Wrong spelling of mathematician's names and mathematical concepts is perpetuated by their presence in highly indexed resources like stackexchange.

I think that the internet would become a better place if someone edited the 179 instances of Cauchy-Schwartz(versus 1203 instances of Cauchy-Schwarz) on this site.

Evidently, bumping 179 old questions to the front page would not be regarded favourably, and proposals to fix this situations are status-declined (and I have no idea if there are some limits on the number of edits a single user can make per time unit).

So, I am asking if we could have some "fix-orthography evening". We could collect a list of egregious mathematically relevant spelling mistakes and fix them in one go to keep the impact on normal questions minimal.

Some further reading on the topic.

  • $\begingroup$ As it has waited this long, it could perhaps wait a little longer. I would presume Christmas/new year would be the best time to do this (as I presume the traffic is least then). Of course, someone would gave to have a 6-month memory... $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    May 15, 2014 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ Bumping three questions, twice a day, makes this a month long project. Alongside with quick editing of new questions that enter the fold, make that two months. It's a project, but that's how we ended the mixing of [set-theory] and [elementary-set-theory]. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    May 15, 2014 at 22:33
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    $\begingroup$ I once cleared the site of "continous". It now appears over 750 times :( $\endgroup$
    – user940
    May 15, 2014 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ @user147263 Most Cauchy-Schwartz occurences are without a hyphen. $\endgroup$
    – Phira
    May 16, 2014 at 1:39
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    $\begingroup$ This old thread lists several common incorrect spellings. Largely about incorrect versions of diacritical marks. Do observe that translitteration (of Russian names in particular - I guess Chinese could be same) is not always a well-defined function. $\endgroup$ May 16, 2014 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ Do we want to edit old posts with zero upvotes, or should they be allowed to fade into the background and forgotten? $\endgroup$ May 16, 2014 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ I remember the same idea mentioned in chat, although probably not too seriously. I do not remember this being discussed on meta before. (BTW Srivatsan did quite a lot of edits of common misspellings. I will definitely not be against if some users will work on something like this. It is definitely an improvement of the site content.) $\endgroup$ May 16, 2014 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ These are all good points. So I will edit a few questions a day. As far as the zero upvotes posts go, I will simply start with recent and upvoted posts which should mean that most zero-upvote posts disappear anyway. $\endgroup$
    – Phira
    May 17, 2014 at 11:28
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    $\begingroup$ @user1729 I thought about this on occassion (in general), and I rather think one should do such things when traffic is high not low. The issue is that the bumped stuff gets deluted better and dissapears more quickly. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    May 17, 2014 at 13:06
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    $\begingroup$ If anyone is keeping a list, "Lebesque" should be on it. I don't know whether this spelling shows up all that much here, but it's so common in published literature that you need to make a separate search with this spelling when doing a serious search for any phrase that includes his name. $\endgroup$ May 22, 2014 at 14:09
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    $\begingroup$ Is it possible to do this using a script or some form of automation? $\endgroup$
    – Newb
    May 23, 2014 at 23:52
  • $\begingroup$ I saw a similar problem with "lamda" on SO a week or two ago, but deleted my meta question once I started attempting to fix them: most have other issues. $\endgroup$
    – Mark Hurd
    May 25, 2014 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ Referenced in an Über meta post in 2022. $\endgroup$ Nov 2, 2022 at 15:58


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