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While the MathOverflow site is operated by Stack Exchange, Inc., the domain and the MathOverflow name are owned by the MathOverflow corporation. The MathOverflow corporation is completely independent from Stack Exchange and its mission is to ensure the continued operation of the site in a manner that meets the needs and expectations of the community. On May ...


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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, questions are usually very well researched and posed, and there's virtually no risk of rewarding homework dump. So, if there's a community in which questions' ...


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Update: Donations are now possible, see this post: Donations to MathOverflow, Inc [Apologies for the long delay in answering, I was on my honeymoon! I may update this quick answer after I get back to regular life.] Up until now, MathOverflow has been paying for regular expenses through a generous grant from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Coincidentally, ...


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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 question is rather easy, one usually is in a specific situation, wants to draw a certain conclusion, so one adds a couple of assumptions that make obvious ...


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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 similar, but as this was computerised there may be some errors, so this is community wiki; please fix them as you find them. June 22, 2013 Anton Geraschenko ...


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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 gained points when the +5 was upgraded to +10, and in both cases I was mostly annoyed that the rules had been changed for (what I perceived as) no good reason. So I ...


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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 case of MathOverflow, this is pretty clear: another Q&A or discussion site using the MathOverflow name (or even something very similar, like the initials ...


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I'm an employee of Stack Exchange and can only give a partial answer. The hosting and maintenance cost of the main MathOverflow site, Meta MathOverflow and the chatrooms hosted on http://chat.stackexchange.com/ are covered by Stack Exchange. This is actually less generous than it might seem since the incremental cost of hosting MathOverfow is minimal ...


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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 many users lost a significant amount of points. I personally consider reputation points as glorified video game points, but I agree with Timothy Chow that ...


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I am also not a representative of the MathOverflow Foundation. Most of the people I know who are are also moderators, and I will let them speak officially. Below is my idea of what they would say: "The current monetary costs of maintaining the foundation itself are currently covered by existing donations from certain grants. The current costs in time of ...


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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. You may be liable for the possible damages caused. However, the lawyers might not just sue you. They may go after MathOverflow and consider them liable too, ...


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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 for a well-posed reseach-level question - require more effort in average to answer it, than to ask it. Here's another approach: Why don't we give more reputation ...


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