hi all this interesting recent site-wide “hot” mathoverflow question asking about hard proofs that cant be simplified had a related question with high votes, asking if maybe mathematics could get simplified in some way in the future & it seemed a great moment to cite (auto) thm proving, gowers, turing, etcetera. alas, the PowersThatBe™ were not amused 😕
I think we all secretly hope that in the long run mathematics becomes easier, in that with advances of perspective, today’s difficult results will seem easier to future mathematicians. If I were cryogenically frozen today, and thawed out in one hundred years, I would like to believe that by 2110 the Langlands program would be reduced to a 10-page pamphlet (with complete proofs) that I could read over breakfast.
four downvotes and four close votes, deleted in only a few hours! ouch! oh yeah and since its a “community-wiki” question, for this public service effort, no points gained for upvotes [but, maybe usefully, no lost points for downvotes either]… also in their system, if your non-community-wiki downvoted question is deleted, at least you gain back the lost points after its all vaporized… leading to a unique cyber experience of “going around in a circle”… so tried “dipping my toe in the water” on MO & the water is not fine, it has sharks swimming in it … chomp, bite, snap, crunch 😯
hey no big deal right? its just like when in school you get a paper back with miscellaneous lines through it or lots of red marks on it. ok, admittedly of course its not really like that in cyberspace, because there it takes ~5x more people to do it!
oh yeah well its not all whips and chains. theres a teeny )( bit of fun/amusement in seeing how high of rep the sentries have. oh hey wow look at that! RA 3.4K, RB 22K, WS 22K, TT 25K, HJRW 11.1 for a grand combined total of ~83K in a single shot! wow, not bad! just try to beat that high score! 😀 gotta keep those unwashed barbarians outside the gates! sledgehammer to crush a fly, anyone? 😈
Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.
Thats not a bug, its a feature!
If you have a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.
do you suppose its just a STEM version of the Overton window? yeah of course that must be it! because that phenomenon is surely intrinsic to human nature (as politics is intrinsic to all human societies & communities…)
oh yeah I also asked about the zhang proof recently on math.se… I collect closed questions like hemingway collects rejection letters from publishers! man it would be slightly amusing to record all those Ive got on cs.se, tcs.se, etc…. its truly incredible/earthshaking stuff…. (hey stackexchange these are my real “badges” of honor! battle scars! besides, badges!?! we dont need no stinkin badges!)
the pioneers are the ones with the arrows in their back —anonymous
elsewhere though got a tip in the tcs.se chatroom on this neat physics question asking about the connections between physics and CS. cybersynchronistically was just starting collection of links on that for a future blog post, and my answer got me a quick 70 points 😀 …
you win some and you lose some … it all comes out in the wash … guess ya just gotta hang out where you’re welcome … the se mods seem to not realize at times that human participation in cyberspace is the real scarce/valuable quantity … you hear lots these days about user generated content but what about user vaporized content?
@#$*! have probably lost over a dozen Q/A over two years on the site… does it really hurt anything at all to leave it up with low votes? heck they are probably losing hits that way… cant wait til someday there are halfway decent alternatives to stackexchange and its intrinsic empowerment of overzealous holier-than-thou control freaks! frankly sometimes it reminds me of milgrams infamous stanford prisoner/warden experiment … the lifetime-appointment for mods couldnt be a more perfect recipe for supercilious bullying occasionally verging on arrogant tyranny! the mgt does close to absolutely zilch to reign in heavyhanded highrep users— you know sort of like the relationship between Obama & the NSA!
the highrep users sometimes seem more like near-robotic walking encyclopedias with near-photographic memory than helpful/creative human scientific researchers … focused on irrelevant minutia, buzzing anklebiting mosquitos … question/answers that actually advance research boundaries while ostensibly/professedly sought, seem to be rare exceptions… highrated open questions seem to have little connection with deep problems in the theory… the community clearly would much rather meticulously enumerate problems than actually work on them!
%$#@! alas right now its the only game in town … hey stackexchange elitists you better watch your back … heck the apathetic crowds & their self-appointed, mutual-admiration-society wardens with their rigid groupthink there have negligible innovation/imagination/creativity anyway … who couldnt think outside the box even if it was full of holes … on the site at least … what a mountain of wasted talent! paradoxically some research-focused sites that are largely not focused on advancing existing knowledge, only citing it, with consistently extreme aversion to formulating/discussing new ideas/results! …
so as RS said in chat a lot talking to B, /sigh … guess Im just taking it all too seriously huh!