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Update on "Who owns my MathOverflow posts?"

Your post is not a tangible thing, and bears no concept of a single “owner” who could decide anything and everything concerning the post. Rather, there are multiple rights associated with the post ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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About if questions in Research papers can be asked on MathOverflow

I'd say that this is a bit of a grey area. If you want to ask a question of this type then you should prepare it carefully: do your best to isolate the specific point that you are confused about, ...
Neil Strickland's user avatar
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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 ...
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How can I customize site in my browser to get "old feel" look of MathOverflow?

Here is the CSS I was talking about: ...
Denis Nardin's user avatar
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Would newly elected moderators join the board of MathOverflow Inc.?

The members of the MO board are the six current moderators, Anton Geraschenko, and Ravi Vakil. Whoever becomes a moderator becomes a member of that board.
Todd Trimble's user avatar
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Would newly elected moderators join the board of MathOverflow Inc.?

This is an important question, thanks! My response is a clarification of @Todd's answer, but it seems better to give it as a separate answer. The board exists because of the need of a legal entity ...
Ravi Vakil's user avatar
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the number of on line users at a given moment

Here is a snapshot of the site analytics to which Martin refers: So, roughly $40,000$ page views per day (in the summer). Might be interesting to know what happened on May 14th and on August 8th...
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
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10 year 'temporary suspension'?

Naturally, we do not discuss details of individual users. This is indeed an unusual suspension. Also note that this is a network-wide suspension, so this is not necessarily related to this user's ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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What should I do when I see a spam post on MO?

Any user with at least 15 reputation points should flag the post as spam. After 6 spam flags, the post is deleted. In addition to being deleted, even for users who can see the deleted posts, the ...
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What is the deal with changes to the front page?

I find the new site basically unusable, and don’t expect to continue much participation here if it stays in its current form. Tim requested more details. The main point is that I can't skim the main ...
Noah Snyder's user avatar
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Is asking to verify my P=NP proof appropriate?

No. It is not. This is not the purpose of this website.
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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What's the purpose of the favorite button?

You can find links to some basic info on favorites here, specifically this post is rather detailed: How do favorite questions work? This feature request has been posted on main meta a few years ago: ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Were there some recent changes to the moderators' team?

Mariano hadn't used the moderation interface for an extended period, and was proving hard to contact. The StackExchange staff said they wanted to remove his diamond, mostly as a security measure. We ...
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Mathematics and MathOverflow relationship

There is no formal connection. You may often see the same question on both sites because a lot of people cross-post (manually), a practice which is generally frowned upon, especially when the same ...
Todd Trimble's user avatar
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Is it possible to temporarily comment out part of a post?

You can hide the part in HTML comments: BEFORE <!-- this is something I want to hide --> AFTER produces: BEFORE AFTER Spoilers would be another option, ...
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Is it possible to know the list of removed users?

Let me first say that I'll try to answer your question generally, not to concentrate on the specific user you're looking for. So I understand the question as: "Is it possible to find user account ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Recognizing identifiable users changing user names

Let me summarize what was said in commments and in chat. There are a few related feature requests on Meta Stack Exchange, but my impression is that they are unlikely to get implemented: Make the “past ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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How to @ a user with non-Latin characters?

I am not sure about people using mobile devices, but on desktop using comment replies doesn't seem that different for users with non-Latin usernames. If I am in a comment where such user can be pinged,...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Numbering and cross referencing of equations in questions and answers

MathJax supports manual numbering using $$\tag{…}$$, as below: $$\tag{1}\label{grz}\Box(\Box(p\to\Box p)\to p)\to p$$ $$\tag{1}\...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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Can I somewhere see my own deleted questions?

In fact, you can see any of your posts provided you have a link. So basically the question is - is it possible to find link to my deleted question if I did not save the link somewhere? There are two ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Why can't I post my question on MO anymore

The reason is explained in this help center article. As the article states, the best step you can take next is to edit your existing questions. Unfortunately, you have several deleted questions with ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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Is it possible to temporarily comment out part of a post?

Since other answers mention HTML comments, let me clarify that using them is only a commonly employed custom on SE sites, which just abuses the fact that it works by accident. In reality, the ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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"[error] I'm a teapot" when trying to add a picture

The "teapot" error is one of the various responses we return if something looks very suspicious at the http/form level - most likely because of an XSRF check failure. On mathoverflow, this is usually ...
Marc Gravell's user avatar
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Is it possible to search for posts/questions of an user $X$ commented on/answered by the user $Y$?

You can find several suitable queries in data explorer or create your own query. (Even for users who do not know much about SQL, it's not that difficult to look up basic info on the database schema ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Has word "mathoverflow" trademark?

A trademark infringement occurs when unauthorized use of a trademark (or a substantially similar mark, like a distinctive logo or motto) happens in the same domain of operation as the original. In the ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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How can this user have a negative year reputation?

They offered almost 4000 reputation in bounties so far this year: https://mathoverflow.net/users/8133/noah-schweber?tab=bounties Note that the -4827 is the decrease in rank, not in reputation, that's '...
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What are the exact mechanics of the vote for MO moderators?

Massimo Ortolano is correct in saying that we use Meeks STV to attribute your vote to the candidates. The general overview is that you can rank as many of the candidates as you wish, in the order you ...
Catija's user avatar
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Is it possible to see the source for a comment?

One approach would be to use the MathJax contextual menu to select the "Plain Source" renderer, which will show the TeX commands rather than typeset expressions. That means you would not ...
Davide Cervone's user avatar
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imgur will remove some content soon. Does MathOverflow need to save images?

Not an answer, but doesn't really fit in a comment. Glorfindel ran a script to find and try to upload linked images to Stack Exchange's Imgur repository (those images won't be removed by Imgur). His ...

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