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7:03 AM
For what it's worth, this seems like a fine question. I am in the habit of asking what some might call "beginner-ish" questions in areas I am not hugely familiar with; however, I have been here for ages and people see the rep and give me the opportunity to ask such questions. Someone who is a completely fresh user should be treated with at least the benefit of the doubt, and when more context turns up, but it is not a perfect process. My only humble suggestion would have been to explicitly give some context in the question up front (eg "I am teaching a grad topics course, and ....") — David Roberts yesterday
@Linda I would like to apologise on behalf of the larger community, and ask you to please stick around. Someone putting this kind of thought into mathematics is exactly the sort of person that has good contributions to make here. — David Roberts yesterday
@theHigherGeometer If you think that it would be useful if this particular user stuck around, perhaps leaving a suggestion there that they should register could be useful. (People with cookie-based account can easily lose access to their posts.)
I am hesitant to post such a suggestion there - maybe I would only get some kind of snide remark back.
Of course, all of this is mostly hypothetical - the OP might be long gone.
 

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