We like to see MathJax used on Physics SE for equations, but at present when you are typing in a new question I think there is no on-screen link to the MathJax "guide" or a reminder to use MathJax for equations.

There is an old Q&A on Physics Meta which says that this has been implemented, but it's not there now so must have been removed during site updates.

It might help to have something like this added to the new question edit page:

  • Please use MathJax for equations in questions.

On Physics SE this would ideally be prominently above the edit box in bold maybe.

Certainly if we don't even mention MathJax to new users until after they've posted we're just asking for having to repeat the same thing in comments over and over.

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    $\begingroup$ Would something like this fit the bill? $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Apr 24 at 0:18
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty Almost. I'd still prefer a bit of prominent text to let (particularly new) users know we have Mathjax and expect it to be used. Thanks for the link to that post - I'll vote it up anyway and maybe add a comment there. Do you think I should close this question here or is it still useful ? $\endgroup$ – StephenG Apr 24 at 0:24
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    $\begingroup$ No, please keep it open - it is precisely these threads (and their score!) that the dev team uses to weigh what features to prioritise. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Apr 24 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ Very related: physics.meta.stackexchange.com/a/12755/258881 $\endgroup$ – FakeMod Apr 24 at 9:01
  • $\begingroup$ Extremely related: physics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/12935/… $\endgroup$ – FakeMod Jul 3 at 16:18

I think it would be useful to have the MathJax help link (at Math Meta) in the Your Answer menu bar in addition to the Question Dialog. It would help both new and experienced users who are giving answers have that resource while constructing an answer.

It might also help new users to realize that they should use MathJax rather than taking photos of textbooks to supplement an answer.

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