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Newsgroups: sci.math.research
Subject: Welcome to sci.math.research
Reply-to: sci-math-research-request@uiuc.edu
Welcome to sci.math.research, a moderated newsgroup.
The charter
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CHARTER: This newsgroup is a forum for the discussion of
current mathematical research.
Additional hints about suitability of materials
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We understand "mathematical research" to be an exploration of mathematics
whose goal is the establishment of new mathematical facts, previously unknown
to the mathematical community.
In addition to discussing current mathematical research, you are
encouraged to post announcements of:
- mathematics conferences
- preprints available, electronically or physically
- new mathematics journals
- online resources of interest to research mathematicians
- availability of new mathematical software
- job openings for mathematicians
- professional obituaries of mathematicians
We discourage requests for:
- solutions to homework problems
- a particular complicated equation to be solved symbolically
- a particular function to be integrated symbolically
- solutions of problems at an undergraduate level
- elementary combinatorial algorithms
- information about computer software
- information pertaining to mathematics education
- e-mail addresses of mathematicians
- jobs
- responses to be sent by email directly to you
We discourage the use of:
- fighting words
The moderators
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The moderators of this group are
Maarten Bergvelt
Kevin Buzzard
G. A. Edgar
Robert Israel
Moderators Emeriti:
Dan Grayson
David Rusin
The moderators appreciate receiving feedback about their moderation
decisions, so if you see a post that should, in your opinion, not have
appeared, please drop the acceptor of it a note. You can see who accepted it
by glancing at the "Approved" line in the header of the article.
Where to find this and other information
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This document is available at
http://www.math.uiuc.edu/sci.math.research/
You can also find pointers there to other useful sources of information on
the Internet for mathematicians.
The readers of sci.math.research
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The newsgroup is read by thousands of research mathematicians, some of
them among the most distinguished mathematicians in the world, as well as
tens of thousands of graduate students, undergraduates, and others with an
serious interest in mathematics. Therefore posting to the newsgroup carries
with it a serious responsibility to present your contribution in a
professional, accurate, and courteous manner appropriate for a gathering of
research mathematicians. If you post polite and carefully considered
questions and answers, it can burnish your reputation as a professional or
amateur mathematician, even if you make mistakes. But if you toss off
obscure questions that you haven't thought through and that hold no
particular interest beyond your current project, or if you lose your temper
when writing a posting, then you should indeed be embarrassed. You can't
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If you post an article, and three days later it hasn't appeared, and you
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