither a lawyer nor an official representative of MathOverflow. My opinion is that this will cause more problems than it will solve. Suppose someone posts something defamatory on your website. ...
Gerhard Paseman's user avatar
2 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

There's no such thing as a "line in the sand." It implies that one can define a precise boundary between acceptable and unacceptable behavior, which I think is absurd on its face. The fact ...
Darsh Ranjan's user avatar
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1 vote

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

Full disclosure: I benefited a lot from this change, as I ask a lot of questions. Overall I think it is fair to have upvotes for both questions and answers count the same, although it will - even ...
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