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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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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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Why was there pushback on a user's profile image?

For people who are either unfamiliar with US history (either due to growing up in other countries or who had White Supremacist textbooks in school), here are the first two paragraphs of the state of ...
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Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted?

I wanted to say specifically why the second joke on the list really should be deleted. There's a very common trope in math where people analogize math to an attractive woman often explicitly in a ...
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Question about $i$ versus $-i$

This question relates directly to issues that are often discussed in the philosophy of mathematics. According to one of the standard accounts of structuralism, what mathematical objects are at bottom ...
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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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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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Why was the whole math jokes thread deleted, and should it have been?

I feel the deletion is a significant loss to MathOverflow. As one of a few prominent older light-hearted threads, it helped make MO an entertaining and enjoyable place — like the departmental lounge, ...
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close/reopen wars on Mathoverflow

I am profoundly opposed to the "cargo cult" question. The internet is full of places where one can indulge in the pleasures of righteous indignation by mocking the failings of others. I absolutely ...
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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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Does anyone remember seeing this answer/comment? (A famous result known earlier than believed)

You are thinking of the question Two-colouring the two-sphere, where a certain problem seemingly in discrete geometry was explained to be related to quantum mechanics.
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Kitty can’t fix it — Old questions inaccessible for logged-in users, giving “unexpected error”

Thank you all for reporting and excellent documentation of this issue! We have applied a fix and all the affected pages should now load as expected for logged in users as well as anonymous users. As ...
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Should Kevin Buzzard's Lean question be left in its original state?

My opinion, posted as an answer here so that it is ready for the downvotes. The "background" section reads more like a blog post than a question, and I feel it's out of place on this website. You ...
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Using MathOverflow to get new results in your research and publish them afterwards

On my opinion, no general rule can be stated. But I can share my experience. I answered a MO question which was needed in someone's research. The result was two separate papers. My paper where the ...
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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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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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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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Drive-By Deletion of Answer to Own Question by Moderator

My apologies for the mistaken deletion of your answer. — What led to this mistake was a combination of several circumstances: it was a self-answer of an anonymous user which got flagged as "not ...
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Why was "The origin(s) of the word “elliptic” migrated to hsm?

I wrote the top-voted answer to this question on MO (it currently has something like 40 up votes) and was a bit surprised to see it migrated to HSM. I don't care about votes or what-not, but in terms ...
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Why was there pushback on a user's profile image?

Answering this for closure: By the comment of Stanley Yao Xiao, the OP in question had a confederate flag as their avatar. A moderator (presumably) changed it, with the understanding that a ban would ...
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The reason for putting on hold a question

I do not think there is much evidence to support your assertion that your question is specific. You ask whether there is research on "in which mathematical universes does Grothendieck's approach ...
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One person creating multiple Riemann Hypothesis-related accounts

What they're doing here on MathOverflow is relatively harmless. They're also active on other sites in the Stack Exchange network, where they are posting downright abusive stuff; here are some examples....
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Using MathOverflow to get new results in your research and publish them afterwards

It depends on your goal. If that goal Is to earn a degree or promote your career in academia or industry, then there are political and social obstacles and concerns, and one forum that can help with ...
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Should these sexually suggestive jokes be kept or deleted?

Now that this meta question exists, I wonder if an alternative to deletion could be to edit the jokes in question to remark that they could be considered offensive, and to add a link to this meta ...
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Regarding my question: "Can only the constructible sets be proven to exist in $ZF$...."

I am one of the people who has downvoted this question (which I did after answering it, based on how the situation evolved from there, although to be honest I did suspect I would downvote from the ...
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Someone is trying to delete the Memorable Titles thread

If there's one vote to delete, you shouldn't worry about it too much; it takes 10 votes to delete a question which such a high score. Delete votes never expire, but the chances that it will accumulate ...
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Repeated re-open/close votes (Tate conjecture)

As of this writing, the question concludes with the following paragraph: I'd like to conclude by respectfully reiterating that, on one hand, the author seems to be reliable, and on the other, even in ...
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Why was "The origin(s) of the word “elliptic” migrated to hsm?

This question was asked on MO on May 8 and moved to HSM on May 13. It currently (May 25) has 5 answers, all posted on MO (between May 8 and May 10), and all upvoted (currently from +6 to +44; I can't ...
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