[seqfan] Re: Minors and the OEIS

Alex M timeroot.alex at gmail.com
Sat Jun 22 21:08:33 CEST 2013


A minor myself- I haven't contributed much, but the few submissions I did
make were accepted, as I recall. I fail to particularly see a reason why my
age should play a role, and I wonder if they might have been rejected if it
had been known. Most teenagers have nothing to look for on OEIS, and those
who do are usually able to distinguish between what they do and don't
understand well enough to contribute to. (This last sentence applies to
adults too, I think.)

If for some reason a limit was decided to be implemented, I would also like
to point out that the standard teenage response to a "I certify I am 18
years or older" checkbox is to check it regardless, and to a "Please enter
your birthday" most minors will enter the nearest year that makes them 18.
The only thing that seems like it might make sense would be an age-agnostic
higher math quiz.

-Alex Meiburg


On Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM, <allouche at math.jussieu.fr> wrote:

> But only adult dogs can publish on the OEIS :-))
> jp
>
> Georgi Guninski <guninski at guninski.com> a écrit :
>
>
>  "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog"
>>
>> How do you enforce the suggestion?
>>
>> I am pretty sure not all info about contributors on wiki
>> is true.
>>
>> On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 10:17:30PM -0400, Neil Sloane wrote:
>>
>>> Dear Sequence Fans,
>>> Tony Noe and I disagree about letting minors (people under 18)
>>> contribute to the OEIS.
>>>
>>> Tony says: "We should be careful [about] allowing such
>>> young people to contribute.  I would not want my children involved with
>>> OEIS.  This is for adults.  I urge you to have some kind of age limit.  I
>>> (and I hope we) do not want sensitive kids in OEIS."
>>>
>>> I strongly disagree, and have always
>>> encouraged high school students to contribute.
>>>
>>> I am preparing a report on this matter for the Board of Trustees.
>>> If any sequence fan has any comments or advice, please write directly
>>> to me (and tell me if I may quote you by name).
>>>
>>> Neil
>>>
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