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Of course we want the badge. If 1000 people use the link and come here, but 997 of them never come back, we have lost very little. But if the other 3 find out about MO and do become regular participants, then we have gained something. SO ... I don't intend to do it, but if someone wants to get lots of gold badges by this method: Go for it!


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Very interesting method. I think that the benefit that 1000 people get to know about the existence of MO far out weight the nuisance that someone gets a yellow dot after their name. As a new user and I am also motivated by the yellow dots, so i know how you feel. It must be like someone can break the game, it is easy to get them, and it is not fun anymore....


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Maybe we could go in a similar way as on Mathematics where the How to Ask page1 is shown to a user who asks their first question. But on Mathematics the How to Ask page is slightly modified to include some additional points at the beginning. The relevant discussion on Mathematics Meta can be found here: Show “how to ask” advice before a new user asks a ...


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Yes, we should have a page (or a box in the "ask question" page) filled with basic instructions, including "this site is for questions that are non-obvious to professional mathematicians" and "use Mathjax, formulate your problem clearly with all the relevant definitions and describe what you have done to attack it". I'm answering mainly to bump up this ...


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What this doesn't account for is people actively typing replies to something you said which might or might not be posted prior to your attempt to edit, so you'd still have the possibility that a conversation could turn completely surreal as a consequence to doing this. We do have some methods of keeping track of what connected clients are doing, but it's ...


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Regardless of any advice pages, perhaps mandatory before 1st question by new user, how about getting the attention of everyone who views any math overflow page? Include a prominent banner on the top of every page, perhaps (with portions) in bold red. ========================= For research-level math questions only. See [link] for where to post non-...


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"publicity" is an important/integral part of scientific research and thereby also mathematical research, but it seems there are not that many scientists and mathematicians who are known to especially epouse it. there are rare exceptions. Carl Sagan comes to mind as a great model/mass popularizer of science who was still held in high esteem within the ...


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I'm not quite sure what we could do to make that any more explicit, maybe add a → to the right of the link? Make 'Migrated' the link instead? But as pointed out in comments: Typically, moderators are the only people to see the link, as they need to be able to access the original question in cases where a migration needs to be reversed and cleared The ...


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I am sorry but we don't support that version of Safari anymore.


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Migrations are often a point of contention between communities, so we are very conservative when it comes to adding default migration paths. In essence, a site would need to show a history of successful migrations before a new default can be added. (Yes, this is a bit of a Catch-22 since you'll need a moderator's help to migrate to a site not on the default ...


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