It's been a little more than two weeks since our last celebration, but today another math.SE user has passed the 200K barrier!

Prof. Scott's habit of providing fantastic answers to questions of all sorts is, in my opinion, remarkable. But this is surpassed by his patience in providing further explanations as users need them. His dedication to math.SE is truly something to behold!

A hearty and well-earned congratulations!!

(On a personal note, Brian has inspired many of my own personal answering habits on the main site, though I obviously have not caught on to his prolificity. As my mathematical interests are pretty much a proper subset of his, anytime an answer of mine is accepted over one of his I take it as a small — and exceedingly rare — badge of honour. While I don't really ask questions on the main site, I have learned a lot from Brian, mathematically and otherwise. Thanks!)

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    $\begingroup$ Congrats @BrianMScott! Thank you for dedicating time and effort into making Math.SE a great site! $\endgroup$
    – abiessu
    Oct 26, 2013 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ Definitely a user to keep hold of. $\endgroup$
    – Git Gud
    Oct 26, 2013 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ thanks sir for help us tremendously $\endgroup$
    – poton
    Oct 27, 2013 at 3:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Brian you rock! :) thanks for helping us! $\endgroup$ Oct 27, 2013 at 4:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Thanks a lot Brian! Your answers are very student-friendly! Congrats! $\endgroup$
    – user85362
    Oct 27, 2013 at 4:33
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    $\begingroup$ Congratulations Brian! So when are you writing a book on general topology? :) And also, thanks for making us feel better. :) $\endgroup$
    – Prism
    Oct 27, 2013 at 19:33
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    $\begingroup$ The "I beat Brian's answer once" badge is a good idea! and congratulations professor @BrianM.Scott . $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2013 at 0:18
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you all very much. @Prism: I wrote perhaps two-thirds of an undergraduate-level topology text back in the $1970$s but stopped when I realized that it was going to end up too long to be publishable. I still have the manuscript, and I’ve occasionally thought about retyping it in electronic form, perhaps with revisions, making it available on-line, and perhaps even completing it. But it would be a real chore, and I keep putting it off in favor of other things — like answering questions here or helping people with Old Norse questions. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2013 at 11:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Brian: If you think it would help you finish your text, I could suspend you for a year or so....$\;$;-)$\;\;$(Can't do anything about the Old Norse, however.) $\endgroup$
    – anon
    Oct 28, 2013 at 15:44
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    $\begingroup$ @Brian Congrats! Your answers tend to be canonical in away that transcends the usual time horizon of internet life. $\endgroup$ Nov 4, 2013 at 0:56
  • $\begingroup$ 2 Downvotes!!!! $\endgroup$ Nov 4, 2013 at 7:09
  • $\begingroup$ What happenned to sir @BrianMScott ? His last seen is stuck at 1 year back 😥 $\endgroup$
    – RajS
    Jun 24, 2018 at 18:23

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Thanks to Brian and André, I aced my discrete mathematics exam in college :)

A big thanks for all your patience and awesomeness! You make math less painful!

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    $\begingroup$ Congratulations on the exam! $\endgroup$ Nov 4, 2013 at 3:02

Simply Pleased and Extremely Delighted, It is my great pleasure to congratulate Prof. Scott. $+\infty$ amount of Thank you Sir!


Congrats Prof. Scott. Just looked at one of your answers that is helping me for my homework and saw "203k", had to congratulate. Keep posting your detailed insight to us mortals!


If it's ok I'd like to add my thanks to Prof. Scott here. He's helped me in like a dozen or so questions, some I was not too far off and some I just didn't understand the 1st thing about what I was doing. Either way, after his comments and corrections I quickly understood how the concept worked and why. I feel like I've learned more from him than from some of my professors that I see in person.