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"Questions and answers for research mathematicians"?
/me likes Scott's
For a second there, I thought that Scott's said "Questions and answers for research mathematicians?", which I found slightly amusing.
Is a "tag line" the notice over the door explaining what goes on or is it the advertising slogan to persuade more people to sign up? The initial explanation leans towards the first explanation in which case Scott's suggestion gets my vote. However, the Slashdot example seems more towards the second explanation in which case ... Scott, that is the weakest tag line ...
(With apologies for not understanding, but I don't speak American so don't always get the subtleties involved.)
@Andrew: I think it can be both. If we can find a single sentence that does both, great. If not, I say we go for explanation. After all, the discussion was started because we want to make some people to take their questions elsewhere.
"A common room for all mathematics department common rooms".
I don't like the last two. At least in Italy it is not common to have a common room (sorry) in a mathematics department. So common room does not make me think of a place where mathematicians discuss their research problem. Actually it makes me think more of a place where mathematicians DO NOT do mathematics.
Well, I borrowed the term after seeing it used somewhere by Kevin Buzzard, and since he is British, I thought it would be standard English. Does anybody have a good phrase for "mathematics discussion lounge of a mathematics department"? If there is one, then please use it instead and resurrect my suggestion.
"Research mathematicians" doesn't flow. I don't know how much we care about how snappy the tagline is, though. I guess that given the international nature of the audience here it would be best to go for something unambiguous and easy to understand to a non-native speaker.
The word research is redundant anyway, because who else other than a research mathematician would call him/her-self a mathematician?
How about "mathematics for mathematicians"?
Mathoverflow: "Did you check wikipedia first?"
MMOM: "Massively multiplayer online mathematics"?
And yeah, @fpqc, that one's good.
@Noah: What's an "RPG", or am I just showing my age?
@fpqc: So how about "MAW" for "MAW ain't Wikipedia"
It's a shame that planet.math isn't better known because then we could use: "Maths for mathematicians, by mathematicians."
RPG=role-playing game (or rocket propelled grenade, but not in this context).
(In other words, you are showing your age :P )
*You wait.*
*Time passes.*
*Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.*
And I still have the tape that the game is stored on (sadly, not the computer that ran it).
(How's that for "showing my age"?)
PS:
@Ben: I think that "Rocket propelled grenade" sounds far more exciting in this context. But it does bring to mind the Asimov short story "A Feeling of Power".
I'm going to start saying "LARPing" instead of "going to tea".
DTR. Avoid TLAs.
[Edit: It should have been DTRT, which sort of spoils the pun. Oh, well.]
@Noah: My version is (since I still have the tape I use the present tense) for the BBC Micro. That game was just fantastic! Far better than trying to squash frogs.
@Anton: you're in the US. You can say whatever you like but you will never be "going to tea" in any acceptable sense. The only way that you can be forgiven for using that phrase is if you truly did intend to drive across the Bay, onto Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, and buy some Real Tea at Peet's (assuming that it is still there).
@Harald: back to the pillaging, I deem.
@sigfpe: the process is what's happening right here! If there's a consensus, and Anton is agreeable, he can pretty easily effect such things.
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