59 votes

Welcoming new user: on a recent question about connections

I just want to comment, I think at this point, fighting and unpleasantness about whether questions are appropriate is a much bigger problem for the site than the presence of less-advanced questions on ...
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49 votes

How can we attract more grad students?

I'll go against my best judgement and will reply to this with my own perception. First of all, the best thing would be to ask graduate students directly. I don't know if there are any active efforts ...
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"Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming." --- are we?

It depends. I think we don't want to be welcoming with a new user posting "plz solve teh linear algebra homework <see photo>". These questions deserve to be closed and downvoted into oblivion; ...
35 votes

Welcoming new user: on a recent question about connections

I want to distinguish two different things that were said in the first comment: that the question was not research level and that the question should be migrated to math stackexchange. It is not ...
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32 votes

Flood of Similar New User(s)

With regard to Gerhard's response -- which I agree with -- I see a number of things problematic in some of the behavior taking place in the present circumstances. I have no doubt that behind these ...
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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

Welcoming new user: on a recent question about connections

I note that frequently users complain about unexplained downvotes and anonymous downvotes. Discouraging comments from users who indeed make a comment of this nature ("this is off-topic") ...
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16 votes

How can we attract more grad students?

I don't believe MO can do anything to make most grad students comfortable posting here. It wouldn't be compatible with the culture of the site or how its users see it (and some of the comments on this ...
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16 votes

Should we exercise a bit more tolerance towards newcomers?

I think one of the key issues here is in the comments between fedja and Todd Trimble, and I want to elaborate with it. If someone asks you a question, and you know the answer, and can explain it ...
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"Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming." --- are we?

I think there are contrasting goals within the group of long term members (the established MathOverflow community, say those who have been posting five years or more to pick an arbitrary division) and ...
11 votes

How can we attract more grad students?

I'm writing this answer as a (pseudo)-grad student who is comfortable using the site, having no real publications or positions under my belt. Disclaimer: Generally I try to avoid using the pronoun 'I' ...
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How to make welcoming comments on "homework-like" posts that will be closed?

I suggest leaving a comment along these lines (if it seems appropriate): "This site is dedicated to questions of math research. I'm not sure there is a research angle to your question. If there ...
9 votes

Flood of Similar New User(s)

I believe that I can give a partial answer to your question. Looking at some of the profiles that you have listed, they seem to be all unregistered users. I used to do something similar (but with only ...
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9 votes

How can we attract more grad students?

This is a very difficult question. However, I think that we could attract more graduate students (actually, more people in general) following three lines of action. Many of these things have been ...
9 votes

Flood of Similar New User(s)

Do(es)n’t said user(s) simply exploit the loophole once detected by @MattF. (newly created accounts can spend the association bonus on bounties), and wouldn’t that part be solved by following his then-...
9 votes

What should the modal window for first-time askers say?

The new Custom Ask Advice that is shown to new users is now live. Here is what it looks like right now on the site:
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8 votes

What should the modal window for first-time askers say?

Vote up / down if you would / would not prefer to add to Martin Sleziak's proposal some language about cross-posting. Voting for this change does not preclude voting for any other change as well; we ...
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8 votes

Should we exercise a bit more tolerance towards newcomers?

There are people persons. There are professional mathematicians. Some people are both. I suspect very few attend this forum regularly. (I guess a notable person among this few is Anton Geraschenko.)...
8 votes

Customize the modal window for the first-time askers

Let me give some initial suggestion. (I hope that somebody proposes a better version - seeing many well-written posts both on main and on meta, clearly many MO users are able to do so.) I have tried ...
8 votes

"Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming." --- are we?

Interesting topic. Good thread. I have been here only a month, and so far I find these forums to be a terrific resource. I'm not seeing how a forum such as MO (or to a lesser extent MSE) even could ...
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8 votes

How do off-topic question askers find MO?

Though I haven't technically asked a single off-topic question yet, I theoretically could have, because, due to my familiarity with Wikipedia policies forbidding original research (from whose ...
7 votes

Flood of Similar New User(s)

I think it is reasonable to be concerned, if only for the fact that we do not know what the ramifications of this behaviour are. However, I think it is better to describe the behaviour and call out ...
7 votes

How do off-topic question askers find MO?

When I type "ask a math question" into Google (incognito mode), MathOverflow is the second link. Of course, Google tailors results to my past search history, but I would wager that this is a ...
6 votes

What should the modal window for first-time askers say?

Vote up / down if you think Martin Sleziak's proposal should / should not be modified to use the phrase "research-level mathematics" rather than "mathematics at graduate level or higher&...
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6 votes

How can we attract more grad students?

I think the software limitations are a big part of the problem. In particular, how comments are integrated with questions and answers. The comments appear to give an opportunity for people to have a ...
6 votes

Should users be shown some basic information before posting the first question?

Maybe we could go in a similar way as on Mathematics where the How to Ask page1 is shown to a user who asks their first question. But on Mathematics the How to Ask page is slightly modified to include ...
6 votes

Customize the modal window for the first-time askers

We used to have a page about how to ask a question on MO back on MO 1.0 that was quite good. The current one is kinda crap. I would suggest bringing back the old text explaining how to ask a ...
5 votes

Are new users with inappropriate questions given help or rudely dismissed?

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. In this particular case, I had deleted the question by mistake. Someone had flagged this question/answer as suspicious, and I came to it right after working ...
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