I feel that the boundaries are unclear in terms of how to approach discussing open conjecture. In most cases such discussions rapidly spiral out of control and into an argument, which defeats the purpose of the website. What aspects of open problems are or are not allowed to be questioned and discussed?

  • $\begingroup$ This seems related (to an extent): meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/4125/… (But I would not say this is a duplicate of that question.) $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2014 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ I have read that but what I am referring to are smaller ideas and not entire papers $\endgroup$
    – user129967
    Mar 3, 2014 at 19:33
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    $\begingroup$ Posting a paper with an invitation to read it does not constitute a question. $\endgroup$
    – user127096
    Mar 3, 2014 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ I do not mean entire papers, what I mean are smaller ideas and at most a brief outline of a solution. $\endgroup$
    – user129967
    Mar 3, 2014 at 19:35
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    $\begingroup$ @user129967 Checking whether a brief outline of a solution could work involves turning the outline into an actual proof. So the burden would be even larger. $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2014 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ Apparently about math.stackexchange.com/questions/698138/… $\endgroup$
    – Will Jagy
    Mar 4, 2014 at 7:19
  • $\begingroup$ Yes it is, but do you think it is inappropriate $\endgroup$
    – user129967
    Mar 4, 2014 at 7:21
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    $\begingroup$ Suggesting elementary approaches to notorious unsolved problems is pretty much guaranteed to be a bad idea, on m.se or anywhere else. $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2014 at 10:00


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