This question has \$M4+M7\$ in the title. This doesn't appear to add anything over M4+M7. Is this something that should be removed? While it bothers me, I don't see any harm since I could still search for M4.

Note I don't suggest editing old questions for this as that would bump them to the front page.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Why7 the down votes? I thought is was a valid question, even if the answer is no. @Kevin Vermeer's answer seems to make sense. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 30, 2011 at 15:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ In Meta people use up and down votes to agree or disagree with what is being proposed in the question. Don't take it personally. Personally I would prefer if people only did that for feature requests, but there are a lot of things that I would prefer that I don't get. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kellenjb
    Sep 30, 2011 at 16:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @BrianCarlton, yes, please do not take down votes as a measure of your question. It is your quickest result of how people feel about your suggestion. It does not affect your rep. Thank you for taking the time to improve the site. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Sep 30, 2011 at 17:01

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

You could also argue that \$M4 + M7\$ has nicer kerning, and the numbers aren't dropped (47 vs. \$47\$) and would be more consistent if TeX was used throughout the question.

You could argue that it's unnecessary, and it most certainly isn't strictly necessary. You could also argue that TeX itself isn't necessary. That would be true, we could use ASCII and HTML markup in many situations, and images in other situations, but TeX is much, much nicer in some situations.

Don't let it bother you. There's no need to edit the post to remove that.

\$\mbox{Note that you could also write whole paragraphs in TeX. That would be completely}\$ \$\mbox{unnecessary and the font would be off. I would agree with an argument to edit}\$ \$\mbox{abuse like that out. However, using it for math where ASCII math would be fine}\$ \$\mbox{is an entirely different matter.}\$


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