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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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How do we define spam?

I am posting this because of a particular instance (an answer which was recently deleted, most likely because it was considered spam), but I am hoping that the discussion here will be useful for other ...
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How do questions become HotNet questions?

I've noticed that, every once in a while, a MESE question becomes a HotNet Question, and then the visits, comments, and answers skyrocket. This most recently happened (is happening) with How to answer ...
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How a comment becomes an answer

It was brought up in a comment-block under a recent question that the practice of deleting comments that are (or have the potential of becoming) actual answers is potentially troubling to commenters. ...
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Deleting a Duplicate Unused Tag

Someone tagged this question as undergrad-education. Another user edited the question, deleted that tag, and added undergraduate-education. I approved the edit after seeing that undergrad-education ...
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Am I allowed to post a link to the website of my company?

In this thread, the original poster asked if there were any resources that went from kindergarten up to calculus-level math... I am kinda developing something like that, but only for number sense and ...
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The “correct” answer to an opinion or help question

Not once or twice will you find question on MESE that cannot have a single objective answer to mark with the green checkmark. questions like What are the best practices for giving online tests? and ...
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Turn off unregistered guest answers

I'll suggest that Math Educators SE turn off the ability for unregistered ("guest") users to submit answers. I'm told that this is a new capacity, as of a few months ago, that can be set per-...
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Are questions around simplification in scope?

I am not a teacher but a parent of children who learn math at school (13 and 15 yo in France). I also have a PhD in physics, so I am particularly interested myself by what they learn. Some of their ...
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Math+science stack exchanges helping other math+science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The same meta post is now on several other science SE Meta sites. The Mathematics Educators SE is one of the ...
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What questions are on-topic for Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange?

From the tour: Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for those involved in the field of teaching mathematics. and With your help, we're working together to build a ...
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Chat for COVID-19

As we adjust to teaching online, I thought it might be useful to have a less formal place where we can share strategies for teaching mathematics, recommend hardware and software, share war stories, or ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Posting mini-answers in comments

I know it is best-stackexchange-practice to not post mini-answers in the comments, but I think it is a losing battle to try to control the behavior of commenters. I recommend we just let it go. This ...
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What information is appropriate to ask from a post to help contextualize?

In this question there arose the issue of whether to take answers from various sources. I haven't seen the question of questions from students (obviously, presuming that a given question is in fact ...
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Lots of new close votes

I've been noticing a lot of new close votes on old questions that perhaps in the past would have passed muster and now are possibly considered more marginal. I'm just curious as to whether there was ...
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Should the [test-design] and [exams] tags be synonyms?

Should the test-design and exams tags be synonyms? If not, how should what sorts of questions would we like these tags to correspond to, and how can we edit the tag wikis to reflect this?
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Thoughts on the scope, especially the intended audience, of this site?

Several years ago when this site was launched there were quite a few discussions about what is or should be the scope of the site, see for example Scope of the site: educaTION versus educaTOR Since ...
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Feedback from an established user on MESE: "I offer this in the spirit of ‘we are at <1 question per day, let’s save what we can’'

I responded, critically but also respectfully, to an established user's comment below a rather ill-formed question. He responded: "I offer this in the spirit of ‘we are at <1 question per day, ...
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Will this question be well received here?

Is it beneficial to do one book twice or two book once or repeat the difficult questions from one book. I am asking this in context for preparing for tough competitive exams such as Joint entrance ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Mathematics Educators's first moderator election has come to a close, and the votes have been tallied, resulting in the new moderator : Chris will be joining the existing crew shortly—please ...
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Do we need the “inequation” tag?

I just approved an edit to the inequation tag. I approved this edit so that the current state of the tag would have some fixed point of reference for discussion. That being said, I do not believe ...
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How do I ask a good question?

I'm asking it here because it is specifically about Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange and not about the Stack Exchange network in general. Also since this question is about Mathematics Educators ...
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Country tags - yes or no?

I have edited some questions to add country tags. Someone has removed them from at least one question. Let us talk about what are the best practices around country tags on Matheducators. ...
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Q&A for the 2019 Moderator Election

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. As a candidate, your job is simple - post an answer to this question, citing each of the questions and ...
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Nomination Suggestions for 2019 Moderator Election

We have an election that is currently live, looking for self-nominations. https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/election Is there anyone you think should nominate themselves, that has not stepped ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Flaw in the listing of related questions?

I just wrote a question at Could students be taught the concept of rational numbers the same way as in the Formal construction section of the Wikipedia article rational number? and wrote the word ...
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How often is a question on matheducators.se closed as “primarily opinion-based”?

My title may not be the best of titles. But it appears to me that matheducators.se receives its share of opinion-based questions, e.g., When should students stop receiving tutoring?. There are a few ...
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New Graphing Calculator 3D Stackexchange proposal is looking for people to register for a private beta

The graphing calculator 3d SE proposal has reached the commitment phase, where it needs 200 people to register for a private beta. Although it already has 194 members, only 12 of them have the ...
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What are the guidelines to consider regarding whether or not users here should refer a question, or its asker, to math.se?

I ask the title question, in part because of this assigned exercise posted here and the first commenter to reply. In particular, the first sentence of the comment is fine. The second sentence of the ...
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Are questions from students learning professional culture counted as on-topic?

What points mathematicians need in an explanation about red herring names? When I ask this question I put myself in the position of a novice wanting to learn the culture of professional mathematician ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on April 22 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement ...
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Education questions on Mathematics SE

A few times lately I've noticed questions like this one coming up om Mathematics SE: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3086468/result-of-multiplication-having-zeroes-after-the-decimal Despite ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for lesson plans of a certain type?

I asked this question today. Essentially, I am trying to collect some more lesson plans of a certain type: "Desmos Make-A-Graph" projects. And I invite others to contribute to this collection. I ...
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Answer Flagged a Year after Posting

I noticed that an answer was flagged a year after posting. I am not sure I understand the value of doing this. As a teacher I believe in giving more immediate feedback. I am thinking that someone ...
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Is asking for textbook recommendations for self-study on-topic?

Before I ask the question: I've already looked at this one and don't feel that the answers cover mine. Background: I "learned" the mathematics relevant to electronic engineering several decades ago. ...
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“show 13 more comments”

[Note: I don't know if this is a general comment about the Stack Exchange network at large or something that is controllable site-by-site.] When a comment thread gets too long, stack exchanges seem ...
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Publications inspired by Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange

(This post is inspired by the MathOverflow Meta question "Best of MathOverflow, or papers inspired by MathOverflow.") What publications have mentioned Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange? This ...
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Usage guidance for some tags not shown on Meta tags page

The tags page in Meta sometimes shows the usage guidance of the tag and sometimes doesn't. For example, in the screenshot below, the usage guidance for the discussion tag is shown ("designed to ...
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What is or could be the tag for asking about possibility of teaching certain topics without prerequisities?

For example, I had no idea that probabilities of 0 or 1 don't change with information. I don't recall being taught this in elementary or advanced probability. The advanced probability way of proving ...
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Very low number of visitors per day

Two weeks ago, Mathematics Educators had around 458 visitors per day. Just a few minutes ago I was surprised to discover that we have only 1 visitors (sic) per day. (The image below right is what I ...
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Should we use ME.SE to host a repository of good calculus problems?

A colleague of mine has a project where he is gathering "good problems" from many calculus topics. He wants to share them all online and continue to accept new submissions, but we know it is not a ...
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How do I view the timeline of events that happened on a post?

What do I do to see the timeline of events that happened on a question or an answer? The events include votes, comments, revisions, closures, deletions, reopens, and undeletes.
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Searching on main for a word but not its tag

Here in meta, when I type in the word calculus (for example) in the search bar at the top of the page (the one with the prompt ...
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Guideline Request: Posting personal/identifiable information

There's been some discussion in the comments of a recent MESE question, concerning what posted information might constitute a FERPA (or other privacy-act) violation. Does Mathematics Educators Stack ...
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Recently-answered question does not show up in “Top Questions” list

A question that I answered earlier today is mysteriously absent from the Top Questions list when I visit the site. However, if I search for the question using keywords, and click the "Newest" tab, it ...
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Handling “edgy” jokes in comments

I flagged the comment here: https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/a/13708/11 as needing moderator attention. In case it is removed later, the context is that the question wants to know a better, ...
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Editing a Misleading Title

The question Math topics that reward fighting against pattern recognition has a very misleading title. The question seems to be about using patterns but is really about using algorithms and cookbook ...

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