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Information on Mma v10

My workplace had two Wolfram reps come yesterday and give a brief intro for inexperienced Mma users, and previews of v10 for more experienced users. This isn't so much a question, but I think the ...
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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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Periodicity of Penrose tiling in the background

Recently (despite the one year of active participation) I noticed that our nice Penrose background consists of identical blocks with visible joints between them:       &...
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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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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Mathematica's second 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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Tooltip with ::usage information in code blocks

I made userscript displaying the ::usage message of symbols when hovered in a code block: The script is available on github It looks good for the vast majority of symbols but there are some ...
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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 11 Sneak Peeks from Wolfram European Technology Tour 2016

From the Wolfram Blog post 2016 Wolfram European Technology Tour Dates and Locations it is mentioned that sneak peeks of Mathematica 11 would be given. May someone share the improvements and new ...
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What is your mathematica.stackexchange toolbag?

Everyone of us is using this site in a certain way. Beside showing what I use, I really like to see tips, tricks or tools that I'm not aware of. Therefore, are there certain things in your everyday ...
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About shattering our ol' good questions with new Mma versions

I've recently seen some good examples of old questions being re-answered by using the new capabilities of v10. I think this is a good thing to happen, and we probably should encourage our community to ...
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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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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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Canonical Q&A needed: Assumptions with patterns

As I just discovered while gathering Related links this question comes up again and again in one form or another: Assumptions on unknown functions Simplify equations with pattern assumptions Simplify ...
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Standard presentation of the SE community

From time to time, some of us that are not affiliated with WRI, are invited (by WRI) to give a small presentation here and there (colleges, institutes, etc.), on the way we use their products, or to ...
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Mathematica 9 Benchmarks on new R2-D2 2014 Mac Pro

I am not aware of any published Mma benchmarks for the new R2-D2 2014 Mac Pro, so I thought it might be of interest to other Mac fans to see some Mathematica 9 benchmarks. My machine arrived on ...
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About the MathWorld tag

A spurious question today, now gone, was tagged mathworld, which led me to look into the tag. It had only one question, and I considered removing the tag from the question. The question was about ...
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Canonical Q&A needed? function evaluation before plotting

The need to move as much computation as possible outside of the Plot loop is one that comes up again and again, perhaps most recently in Why is this 2D plot so slow? I think we need a canonical Q&...
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Stack Overflow Documentation - should we get in on this?

A recent announcement on SO introduces the idea of user-contributed documentation. Altho the Mathematica documentation is quite long, it has been said at various points that it could certainly be ...
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About closing questions asking for references on function implementations

Many Mathematica functions can use several methods to accomplish the same task. Sometimes the documentation has references to the papers these methods are based on, sometimes it doesn't. I found ...
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I have some code that might be interesting to share. Is this a good place to do so?

I have written some c++ (c++11) code, that in my opinion greatly simplifies writing LibraryLink code: automatic and templatized export/import of MTensor of any rank an type to (possibly nested) STL ...
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Sending WolframAlpha questions to WolframCommunity

It's well established that WolframAlpha questions are discouraged on this site. I recommend that, in closing comments, we now send users to the new WolframCommunity site. We could even point them ...
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Canonical question needed: simplification via user definitions

Daniel Lichtblau generously offered to lend his expert attention to the spectrum of problems linked from this Q&A: Can I simplify an expression into form which uses my own definitions? The full ...
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Proposal: destroy the "big-list" tag

I noticed, not for the first time, that a question was marked "incorrectly" with the big-list tag, which has the description: Questions asking for a "big list" of examples, illustrations, etc. ...
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Why answer an “Picture only” question?

I feel more and more questions are sent with pictures only and no code. See; NonlinearModelFit errors Including error bars on graph in Mathematica [duplicate] Why should I care for such questions? ...
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Change site description to include Wolfram Language

Update: The change has been made (see rm-rf's comment). Currently the site description is Mathematica® Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Wolfram Mathematica. Wolfram is ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election Results

Well, Mathematica's very first moderator election has come to an end. Our winners are: Please give them a warm welcome, and hearty thanks and congratulations for volunteering! Also, a sincere ...
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For Sale! Three potentially useful palettes

I wanted to learn how to make palettes, so I've made this bunch. They are still beta, but I want to share them for cross-platform checking and bug hunting. The functions aren't mine, and proper credit ...
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Alter Ego very disgusting

By popular demand and to be exact; There is an alter ego Adolf Eichmann that is very disgusting and offensive. Is there a decent way to clean up such violations? I would like to expunge such bad ...
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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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The advisability of answering interesting questions for less-than-helpful users

So last night I allowed myself to get sucked into answering a somewhat involved question where the user was neither particularly helpful nor clear about what they wanted, and hence the question ...
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Don’t upvote duplicate answers

Folks, we have had a few instances of new “users” posting answers that are copy and pastes of other people’s answers. Examples 1 and 2, for those that can view deleted answers. Some of these are from ...
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2019: 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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Wolfram Tech Conference 2016

Are there many SE members going to WTC this year? Should we schedule a meeting, coffee or a dedicated table for dinner?
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How to avoid and What to do with OPs moving the goalposts in the comments?

An annoying behaviour that wastes time and effort are comments that shift the goalpost after receiving an answer. Sometimes the cause is an incomplete explanation of their needs and some other times ...
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is there a way to remind someone posting a question to mark the version number in the question?

Is there a way to remind someone posting a question to mark the version number in the question? it is getting tiring to have to ask each time what version number they are using. At the Maple own ...
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Proposed removal of minor tags: set, rotate, interactivity, conditioned, image-filtering

set presently has 13 questions. Reviewing them it seems about half of them should have been marked with assignment, variable-definitions, or perhaps function-construction, and the rest likely mean it ...
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Strange comments in new users' profiles

Today, the new user profile was instituted. It seems good, although the revised layout will take a little while to get used to. However, I noticed that for new users, there are some strange comments ...
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SE-Uploader: Safety issues when sharing code

Background Some might have noticed that I was working on completely revising the SE-Uploader. I will make a separate thread about this, but an important change is that we can now share Cells or ...
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12th International Mathematica Symposium

I hope that users of this StackExchange do not mind posting an announcement about the upcoming International Mathematica Symposium (IMS), to be held in Prague from January 12-14, 2015. The IMS is an ...
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Has someone created markdown <-> notebook converter?

There are some fantastically detailed answers in this forum; I wonder if folks are using Mathematica's notebooks to do the heavy lifting and then exporting as markdown for StackExchange. Going the ...
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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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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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Recent multiple user deletion & suspension

Today I got a -190 rep change due to a "user was removed" occurence. While sad, it doesn't bother me that much. However, I observed strange circumstances. It wasn't one user that was removed but ...
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Mathematica SE Popularity

I saw this plot the other day and was amazed at how much of an outlier Mathematica is. Not necessarily in how little it is on GitHub, but how popular it is on the y-axis. Which got me wondering... ...
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Unanswered Questions

The most recent posting of the Unanswered Questions Community Ad by rm -rf lists 349 questions as unanswered. This is nearly 10% of the total questions on the site. Some of the questions are ...
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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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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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Consensus on a bug

In Why does this stiff BVP return unevaluated but a similar IVP produce a solution?, I addressed a somewhat common problem with NDSolve, namely that when the shooting method fails due to stiffness or ...
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How do we get more people to use paclets and paclet servers?

Mathematica has a simple package manager in the PacletManager and I've been working recently on getting my code to be more easily distributable through it, going so far as to write a package to build ...
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Using M.SE answers in packages

I'm working on a Mathematica package, which I intend to publish open source, that incorporates answers I've read or solicited on this site. For example, @MichaelE2's solution to my question about ...
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