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Topic: How to read stackexchange.math ?
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Gottfried Helms

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Re: How to read stackexchange.math ?
Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:06 PM
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Am 13.01.2013 15:32 schrieb Timothy Murphy:>
> How do you read stackexchange.math.com (if you do)?
> I estimate that there are about 30 postings per hour.
> It is obvious that the average level of the questions and answers
> is several orders of magnitude above the postings in sci.math,
> but the sheer quantity of them seems to me self-defeating.
> Is it possible eg to select certain topics, say number theory,
> and only get those listed?

I'm beginning to become "unhappy" with it.
It has become a desert of messages/questions - but
you're not able to organize the heavy dunes - you
even cannot browse and mark the non-wanted question
as uninteresting and make it disappear in a bin.
That is by design(!) and I'll likely never understand,
why this is so. So it is opposite to what one would like:
what I do not want to see: mark as uninteresting and
have a clean screen with what *is* interesting (for me).
It seems to be a dream of the next century to have this
even in some collaboratory way... that some like-minded
people put themselves together and share the load of marking
as uninteresting.
Then: they begin to introduce "ads" - they are conceptually
made *to catch* attention - and that's what they do!
So, even and explicitely intentionally, this disrupts
my concentration on the contents of the mathematical discourse.

I think, what one can observe, is a general decrease in the
intensity, how people engage in discussing question - in
the meta it was recently asked about the many quick-shot
answers and whether this is (non-mathematicl reason) to gain
reputation points...

I myself have decreased my engagement, and possibly I'm
slowly moving out of the club (discussing with friends how
to implement a nicer, more constructive and collaborative

My 2 cents -

Gottfried Helms

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