Todd Trimble
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The mystery of disappearing points
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On Martin Sleziak's encouragement (https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/45770456#45770456), I'll patch together some in the information in comments to form an answer. As I read it, the ...

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The question 'Mathematical work of Jonathan Gleason' disappeared
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Disrespect to whom? I don't think it was disrespect to anyone, certainly not Jonathan Gleason. At most it expresses a firm belief that the question is off-topic for MathOverflow. But as I said in a ...

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Deleted answered question / arXiv posts based on unacknowledged MO posts
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While I'm not a lawyer, the part that was until recently unsettled, namely the use of answers in an arXiv preprint without proper attribution, falls squarely under the terms of the Creative Commons ...

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Downvoted on many questions asked in less than 60 seconds
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In the future you could and probably should simply flag for moderator attention. I've alerted Community Management to the issue.

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Asking questions with out answering any one else’s question
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It's fine in my opinion just to ask and not answer questions, and conversely I think it's fine just to answer and and not ask questions. In time you will probably acquire enough knowledge to feel ...

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Why is log-in hidden
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I haven't managed to reproduce the effect you're describing. I'm not computer-savvy either, but this is what I see when I go to MathOverflow in a window where the history doesn't show I'm already ...

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What to do with questions that are partially answered
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As for the first question: it sounds as though you are blaming the answer-poster (who answered two days ago), when in fact what your actual question is/was does not seem very clear. Your last edit (21 ...

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Deleted posts visible to high reputation users
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First of all, all of us make mistakes and you need not be more than mildly embarrassed by past errors. The user with the most reputation points on the site, Joel David Hamkins, has also deleted on ...

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offtopic question
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MathOverflow is geared toward professional mathematicians and their PhD students who seek answers to questions arising in their research. It is the preeminent internet clearinghouse for questions of ...

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Repeated TeXifying of question titles
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The user has been contacted by a moderator. Please advise if the behavior persists.

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What is a 'question record', in particular a positive one?
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If half the total number of questions asked (including deleted ones) is greater than or equal to the sum total of (1) the number of deleted questions, (2) the number of questions with negative net ...

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Should MO perhaps give numerological abductive questions a little more benefit of the doubt
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There's a fair bit to sort out here. I actually think the question adumbrated in the question title is not precisely the one you want answered. As I see it, we don't have to wring our hands over ...

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Why did flagging a comment for deletion made it disappear immediately?
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I don't have a full understanding of the specific process which was at work here, but the action was performed by the Community User which runs automatically in the background. When it saw your flag ...

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Flagging spam user
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I'm happy to hear what the community thinks, but my instinctual reaction would be to destroy it. The account has no business here and the page is meanwhile free billboard space: not something I think ...

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What happened to the dear user "quid" (9072), they appear deleted?
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A recent discussion in comments under Alon Amit's answer prompts me to offer some reflections on quid's publicly stated feelings and judgments about MO and the differences between MO and Math.SE. I ...

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Limiting the length of questions?
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I'm sorry, but this idea seems completely wrong to me. Not just because 500 characters (less than a comment box) is too parsimonious, but because most questions could actually stand more in the way of ...

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Is it possible to keep deleted questions in my account?
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So the question might have been what appears below. There was a longish string of comments below the question, and it was closed as "unclear what you're asking". If this is not what you were looking ...

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comment to two participants, Simultaneously
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In general, you can't. However, the author of the post will automatically receive inbox notification without the @name syntax. If user A is the author, and you want to reach user B as well (someone ...

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Why was my answer deleted?
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Here is the post in question: Any set has no "semantic structure". In sense: $\emptyset \notin \left \{ 0 \right \}$, because $\left \{ \emptyset \right \} \neq \left \{ 0 \right \}$. I think ...

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What to do with a question answered in pieces?
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One thing I've seen done in this situation -- and it may be the best option under the circumstances -- is to summarize all the answers in one master answer yourself. I would write it anew (without ...

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Migration from mathoverflow to other stackexchange sites
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You can read all about migration and how it works here: What is migration and how does it work? As explained at that post, migrations should be done with circumspection; for a variety of reasons it'...

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Flagging Low Quality Questions
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Speaking as a pretty active moderator: the amount of this type of flag raising that I see hasn't been a problem, not for me. In some ways I think it helps, to see how others are gauging the quality of ...

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MO account continuity
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As far as your MO account goes, scroll to the bottom of this page to the gray box, and click on 'contact us' which you will find in the upper right of that box. There you can reach Stack Exchange ...

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Is the [completeness] tag necessary?
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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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How do I withdraw a (wrong) accepted answer in favor of a right comment of that answer
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Stefan's comment is correct. You can always remonstrate in a comment below your answer or below the question, asking that it be unaccepted because you think it's wrong. Probably that's not necessary ...

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Why all the negativity?
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Erin, I'm sorry to hear you've found MO so negative in tone. There are a number of issues that have been brought up, both in the post and in comments, that might be useful to tease apart. Let me ...

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How to deal with answers that should be comments by users with not enough reputation to comment?
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Jeremy, thanks for asking, and thanks for your kind concern. In general, I'd say don't worry much about the workload of the moderators. Conversion to a comment takes two button clicks, and I find that ...

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May I know why is my question on hold when it is clearly research-level?
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I will do my best to give an honest interpretation of what is happening here, with the caveat that cutting-edge research into FLT is not within my range of expertise. (Disclaimer: I didn't vote up or ...

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Editing signed posts
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Since I was asked to make my comment an answer, I'll say that my own personal benchmark for going in and editing a post is where something in it detracts from general standards we seek to maintain (...

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Requests for reopen and undelete votes for closed and deleted questions
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The OP of Comparison of the classical Fourier transform and the Fourier-Mukai transform made an edit two days ago to add more focus to the question, and requests reconsideration. There are currently ...

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