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 Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz Posts: 1,412 Registered: 12/3/04
Posted: Aug 4, 2014 5:08 PM

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

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>.

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

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 them.  Proper news readers (not
messages.

Are you struggling with Google Groups or Math Forum?  For better news
servers and other helpful ideas scroll down to William Elliot's message
in
iRs1LgxSoJ>.

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

The <alt.algebra.help> FAQ pointer at
<http://www.faqs.org/faqs/math/algebra-help/guidelines-FAQ/>

The older <sci.math> FAQ are at
draft by Rogerio Brito <rbrito@ime.usp.br> is not yet complete at
<http://sourceforge.net/p/math-faq/code/ci/master/tree/>.

Ken Pledger.

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

Date Subject Author
8/4/14 Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz
8/4/14 James Waldby
8/4/14 Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz
8/4/14 Niels Diepeveen
8/4/14 Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz