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What's the difference between [error-messages] and [error-tracking]?

Today I changed a tag from error-tracking to warning-messages (née error-messages, error). Then I did some looking into them. Neither error-tracking or warning-messages have tag wikis and both are ...
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Is it acceptable to post code in unreadable form? (i.e Notebook boxes not Raw Input Form)

The offence There seem to be a significant amount of new people posting code that looks like this a = (E^(-2 Abs[\[Gamma] - z Cos[\[Theta]]]^2) \!\( \*UnderoverscriptBox[\(\[Sum]\), \(j = 0\), \(m\)]\(...
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I don't agree that it's easy to categorize user's problems as math problems

I note this question is going to close by the Mathematic question(not a Mathematica). I think it is a function of Mathematica to try or practice with MMA when learning Mathematic. We can't simply ...
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How to convert Greek symbols to readable ones when posting here? web site is gone

I've used to use http://steampiano.net/msc/ to convert tGreek Mathematica symbols when pasting here so they are readable. Now it is gone. See posting-equations-with-subscripts-and-greek-symbols for ...
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Where in the world is J.M?

He is (was) one of the most active and highly respected users on this site, and a beloved moderator. A while ago, he faced some health issues and there was a fundraising to help him deal with it. ...
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The rule of 5 for accepting answers

There are some users who never accept any answers no matter how good the replies are. I am sure you all know that and it's not difficult to compile a list based on previous behaviors. What's even ...
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Jointly Write Large Answer

The question Background removal with hair, in my opinion, is unanswerable. Most image processing questions seem to result in finicky, specialized code. Moreover, image processing questions seem to ...
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Questions that provide code that runs with errors

Can someone, please, try to check who's right in this post? Selecting Plot for Locator I maintain that the OP is problematic, as I am running the commands given and I always get errors. I have ...
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Poorly written questions that get answers

There are various questions -and I think that the number is increasing as of late- in which the authors do not provide the code that they tried and failed and they do not give any description of what ...
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On answering 'Code Please' questions

If this is more appropriate for discussion in a chat room, that's fine, I just don't know how to use the SE interface to get there. People ask questions effectively asking for someone to write code ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Being blocked from flagging without any warning

I have been blocked from flagging due to getting multiple declines. I did not expect that having different point of views with the moderators will lead to be blocked from flagging questions. Moreover, ...
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Objection to systematic down vote to all questions of a user

I have gotten down vote on almost all of my questions at once! How should I inform the moderators to check this sabotage and give me the lost reputation points back?
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Encouraging newcomers who make "simple mistakes": good policies?

Motivation: I think it's good to encourage newcomers to MMA and MMA SE to continue participating here as they continue to learn Mathematica—especially when their first questions are closed for being a ...
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What is the benefit of a large number of points other than privileges on this site?

Two comments on a question today (Horrible Times x) mentioned "if you need the points" got me wondering about the real world benefit of points (other than having more privileges on this site)...
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What should I do, if anything, to make this question more focused?

I am rather confused as to why this question was closed. It seems to me at least to be very easy to understand, and in fact I received the type of answer I was expecting. My first thought was that ...
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Does my question require additional context? [closed]

For my question What is the limit involving Sum, Subsets, and RankedMax as t approaches infinity?, I decided not to add additional context as the mathematics behind my code is extremely complex. ...
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How do I get my question answered if I don’t have enough points for a bounty?

For my question, In following example does d converge?, I’m unsure whether my question will be answered. It’s only been a few hours and someone has upvoted but no one has left a comment. How do I make ...
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Will you entertain questions related to wolfram alpha here?

Will you entertain questions related to wolfram alpha here?
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Why was this question closed as off-topic?

I was surprised to see that this question, on doing a calculation of Pi with high precision, was closed as off-topic. The justification for closing questions as off-topic is, according to the help: ...
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Is a question seeking to golf a code on topic?

This thread, as far as I understand, makes it clear that code-golf questions are generally off topic. But regarding the top answer, I got the impression that if a question asks to do a specific task ...
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Increase in down-voting - is there anything we can/should do?

I've noticed an increase in down-votes recently. Most of these are not accompanied by any explanation of why the questions or answers have been down-voted. A lot of users provide helpful comments (...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Why does not finding duplicates = reputation?

I think that it must have been discussed in the past in one form or another, and if not here definitely in similar stack.exchange sites. The question is the following: Considering that finding ...
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Differential equations, version 12.3 and improving the level of the questions

Disclaimer: I am not really certain if this belongs here, or on the meta site or nowhere. I want to explain though, that I was motivated by the discussion regarding whether or nor we can improve the ...
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Why not require justifications for downvotes?

I just added an "answer" to my own question clearly indicating in line 1 that it was in fact an extended comment and that it required formatting. It was immediately downvoted but there was ...
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How does Mathematica StackExchange support itself?

I don't remember ever seeing a "help support ..." like I do on Wikipedia.
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Votes can have different value

Sometimes I find an answer which is so incredibly helpful or beautiful that I would not mind voting double, triple or more at the cost of reputation, sort of like a bounty for existing answers. - Does ...
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Is this site losing users?

I have noticed reduction of activity on all StackExchange sites recently. For instance, for this question in 2012 I quickly received a lot of upvotes and answers, which also received a lot of upvotes, ...
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Should Wolfram Alpha Notebook questions be considered on-topic?

Should Wolfram Alpha Notebook questions be considered on-topic? Here's an example: Calculating double integral bounded by domain in Wolfram Alpha Notebook Here are some related meta Q&A: Other ...
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Why was this question about continued fraction expansion of a rational function closed as off-topic?

I mean the question Continued fraction expansion of a rational function asked more than two years ago and closed about three months ago as off-topic. Why is it off-topic? Presently I actually need ...
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Cannot post question

I am trying to post this question, which appears to be formatted properly: But I cannot, because the site says: Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code. Please ...
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Correct way to post a comment

It has happened to me on more than one occasion: when I make a comment, the reference to the person who gave me the answer does not appear. Example: If it was Bill who gave me the answer, I post my ...
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Log in issue to StackExchnage

I have posted the following question a month ago and now I am trying to edit or comment on it, but it does not allow me to do so. It says I don't have 50 reputations, while in actual I have more than ...
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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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Popup notification on locked mobile device for new questions

Sometimes pretty randomly (like waiting in line, etc.) I have a moment to look at the new questions on my mobile phone. But it is inefficient to constantly monitor your phone. It'd be much better to ...
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Has the Mathematica V12.2 rollout been delayed?

It has now been several weeks since the release of V12.2. However, when I log in to the Wolfram Portal (institutional account) I find only 12.1.1 of Mathematica for Sites available. I am aware of some ...
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What to do when you ask a lousy question?

I learn Mathematica on my own, and use it on my scientific studies. Sometimes there are some well known commands, trivial features, or keywords that I don't know. I ask my questions to SE community ...
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How do people remember relevant posts?

I just posted an answer to a question . I know I answered a similar question previously but could not find it. xzczd however, was able to find the previous question. So either some of you have ...
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Body of question too long

I tried to ask a question on the main site, but I got a message that said that the body was too long: Body is limited to 30000 characters; you entered 38011. It's because of my code, Should I first ...
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Why is Mathematica at StackExchange so much better than Wolfram Community for finding answers?

I've noticed that you must wait sometimes days to find halfway decent answers at Wolfram Community but when posting similar questions at StackExchange Mathematica answers sometimes come within minutes ...
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Update to a recent highlight.js for the Wolfram Language

We've been working hard to update the Mathematica portion of highlight.js, and it was merged into the main repository some time ago. It fixes all kinds of issues with the old version, e.g. it supports ...
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Separating algorithmic optimizations from implementation optimizations, how to best ask these questions on MMA SE?

Consider a really cool computational problem (project euler problems are the perfect candidates). To solve this problem, naive brute force won't work. There are two paths here. I can keep the ...
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Broken links to documentation tutorials

Wolfram with V12 is rewriting and updating (or perhaps has finished) the documentation. Part of the process involves combining several short, related tutorials into a single "Tech Note." ...
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Are 3rd party tools an acceptable component of a Mathematica SE solution?

I am about to post an "Answer your own question" question in the Mathematica SE in response to a previously posted question whose answers all concluded that 'it isn't possible'. 'It' is ...
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Soliciting opinions to specify an open source WL-like language

This question from 2013 asks whether m.se is appropriate forum to discuss languages similar to WL. One mentioned, mathics, doesn't seem to be around anymnore, or at least page is unresponsive. I have ...
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Can anyone suggest a way that I can formaly acknowlge users in a piece of accademic work?

Over the years I have learnt a great deal from MM SE, in fact I think it has one of the best communities I have experienced out of the ones I have used/lurked on. Several regular and experienced users,...
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What to do with the [localization] tag?

The localization tag has 22 questions on a mish-mash of topics. Mostly it's about scoping (we have scoping), but some are about language issues. This thread is to solicit opinions on what we should ...
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Should we make [error] tag as a synonym of [warning-messages] tag?

The word error is misleading. In many cases, the message of Mathematica only suggests that something may be wrong. Will it be better to rename it as warning-messages, which is also the terminology ...
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what is ipfs-sec.stackexchange.cloudflare-ipfs.com? google keeps sending me to it when I search for Mathematica questions

To find something in MSE (Mathematica stackexchange), I normally use google. Recently, I keep getting top hits all from site ipfs-sec.stackexchange.cloudflare-ipfs.com It seems like a duplicate of MSE....
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