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How should we react to the existence of Math Educators SE?

I am against making "questions on math education no longer on-topic here". There are some excellent education related questions on this site. We may specify that education questions on MO ...
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How should we react to the existence of Math Educators SE?

I would very much like to keep questions about graduate level courses here at MO. There is a lot of knowledge of how to present various topics which isn't available in books and is only known to a few ...
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Should we blacklist or delete the "research" tag?

This tag already has 23 questions using it, and from the list it is clear that the usage is essentially random, with no coherent unifying themes. The only noticeable exception is that a substantial ...
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Merge complex-analysis and cv.complex-variables?

I think they should be merged, as choosing one tag instead of the other seems to convey little information. I think we should also add the expression "complex analysis" in the tag wiki excerpt of cv....
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Recent suggested tag wiki edits

The problem seems to be more serious: the tag wiki edits by this user seem to copy-paste material from sites like MathWorld, which requires a license for commercial use (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/...
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How should we react to the existence of Math Educators SE?

The Math Educators (MESE) site is still in beta, so there are a few things we can't do just yet. During the beta phase, SE sites are still defining themselves and narrowing down what is on-topic/off-...
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Is the [completeness] tag necessary?

This seems like a reasonable thing to do. If there are no objections, then I'll set the wheels in motion. Update: After removing completeness tags by hand (from the 7 posts that used it), I had put ...
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Should we blacklist or delete the "research" tag?

Suggestion: Burninate the tag research (rather than remove it manually). Burnination means that the tag is removed from all questions without any bumping. (Pointers to more detailed information about ...
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Policy for Naming of Tags

I think neither "simplices" nor "simplex-theory" captures the topic that is currently described by "simplicial-stuff". If we want to rename it, maybe "simplicial-objects"? (even if taken literally is ...
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Tags "riemann-zeta-function" and "zeta-functions" are almost identical

There are many interesting zeta functions, and the Riemann zeta function is the most notable of them. It is natural to expect that people who ask questions about other zeta functions would want a ...
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Help cleanup tags!

There is a built-in system to automatically create tag synonyms by the nomination and voting of high-reputation users. Unfortunately, it appears that hardly anyone ever looks at this page (and the ...
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arXiv vs MathOverflow - popularity of disciplines

I guess that MO is more forgiving about discussing curious problems, or recreational mathematics, such as Stanleys question about certain chess positions for example. Problems which are easy to state ...
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Reappearance of (topology) tag

The SE team has the ability to blacklist tags. The most efficient way to request this is probably to list all tags that should be blacklisted into a single (new) meta post "Blacklist [topology], ..." ...
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Is it ok to ask for explanation of content in question?

Please do not ask for clarification when the content of the question is clear to specialists. The person asking the question is looking for an answer, not a discussion about basic definitions. Of ...
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Tags for off-topic question

There is a special tag-removed option for clearly off-topic cases like this.
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Help cleanup tags!

As of August 8, 2017, the length limit for tags went from 25 characters to 35 characters. So now is a great time to allow inconveniently compressed tag names to stretch out a bit... Perhaps we could ...
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Tag warnings on MO

There are several tags that are deprecated. Adding tag-warnings for them could decrease the probability that they will be added to new questions. (Tag-warnings are more visible than tag-excerpts.) I ...
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Currently, is it possible to have relevant question under the latex tag

I think a question along the lines of "this is a novel concept I am trying to introduce in a paper, does anyone have recommendations about how to succinctly describe it formulaically" might be on ...
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Could there be a warning when a new tag is created?

I have just received a message from the Stack Overflow Team that the Warning pop-up for new tags has been enabled.
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What is the intended use of the (proofs) tag?

I don't know what the original point of this tag was, but based on the current questions with this tag and infrequent recent usage (9 total, used 5 times in 2013 and and 4 times from 2016-2018) and ...
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Noncommutative rings/algebra tags

As someone who played a little with noncommutative algebra in the past I would approve this merger. In any case, something has to be done because "not necessarily commutative" does not look very ...
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Should there be another tag for vector bundles in Algebraic geometry (over schemes)?

I don't think a new tag is necessary here. Usually, we want a new tag when a single term is used in quite different ways in different fields. Here, the concepts are essentially the same - in both ...
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Creating theories-of-arithmetic logic tag

I think having a tag for something like this would be quite reasonable. However, I have a couple reservations with your proposal. First, in my opinion "arithmetic logic" is not an ideal tag ...
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Help cleanup tags!

I suggest deleting the tag decomposition-theorem. I would guess that the tag was intended to be about the decomposition theorem of Beilinson-Bernstein-Deligne-Gabber. It seems unnecessary to have a ...
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Merge complex-analysis and cv.complex-variables?

I have merged the tags. I didn't try to track how many experts in complex variables (whether in one or several variables) weighed in, but to my non-expert eyes the proposal seemed reasonable.
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