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I'd add that the current help page on "What topics can I ask around here?" probably isn't helping. After the bolded phrase mathematical questions related to current research in mathematics I would add something like which you are well-placed to ask if you've had graduate-level training in mathematics or another mathematical discipline. (If you ...


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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 already said by a number of people in previous comments and answers, however I think it may be useful to collect them here. Clarity and guidance: it is important ...


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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' excessively in MO posts because it distracts from the mathematical content of the post, but I will be abusing it in this post and writing in a more informal ...


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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 topic and in the linked posts make this point rather blatantly). Speaking as someone who has used MO intermittently almost since its inception but ...


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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 conversation, but this is discouraged. Trying to have a conversation and getting shut down is not welcoming. The chat feature is not threaded, and so it ...


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