[seqfan] Re: Cleaning up cross-references to recycled sequences - can this be automated?
mlb at well.com
Sun Jan 30 20:52:24 CET 2011
Why isn't the optimum solution simply to never recycle sequence numbers?
Recycling is guaranteed to waste scarce human resources (that might
otherwise be used more productively to benefit the OEIS) with either
cleaning up headaches it causes, or trying to prevent them, or else
suffering the consequences of failing to prevent them.
What problem does this pernicious unhygienic practice actually solve?
It's not like we're going to run out of integers.
>="Russ Cox" <rsc at swtch.com>
> On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 5:04 AM, Andrew Weimholt
> <andrew.weimholt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I recently suggested that a new sequence be split into two sequences.
>> The author followed that suggestion and the original sequence was
>> subsequently recycled by other editors.
>> However, the author had also added cross-references to the
>> now-recycled sequence to several other of his sequences.
> Thanks for pointing this out. I've made a note to find some
> solution to this, perhaps not letting a sequence be recycled
> unless the cross-references to it are deleted too.
> I have also started a list of suggestions here so as not to
> bog seqfan with too much discussion about server details:
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