[seqfan] Re: On editors-authors discussions

Richard Mathar mathar at strw.leidenuniv.nl
Fri Sep 9 12:50:29 CEST 2011

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mlb> Subject: [seqfan] Re: On editors-authors discussions
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mlb> A possible way to phrase it might be as a concrete request, rather then an
mlb> open-ended question.  For example, instead of asking just
mlb>   "Why is this interesting?"
mlb> Make a concrete request
mlb>   "Could you please clarify with some brief notes what about this sequence
mlb> interested you, how you came to study it, or the like?"

In fact, this question is asked over and over again in "pink boxes" to the
same (small) group of submitters; so after having done this roughly 200+ times,
you start to be more to the point and save your time for more valuable tasks.

My vocabulary has run out of variations on this question long ago; native
speakers have a slight advantage, but are also getting exhausted at some

Richard Mathar

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