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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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Tag(s?) for other sciences

I just asked a question about motivating the interests of biology/chemistry/physics students and noticed there were no tags for those topics. I opted to create the "physical-sciences" tag, since I'm ...
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Specific tag for questions about a mathematical object

I think it would be nice to have a tag that marked that a question was 'about' (i.e. its central topic is) a specific mathematical object, in contrast to being about practical things like exams and ...
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Difference between elementary-education and primary-eduction?

At the moment, we have the tags elementary-education and primary-education. What is the difference? Should they be merged together? If yes, to which one of both?
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Are questions about impacts of cultural, economical and political parameters on math education on-topic?

Math education as a social activity has an undeniable mutual interaction with almost all social parameters like cultural, economical and political changes in a society. For example John Smith's answer ...
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Tag wiki: Links to questions?

At the moment, only a few tags has wiki entries, I'm about to give some basic descriptions to the tags. Question: Should one add links to "typical" questions related to the tag? Or is this already ...
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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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Are questions about mathematical “talks” on-topic here?

Mathematical talks are closely related to mathematical teaching in some aspects. There are useful common points which can help both researchers and teachers to present their works and teaching ...
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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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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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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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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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Guide to using the 'favorite button' (the star under the vote count of a question)

When viewing a question, under the question's vote count is a star button. Clicking that button marks that question as a 'favorite'. Marking a question as a favorite has no effect on that question. ...
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Data from succesful betas: what to expect with questions/day

User "cheap effective diet pills" at Meta Stackoverflow provided me with this data about questions per day from succesful sites (2 that graduated and 2 that will). This should help us know what to ...
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What is the next objective? [closed]

Congratulations to all the people who have put so much time and hard work into making this site. Great job and thank you!
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Icon for this site?

How are icons for sites on SE defined? I.e., Math.SE, TeX.SE, Unix.SE, and several other of the sites I visit around here have their own, distinctive icons. Others have a just a light blue blurb with ...
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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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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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Would this recent MSE question be on topic on MESE?

Here's the question mentioned in the title. Can you explain your top-three mathematical problems that you find the most interesting (NB: the problem must be accessible to a 1st year university ...
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Mathematics Education Research: A Guide for the Research Mathematician

Since a lot of the users at MESE come from MSE or MO (or, more generally, have a background in Mathematics rather than Mathematics Education) I thought it might be helpful to link to the following ...
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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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Big contrast in amount of views

The site is now almost two days in public beta. I've checked the amount of views and see a very big contrast. A few questions are viewed less than 100 times, but some are viewed even more than 1000 ...
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Are questions about teaching math to children who have some disabilities on-topic here?

I don't teach school math but as a part of my voluntary activities in some related associations sometimes I am in this special situation. Question 1. Are questions about teaching math to children who ...
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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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Welcome to MathOverflow Guys!

Today we had many MathOverflow users as new users of MESE and some others who added their first post. I would like to say welcome to these guys as a sign of MESE hospitality. Question. How can we ...
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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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Should the advertisement description be changed?

There is currently a dispute on Math Stack Exchange regarding an advertisement for the site, and I'd like to solicit input from other members of the community. I have posted the following ...
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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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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 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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What are the impacts of teachers online activities on their teaching?

As an example sometimes we talk about our policies on managing our classes and our reactions to some of our revolted students here in matheducators forum. Sometimes I think what our students do if ...
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How to get the beta badge

The description for the beta badge is: "Actively participated in the private beta." So far, no one has earned it. What does one need to do to get the badge?
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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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Strengths of matheducators.stackexchange.com

Math Educators Stack Exchange has been progressing far more rapidly than most proposals ever did, especially in definition and commitment, where each stage usually takes several months (this is ...
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Duplicate questions with MO.SE?

I've asked today the following question What is fairly new theorem one can teach (and prove) to an undergraduate student? As @quid mentioned in his comment, a very similar question was asked on MO.SE,...
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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 example, be ...
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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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Tag synonyms handling

I got confused about the tag synonyms, in particular whether the "suggest synonym" feature is "X has a synonym Y" or "X is a synonym of Y". Is there a way to remove master/synonym relation other than ...
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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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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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Should “assessment” and “grading” be synonymous tags?

I've used both of these tags so far, but I just now noticed I'm the only one to have used the "assessment" tag. I suppose they can be considered synonymous. And based on Jon Ericsson's post in this ...
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Math education questions posted on Math.SE during beta

This question was posted on Math.SE earlier today. It is pretty clear that it is better suited for Matheducators.SE. Once Matheducators.SE is out private beta, one might expect that this question ...
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Should we require comments before downvotes?

Prompted by the discussion at this question, I am making a proposal that we ask StackExchange to require users of Mathematics Educators to comment on a post before they can downvote it. Upvote the "...
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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 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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What is the intent of the reference-books tag?

There is a tag reference-books. Normally, I'd assume this is about, well, reference books (encyclopedias and alike). Yet, it does not seem to be used like this. So, I wonder: What is the precise ...
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Pedagogical questions without reference to mathematics

If someone in the future will ask here a question about mathematics in general, one can tell him/her to look into math.SE. As far as I know there is no general pedagogy/education SE. Of course, we ...
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A better name for the „teachers” tag

There is a teachers tag for questions about educating teachers, whose name is far from useful, in my opinion. Though it only has a few questions right now, there will inevitably more questions about ...
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What precisely (if anything) should be tagged pedagogy?

The tag pedagogy gets a lot of usage, possibly too much. I propose a discussion to sharpen the meaning of this tag (or to replace it by more specific ones). The current tag wiki says: Pedagogy ...
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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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