Todd Trimble
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How can a nonacademic with research level questions know which questions are research level?
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The question is probably, "how can I tell if my own questions are 'research level', given the fact I am not an academic?" I think a generally healthy attitude to have in this situation is that you ...

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What needs math?
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Since the question is nonspecific, I can only guess that what instigated your complaint here is the response to a recent answer you gave: https://mathoverflow.net/a/194916/2926 I have temporarily ...

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I deleted my post, but now want to view its source
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I have (on your request) migrated it here, and you should have access to the source. Let me know if you experience any difficulties.

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Spam / Crank users
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Rest assured that the moderators are well aware of this user and his sockpuppets. I have now placed this question under protection so that these entities cannot post further nonsense. The usual ...

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Winter Bash on MO?
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I'll just add that quid is correct. The moderators were asked in 2013 whether MO wanted to participate in Winter Bash, and we declined. We thought it would not be wise, as it would be sure to turn off ...

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Requests for reopen and undelete votes for closed and deleted questions
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[REOPENED] (Edit: Since no one responded to the question of whether the closure reason is still valid, I took it upon myself to ask Joel David Hamkins, who discerns a clear and interesting ...

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This MSE question was rejected for a migration on MO. Are you agree with this decision?
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My memory of what happened is this: I was pinged to come over to the moderator chat room and was asked if we "wanted" three MSE posts to be migrated. I said I wasn't sure about the post in question, ...

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Should meta be Q&A?
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As you may know, our old system before the merger with stackexchange had a meta discussion board which is now called 'tea', and it still exists: http://mathoverflow.tqft.net/. There is a brief and ...

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Grothendieck's passing
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The question at MathOverflow has now been closed; I have added a brief explanation as to why. For now it will neither be deleted nor locked, so that comments can still be added by members of our ...

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Where/how does one best post "Seeking a collaborator"
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I don't have any good ideas on websites or channels where one can request such collaborations. Insofar as this is posted to MO meta, there seems to be an implicit question as to whether or how MO ...

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Is it appropriate to ask for exercises?
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Generally speaking, there is certainly ample precedent on MathOverflow for questions regarding teaching, which seems not inappropriate since teaching is frequently a major component of careers of ...

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Criteria of considering relevance of the question to the domain of research topics
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So following Eric's thoughts (which reflect my own), I would suggest (as a start) improving the notation and giving some examples of the basic concept. (It was only after looking at a relevant MSE ...

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asking questions outside of field of expertise
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No, of course you should be able to ask questions in areas where you are not expert: that is in large part the point of MO, or is supposed to be the point! There is however usually an implicit ...

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Is it frowned upon to answer a question and vote to close?
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It's certainly true in "MO culture" that users who choose to answer a question that others feel is clearly inappropriate are often criticized for doing so, typically with a comment which says ...

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What is wrong with my account?
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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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Why do non-research and soft questions get closed if and only if the poster lacks high reputation?
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One could definitely argue that Peter Dukes has a point here. I recall one famous case, involving a post by Bill Thurston, who posted a "soft question" Thinking and Explaining. The question got a very ...

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posting an unanswered Math.SE question on MathOverflow
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The fact that no one has come out and said it is inappropriate for MathOverflow probably means the community thinks it's alright for MO. Maybe give it another day before posting here. It might be good ...

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On: Graph Theory is the s(c/l)um of Topology (?)
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Since I was involved in the editing, I will respond. The reason I edited is that a number of people evidently found the title or the post 'offensive'. I did not feel that way myself, and had at first ...

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please find this guy's old account and merge
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I have just put in a request to merge 29488 into 44949, with the latter to be made the permanent profile. The request should be processed in a day or two. Update: apparently the merge has now been ...

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How is the high quality of discussion on Math Overflow achieved?
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There was related discussion at What is needed to succeed in keeping up the level of the site and retaining the good contributors?, which you might be interested in. I don't think it's merely the ...

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Can I be merged please?
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Okay, I have submitted a request form (again), asking to have your 21278 account merged into your 45525 account. Please comment below if this is not what you wanted done. I should be receiving a ...

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Can a 10K+ help copy an answer to Math.SE?
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I undeleted and reopened, with the idea to reclose to migrate to MSE, which would have the action of moving Bennett Chow's answer with it. However, for some reason I don't understand, when I try to ...

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Why was this question about axiom of choice and the Wiles's proof of FLT deleted?
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As François points out in his MO comment on the deleted question, and as noted by Andy above, the same question was asked on MSE - math.stackexchange.com/questions/618147. Currently the question is ...

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Why this question is not welcomed but others are welcomed in MO?
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Here are some (somewhat disconnected) thoughts. The main sticking point expressed in the objections is over the word 'breakthrough' (which is indeed difficult to characterize). But the Calabi ...

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Answer to what was an open question
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Hah, my "trivial answer" was converted to a comment. Anyway, you may have been thinking of Mark Sapir's post, as more appropriately linked to here: https://mathoverflow.net/a/137715/2926.

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Using Math Overflow to check whether or not a proof is correct
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The thread http://mathoverflow.tqft.net/discussion/973/where-is-the-hole-in-my-proof/ -- and related discussions linked to from that thread -- are sort of relevant to precedents and consensus-forming ...

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Does the point system encourage flooding the site with questions?
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I don't see a problem with the system. It seems to me that any abuse of the system is by far the exception, not the rule. We need to be as encouraging as possible of the asking of good questions. A ...

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Requests for reopen and undelete votes for closed and deleted questions
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[REOPENED] Derek Holt, a highly respected researcher in group theory, wonders aloud why A subgroup intersects conjugacy class of every prime power order element was closed. I don't understand the ...

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Requests for reopen and undelete votes for closed and deleted questions
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[REOPENED] The question Square of primary ideals was originally closed as being "unclear what you're asking", but after the edit I don't think this is a valid reason anymore. (I'm no expert here, but ...

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What is needed to succeed in keeping up the level of the site and retaining the good contributors?
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I'd hoped other people would opine before me, but just to get the ball rolling... Partly I think it has to do with mathematical culture generally: mathematicians are exceedingly fortunate to have a ...

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