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Just to give some background on this project: it's indeed something I'm doing on my own, independent of Stack Exchange. There are more independent 'volunteer' projects around the Stack Exchange network, e.g. Smoke Detector (which I'm also a member of) which automatically flags spam across the network (including MathOverflow), and a dozen bots performing ...


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Now that we've done the import, we'll need to refresh our global network cache of users and posts from all sites. The fun part is this is a huge job, so we have to take portions of the API offline for a bit to do it...which means we don't want to do it twice. Today we'll be checking that everything is ready for a backfill and we don't need to do anything ...


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The purpose of MathOverflow is to serve as a resource for professional mathematicians. If we allowed questions of any level, the vast majority of questions would be low-level questions (as is the case on MSE). As a result, it would be harder for research-level questions to get noticed and answered by the right people, and many mathematicians would be less ...


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Two points that I haven't seen highlighted enough in the rest of the discussion. The only (apparent) purpose of the userids in the permalinks is awarding Announcer badges. Badges and reputation may be fun, but they are just a game and they are not that important. If this is the only reason in favor of uids in permalinks, I think that the cons highlighted by ...


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I asked the SE folks and they promptly fixed the problem, noting that it was due to a simple oversight when rolling out the feature to the rest of the network.


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I'll just add that quid is correct. The moderators were asked in 2013 whether MO wanted to participate in Winter Bash, and we declined. We thought it would not be wise, as it would be sure to turn off some of our esteemed users who do not come here for silly fun times. We were invited again this year by the StackExchange team, who essentially asked "we don't ...


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I think what my new downvoting friends were trying to say, is that there exists a stackexchange site for non-research MATH questions here: https://math.stackexchange.com/ I was not aware that this site exists and will now attempt to ask all my questions there. I am more than happy to avoid asking myself if questions are research-level, despite being ...


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I've realized that at some point I must have enabled the FriendsStack extension in Chrome, and then completely forgotten about it. This extension supposedly allows one to favorite users, but I never ended up using it, and it now appears to presume that one is using StackOverflow rather than another stackexchange site. (Perhaps I could have made a different ...


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Privacy concerns are legitimate, even though I do not feel that one has any factual basis on which to make claims of spying or unethical behavior, whether on the part of individuals or corporations. I'd rather not take the argument in that direction -- in fact I feel that would be fruitless unless more information comes to light -- but simply acknowledge ...


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This is fixed. MathOverflow now shows up under Science.


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I like the winter Bash, and several years ago I was even a champion in terms of numbers of hats in the TCS sister site. But I can understand that some mathematicians do not share my enthusiasm. It took decades to have an analog of Nobel prize in mathematics so it may take decades (if at all) for winter bash to be embraced on MO.


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If you have questions concerning na.numerical-analysis, you should really try to ask it at Computational Science. The top users there are nearly all tenured professors, or at least active researchers with PhD and lecturing responsibilities. Some are descendants from big names like Rolf Rannacher or Nick Trefethen, some active contributors of widely used ...


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There are some StackExchange sites that seem relevant here: MathOverflow Computational science StackOverflow Mathematics For others, see quid's answer or browse through the list of SE sites. Compare their help pages and look at some questions to learn their scopes. Then you should have a guess for the most suitable site for each question that arises in ...


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The last question "Why is the stackexchange mathematics community against simple/googleable questions, while the stackexchange software community is not?" has not been answered, and it can be answered. The reason is the same as why TeX stackexchange is much more tolerant of near-duplicate questions than the math sites. Questions about software (including ...


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An overwhelming majority of those who participated in the poll are in favor of modifying the existing system for obtaining links to answers. How does one proceed from here? Shall we put in a request to modify the SE software?


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No, the other accounts would remain unless the user also requests that they are deleted, through those other accounts. Some have already commented with their experience seeing this happen on other sites, and this authoritative answer on meta.stackoverflow.com confirms that an account deletion requested on one SE site affects only the account on that ...


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