[seqfan] R: Ombudsman needed for OEIS?

Bruno Berselli berselli.bruno at yahoo.it
Wed Jan 26 17:47:19 CET 2011

Neil ;) I too believe that this is a good idea! The role of the ombudsman that you suggest is surely necessary and important. I personally am quite satisfied with your editors, but I do propose few sequences while I mainly integrate existing ones. However, I must admit that sometimes I have seen contributions submitted by other authors deleted without any objective reason, at least in my humble opinion, and deletions were (and this also is my feeling) conditioned by the personal taste of those who check and approve the contributions. Of course the material sent to Oeis is quantitatively high and certainly it isn’t easy to follow it all properly, therefore I had sometimes the feeling that a certain sequence or relation had been hurriedly 'branded' as contrived, trivial etc.
To me it’s extremely important to bear in mind that Oeis is also an encyclopaedia and it is therefore enriched by information, and I believe that every entry should contain all those available and known.
Your editors are anyhow doing a good job, but I’d like to welcome here the ombudsman!

--- Mar 25/1/11, N. J. A. Sloane <njas at research.att.com> ha scritto:

Da: N. J. A. Sloane <njas at research.att.com>
Oggetto: [seqfan] Ombudsman needed for OEIS?
A: seqfan at seqfan.eu
Cc: njas at research.att.com
Data: Martedì 25 gennaio 2011, 21:01

Dear Seq Fans,
I have been getting messages from people complaining that their
submissions (both new sequences and comments) have been unfairly rejected.

In other cases I see this happening, but people do not like
to complain to me.

Perhaps the OEIS needs an ombudsman, whose task will be to resolve disputes
like this. Someone - not one of the editors-in-chief - who will listen
sympathetically to complaints.

It needs to be someone with a knowledge of mathematics and programming.
It will be very interesting.

Would someone like to volunteer to try this for a few weeks?



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