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looking for a particular question on the main site, cannot recall the title etc

There was a question where the topic of illustrated math texts arose. I mentioned Galois' Dream, perhaps in a comment, I forget exactly. Anyway, as I was shopping for affordable linear algebra texts ...
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I want to add another tag

I just posted this question, however I felt that it needed another tag describing the interaction between courses, and also a group with academic problems, but after reading the list of existing tags ...
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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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Do we need separate tags notation and terminology-and-notation?

I don't have the privilege to propose tag synonyms, so let me post this as a meta question: Do we need the tags notation and terminology-and-notation separately? They seem synonymous to me. I will ...
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How does one contact a moderator to get a question moved to a different forum

I currently have a question running on ME for educational math software. It's been there several weeks with no satisfactory answers. How do I get it moved to Software Review?
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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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Selling used books: On topic?

In a recent question on MathOverflow, the original poster was asking for advice on selling her father's old math books. A similar question was previously asked on MathOverflow on December 2009. The ...
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questions about (educational) mathematical games?

i posted a question on https://math.stackexchange.com/q/937887/88985 And directly somebody got one commented with: "not on topic" maybe it is because i asked two questions at the same time, ...
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Bug? Can't answer although I should have enough reputation

I wanted to add an answer to this question but couldn't. It is marked as protected and an answer "requires 10 reputation on this site". However, it seems I have 101 reputation. What am I missing?
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Undeleting a “deleted by the author” answer

I noticed that there is an answer deleted by an author here. It's a brief answer that points to a resource, provides sufficient context, and at least one commenter found useful. I'd like to undelete ...
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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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Mathematics of War question: community opinion

Currently there is a vote to close the question Mathematics of War. Personally I believe with an appropriate edit the question is salvageable and of much interest. I'm interested in knowing what is ...
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What steps are necessary to begin a Q&A contest?

As it discussed before here, here and here, it seems many established users and also some of our moderators support the idea of commencing a weekly/monthly Q&A contest. So let's do it! Question: ...
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Why is this one answer attracting so many spam edits?

My answer https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/a/1012/117 attacks about 2 attempts to edit every day, always trying to link to some product or another. Any insight into why this particular answer ...
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Worrying situation of questions and visits

We had a constant visits/day above 500 and also at least a question per day. Now we're down to 400 visitors/day and I feel it's almost a week without questions, or something close. Perhaps that ...
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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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Area 51 statistics bug

Apparently Area 51 is bugged. I went to check our questions/day and got this: Could this reflect something?
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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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Last week: we need more questions

The math educators beta has only one more week guaranteed. Over the past 12 weeks, matheducators.SE has done quite well (details), for an overview: We have a very healthy number of enthusiastic and ...
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100% Questions Answered

This most likely won't last long, but it is nice to see. We need to improve the number of questions and visits, but we have a perfect answer score! Great job, everyone!
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Asking a question on teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills

A few months ago, I asked a question on teaching engineers mathematical thinking skills over at MSE. I also asked it a little later at The Mathematics Teaching Community, but traffic on that site is ...
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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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Pledge fullfilled status?

I pledged to get this site started, and I'm pretty sure I fullfilled my promise already. But there is no indication I noticed in my member page saying anything about this.
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Something wrong with close reasons

I reviewed just now a question and voted to close it. The closure reason, what appeared on the user interface, seemed to be wrong for me: it showed ...
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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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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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“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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How do we flag comments that are “not comments?”

I flagged a couple of comments to this question: What female mathematician can I introduce to my High School students? as "not constructive," but the reason the comments should be removed were ...
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A question at mathematics.SE

There is a question Interacting with high school teachers (US), that fits our scope, but not that of mathematics.SE where it was asked. It would be great if it could be moved here, but I'm not sure if ...
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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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Is this type of question for MESE?

This question just came up. I sympathesize with the asker but I don't think this is a good fit here, perhaps Math.SE. Should we allow space for similar questions from now on?
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How far do we want to go with suggested edits?

I've recently received the privilege to review suggested edits and I can't quite agree to the suggestions. I'm talking about https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/567 (this ...
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Are there tools to see why some questions are really popular?

We have some questions with >1k views, but most of the questions are not as popular. Are there tools to see why questions like Is there any proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra that can be ...
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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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How can the community user edit answers?

There are some answers or questions edited by the @community user. I think, this is a bot, but if you look at this answer https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/a/1381/114 and its revision, @...
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Community votes versus accepted answers

First, I would not like to criticize anyone here, I am just curious how the community feels about it. This is also related to: Accepting answered questions difficult. It happens (at the time of ...
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Are questions about teaching “philosophy of math” on-topic?

Obviously questions about teaching philosophy of math are quite different from questions about philosophy of teaching math which we discussed about them in a meta post before. There are essential ...
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Designating Bounty Size

One of the SE features I like is the notion of privileges: Privileges control what you can do on Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange. Gain more privileges by increasing your reputation (points you ...
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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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Better proposal for the tag “Mathematics in daily life”

I've just created the tag mathematics-in-daily-life, but I'm not that happy about the title. Can anyone suggest a better title for it?
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Should be split the tag “motivation”?

At the moment motivation is used in (at least) two rather different ways. For questions on motivations for some mathemtical subjects and related things, like For calculus students, what should be the ...
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Do we run out of questions?

If you take a look at our status in the area51, all criteria seem to be satisfied (soon) but not the number of questions asked (which seems to be decreasing, actually). Do you think this is a problem ...
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To which site should we provide links to books?

I've just edited an answer, where a link to Amazon was provided and linked to the publisher's page for this particular book, see https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/posts/1292/revisions. To which ...
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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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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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Are questions about student advising usually on-topic?

The following question has generated some controversy regarding whether it is on-topic. (Edit: The question was subsequently moved to Math Overflow, having been closed here.) What areas of pure ...
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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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