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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 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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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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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 ...
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Dividing by Zero duplicate

A recent post was submitted and marked as a duplicate: https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/q/8571/267. This post shows a question and answer by the same user. It appears this user is not able to ...
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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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On Strange Attractive Titles

This Meta discussion is based on some questions and suggestions about the title of one of my posts "The Lord of the Fields" on the main site. As a general rule of SE sites it is recommended to add as ...
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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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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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Should questions be based on reality or is fiction fair game?

Various questions, and perhaps also answers, (will) involve a description of a scenario to set the context. Then, this scenario could be a description of a real situation or fiction (or perhaps ...
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On the Rate of Asking Questions in MESE

This is not a really new meta discussion post. One can find many similar posts in almost all other stackexchange forums but there is a difference here. On-topic questions of MESE are completely well-...
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Why and how should we use pictures?

Some members of the community (including me) like visual aspects of the posts. We use pictures with a notable frequency. I think we need some feedback of our friends in the community about this. ...
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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 etiquette of posting or editing better versions of an existing question

These etiquette type questions take place on all SEs. We need our own etiquette. A large part of current discussion, appropriately of course, is about framing good questions. How long should we wait ...
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