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Can we be respectful?

I'm a little unhappy about the tenor of some of the comments on When asked to by a religious university, how can an instructor make a mathematics course spiritually uplifting?. The question is ...
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What etiquette, specific to Math Educators SE, will help create a useful site for all?

I see many long-time SE users here, explaining how things are done across the sites. I have also seen it mentioned that how things are done here may be different. What works best for math educators is ...
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The Subjectivity Problem with Questions Appropriate to Mathematics Educators

There had already been some significant discussion during the proposal phase about the types of questions that should be allowed on Mathematics Educators. I just typed in a question which I had ...
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How should we handle answers from math students (as opposed to math educators)?

Some questions are now being answered by students who have no particular teaching experience or expertise. We could argue that these answers provide a valuable additional perspective to help answer ...
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Self-Learner Considerations

There have been several questions, answers, and comments so far that have mentioned the self-learner on the main ME site as well as the meta site. While it is awesome to see people who are not ...
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What does a downvote mean on meta?

There have been several meta posts that received net downvotes, including: Would this recent MSE question be on topic on MESE? https://matheducators.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/221/what-is-the-...
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Posting employment questions (about math jobs)

This question came to my mind after seeing this question about secondary ed job postings. While this site is about mathematics education, and educators have to think about jobs and how to acquire ...
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What are standard assumptions for courses?

In some recent questions, I came across two terms I didn't know before, namely MWF and TuTh classes. I do know now what they mean, and, I'm under the impression that this is a standard thing for ...
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Scope of the site: educaTION versus educaTOR

I am still somewhat confused about the scope of this site. The help center says: The community welcomes questions on teaching mathematics and the process of learning mathematics at all levels. ...
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Should we have a (big-list) tag?

As I commented here, there are some questions (at least that one) which would naturally fit with a big-list tag. However, these tags are generally looked down on at ...
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Changes that will occur when public beta starts in the next day or two

Edit (3/24/14): A stackexchange employee has confirmed in chat that the site will go public tomorrow or Wednesday. When public beta starts (hopefully in the next week), several important things will ...
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Accepting answered questions difficult

After having a look at the questions thus far (including my own questions) I think it is really hard to decide which answer is "correct" (many questions are opinion based or, in some cases, have ...
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List of "best material"/typical questions/outstanding questions/good showcases of our site?

As @brendansullivan07 suggested in a comment, we should perhaps provide a list of the best material our site has thus far. Of course, one could simply order the questions with respect to votes, but ...
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Books and materials recommendations

Is acceptable requesting books and materials for mathematical classes? Any body may need some textbooks or any materials for mathematics education. Can we accept this questions as high quality expert ...
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Another 'essential meta question': What should our help center say under "What topics can I ask about here"?

In the help center, there are many links that contain standard information which is the same on all SE sites. The most personalized link on all sites is "What topics can I ask about here?" We decide ...
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Are questions about "philosophy" of mathematics education on-topic?

The Philosophy of mathematics education is an interdisciplinary area of study and research based on the intersection of the fields of mathematics education and the philosophy of mathematics, the ...
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The tags around exams, homework and alike, how should they be structured?

At the moment there is already a small zoo of tags around these subjects; sometimes it is not quite clear to me what if any should be the difference (of course not for all tags below, I just wanted a ...
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Can a "Best Q&A Contest" help us to improve this forum?

Last year in writers.stackexchange.com beta forum they had a "Best Question Contest" named by "Writers.SE's Genre Contest". Many users participated in it and this event produced a good motivation for ...
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When and how could special formatting and fonts be used?

$\mathfrak{\mathbb{O}nce~upon~a~time~there~was~a~mathematician} \ldots$ Question 1. Can we use special formats for special questions with a Meta announcement? By a "special format" I mean special ...
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Cultural differences between university and k12 teachers

To what extent is this site aiming to be inclusive of math educators of pre-university children? Because, at the moment, most of the questions sound as if they're assuming a college/university ...
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Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange featured in the Math Forum's newsletter

Earlier this week, I was contacted via email by Richard Tchen from Math Forum @ Drexel. He asked me for some example questions to highlight in this week's newsletter. I pointed him to the meta ...
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Vote early and vote often!

This is copied from Scott Morrison's post on meta.latexSE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial launch of ...
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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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Should answers on this site come from research or personal experience?

There are three categories of sites on Stack exchange (essentially). Those where answers are primarily drawn from research or other official sources (e.g. mathoverflow, physics, skeptics, etc.) ...
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"Why not" as an answer for "How to" (Promoting best practices)

Consider three examples currently visible on the active questions page: a. How can I familiarize elementary school students with infinities larger than $\aleph_0$? b. What is a logical way to ...
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How can we increase the number of quality questions asked on MESE?

Edit (June 2015): Another related meta.SE post about community evaluations can be found here. This is mostly a post to draw MESE users' attention to the meta.SE piece here, entitled: Graduation, ...
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Who should our moderators be?

Every beta site, when it becomes public, decides on who it's moderators should be. This is done with input from the Stackexchange team. Individuals can nominate themselves or others to be moderators. ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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The "analysis-teaching" tag

Currently "analysis-teaching" is one of the most popular tags (see here). My question is: Should we be using analysis (or perhaps real-analysis) instead of analysis-teaching? Here's my argument ...
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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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Weekly question contests: Yes, no, or maybe?

Some stackexchange sites (such as science fiction) have had weekly question contests to generate interesting content. I think this would be a good idea, because of our question/answer ratio. What ...
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Linking to research

I think it would be good to have a culture on this forum of linking to actual published research on educational questions as far as possible. However, when I did this at What are the arguments for ...
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What is our cutoff for taking action on the activity level of the site?

We have been at "needs work" (below 5) on number of questions/day for a little while now, and today we finally dipped below 1500 visits/day. This can be attributed to finals week at some schools ...
Chris Cunningham's user avatar
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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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"College" vs "undergraduate-education"

As this site is about mathematics education, it seems that college and undergraduate-education are redundant and should be made synonymous. Is it beneficial to have both college and undergraduate-...
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Who is MESE for, exactly?

This is not a rhetorical question, and it also doesn't have any preconceived answer. It is instead closely related to the question of why there are so few questions on what otherwise seems to be a ...
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Which (if any) custom off-topic close reasons do we want?

It is possible to define custom off-topic close reasons. The purpose of this thread is to collect proposals for such reasons (if there are any). Please note that there is a strict upper limit on the ...
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Do we want to delete "obsolete" comments on this site?

On many SE sites it is common practice to delete comments that became "obosolete" and there is a flag reason for this. On a few other sites (especially MO) this is not done (or at least not much). ...
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How are we doing?

The site approaching its 500-th question and the end of the first 90 days imminent, I thought it might be a good time to create a thread for collective discussion about the development of the site so ...
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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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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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Why were comments removed from the thread about making math classes "spiritually uplifting?"

I made several comments in several places in this thread, which IMO were on topic and not chatty. They were substantive comments. One was an explanation of why I downvoted the question. One was an ...
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Possibly merging tags: "multivariate-calculus" and "vector-calculus"

I recently edited the "multivariate-calculus" tag, and described it as follows: For questions about teaching calculus with functions of more than one variable (also perhaps known as "Vector ...
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Should we change our description of the target audience?

Added (quid): I am reactivating this in the hope of getting a clearer view of the communities opinion. I suggest we discuss this in general, keeping the self-learner aspect in mind but not as unique ...
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The on-topic of this site needs to be changed. What should it be?

I just noticed that the on-topic of this site does "not work" (it is currently the site's name, Mathematics Educators, but this is does not really fit for our name). The problem can, for ...
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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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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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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 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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