fedja
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Big list of feature requests and suggestions for a fantasy MO 3.0
46 votes

Increase the allowed length of comments. I am running of space more often than not and have to either castrate both my thought and my language in such cases or make a chain of comments instead of a ...

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Should graduate students be encouraged to participate in MO? If so, at what stage?
45 votes

I guess I still would. The clear case is when one can answer a question. The regular practice of picking up a question that is accessible, answering it, and communicating the answer can be very ...

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Catering to professional appearance a bit much?
32 votes

I support Darij completely. I'll even go a bit further and say that any thread that stood open since 2009 until 2019 without any complaints or controversies is good enough to stand forever and I'd ...

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How to cite comment by unknown user disproving Erdős conjecture?
28 votes

The citation (which I think follows the best practice) Indeed, that was a good way to handle it :-) The priority here is, as I said many times, to give the due credit to MO and similar sites that ...

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What is needed to succeed in keeping up the level of the site and retaining the good contributors?
21 votes

The main things that are quite irritating now and can easily drive people away (IMHO) is the not always applicable assumption that everything is either a research level question or not, a very ...

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Why are trivial answers upvoted more than answers that actually contain substance?
18 votes

I wouldn't really bother too much about the unfairness of up/downvotes. It is true that the number of upvotes I receive for my solutions is often (though not always) a decreasing function of the time ...

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On the role of anonymity in a site dedicated to research-level mathematics
16 votes

I guess as long as the user contributes interesting and useful stuff, it is his choice what name to post under (provided it is unique; throngs of indistinguishable unknown-google's irritated me quite ...

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Crazy idea about soft questions
14 votes

I really do not like the idea of a two-step process for anything, especially if it means creating a thread of unbounded length (after the first 4 screens are full, I doubt I will be willing to look at ...

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On flagging: what is "research level" *or* does it make sense to flag a question with positive vote ratings?
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12 votes

Just relax. There are so many people who are able (and often very eager) to vote for closure, deletion, reopening, etc. directly that adding new "active flaggers" to them will do more harm than good, ...

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Are Links to Articles Behind a Paywall Acceptable Answers?
10 votes

IMHO it depends on the question. If somebody is interested in something very special that most MO users would, most likely, never care about (like 0-2 reputation question hanging out there for a month)...

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Problematic wording of the TOS, take two
10 votes

All that assumes that there is some noticeable portion of users who bother to read "Terms of service", which, I'm afraid, is a rather unjustified assumption :-) So, it will, most likely, continue as ...

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2013 Community Moderator Election
10 votes

Erm... Why can you nominate only yourself? I guess the persons who are likely to make the best moderators (or the best presidents of the United States) are least likely to engage in self-promotion. If ...

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In the new site design, what should the background look like on MO?
9 votes

Above all it should be noticeable. The MSE grid paper background is nice but done in blueish white on grayish white and nearly invisible even for people with normal color sight (checked 6 months ago) ...

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What makes you vote to reopen a question?
9 votes

An obvious motivation is "the severe disagreement with the reason to close". As far as I can tell, the most abused premise for closing is "not a research level question", which often really translates ...

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Why was my probability question closed?
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8 votes

I said what I think of the problem itself in the comments (1 2). So yeah, the posts of this sort (randomly created puzzles that aren't even well-posed as written) will not be enthusiastically welcomed ...

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Why have I been suspended from the ICM chat? General remarks about unwelcoming behaviour on MathOverflow
8 votes

It seems like I was too optimistic in my other meta post and open civilized discussion turns out pretty hard to maintain for almost any side. Yes, we do have different opinions on sensitive issues, ...

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Questions, answers, comments or discussions on aspects of politics relevant to mathematicians on MathOverflow (main or meta)
8 votes

I personally have nothing against political discussions as long as they do not degenerate into pointless accusations and refusing to deal with a person holding an opposite point of view, whatever this ...

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Is there a clear rule against "check this proof" type questions?
8 votes

Since I was one of the "delete" votes for "Riemann Hypothesis", I'll present my standpoint here. In that particular instance you do not need to know pretty much anything beyond elementary algebra and ...

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What if I'm not sure about what area of math a problem lies?
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7 votes

Welcome to MO! Yes, you can try even that title but be prepared that somebody will eventually edit it to something more informative. The main point is to be crystal clear in the statement of the ...

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Should we encourage non-professionals to ask hard questions if that is good for the future development of the mathematics?
7 votes

Hard questions (from anybody) are usually not closed unless one can demonstrate that they are just some variations of well-known "hopeless" problems. If you got discouraged by the phrase "This ...

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Should metaMO allow actual requests for mathematical consulting services to be remunerated either by honoraria or by "usual and customary" fees?
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7 votes

This is certainly no ad board or any other service connecting the potential employers to potential consultants, it has never been intended to be one, and (I hope) it will never become one. However, ...

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News of potential interest to the MO community
6 votes

"Statement on scientific publications by three national Academies (Academie des sciences, Leopoldina, and Royal Society)" https://www.leopoldina.org/uploads/tx_leopublication/...

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Should there be a general policy for putting comments on "not-suitable-for-MO" questions?
6 votes

I am on the opposite end from Andy. My (humble, as usual) opinion is that (barring complete trivialities where you intend to send the person the direct message that he is either too stupid or too lazy ...

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Is it morally all right to link to a particular bookseller?
5 votes

I would link to some standard place like amazon where you can read the review and see the price without any hesitation whatsoever. Linking to some obscure bookseller, indeed, makes an impression that ...

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Adding \LaTeX to old questions and answers
5 votes

There were some old "fancy ways around the html/LaTeX/markup conflicts" like doubling the backslash, etc., which now may screw the formulae to the extent that they are no longer legible. I think you ...

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Requests for reopen and undelete votes for closed and deleted questions
4 votes

https://mathoverflow.net/questions/379145/geometric-combinatorial-problem-in-the-euclidean-space This question was deleted by nobody less than @ToddTrimble just 10 days ago after having 9 upvotes and ...

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When a MSE user is suspended, should the suspension apply to MO as well?
4 votes

I would say that the suspension on one site should not imply the automatic suspension everywhere, though moderators should be able to do it in the extreme cases manually (anyone with a temper worse ...

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Should we start a "PolyMathOverflow" project?
3 votes

It is, of course possible, and one does not need a big discussion to start such a project, but one needs to have a clear idea of how the problem can be approached and how to split it into cases/steps/...

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2013 Moderator Nominations
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I nominate quid: https://mathoverflow.net/users/9072/quid IMHO, among all smart people here he has shown most tact, common sense, and respect to others in meta-discussions, despite he can be quite ...

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