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Bug in rendering math in comments [duplicate]

I recently left a comment here containing the equation $$\sigma(i_1\;i_2\;\cdots\;i_n)\sigma^{-1}=(\sigma(i_1)\;\sigma(i_2)\;\cdots\;\sigma(i_n))$$ but the last $\sigma$ is broken, displaying instead ...
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Accepting comments as answers

Sometimes a comment will suffice to answer a person's question. This may be because they are only missing one small step in the argument, or because they can be pointed to a resource that answers ...
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What did you try?

Is it a good question to ask people what did they try? Where did they get stuck? Someone asks a question and someone else asks him/her what did you try? If the one who will answer sees that the one ...
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Converting comment to answer

Is this done by just writing the answer and deleting the comment? Can you delete a comment that has been there for a while? (I ask this because I think you can't edit a comment after a few ...
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People putting $\$\{\}\{\}\{\}\{\}\{\}\$$ at the end of their comments?

I have noticed some people putting something like $\$\{\}\{\}\{\}\$$ at the end of their comments (for example, André Nicolas' comment here). I can see the curly braces fast enough because MathJax ...
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Deleting a post

Today I encountered a person writing his comment as an answer as because he only have 35 bounties. So is there anyway by which you can delete such kind of answers OR any other user who is capable of ...
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Technical problem: Suddenly I cannot leave comments

When I click on "leave a comment", even on my own questions, I get sent to the the top of the page/post. I also can't seem to leave additional answers. Any idea what is going on? I don't think I ...
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How to do new line in comments

Take a look at this answer and you'll notice that in the comments on that answer, he provided mathematical expressions on a new line. Is that just because there was not enough space left on the line, ...
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Lower bound on comments

I wish the comments didn't have a lower bound for characters.Many times all I want to say is "yes". Can someone explain me what is the purpose of this l.b.?
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Misplaced hyphen and period appearing at the end of comments

There seems to a small issue with rendering latex maths formulas in the comments area. When entering a formula that spans more than one line, a '. -' appears after the first line. It clearly should ...
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What kind of comments are “not-constructive”?

I flagged some comments 3 of which got declined. 1.Trouble solving $\int\sqrt{1-x^2} \, dx$ This says only Thankyou. 2.Baricenter of $4$ intersection points of parabola with circle lies on axis of ...
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comment / answer dilemma from the commentator point of view

My question is related to What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments? but asked from the commenter point of view. If you are the user who left the comment and there ...
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Comments and \require{AMScd}…

When I type the following code in a comment: ...
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Should we really have a reputation requirement for commenting?

It's been my experience that this is damaging to the functionality of the site. Example. Say there are two answers to a question. The answerer pertaining to one of them misses something subtle but ...
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How to browse or search comments?

SE is already very good in keeping each individual user's record on their questions raised and their answers posted. I am wondering is it also possible to keep track of their comments made too? Then ...
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What Do We Do About Comment-Answered Questions?

There is a number of 'unanswered' questions which are not going to generate any further discussion because they have been answered succinctly in the comments. This is irritating when browsing the list ...
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Where can I view my comment scores?

I was recently looking through my comments, and noted that I can't actually view them in ordering of their score (number of comment upvotes). This seems unfortunate to me, because I'd like to know ...
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How can I move from comment to chat?

When I need to discussion to some one about the problem in a detailed way, It seems better to do it in a chat-room instead of comments. But what is the usual way to do this.(I do this once some weeks ...
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What comments are migrated with a question?

Some few minutes ago, a question was migrated from MathOverflow. I left a comment on the original question that suggested that the question wasn't suitable for MathOverflow, and while it is suitable ...
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Hide comments section [duplicate]

I want to bring up this discussion again with a possible solution, since nothing has happenend since July. If a 'hide comments'-button is not available, it would be pretty nice to have the answer box ...
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Comment flags are anonymous

Just in case you are not aware: to help prevent abuse by moderators, the system is designed so that certain flags are anonymous. In particular, with the current flagging system (rumour has it that SE ...
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Reputation points for commenting?

Forgive me as this is an elementary question. I thought I remembered that you used to get 1 point for someone upvoting your comment. I notice that this doesn't happen anymore. So did this used to ...
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Italicising part of a word?

Is there a way to italicise part of a work? I wanted to write *un*sure, but this doesn't work because the "un" is part of the word. However, un-sure works. Is there a better way? EDIT: I wanted to ...
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Comments being deleted mysteriously

I don't know why my comments I placed on a question made by an asker are being deleted. I would like to hear an explanation. I think I should be informed first that my comment probably does not like ...
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What *is* a non-constructive comment, if this isn't?

Today, in a now-deleted meta thread, I got the following comment (literal quote): @Lord_Farin baby as a reply to a comment of mine. (Seconds later, the thread was deleted.) I flagged this ...
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Do votes on comments count for reputation?

I recently made a comment that got a lot of up votes, but I don't seem to have gotten any reputation for it. Is this normal, and if so what's the rationale for this policy? Any help would be greatly ...
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I broke Stackoverflow: HTML comments not editable. (sorry)

Edit this post describes a situation where I was unable to view the HTML artifact allowing me to edit or delete a comment in Chrome. First an apology, on breaking this question. I'm unable to edit ...
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Try to comment: Fail review audit

I know the review audits aren't without their flaws, but with this review: http://math.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/109542 it should be clear that something is not right. As usual, the vote ...
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How can I view a recent interaction between me and a user?

I don't remember where I posted it, but I had a comment discussion with another user about the difference in the meaning of $\epsilon$. I don't know how to search for such a discussion.
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Mathjax/markdown issue

I tried to leave the following comment, and had a problem: For any $a,b\in [0,x)$: $a\vee b$ exists. Namely, $a\vee b=max\{a,b\}$. You might be asking about when directed sets are complete? It ...
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“Add comment (requires 50 reputation)” in review

Recently, I got used to seeing: Comments disabled on locked/deleted questions/reviews when I was reviewing. I also finally got that it doesn't talk about "locked/deleted reviews", but should be ...
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How to repair a bad manipulation?

I've just posted a comment about the following question: $P(X)$ is locally compact if $X$ is? Unfortunately, I forgot a "dollar" somewhere, and the comment is unreadable. Moreover, this caused some ...
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Comment removed… again

This isn't a question. In this question I left a comment which I think went exactly like this: "This is horribly written and doesn't even make sense", obviously ...
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not getting notifications of comments

The last notifications I received (via email) were on 9/12. There were several comments posted on 9/13 that never came through, and I found out about just by accident. I would like to attend to ...
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how to find my own comments

Sometimes I just leave a comment on a question, (not an answer) and forget the question again. but now I want to revisit the question. But could not find it. How can I find the questions I have ...
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mathjax doesn't work for me in comments

I'm getting good results using MathJax in answers, but it doesn't seem to work for me in comments. I am in firefox 22.0 and OS is Ubuntu. Am I doing something wrong?
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When is a comment “not constructive?”

I recently flagged the following comment Are ruler and compass allowed? User64494 to this question. However, it was declined by the moderators which leaves me wondering when a comment is "not ...
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Why my comments were deleted from this question?

Why my comments were deleted from this question? I asked the OP the definition of the principal $n$-th root of $x$, where $x$ is a real number. I exchanged comments with the OP on that.
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A feature request:Blocking the removal of a comment which was already quoted

It happens sometimes that a user removes his comment(s). I think it is okay when nobody replied to them. However, when other people already replied to them, their time writing the replies was spent ...
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How to quote and link in a comment

Is there any easy way to quote in a comment? You can quote in a question or an answer easily. Just put ">" in front of the quoted statements. However, this does not work in a comment. Similarly you ...
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Comment text truncated in timeline

The comment text in the timeline view (mod only) seems to be truncated on the right when the text is long enough to wrap. It looks as if the line width is miscalculated. The source comments that ...
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Do hints belong in answers or comments?

If the OP doesn't indicate whether they'd prefer a hint, a sketch, or a full answer, and you'd like to leave just a hint, should it be an answer or a comment? Should one option be encouraged? If so, ...
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Hide comments to view the question

Is it possible to have a button hide comments (or something like that) in order to see the question when we write the answer? When you write the answer it's often useful to see the question to have ...
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comment trouble

I made a mistake in typing some MathJAX in a comment, and the mistake is such that I cannot edit or erase the comment(s). (Yes, I also duplicated the comment. Ugh.) How do I fix this?
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Making your comments heard

I recently asked a question on Math.SE and got an answer. However, I wanted some clarification so I wanted to add a comment. However, I am unable to use the @username feature to make sure that the ...
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subscript is not showing correctly in a long display formula within a comment

In the comment to this answer: http://math.stackexchange.com/a/144819/21919 the last display formula shows $...-f(x\,0)$ instead of $\ldots-f(x_0)$, though it is not a misprint. I tried to edit it, ...
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Is it considered impolite to ask your own questions in the comments?

Sometimes I read questions on topics that are a little bit beyond my level of knowledge, and I might struggle with a point in one of the answers. I then ask the answerer in a comment to clarify, but ...
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What's with “selfclear” resolution of comment flags?

First off, some positive news. We now have our comment flag history visible on the user page http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/users/flag-summary/userID. I'm sure ...
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Increase time limit of comment editing?

Sometimes a comment may be long enough, sometimes it contains formulas which may be incorrectly displayed or not displayed at all because of wrong number of parentheses... I often need to delete and ...
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When is @ ping necessary to cause comment notification to take place?

I know that sometimes if you want a specific user to be notified by a comment, you have to put @so and so. But can someone explain to me when that is and isn't necessary? Thanks!