Mike Christie wrote in message ... > 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.
That's fine. You may have cause to re-think all of that later. What I do is look for a simple proof of FLT while testing out thinking methods. As I do this I practice any number of verbal martial arts techniques as I highlight bad thinking processes of the people who reply negatively to my posts. And lately, I even found a chance to talk about "spin", which is an important topic to me.
Astute readers are able to appreciate the "game" in a way that seems to totally escape the people who like to jump in the ring. (Their behavior is kind of weird. Sort of like a "Jerry Springer" kind of thing.)
So, the newsgroup is a big gymnasium as far as I'm concerned where I get to exercise a lot of mental muscles while I continue with the serious business of solving FLT simply.
So, I do listen carefully when people give advice. Thing is, I probably have heard any advice that you might have given before.
> > Why don't you start a new newsgroup, sci.math.flt?
And this is one I have heard more than once. Answer is, I don't see an advantage in doing that at this time.
> 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.
I'm glad you posted. And your reticence in doing so makes your post that much more valuable. I have a lot of control over whether and when the JSH threads do go away (assuming that if I just quit, no one else would make them), so you've addressed the right person. The way I'm thinking right now, they're going to be around a little while longer.
However, I think that a lot of the tone of things will definitely change. I don't like doing a lot of the same things over again. As far as I'm concerned, a lot of ground has been covered in terms of the recreational aspect and I'm not really getting anything out of it anymore (luckily, what I practice with here, I can use to full effect elsewhere).
There is an interesting variant taking place now that is rather new. I suspect I shall run it into the ground as I study it from all angles.