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Old 2020-07-11, 01:07   #12
R.D. Silverman
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Originally Posted by R.D. Silverman View Post
The O.P. has a very long history of crank and nonsensical posts combined with
a proven unwillingness to spend time learning anything about the subject. He also
fails to respond to questions posed to him.

Anyone who wants to ask questions needs to show that they have made at least a
minimal effort to answer the question for themselves. To do so otherwise is rude
in and of itself because it places a time requirement on others. Even a cursory
web search by the O.P. would have revealed the answer. Teachers should not
have to waste their time with students who are unwilling to do basic homework.
Some additional thoughts:

Suppose that I had asked (in response to the first post)

"What have you done so far that makes you believe what you say? Please
show your work. Also tell us why you might think there is a relation between
FLT and the existence of higher order residues."

Do you believe that such a request on my part would also be rude??

Sometimes in order to teach we need to see what efforts have been made so far so
that we can see where the student has been led astray. When a poster has shown
(historically) an unwillingness to respond to such requests then an admonishment is,
and should be, in order.

I do not wish to see this sub-forum turn into sci.math. For homework help there is
another sub-forum available. There is also a misc.math sub-forum.

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