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How does Computer Science Education fit into the community (if at all)?

Since we're a relatively new community, I figured it was a good time to ask what people think about computer science education and how it fits into the community. A couple of relevant points: 1) ...
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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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Kindness for the question askers

I know this issue was posted here before. In its previous incarnation, this question pointed out that numerous comments instead of answers, detailing the problems with a question, and short, abrupt ...
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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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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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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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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 irritating is a biology education researcher in MESE?

First, props to you all for creating the first STEM education SE community. It's a great site with great questions. Second, how does the community feel about less-pure (in the xkcd sense) biology ...
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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 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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The hitchker's guide to make questions for the self-learner

What are the rules that a self-learner should follow to ask good questions in this site?
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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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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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How was the first year? What will the second bring?

The private beta started March 13th, 2014. It is our site's First Anniversary. Thanks to everybody for participating! This seems like a good occasion to share memories, ideas, hopes, plans etc. ...
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What to do with very low quality answers?

As the beta has been settling out, different patterns have appeared. Some answers have been well-thought out, referencing specific examples or research and having an objectiv, neutral tone. Other ...
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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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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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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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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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Tags need wikis! Can you help?

Every tag could (and should!) have a tag wiki and perhaps even more importantly a tag wiki excerpt; this is what you see in the list of tags and when hovering over a tag. While a fair number of tags ...
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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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“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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Discussing closure of famous mathematicians question

I asked the following question Writings about mathematics education by famous mathematicians, which was closed after a few minutes. I would like to understand whether the community agrees it should ...
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“Yet another math site”

The good news: We are mentioned in an official blog post! The bad news: We are "yet another math site", with no further info provided. What can we do to improve this image within the SE network?
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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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TA vs. tutor vs. exercise group leader vs

What is an appropriate term for a (graduate) student who is meeting with a small group students on a regular basis and discusses with them the lecture and exercises? Or: Can someone explain me (as a ...
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Raising International Awareness in the Community

Understanding the various methods different countries use is one of the most interesting things about being part of an international site. I was inspired by a question that Roland asked about a ...
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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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Off-topic > belongs to another site

I think it would be good to have "Close > Off-topic > belongs to another site" options containing: academia.se, math.se. For academia.se, there is already a question that would fit better there (and ...
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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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Education questions which are not specific to math

What are people's feelings about questions which are about education or pedagogy, but not specific to mathematics? An example I have in mind is this question, which could apply equally well to any ...
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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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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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Culture clash (and how to mitigate the collateral damage)

Going back to the Area 51 proposal, one of the interesting (and intreguing) aspects of this site has been the sense of a gathering of cultures. Besides the division between university and K-12 ...
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What is our “elevator pitch”?

One of the Seven Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta is "What is our elevator pitch"? This is a short description of what our site is all about. It can be a guiding principle for our site, and ...
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On the question 'What is gratifying in being a mathematics teacher?'

The question What is gratifying in being a mathematics teacher? sparked some discussion. At the moment it is not very clear if this is due to a side-aspect (a comparison of teaching math to that of ...
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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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Should we participate in the Winter Bash?

There is an activity in the SE network called Winter Bash, which happens on some sites. During this time, a couple of weeks, one can gain hats (like badges) and then decorate one's picture with such a ...
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Should we create a site to help teachers with classroom technology?

This is a cross post. It should have dawned on me to ask here all along! Curious of your thoughts. I'm Sam and I work at Stack Exchange Overflow. I come here before you because I'm not sure where ...
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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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