Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Do I need to re-report a bug?

A while ago, I reported a bug in Mathematica and I got an official response which confirmed its existence and promised to take care of it. Now that the new version of Mathematica (12.0) has been ...
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Optimal design for simple documentation of user defined functions

I find myself never writing documentation. This isn't because the tools don't exist, but rather because writing full-fledged Mathematica documentation is tedious with linking, example writing, ...
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Gauging community interest and feedback on packages

I have developed a package that I think might be of general interest to a wide range of Mathematica users, and could lower the barrier to attracting new users. I am not certain that it is at the stage ...
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Are feature requests allowed?

I wonder whether feature requests for the Mathematica system are allowed on the main site or on the meta site?
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New Site Logo: Final versions

Important for StackExchange staff! We were approached by Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, through one of his employees who is a regular user here. He asked if our community can consider ...
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Site Logo Text: Mathematica and XXX. Which wording exactly?

It's safe to say that after quite a discussion, the general consensus is that we should add "Wolfram Language" as sub-text to our header image. Now, the question is what exactly should we put there. I ...
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Ask the Community: Should we add “Wolfram Language” to our site's header image?

Voting is now taking place in the following Q&A to determine which header image to use: Site Logo Text: Mathematica and XXX. Which wording exactly? Recently, Arnoud asked in our chat if it is ...
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Content of two site help pages: writing a good question vs. on-topic content

I have noticed lately quite a few questions from new users that are unfortunately unanswerable because they do not contain enough detail, or code, or data. Rather than re-hashing the usual comments ("...
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Cool Project Ideas

I like to have at least one side project going at all times and often get bored with one and would like to play with another. Sometimes I find myself (as now) unable to come up with an inspiring, ...
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Linting - Code analysis for bugs, errors and style issues in the Wolfram Language

I'm not sure we already have something similar, but I'm working on more code inspections for the IntelliJ plugin and it's always a good idea to ask the community. Since it doesn't really fit on main, ...
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Pitfalls post about `NumberForm`, `MatrixForm`, etc

I was looking for a duplicate post for this question today, and I figured there must be an answer in the Pitfalls post about the issues that come up with using functions like NumberForm and MatrixForm ...
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Do we have a canonical answer for “Why doesn't b=a; f[a_]:=b; f[1] return 1”?

There exist many related posts, but has it ever been explained in a clear and detailed enough way? Notice a variant of the question in title is Why doesn't lst = {a, b, c}; Thread[Unevaluated@f[...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Should tags Precision and Accuracy be merged?

I understand that conceptually precision and accuracy are quite distinct, but pragmatically tags precision and accuracy appear to be redundant: precision Questions dealing with the relative ...
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Finding duplicates

People often ask me*, "Kuba how come you can so quickly find duplicates? It appears tough in this syntax rich environment." If a question feels like a duplicate or a one that is already answered, it ...
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Dividing one thread into two

I asked a question that ended up having two separate parts, and managed to obtain (with the subsequent help of Wolfram Technical Support) answers to both: Combining pure functions containing compound ...
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2018: 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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What would be a best soft to write a Mathematica&Mathematics based book?

Dear Community members, I am playing with the idea of writing a textbook, and I am asking for advice of those who have done such work. The question is about the technical side. I have seen a couple ...
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Where is the Search engine on the new StackExchange Mathematica site?

In the new site, I cannot find the search machine. Where is it?
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Always wrong about distributions

There is a certain user, let's call them A., that has the tendency to comment on every post that mentions Schwartz distributions, usually accompanied by a downvote. These comments are completely ...
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Review and discussion of our new design

We have a new design for our site and it should be rolled out to everyone soon. There are still things that could be tweaked, but in general, I like it very much. This post is to discuss the things ...
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Place to collect the most egregious bugs, flaws and deficiencies of Mathematica?

I have on several occasions used this site to report bugs or flaws with Mathematica, usually when a newer version does something worse than an older version. Inevitably it is met with attitude that "...
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Mitigating the damage from the new site theme

The new site theme rollout may not be everyone's cup of tea. It's certainly not mine. What strategies are there for getting a cleaner site layout which focuses on what we care about?
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Mathematica updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Split eigenvalue tag into eigenvalues and eigenfunctions

Currently there are 131 questions with the tag eigenvalues. This includes both questions around the finding of eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix as well as of a differential operator (and ...
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What should I do if somebody answers my question in the comment?

My problems are solved thanks to an answer in the comments. I also would like to provide official recognition by accepting this answer, but I can't.
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Meet at Wolfram Technology Conference?

I am curious who all is currently attending the Wolfram Technology Conference in Champaign. Would love to put a face with a name for the people I have learned from on SE. Perhaps a meet up? Or feel ...
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Should an answer be accepted when the question is marked as a duplicate?

I'm not sure what to do in this case. The question is indeed a duplicate. The comments provide proper guidance and the answers are relevant and helpful. Should an answer be accepted? Should a vote ...
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Mathematica Discord Server chat

I've started an unoficial server here: https://discord.gg/gj6VKAK on Discord for talking live about the Wolfram Language / Mathematica. If you don't know what Discord is, see here: https://...
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Should there be a different tag for System-Modeling?

So far, there has only been the tag [tag:system-modeler] to be assigned to questions regarding Wolfram's System Modeler (WSM). But as of Version 11.3.0 SystemModel is a Wolfram Language data type/...
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What Mathematica versions do people use?

Those who develop packages need to decide what Mathematica versions to support. It would be useful to know what is the usage share of different versions. I am not aware of any information being ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Mathematica's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering,...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Mathematica Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, May 21st. In connection with that election as we did last year, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates starting ...
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How to avoid messes like `“\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\(m\), \2\)]\)”` when using the uploader

In conjunction with this answer Superscripts and subscripts in graphics causes italics Carl Woll complained about the mess of "\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\(m\), \2\)]\)". This mess does not appear in my ...
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Recent changes in the way the site converts markdown to HTML

The way the site converts markdown to HTML seems to have changed quite a lot very recently. I am not happy with it new look because it makes code, code results, and quoted text much less distinctive ...
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What is the difference between the tags output-formatting and formatting?

What is the difference between the tags output-formatting and formatting? Both have hundreds of questions tagged. output-formatting short wiki description: Specify and control how Mathematica ...
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Fundraising for J.M

After talking to J.M. and getting his permission, we now have an official fundraising campaign here Help Jan (J.M.) to receive his medical treatment (Click me!!!) For those who weren't following the ...
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Tired of questions not showing mathematical formulae explicitly?

Sometimes we encounter (nice) questions with a bit dazzling codes but not showing the mathematical formulae explicitly. Like this one. I always have a hard time extracting formulae in those questions ...
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Standard header for bugs-tagged posts V2

Recent question: Suspected-bug Tag motivated me to elaborate on an idea I had in mind for some time now. It appeared to be not close enough for linked topic so I'm posting it as a separate one: ...
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Suspected-bug Tag

I think the number one place where visitors to the MSE get peeved is with our usage of bugs They find something that doesn't work and then quite reasonably attach bugs, but then we come in and say, "...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Should we consider the vote count when voting?

It has probably been already raised in some meta over SE. The question is, should we vote "relatively", i.e. based on if the question/answer is useful/well-written/etc., or "absolutely", i.e. by ...
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Request: useful APIs for which to build ServiceConnections

I'm in the mood to build a quick service connection to some API, but have built them out for most of the major things I use (and many I don't). The ones I currently have are: GitHub GitHub Jobs ...
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Can you help me at formulating question on “which function uses this data and output this scalar value”?

I've got a set of frequency distribution and output value i.e. F[0 1 2 3 6 9 2 5 2 2 1 1 1] = 11.30 F[0 0 2 3 4 6 2 8 2 1 1 1 1] = 41.66 I want to find a function F which gives that returns that ...
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should one open new question if old answers no longer work?

I am trying to find a way to add control key to automate entering [[ and ]] But the answers here automating-esc-esc-formatting do not work on 11.2 on windows any more. I've been trying for 20 minutes ...
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Is buttocks-type question appropriate for this site?

I thought there are many tools for rendering real-life scenes, but that Mathematica is not the one. I see there is a buttocks question - does this really belong here? What is the next thing? Finding ...
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Pitfalls for more experienced users - help with asking not too broad question

Done: Unexpected behaviors in built-in functions will appreciate feedback/input etc. I want to ask a question on main which will qualify as 'too broad but helpful enough to stay'. (like common ...
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Issue with code readability due to font style

There is a problem with code readability due to the font used on this site. It is not clear if the font is the same on all platforms, but on my computer (OS X) f[a_, α_] := α + a^2 renders as Here ...