72 votes

How much is MathOverflow exposed to recent events on StackExchange?

I think that given the sort of turmoil experienced of late at Stack Exchange, it might be wise for us here at MO to take certain measures to reinforce our status as an entity independent from Stack ...
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35 votes
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Are edits performed by external, non-SE robots allowed?

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 ...
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33 votes

Nudge: the new Stacks editor has significant implications for this site

New Answer: Upon reflection, Emilio is 100% correct: We need to sound the alarm bells. Here's a link again to Emilio's well-thought-out answer on the main meta site explaining this, which is probably ...
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24 votes
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Prosus' acquisition and its effect on MathOverflow

Here is what Joel Spolsky had to say about the effects on Stack Overflow: Today we’re pleased to announce that Stack Overflow is joining Prosus. Prosus is an investment and holding company, which ...
20 votes
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What is MathOverflow's "agreement" with Stack Exchange?

Suggested in comments but I don't know if this is allowed. In any case: I've used an OCR program to copy the contents of the 2.5 pages below. I've used some minimal editing to keep the format vaguely ...
18 votes
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Why does mathoverflow encourage only research level questions while stackoverflow encourages ANY questions?

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 ...
17 votes

Privacy of software-generated links to questions and answers

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 ...
14 votes

How acceptable is prosemirror-math as an editor style for this site?

Personally, I find it less usable than the status quo, but better than the new editor proposed by SE. So if it is inevitable that we will have to settle for an inferior alternative in future, this is ...
12 votes

Nudge: the new Stacks editor has significant implications for this site

Here is one option put forward by the SE developers: switching from MathJax to prosemirror-math. For a quick look at how it works, I'll just pull this from their readme: Examples Unlike other editors,...
11 votes

How much is MathOverflow exposed to recent events on StackExchange?

There are very few MathOverflow posts in which anyone might feel a need to use a third person pronoun. If such a situation arose, it is most likely that the writer would naturally use a pronoun that ...
11 votes

How much is MathOverflow exposed to recent events on StackExchange?

The answer to Will the CoC apply here, when it is finally sorted out? seems to be "there is no 'will' and 'finally'". The blog entry posted on october 10th shows (some?) of the controversial ...
10 votes

Why does mathoverflow encourage only research level questions while stackoverflow encourages ANY questions?

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 ...
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9 votes

Winter Bash on MO?

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 ...
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8 votes

Favorites tab on user page is populated with StackOverflow users

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 ...
8 votes

Privacy of software-generated links to questions and answers

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'...
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7 votes

How acceptable is prosemirror-math as an editor style for this site?

Let me start with a positive: AMScd diagrams are supported! It seems I don't even need to explicitly include a \require{AMScd} command (at any rate, when I did, ...
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6 votes

Winter Bash on MO?

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 ...
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5 votes
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"Scope" of being blocked from asking

The FAQ post "What can I do when getting “We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”?" contains the following paragraph: Will a ban on one Stack Exchange site affect my ...
5 votes

How much is MathOverflow exposed to recent events on StackExchange?

It is more likely a question for StackExchange Community Managers than for moderators. I believe the moderators can provide an interesting but non definitive perspective. If the comment linked in ...
5 votes
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Numerical Analysis - SO Vs MO

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 ...
4 votes

Why does mathoverflow encourage only research level questions while stackoverflow encourages ANY questions?

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....
4 votes

Numerical Analysis - SO Vs MO

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. ...

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