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Celebrity usernames

This answer approaches the subject from more of a network level than a MathOverflow-specific stance. The Stack Exchange Terms of Service deal with this issue as follows: Under no circumstances ...
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Celebrity usernames

I brought this up with the moderation team in email; I haven't heard back explicitly from everyone, but have an idea where most of us stand. For now no official action will be taken. Putting aside ...
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Celebrity usernames

After some further discussion amongst the moderators, I think we have decided that this username and account photo are inappropriate; they seem to only serve to provoke controversy. I've changed both ...
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Is universal public visibility of up-votes/reputation/badges really beneficial?

What is the benefit to later readers in seeing the vote counts on answers A and B? Questions on ME sites are supposed to be interesting for non-expert readers as well. A layperson benefits from ...
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Using MathOverflow to help with referee work

I don't think there is anything inappropriate about using alternate accounts to ask questions. I have asked many questions using alternate accounts over the years (for all kinds of reasons, e.g. ...
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What's happens to a user's questions, answers and comments after an account is deleted?

When an account is deleted, posts made by that account on the main site with a negative score are deleted along with it. (Posts with a score ≥ 0 are preserved.) Previously all negatively scored ...
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Should MathOverflow require registration to ask a question?

I do not see how registration will decrease the number of poor quality questions. From time to time I look at MathSE, and the number of poor quality questions there is larger than here, despite the ...
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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 ...
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Strange username

The user has changed to another username Math is like Friday. (Just answering to make the possibility of considering the issue as solved.)
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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 ...
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What is wrong with my account?

I actually want to disagree with Todd here. I definitely agree that the first point of contact should be moderators@mathoverflow.net. We're friendly and helpful and want to resolve problems that ...
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Is universal public visibility of up-votes/reputation/badges really beneficial?

What is the benefit to have such a system at all? For each question, there are many perspectives on it. Various presentations can reach wider audiences, if they are on topic, well written, and show ...
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What is wrong with my account?

As I said in a comment, the details in this case are strictly between the poster and the moderators. This is not a matter for public discussion, and there is not a bug in the software in this ...
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Can I be blocked for posting a lot of questions even if I delete them?

I won't describe the exact criteria the automatic question ban uses, but I will say we hope people will edit their poorly-recieved questions rather than delete them. We allow askers to delete their ...
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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 ...
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Who wrote the year of death in the profile page of the late William Thurston?

Please see this discussion, from the old forum 'tea' before it was superceded by MO meta: http://mathoverflow.tqft.net/discussion/1429/loss-of-a-member/ The discussion indicates that it was Anton ...
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To moderators: is my account deleted?

The drop down to 1 reputation was due to the fact that you were suspended, independent of any discussion of deletion (suspended accounts automatically go down to 1 reputation; I think this was an old ...
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How to logout from the site?

On the top bar, click on the StackExchange menu to get:
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8 votes

Can you help me open my alter user?

The request to merge was granted (thanks to a StackExchange Community Manager), and the question raised in comments as to whether the MO user named 000 coincides with Erin Carmody has been settled ...
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Using MathOverflow to help with referee work

On my opinion, if you have a question on the paper that you referee, you may ask only the author. (You can hide your identity if you wish by passing your question through the editor.) A referee is not ...
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Why don't I see the reputation gain?

It's not your user. Note that https://mathoverflow.net/users/56920/arnold-neumaier is a registered user who have no posts. Whereas https://mathoverflow.net/users/56919/arnold-neumaier is an ...
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How can I delete my Math Overflow account?

A subsidiary question: What are the consequences of an account deletion? Are all that user's votes, +/-, over all history, removed? Are all their comments, answers, questions, removed? Presumably not ...
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Keyword Search of the User's own (my own) questions or answers

You can find various search modifiers in the help center. Or simply by clicking on "Advanced Search Tips" after you search for something. Specifically, to find posts by a specific user you can user <...
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To moderators: is my account deleted?

There are alternatives to deletion. In particular, I still have accounts on other stacks that I don't use anymore, but can return to if needed. You might consider editing your profile to indicate you ...
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Account not deleted

Mark, I've sent Community Management a message. I trust they can sort out what is going on with your account.
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Should MathOverflow require registration to ask a question?

Let me rephrase the suggestion as I see it. The problem: too many undesired questions asked by new users; suggested tactic: require new users to register before asking a question; the post asks for ...
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