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Posting standards

Does some textbook on probability use a particular way (described here) of accomplishing the segue into continuous distributions? The question above currently has four down-votes and three up-votes. ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Guidelines for Questions Posted on Math Educators SE

We have a meta post about what questions are on-topic. It addresses the issue by what topics the questions address. I believe we need to make it clear that questions and answers generated by AI are ...
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Do comments get deleted automatically once the number of comments reaches a limit?

I noticed that all previous comments under a question that I asked here disappeared. I was wondering if once the number of comments reaches a certain limit, they get deleted?
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Can we somehow restrict automatic bumping of old questions to the front page?

It has become a quite frequent situation for me that I start typing an answer to a question on the front page only to realize after the first few lines (if I'm attentive enough) that it is a bump from ...
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Leaving the field

Not sure if this is appropriate for Meta, but as a frequent contributor to the site I would like someway to communicate this. If there is a better way, please let me know and close this post! I ...
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Why don't textbook authors simplify their propositions written in natural language?

I have a question about my Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange post: Why don't textbook authors simplify their propositions written in natural language? Apology. I reworded my question. Please ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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Citing your own works

A recent question Introductory Books easier than Dover tempted me to answer with my own books (How To Fold It, Pop-Up Geometry). But I did not, because it seems best to avoid such "advertising.&...
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Is a speculative question appropriate for MESE?

I would like to ask the following question on MESE: Some ChatGPT answers have been posted on (and removed from) MathOverflow, and there was a resulting MMO discussion. In that discussion, @...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Mathematics Educators's Moderator election #2 has come to a close. Since there were not enough candidates for a competitive election, we simply appointed the candidates who nominated themselves: In ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 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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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2022

Summary: Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on October 31, as your “graduation” election. The timeline: On October 24, a Community Manager will post ...
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2022 Graduation Election: Community Interest Check

UPDATE: After discussing it with the moderation team, the Community Management Team went ahead and scheduled an election to start on October 31. Math Educators Stack Exchange graduated from beta late ...
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Can Mathematics Educators be used to ask about terminology questions?

I want to ask a question about the best term to use describe problems such as these where there are multiple steps to the problem. Because I am looking for a term, I am considering it a terminology ...
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How can I ask this question, about helping a friend who is in the same course as me, in a way which fits the site?

I am active on other SE sites but not here, thus I am unfamiliar with the local norms & scope. There is a question which I would like to ask but I am not sure how to phrase it so it will work here....
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How was the chart in this comment made?

I saw this comment in which a bar graph chart appears, and I'm wondering how it was created. Right clicking reveals that MathJax was involved. I was able to inspect the plaintext markdown and reveal ...
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Deleted post from 2015?

I believe I posted a question in early May or late April of 2015 and I can't find it here now. Might it have been deleted? If so, could a record of its content and comments and answers be given to me?
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How does one contact the moderators for matters not suitable for flags?

How does one contact the moderators for matters not suitable for flags? (The dumb robots are telling me the question above does not meet "quality standards", so I'm adding this second ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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How do I remember to be kind to beginners?

I just called a question silly. I'm mad at myself for doing that. The person who asked is teaching math, but they are a high school teacher who may not have a math degree. There are many people ...
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We're leaving beta!

On December 16, 2021, Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange (along with 58 other sites) is leaving beta! (I'm sorry, I couldn't think of a question for this post.)
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How do we feel about setting up a Discord server?

Often I want to have extended conversations with you all. This platform is not good for conversations. Being able to drop a link to a Discord server where such conversations could take place seems ...
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Mathematics vs. Math Educators

I have noticed something, the way I ask Questions or Answer Questions, they are well received in "Mathematics Educators" but are downvoted in "Mathematics" group. So I was ...
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Moving comments to chat

This is a personal opinion, but I would prefer less frequent movement of comments to chat. The recent discussion on MathOverflow meta suggests that some communities would prefer to leave comments ...
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Should this website be changed to a general education website with a tag for mathematics education?

I think a general education website might be more useful. Then all the education experts can collaborate together on this website instead of just the math education experts. Then questions that would ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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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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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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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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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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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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