Date: Jan 31, 2013 3:05 PM Author: Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz Subject: Welcome to <sci.math>. These suggestions may help you.

These notes are not official in any way, but if you are new to this

group you may find them helpful.

1. Messages posted to <sci.math> may be about mathematics at any

level. Please don't post OT (off-topic) messages about other things.

Be cautious about cross-posting (posting the same message to more than

one news group) - see section 6 below.

Some questions may have better luck in a more specialized news group

such as <sci.stat.math>, <sci.logic> or <sci.math.num-analysis>.

2. Your subject heading should show briefly what sort of mathematics

is in your message. For example, "Differentiating trig functions" is a

good subject, but "Help!" is a bad subject.

3. Include the text of your question in the message itself (not the

subject heading), even if you also refer to a web page for a good

diagram.

4. Type mathematical formulae in the ordinary ASCII characters on

your keyboard.

Use ^ for powers, for example aaaa = a^4 .

You will rarely need * for multiplication, but use plenty of

brackets/parentheses. For example, e^2x/5 could mean

(e^2)x/5 or (e^(2x))/5 or e^(2x/5).

Use plenty of spaces. For example, 2x + 5y = 12 is easier to read

than 2x+5y=12.

5. This news group is open to everybody. Some people have bad

manners, and some cranks presume to know more mathematics than they

really do. You may be wise to ignore their messages. Plenty of users

want to discuss mathematics without rude arguments. I hope you enjoy

being one of them.

6. You may want more information.

If you are struggling with Google Groups or Math Forum, some better news

servers and other helpful ideas are included in William Elliot's message

<http://groups.google.com/group/sci.math/msg/2ac5e052b3919868>.

Some good general advice about news groups, cross-posting, not

multi-posting or top-posting, etc. is Stan Brown's "Play Nice on Usenet"

web site <http://oakroadsystems.com/genl/unice.htm>.

The <alt.algebra.help> FAQ at <http://aah.darrellryan.com/> include more

details about typing formulae at

<http://aah.darrellryan.com/node15.html>.

The older <sci.math> FAQ are at

<http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/math-faq/math-faq.html>. To see

topics in the newer draft by Rogerio Brito <rbrito@ime.usp.br>, go to

<http://math-faq.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=math-faq/math-faq;a

=tree> and click on "blob".

Ken Pledger.

[Suggestions for shortening or clarifying these notes are welcome.]