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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should the (teaching) tag be a synonym for (mathematical-pedagogy)?

Should the teaching tag be a synonym for mathematical-pedagogy? And if not, what sort of questions would be a good fit for one tag, but not the other? Right now the teaching tag doesn't have a usage ...
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Adding feeds from some other sites to the chatroom?

This site has an associated chatroom which is frequented by some users. I wonder whether it might be useful to add some feeds from other sites to the feeds for this chatroom. In this way there would ...
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Answers and comments on a question attacking an entire subset of our profession

The question below What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher? was migrated from academia.stackexchange and the answers and comments included have a general ...
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Can I suggest to someone to accept my answer?

A new user asked a question about teaching multiplication of integers for the first time. He clearly liked my answer because (s)he wrote in a comment under my answer: Thank you very much! I used ...
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Have & how do you use the questions on Stack Exchange in your teaching & assessment?

Can anyone share their experiences using any of the questions from Mathematics Stack Exchange in their teaching or assessment? How do you 'save' questions for later use? How successful have you been?...
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Cross posting book reference question

On the mathematics site I asked about a book I was looking for: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/2178178/88985 But never got the answer I was looking for ::( It is for an beginning undergraduate ...
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What is the right way to post an after-action report?

I posted How can I choose a free calculus textbook? in 2014, then our department adopted a free calculus textbook. We made various decisions at that time. Three years out, we know more or less what ...
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Person using multiple unregistered accounts

A user has been using multiple unregistered accounts (with the same name and the same avatar). For reference, the accounts I've been able to find are 8280, 8281, 8284, 8289, 8294, 8308, 8309, 8310, ...
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A tag for infinite subjects?

Would it be appropriate to create a tag for questions dealing with infinity, infinitesimals, or related subjects?
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Renaming the “Mathematics Educators” chatroom.

Similar to this post, would anyone be interested in suggesting a new name?
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Is it on-topic to ask for feedback on a textbook proposal?

I have a textbook proposal currently being considered for publication. The tentative title of the book is Secondary Mathematics for Mathematicians and Educators, and as the title suggests it focuses ...
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Country-specific questions

I understand that some country-specific questions are currently welcome in Mathematics Educators. (For example, questions with the common-core tag are specific to the USA.) But are questions that ...
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How to avoid opinion-based down-votes with an objective question?

In the comments for JoeTaxpayer's answer to this question about the "appropriateness" of assigning extra credit homework, some users have begun to discuss down-votes that seem to be based upon ...
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Are survey questions on topic?

Are questions that ask for a variety of individualized responses on topic? Here are some examples: How do you teach the topic of ... ? What tools do you use for ... ? What methods do you employ to ......
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Is it possible to share a bounty?

If a broad-ish and bounty-worth question gets many equivalently good answers (i.e. imagine a reference request where user A gives 2 good references and user B gives other 2 good and different ...
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Is a question asking for textbook referrals on-topic?

I've already asked a question of this nature and I'd like to ask another. I'm looking for a precalculus text that includes a significant discussion of complex numbers, especially graphing in the ...
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Is this question about reading research papers on-topic?

Is this question considered to be on-topic? To me it seems to be asking about the meaning of English phrases in the context of mathematics, or alternatively about how to judge the validity of a ...
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Modified by Community

What does it mean that a question was "Modified by Community"?
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Evolving views on one's own accepted answer

Context: About 1.5 years ago, I left an answer to MESE 1455 about an approach to handling mistake-making in the mathematics classroom. At the time, my thinking was based on undergraduate courses in ...