18.3.2013 18:08, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > But on a recent thread, [someone else] has been obviously obnoxious but > nobody has bothered to criticise him. Is this a situation of sycophancy > hat no one wants to criticise a credentialed mathematician? Or is it that > he gets the right to say what he wants because he's earned the right by > making a lot of valuable contributions.
Paul, you have my sympathy. I was a regular for many years in comp.graphics.algorithms. That group was very friendly, with fruitful discussions, excellent signal-to-noise ratio, and most of the time people assumed good faith (unfortunately c.g.a is now dead). Compared to the c.g.a, sci.math is a relatively hostile newsgroup, and has a very low signal-to-noise ratio. At recent times I have been reading Math Overflow and the kind; they seem better options for the future.
I did take note of what happened in the thread you mention. No one is excused for treating others badly; credits mean nothing. My approach is to ignore (sub-)threads with negative content to protect my own well-being.