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Is there a way to discuss the correctness of the proof of the RH by Atiyah in MO?

After some internal discussion, the moderators have agreed to post the following text. There are calls from the community to enunciate a firm and consistent policy for what questions are permissible ...
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A StackExchange website aimed at graduate students?

I believe it is impossible in general to distinguish questions asked by a graduate student and those asked by a mathematician in a domain in which they are not specialist. Since the latter are ...
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How should we react to the existence of Math Educators SE?

I am against making "questions on math education no longer on-topic here". There are some excellent education related questions on this site. We may specify that education questions on MO ...
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Is there a way to discuss the correctness of the proof of the RH by Atiyah in MO?

I will take a different viewpoint than some and say that the correctness of the proof can be discussed, and maybe it should. But as to how, that's a question of tactfulness and precision. When ...
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Appropriateness of recent LIGO question for MO

It seems that the moderators' opinions are not unified on this question, so I will offer my view wearing my private citizen hat. The question asks how various parameters of an apparent black hole ...
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Publicizing conjectures on MO

The approach which seems to be throwing every conjecture conceivable on the wall and see 'what sticks' should be discouraged, IMHO. There is also a difference between conjectures and conjectures. I ...
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On discussion of published papers at MO

A scientific paper is like a politician --- much of its reputation is based on hearsay, and superficial impression, not on cold analytic examination. Very few have willingness and time to investigate ...
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About if questions in Research papers can be asked on MathOverflow

I'd say that this is a bit of a grey area. If you want to ask a question of this type then you should prepare it carefully: do your best to isolate the specific point that you are confused about, ...
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Questions, answers, comments or discussions on aspects of politics relevant to mathematicians on MathOverflow (main or meta)

I think the US-style culture war is moving to Math and STEM fields. Looking at what happened in the social sciences, I can not say I am optimistic about the future, especially since mathematicians are ...
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Appropriate or not: "To what extent are the results in Paper X correct?"

One approach is to find a different stakeholder: see who cites the paper and uses the result. Then ask them if they are interested in your counterexample. If they are responsive, they may give you ...
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On discussion of published papers at MO

This meta question is phrased as a general question about the appropriateness of discussing published papers on MO. That's a fair question, but I think that it's actually quite a different question ...
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early graduate level questions: MO or Math.SE?

The official help page at https://mathoverflow.net/help/on-topic says MathOverflow's primary goal is for users to ask and answer research level math questions, the sorts of questions you come ...
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Is there a way to discuss the correctness of the proof of the RH by Atiyah in MO?

I don't think there's any good solutions here, but I am going to suggest what I think is the least bad solution, and people can vote on whether it is a good idea or not. There are going to be lots of ...
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Questions about correctness of published papers

At Ryan Budney's request, here is my comment converted to an answer. If the paper is more than a handful of years old, and you can either: point to a specific potential issue with the argument; or ...
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How should we react to the existence of Math Educators SE?

I would very much like to keep questions about graduate level courses here at MO. There is a lot of knowledge of how to present various topics which isn't available in books and is only known to a few ...
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Appropriate or not: "To what extent are the results in Paper X correct?"

I propose to ask it as follows: In my view such a question written clearly is suitable for MO. A question about X's paper on Y The main theorem of X's paper on Y is "quote (precisely) and if ...
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Cross posts to Math SE

If you have posted a question at MSE and want to cross-post it at MO or the other way around, you can do it under the following conditions: Wait several days, not just hours. I would suggest a week. ...
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Appropriateness of recent LIGO question for MO

My view is that what should count is the (academic/scientific interest) times (the amount of mathematics involved). So if the academic interest is huge and the mathematical component is modest we ...
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Appropriateness of recent LIGO question for MO

I find it difficult to understand many of the comments and concerns that this question seems to have raised. The site has a fairly simple and well established procedure for closing/keeping open ...
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Can I ask a question on MathOverflow and also on another site?

Cross-posting is discouraged in general, because it can lead to duplication of effort by people answering on different sites. However, it is appropriate under some circumstances. Most of the advice ...
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Humans, Go, Computers, Math

In addition to my comment that the thread is too "discussion-y" (meaning too opinion or speculation driven), my feeling about this question is that there is probably no one in our community who can ...
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How is it off-topic to ask whether the normalization of a local complete intersection is Gorenstein?

As one of the users who casted a vote to close, I guess I should provide an answer. What I did not like was the lack of effort displayed in the question. The question in itself could be fine: it is ...
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Questions about correctness of published papers

The linked question can be equivalently reformulated as "what specifically is the gap in Aubin's paper that Paul Ehrlich alludes to?", and this is certainly acceptable - I don't see how it ...
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May I know why is my question on hold when it is clearly research-level?

I will do my best to give an honest interpretation of what is happening here, with the caveat that cutting-edge research into FLT is not within my range of expertise. (Disclaimer: I didn't vote up or ...
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Questions, answers, comments or discussions on aspects of politics relevant to mathematicians on MathOverflow (main or meta)

Allowing these sorts of questions would be a significant increase in scope for the site, and I don't think we're prepared to handle it. The basic question for me is: what sorts of disputes are likely ...
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On discussion of published papers at MO

I think Joseph O'Rourke meant to say something else. I will guess that something like the following is intended. MathOverflow is not a forum for judging, critiquing, or refereeing preprints or ...

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