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quasi
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quasi's sci.math FAQ
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Jun 7, 2014 7:36 AM


  quasi's sci.math FAQ   Q1  Who can post?  Anyone.  Q2  To participate, does one need to "join" sci.math?  No.  Q3  Can participants post anonymously?  Yes, in the sense that one can choose an arbitrary username, and the email one provides doesn't have to be a real email address. Some sci.math participants _do_ use their real name as their username, but many do not. For example (surprise, surprise), my real name is not "quasi" and the email I provide (quasi@null.set) is not a real email address.  Q4  Who's in charge of the group?  Nobody.  Q5  What kinds of posts are considered "ontopic" for sci.math?  Basically anything with mathematical content. For example: * Asking a question relating to a math problem. * Posing a challenge problem. * Posing a conjecture. * Asking if a particular mathematical statement is true. * Asking about the status of a known conjecture. * Posting a mathematical proof, asking for feedback. * Providing a full or partial solution to a question or problem previously posed in sci.math.  Q6  What level of math is typical?  Most math questions and discussions are at university level, but we get occasional questions at high school level, and some are at graduate or research level.  Q7  Is it OK for students to post HW problems?  It's considered bad form to ask for a solution to an assigned HW problem. If a posted problem seems like a HW problem, many sci.math readers will choose not to answer, others may give hints, and some may choose to provide a full answer (after all, nobody's in charge). As a matter of good faith, if you do post such a problem, you should at least state that it's HW, indicate how you've approached the problem, and show what you've done so far.  Q8  Are offtopic posts allowed?  If your posts are mostly ontopic, an occasional offtopic post won't ruin your reputation. But if you initiate too many offtopic posts, many sci.math readers will choose to add your username to their "kill file", making it so they won't have to see any of your future posts.  Q9  What kinds of posts are considered "offtopic" for sci.math?  Basically anything with no mathematical content. For example, posts falling into one or more of the following categories: * Politics * Religion * Philosophy * Science (unless there's also math content). * History (unless it's history of math).  Q10  What are "cranks" and "trolls"?  In the context of sci.math, a crank is one who, out of ignorance, repeatedly posts false mathematical claims. A troll is one who _knowingly_ posts such false claims, typically to satisfy a desire for attention. A user who posts repeated offtopic posts would also be considered a troll.  Q11  Who are the current cranks and trolls in sci.math?  I won't name names. Over time, it will become obvious who usually makes sense and who usually spouts nonsense.  Q12  Why this FAQ?  To provide some guidance for newbies.  Q13  Is this FAQ in any way "official"?  No. It reflects my sense of what a newbie might ask, and the answers provided reflect my point of view (thus the title "quasi's sci.math FAQ").  Q14  How often will this FAQ be posted?  I haven't decided, but not very often. At this point, I'm not sure if I'll post it ever again.  Q15  Will the FAQ be expanded to cover other questions?  If needed, yes, unless I choose to drop the whole thing.  Q16  Are there other sources of guidance for sci.math newbies?  Yes. Ken Pledger periodically posts an article titled "Welcome to <sci.math>. These suggestions may help you." which provides lots of useful guidance for sci.math newbies.  Q17  Any closing remarks?  sci.math is a kind of math freeforall. Enjoy!   quasi



