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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 Exchange. I'm no legal expert, but I think our migration agreement is rather vague on many points concerning exactly what our status is. And if we establish too ...


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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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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 the best place to start our campaign. In short: As currently envisaged, the only way to preview MathJax before publishing a post will be by toggling out of ...


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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 means that the most important part of this announcement is that Stack Overflow will continue to operate independently, with the exact same team in place that has ...


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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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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 similar, but as this was computerised there may be some errors, so this is community wiki; please fix them as you find them. June 22, 2013 Anton Geraschenko ...


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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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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 a less-inferior one. Elaborating on what makes it less usable: the cursor jumps to unpredictable positions when one moves up and down, and sometimes becomes ...


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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, this plugin treats math as part of the text itself, rather than as an "atom" that can only be edited through a dialog box. For example, inline math ...


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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 everyone involved was happy with. In the unlikely event that a pronoun was used and someone was unhappy with it, by far the most likely scenario is that the ...


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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 changes to the CoC. The two changes mentioned in the blog post are already part of MO's CoC. I cannot say whether those lines were there before a couple of days ago,...


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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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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, the text "\require{AMScd}" was included in the rendered output as though it were not recognized, and when I deleted it, the diagram still rendered properly.) No xymatrix or tikzcd, though. ...


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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 your edit does not suffice as an answer, I cannot imagine more satisfaction coming from the MathOverflow moderators. I think (read in my opinion and not ...


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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 standing on other sites in the network? No, post bans are considered separately per site. Your activity on one site will only affect post bans on that one site,...


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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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