Re: What's the alternative to "snarling"? (was: New-comers)

Leif Johansson <leifj@mnt.se> Mon, 19 April 2021 14:25 UTC

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From: Leif Johansson <leifj@mnt.se>
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>> It really is time we clean up our acts.
> 
> While I do think that we could possibly "clean up our acts" somewhat, I suspect that we will always need some way of pushing back on Bad Ideas and maybe even pushing back on participants who
> persistently promote Bad Ideas.   And that, to a newcomer, such pushing back will be seen as "snarling" or perhaps even worse, no matter how politely the pushing back is done.


Let me contribute a short anecdote.

Years ago I spent some time doing math (never graduated for my sins).

The math department got a slow but steady stream of mail-in "solutions"
to the squaring of the circle.

Anyone with a smattering of higher math knows why this is impossible. For
everyone else claiming you can square the circle is like standing up in
rtgwg and proposing bgp5 should be based on blockchain - or RIP, I don't
know which would be worse.

These mail-in attempts were given to grad students as excercises and *every*
*single* *one* got a polite and detailed answer identifying the problem. They
also got a reference to galois theory of course. Politely.

My point?

It was to politely point out to you that you are wrong.

	Cheers Leif