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Definitions vs. Assignment

Currently there are two tags that cover roughly the same territory: definitions and assignment. The question is which should be used? From a user perspective, I think definitions is better, but I'd ...
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Do we need a “best-practices” tag? If yes, what shall it be named?

Update The consensus seems to be that best-practices is not a good idea, and is strongly discouraged by SE ("Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question.") ...
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Under what circumstances should a function have its own tag?

I do not mean to single any body out here, but both FindInstance and Exists have their own tags, findinstance and exists, respectively. This brings up the question of what circumstances are necessary ...
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What would be a good community promotion ad?

One way we can promote this site is to create a community promotion ad to be shown on other SE sites. Each graduated SE site has a meta question where people can submit these ads (math, physics, stats)...
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What should our FAQ contain?

We've talked about here and there pieces of this, but what should go in our FAQ? What do you think needs to mentioned in our FAQ? Obviously, what is considered on-topic/off-topic, and quite possibly a ...
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How can I easily copy Mathematica code for use with this site? (We have a palette for this!)

I have recently posted a question asking how we could create a palette for copying code in the format originally suggested by Sjoerd and since adopted by several people: D[x^2, x] (* ==> 2 x *) ...
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Why no SPAM on SE?

I guess this is more of a general StackExchange question... For many years, MathGroup has been an excellent resource to ask the kind of questions that now can be asked on this site. However, MathGroup ...
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Should we have a standard comment or practice for welcoming new users?

Back on StackOverflow we used to post comments welcoming new users, directing them to FAQs etc. It is probably one of the reasons we were the friendliest tag there. Should we continue doing this? I ...
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Code Golf, Code Review, and similar questions

It is my understanding that this new Mathematica.SE site is to be an umbrella for all things Mathematica, including questions that would otherwise belong on CodeReview or CodeGolf for example. Is ...
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Things to keep in mind for the public beta [closed]

During the private beta, we have discussed a number of topics involving the running of this site. The relevant discussions are as follows: Current ideas about tagging, Links as answers, Whether ...
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Citing code sources

I have seen quite a lot of code being copied straight from Mathematica's manual into answers without any attribution (I'm afraid to say I've been doing that myself occasionally). What do you think, ...
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Questions on using Mathematica in mathematical research

I would like to ask a question to mathematica.stackexchange comunity about examples of harnessing Mathematica to serious research problems. In my opinion it is really interesting, since I don't know ...
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Is it really necessary to close as duplicate if the other question is on StackOverflow?

Inspired by this question, which is a duplicate of this question on StackOverflow: Is it really necessary to close a question here if it was previously asked on StackOverflow? I would have thought ...
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Representation of special symbols in posted code blocks

Since we have decided that pasted code is favorable to pasted images of code, I think there's another issue to resolve: How should the code be pasted? A good examle are Greek letters. A code sprinkled ...
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Syntax highlighter problem reports (please test!!)

Thanks to @halirutan and @TimStone, the syntax highlighter is now considered to be finished. We just need some testing before we can start talking about integrating it into the site. This is a ...
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Can we have a central list for all the tagging decisions we make?

Szabolcs has suggested that we have a central place to note all our decisions about what questions should be tagged with which tag. For example, we have decided that: for graphics (see also here) ...
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Should we encourage all users to post code in code-blocks instead of pictures?

On occasion, on SO and here, posters will post there code as pictures and not in code-blocks. As a group, should we encourage or discourage this practice?
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What are our expectations for the contents of tag wikis?

I've recently added some content to the tag-wikis, notably to move the contents of this closed question to somewhere more appropriate. I have only added material to tag wikis if I thought there was ...
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Do we really need that “system” tag?

There are currently five questions tagged system, but I am not sure that it really adds anything. How do others see it?
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Almost all Plotting questions are tagged Graphics, also

Currently, all but one plotting question is tagged with graphics, also. Per the prior discussion, I don't think this was what was intended. Is this what we intend to happen, or should the distinction ...
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How should we tag version-dependent questions?

Some questions apply to functionality present only in (or after) certain versions. Others are for legacy versions such as 5.2. By what criteria should tags be applied? What tag format(s) should be ...
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Custom Mathematica.SE function package

I propose that we jointly craft and refine a Mathematica.SE package of commonly used functions. I noticed that many answers on StackOverflow were in essence recreating the same functions, and it would ...
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When is it okay to answer by simply posting links to code/packages?

In a recent question there were many answers that just consisted of links to packages. The answers, while potentially useful to the OP, contained no discussion about how these packages could be used ...
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When is it okay to answer a question in a comment?

The answer to that question may be obvious to some, but I see lots of great comments on questions (and answers) that could clearly stand as answers to an OP's question. Sometimes they are pointers to ...
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Other WRI product discussion?

What other Wolfram Research products are relevant to the scope of this site? Can we talk about Workbench issues - quite closely related to Mathematica, or something like the Wolfram Alpha API - less ...
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Are questions with alternative metrics on topic?

Many/most questions are looking for how to do something, or how to do something faster. I have a question where I know how to do something, and am happy with the speed, but want a solution that is ...
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Asking questions about special characters in Mathematica

As we all know, there are certain characters which will do not show up properly in searches. Some examples are: f = b f := b f[x_, y__, ___] := c a // f f@b g /@ {x, y, z} I think it would be ...
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Will mathematica questions on stackoverflow be migrated to this beta (and if so, when ?)

I expect that this new stackexchange will be successful. There are currently 2,336 questions with the tag "mathematica" on stackoverflow and a few others at physics.SE and math.SE. Not all are ...
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What tags should be used for graph-related and Graph[]-related questions?

EDIT: Be sure to check the update at the end of this post! I propose we never use the tag graph on this site. It is too confusing, and people will keep using it for both graphs (as in vertices and ...
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Posting a question you already know the answer for

I have solved a couple of questions myself in the past, and I think some of them are interesting to the public and will most likely appear in the future. One example for this is the question how to ...
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Proposed tag synonyms [closed]

Until someone has the capability to propose tag synonyms, I suggest we list them here. Over on stackoverflow, some of us began the discussion of the tag synonyms, in addition to the overall tagging ...
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Should my question on syntax transformation be split according to source system?

In a comment to my question Change syntax from other programs to mathematica syntax it has been suggested that this question should be split into different questions for sage, maple, latex, etc. ...
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Posting equations as LaTeX or Mathematica code

I already saw one question about tracing differentiation provide an example equation using LaTeX. As I would like to be able to copy examples straight to Mathematica this is somewhat of a complication....
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Please use explicit examples

I am not a programmer and the one thing that really turns me off most manuals and also many answers on SO/mathematica, is the insistence of not giving concrete examples, but instead assuming that the ...
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What is “mathematical-programming”?

There are currently several questions tagged mathematical-programming, but this doesn't convey much meaning to me. Are there better tags we could use?
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Impressive Mathematica programs

I'm known among my people to be the Mathematica advocate. They spend hours in Origin and use hand calculators when there's a computer at their disposal, yet they never feel like Mathematica is worth ...
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Tagging matrix as list

On this question on symbolic matrix block inversion, the matrix tag is used. Typically in Mathematica literature references are made to Lists rather than Matrices. Matrices are just lists of lists ...
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Vote early, vote often

As a group, we should focus on voting (both on questions and answers) as often as we can, for two reasons: It raises the overall average score, unlike on SO where it is very difficult for a ...
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Mathematica reputation leagues are missing

I was randomly perusing the various pages under Users of the Mathematica.SE site when I realized that the reputation leagues point nowhere. The link in question is: http://stackexchange.com/leagues/...
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What tag should be used to identify posts about `Plot` and related functions?

There's always been some confusion and lack of clear agreement about what term to use to describe figures that depict the set of points corresponding to a function or relation. Is it a "graph", a "...
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What can we non experts do to make beta successful?

Since I am novice to MMA, what can I do to help mathematica.stackexchange.com in this beta version? I mean is it better to ask pre-intermediate or intermediate level question, or not to ask a ...
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How should I include code samples in posts?

What are best practices for including sections of Mathematica code in posts? Mathematica differs from many programming languages because many of us use it in "REPL" (read-evaluate-print-line) mode, ...