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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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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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How to formulate a question for a Mathoverflow forum?

That is off-topic, as is asking for correctness of claimed proofs about any famous conjecture, especially if, as I guess, it's a simple proof and the link is at viXra or ResearchGate or Google Drive/...
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What if I'm not sure about what area of math a problem lies?

Welcome to MO! Yes, you can try even that title but be prepared that somebody will eventually edit it to something more informative. The main point is to be crystal clear in the statement of the ...
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Revamping the closure reasons in 2022

My suggestion would be to merge the two existing site-specific close reasons (which are too confusingly similar anyway) into a single one, like: This question does not appear to be about research-...
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Revamping the closure reasons in 2022

We've now implemented exactly the sort of changes discussed here. (Thanks in particular to Stefan Kohl!). Here's are the new community-specific close reasons: You'll see we've deleted both the old ...
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Could we add another reason for closing that's more appropriate for "check this (dis)proof of RH"-type questions?

A bit of an update, too long for a comment. To be sure we're all on the same page, here's the current setup. If you have sufficient rep, you can click the "close" button on a question, and ...
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