Admirable sentiments, sir. God knows with, what, 40k+ newsgroups, there ought to be room for sci.math.flt. Wouldn't it be fitting if this posting was the epitaph for sci.math\JSH:FLT and a catalyst for sci.math.flt?
Is that a pig up there?
On Fri, 07 Jan 2000 18:59:32 -0600, Mike Christie <email@example.com> wrote:
^ James ^ ^ Clive Tooth's page was a positive benefit to me. When I started reading this ^ newsgroup, your posts and threads caught my eye. I was tempted to try to help ^ you in one of several ways--show you errors in your analyses, help you improve ^ the clarity of your explanations, talk about the possibility of trying to prove ^ intermediate results, and so on. Clive's page, via its links to the huge ^ history of your posts in Deja, and the discussion of previous approaches that ^ had been tried, prevented me from expending that effort. I am pretty sure, ^ judging from the exchanges I have watched, that it would have been wasted ^ effort, and I have already thanked Clive privately for the page. ^ ^ Why don't you start a new newsgroup, sci.math.flt? This would permit people who ^ really don't want to see the JSH posts to avoid them at the expense of omitting ^ only a few other posts at their choice. (Yes, I know about kill files, but many ^ people don't like them.) Since that venue would be explicitly for the ^ discussion of FLT and possible and actual proofs, there should be much less ^ tension between you and the habitues of the group. It is quite clear that the ^ majority of people on this group think your postings are not an asset to the ^ group, and also clear you have a low opinion of many of them. Why not separate ^ from them, into a venue which would attract precisely the kind of readers you ^ want--those interested in proofs of FLT? ^ ^ I'll add that I was tempted not to post, since I am one of those who would ^ rather the JSH threads just went away, and I don't like adding to them. I don't ^ expect to post to any of the JSH threads. But this particular thread dealing ^ with the issue of newsgroup etiquette seems to warrant some testimony from ^ someone whom Clive's page helped. ^ ^ Mike Christie ^ ^
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