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Common rules for presenting Mathematica output on the main site

On the main site we still have no explicitly written rules how Mathematica's output should be presented when published in a question/answer. But the most of people (as far as I can see) already ...
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System keeps rejecting latex in questions

In my last two questions, whenever I tried pasting mathjax, the system would tell me that I am trying to paste code without code-syntax, and that I should please change that. For example, I cannot ...
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what do folks think of help finding curated data questions?

I was about to pose such question and It occurs to me finding curated data questions are not really programming related so much as about guessing how something might be categorized in some ...
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Questions being marked “off-topic” for the wrong reason(s)

I'm calling out the users m_goldberg, yohbs, Cassini, ciao, and Jim Baldwin for putting my question on hold unfairly because according to them my last question had nothing to do with Mathematica. This ...
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Can I ask a question about what people think about mathematica rather than a technical question?

I wondered if it is appropriate to ask on mathematica stack exchange a question about what they think about the ergonomy of mathematica in comparison to other softwars (matlab etc). Because I find ...
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What's tricky about output-formatting?

So as part of my mucking about with the StackExchange API I decided to check what kind of questions high-rep people tend to ask. I pulled in all the question data and then took the rep of the user ...
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Attach audio files together to question … Absurd or creative?

I believe that this question will seem absurd or even off-topic, but anyway. Imagine a colleague who has a "relatively extensive" question to be written and even understood. This will become boring ...
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How to conduct a more effective search

Sometimes I have some doubts about a specific function. For example: Sequence function. But when I do a search it appears in the titles, in the body of text, ... My intention is to search the term ...
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10,000 views in one day

Is there any way to estimate traffic in one day to views within the site? I recently discovered that a question was viewed by more than 10000 users in a day only. The question is this: My ...
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“Doing XXX” vs “How to do XXX?” in question titles

Recently my question, initially titled "How to avoid suppressing of messages by NIntegrate?" was edited (in v3) to change the title to "Avoiding the suppression of messages by NIntegrate" by a high-...
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Best way to publicize packages / paclets?

I recently wrote up a package for simple paclet construction which has made distributing my code so much simpler. The flip side of this, however, is that for a lot of what I make I have no good, ...
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Intro to 2D Graphics: feedback request

Perhaps Off Topic. I find it useful when learning something to write a tutorial, mostly to myself but perhaps of interest to others. I've written one for the basics of 2D graphics and was looking ...
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Add a “no-effort” category for off-topic

I know there has been a lot of discussion about categories for closing questions due to being off-topic. Many question, like this recent one should certainly be closed, because it's simply people ...
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Testing package-index form

I'm building an index of packages (well, package location) as an EntityStore and made a FormFunction that will dump to the CloudObject it's stored in. Currently I'm looking for people to try it out ...
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Deciphering Mathematica Code: Case Studies site?

Many answers to these questions look like magic to the uninitiated yet they obviously represent some sort of inner dialogue or narrative to the experienced mma user. I think would be useful for ...
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Am I breaking the rules if I embed data in the questions using HTML-like markup?

Inspired by this "hot" question I posted another question and answer attempting to work out an optimal and seamless methods for embedding data into questions by taking advantage of the fact that Stack ...
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Posting Symbols in the questions [duplicate]

A simple question: How can I make alpha to appear like alpha instead of \[Alpha] when I post my codes here?
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What is a preferred method to share large expressions and datasets on MMA.SE?

There are several approaches to embed large expressions in questions/answers/comments on MMA.SE. Here is a list of several common methods with some advantages and possible issues: Embed complete ...
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A strange format of string in front-end [duplicate]

I swear nobody can run this code. (I just copy it from my font-end into SE comment. Then I found I cannot run it anymore). Import["‌​http://i.stack.imgur‌​.com/MXuoa.png"] But this can Import["http:...
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Would like more detailed guidance on duplicate questions

I understand that, to avoid cluttering the site, one should avoid asking questions that have already been answered (though there is this: https://stackoverflow.blog/2010/11/16/dr-strangedupe-or-how-i-...
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Can we give some tolerance to those new users?

The StackEchange is a complicated website for new user as I see it, which has many original rules and some styles for old user. I think we can have;some patience for new user, don't downvote them ...
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GeoGraphics vs. Geography

The tags geographics and geography are often used together, but inconsistently so, yet with overlapping concerns, e.g. a "GeoGraphics" question PlotMarkers in GeoListPlot do not work vs. a "...
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What do we mean by a self-contained (minimal) working example?

Szabolcs linked to this page titled "Short, Self Contained, Correct (Compilable), Example" recently, and it really is well written. But not everything there applies to Stack Exchange, and even more so ...
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MSE Cloud account / Migrating Tutorials to the Cloud

So the common pitfalls question recently floated back up the top of the question list and in looking through it I was struck by how useful it would be to have a lot of this in the cloud so people ...
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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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Creating tag synonyms for a new tag

Yesterday a new tag position was created. There are lots of position-related problems on the site, but all of them just used list-manipulation. So I think such tag is not necessary. However, when I ...
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The image link is forcible to be Https://

The Mathematica.SE have some change recently,The image link is forcible to be Https://,but my figure bed give a Http://.This maybe happen on 2017/3/8.When I upload it by ![](http://o8aucf9ny.bkt....
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Are questions about Mathematica packages on topic?

An issue has arisen in the main section, where the following question about a Mathematica package: step-by-step calculation done by TransformProduct ... has been voted as off-topic for the following ...
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New tags for AceGen and AceFEM packages?

I am a user of AceGen/AceFEM packages and currently there is no place where I could ask questions about them. I think there are some other users around and recently there was even a conference ...
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Dollar signs and links

The following Markdown code is mis-typeset on the main site: [`$MachineEpsilon`](http://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/$MachineEpsilon.html), $\epsilon$ is $2^{-52}$. The key conditions seem to ...
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Should I change the tag of a question to fit its answer? [duplicate]

This question have nothing to do with tag graphs-and-networks.But the nike's answer or mine make it can related with Graph and Networks.In such case,can I add a graphs-and-networks for it?
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Should there be a fitting canonical question?

There seems to be a large number of questions surrounding the fitting of functions to data sets. Many of these have the same problems with invalid starting values, missing x-values, insufficient ...
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“Bumped to the homepage by Community”

I see that questions with no accepted answer or no answer are "bumped to the homepage by Community". I have a few questions about this, Is this because there is no accepted answer or no answer? Does ...
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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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Retroactively adding new tags to questions

I added a new tag today on one of my questions, based on the subject matter ("ecology", similar to the "physics" and "chemistry" tags that already exist). I'm considering adding this tag to previous ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 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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2017 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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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Mathematica Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, January 30th. In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an ...
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Should we cull content in community wiki omnibus Q&A's?

I fear that omnibus Q&A's (is there an accepted term for these?) like What are the most common pitfalls awaiting new users? and Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice? ...
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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 statistics

I have an API connection to stack exchange (and implicitly the Mathematica stack exchange) which I use in day-to-day Mathematica usage, but which I've recently been using for things like calculating ...
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Is there any benefit in getting a `Tag Badges`?

Is there any benefit in getting a Tag Badges? Or is simply to motivate the user to win it?
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Download questions or chats for offline reading

Is it allowed to download mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions or chats for offline reading? If so, how could that be done automatically with Mathematica code?
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Should indicating the version of MMA be compulsory?

There was this question where several (and clever) answers were given. But afterwards the OP clarified "I am using Mathematica 7 and these options don't seem to work", making most of them not valid (...
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how to input gray background and hyperlink?

I saw that people can input code with gray background and include hyperlinks in their answers and comment, for example, the answers from the following link give a good example How to remove redundant ...
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What are reasonable ways to suggest to certain individuals not to make dozens of minor edits at nearly the same time?

When someone "fixes" the Greek characters or changes the tense of a verb with no substantive change in the question or answer, that question shows up at the top of the list. That bumps good and ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Mathematica

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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Suggested change to “Ask Question” page for new users

This is the page first-time posters see: On the right it says, Is your question about Mathematica? Can we change this to the following? Is your question about Wolfram Mathematica? Or maybe ...

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