55 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, ...
20 votes

How can I donate to MathOverflow — if I should?

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 ...
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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20 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 ...
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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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 ...
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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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 ...
10 votes

How can I donate to MathOverflow — if I should?

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....
6 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 ...
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3 votes

How can I donate to MathOverflow — if I should?

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: "...
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. ...
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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