Gerhard Paseman
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Appropriate or not: "To what extent are the results in Paper X correct?"
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One approach is to find a different stakeholder: see who cites the paper and uses the result. Then ask them if they are interested in your counterexample. If they are responsive, they may give you ...

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What happened to the dear user "quid" (9072), they appear deleted?
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Taking Asaf's post as truth that the user requested deletion of their own account (and having no information to the contrary), I encourage people in this community to at best send their well-wishes ...

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"Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming." --- are we?
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I think there are contrasting goals within the group of long term members (the established MathOverflow community, say those who have been posting five years or more to pick an arbitrary division) and ...

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Is this site not intended to help mathematicians and aspiring mathematicians become more informed about the subject?
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"Becoming more informed" can be interpreted in more than one way: as being helped on a particular problem by a colleague, or as asking for free high-level tutoring. MathOverflow is for the former, ...

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Downvoted on many questions asked in less than 60 seconds
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I have not voted on any of your questions, and I won't justify the observed downvoting behaviour. I do find the questions as written as problematic for MathOverflow. Even though the posts concern ...

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Guidelines for contacting author of paper directly as opposed to asking on mathoverflow
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Stefan Kohl has the right idea, which I amplify. Authors are usually interested in sincere feedback and appropriate level questions about their work. It is not clear to me how your question will be ...

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Using MathOverflow to get new results in your research and publish them afterwards
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It depends on your goal. If that goal Is to earn a degree or promote your career in academia or industry, then there are political and social obstacles and concerns, and one forum that can help with ...

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Type of content to be posted on MO and differences with MathSE
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It makes sense to talk about the core communities of each forum, so that it becomes easier to understand the scope and the differences. Not being active on the mathematics forum, I will give my ...

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Happy tenth anniversary! How did you celebrate?
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The group hosted by Alec had a great time with Anton, Anna, Anton, Peter, Gjergji, Larry, Cheryl, and Gerhard attending. (Photo and a few more details to come.) As with any group of people predisposed ...

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Is my question suitable for MO?
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You have the makings of a good question. To make it acceptable, keep it brief, provide links, and do not add much that is not pertinent. I will use some of my questions as examples of what to avoid....

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Who decides on a community policy?
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I will speak from the perspective of observer and community member. I am not and have never been part of the moderation or management team, either for MathOverflow or for any other forum on or off ...

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Paper request(s)
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I suggest not. Much as I would like and benefit from a paper sharing service, I do not want to give corporations the opportunity to aim their legal teams toward MathOverflow and claim that they were ...

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Does MathOverflow help people get past paywalls?
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As Alec Rhea suggests, MathOverflow the corporation and MathOverflow the forum have no stance (and should have no stance) officially on defeating paywalls. It is hard for MathOverflow the community ...

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"Newbie-style" questions: is there an "official" viewpoint of MO?
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As David Speyer commented, the answer is that there is no consensus on this issue. As part of my ideal for MathOverflow, I imagine an encyclopedia of questions: well written, brief but not cursory ...

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Can I ask about entry-level questions (understanding and definitions) of research-level topics?
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If phrased the right way (so that there is a specific and direct question that will shine light for you), then such questions should be received well on MathOverflow. Rather than point out possible ...

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Publicizing conjectures on MO
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I don't think the quantity of conjectures is the problem so much as the rate and the perception generated. For the cases that motivated this question, I agree some improvement could occur. One ...

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Before MathOverflow
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IRC (Internet Relay Chat) had #math channels where people discussed concepts using an obscure dialect called ASCII. There were moderated and unmoderated forums with thread based email discussions ...

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Should we exercise a bit more tolerance towards newcomers?
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There are people persons. There are professional mathematicians. Some people are both. I suspect very few attend this forum regularly. (I guess a notable person among this few is Anton Geraschenko.)...

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How to ask the same question with additional hypothesis
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It is OK, if you attribute appropriately and you are not a hog about it. Although you can update a question, unless done very carefully, it can invalidate previous answers. One of the times I've ...

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What about talking about life? How to work, manage, organize, and so forth?
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The subjects you raise are not so much taboo as off topic. There may be some specific questions from the above that (because they concern a specific conference or address a specific sub subtopic) ...

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Asking for explanation of a paper?
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If it were possible to summarize a paper so briefly, chances are someone has already done it. I see your question in part as asking for a royal road to understanding, and in part as asking for a ...

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Can I see who voted for what after I die?
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As I understand it, one destination has an Ethereal API to the Stack Exchange databases. Unfortunately one only has assembly language to write the routines to use it, and no linker: you have to ...

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Why are usernames not unique?
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It should be noted that one is allowed to change the display name at will. (This has caused some problems; I have seen the downside of being impersonated in this way.) Indeed, many of the display ...

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To moderators: is my account deleted?
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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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What do you want to do in September for MO's tenth anniversary?
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Edit 2019.09.27: The celebrations are about to start! I invite any celebrant to email me with info about how they celebrated MathOverflow turning ten. I will collect them, edit and assemble them ...

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Flood of Similar New User(s)
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I think it is reasonable to be concerned, if only for the fact that we do not know what the ramifications of this behaviour are. However, I think it is better to describe the behaviour and call out ...

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Is it OK to abuse Mathjax for emphasis?
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I think the question is too emotionally laden to present the problem correctly. To me it is like "All the preprints use Knuth's computer modern font. How dare we change that?". The use of the word '...

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What is the best way to ask for comments on your proposed proof of some known theorem on MathOverflow?
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There is no "best way". MathOverflow is meant for a sometimes casual (and sometimes not) discussion of mathematics "near the frontier", meaning that the intent is to discover or ...

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Questions which are research level but where the OP is unlikely to have the background to follow the research
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I think it is good to have MathOverflow as a helpful resource for many people. In order to maintain such a resource, it needs to be helpful to the maintainers foremost. That means providing "...

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Should MathOverflow require registration to ask a question?
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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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