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6:41 AM
I am not sure whether it is just bad luck, but in recent days I keep running into users threatening to leave the site or mentioning that they consider this move both on MO and Math.SE.
I regret to say I'm ending my participation in MathOverflow, for the same reason I decided a decade ago never again to edit Wikipedia. It's hard to express how disheartening it is to spend hours of volunteer labor explaining stuff---in this case, in a way that at least 19 MO users apparently found useful---only to have your work overridden by a smaller set of users, for being (part of something larger that's) "off-topic" or whatever it is. Who the hell has time for that? From now on, if I have math questions, I'll post them on my own blog. Was nice being here for 6 years; thanks everyone. — Scott Aaronson 16 hours ago
Although in this specific case, it seems that this user might stay after all:
Ah, maybe I just didn't understand how MO worked. I thought my work was, not deleted (nothing ever is on the Internet :-) ), but permanently deprecated---similar to what happened when my students and I wrote Wikipedia pages about some CS theory topics, which were then promptly deprecated for being "not notable." In this case, though, it seems to have taken less than a day for the "off-topic" verdict to be reversed---I'd say clearly the right decision, since while the question wasn't perfect, it's not hard to error-correct it to something of real research-level mathematical interest. Thanks MO! — Scott Aaronson 37 mins ago
 
 
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12:42 PM
As expected, both The enigmatic complexity of number theory and Endless controversy are in the HNQ. (That could, at least partially, explain also the number of views.)
 

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