I felt a little weird at the time, so I marked the answer community wiki so that I wouldn't get reputation for it. In retrospect, I'm not sure this was necessary. ]]>

I suppose this could be abused by someone posting every problem they are about to work on and then answering it a year later, but I find that scenario hard to imagine. ]]>

For the general point: If I go to the theater, I could use the occasion with so many people present to loudly proclaim my political views. But since I do not know the theater audience is interested in them, I don't. ]]>

In other words, I think such questions would devalue MO for me, and I would vote to close them. I further agree with Andreas Blass- a well-moderated, well-indexed forum of "cool mathematics people have stumbled across" would be wonderful, and a platform similar to Stackexchange, with voting and comments but not discussion, would probably be optimal for it. Parallel with MO, but properly separated from MO- not questions, just lovely fun tidbits. ]]>

I am not against "dilution". ]]>

To keep the number of posts down to a manageable level (so that you can count on almost everything there being "really neat" rather than having to look for the one post in twenty that you have time to read), the forum would have to be about as selective as Inventiones.

At that point - well, there already is Inventiones, and mathematicians these days are much better at writing good introductions (because they get much more encouragement to) than they were 30 years ago. ]]>

Not true at all, I'd guess. I bet more mathematicians glance at the Annals of Mathematics than at MathOverflow. Does it follow that your posting should be pulished in the Annals of Mathematics?

That would be something, l0l.

]]>Not true at all, I'd guess. I bet more mathematicians glance at the Annals of Mathematics than at MathOverflow. Does it follow that your posting should be pulished in the Annals of Mathematics?

]]>If you have an actual question that you want to know the answer to, and you've done due diligence to ensure there isn't an easy answer available, by all means cook up a good question. Many of Joseph O'Rourke's questions strike me as being kind of like this -- he's interested in what people think about certain famiilies of ideas. He cooks up some juicy examples (usually with excellent graphics) to get people hooked on the problems as well.

]]>Maybe you should take this question more serious (as it is asked): There is probably a stronger tendency to post such a "question" at MO - because there's a lot of audience - than to "dig" it in a blog post.

Specific advices how to make such a "piece of mathematics" either a) a good MO-question or b) a profitable blog post would be really welcome! ]]>

Or should one accept the stance that MO is not a place to multiplicate "nice" pieces of mathematics?

In my view, **EMPHATICALLY** yes. Write a blog post, and see what happens. This is not a group blog.

Eventually by cleverly "constructing" a clever question around it?

Or should one accept the stance that MO is not a place to multiplicate "nice" pieces of mathematics? ]]>