I recently posted an attempted proof of Beal's conjecture on the Math stack exchange and someone said I should put it on the Math Overflow site for professionals. The attempted proof I wrote uses Elementary Number Theory and is not hard. I have seen many problems on the Math Stack exchange that seem very difficult and could be 'moved' to the M.O. site. Anyway I responded that I'm just an amateur and User 8spir said 'Surely you are joking'. 8spir then said ..,' more or less out of principle I do not debunk short solutions of famous problems.' ALSO 8spir said 'if this is posted on the M.O. site it should be closed and down voted massively'..So WHAT THEN WOULD BE THE POINT OF PUTTING THIS THEOREM ON THE M.O. SITE?? This kind of attitude of some 'valued' editors is extremely discouraging. Must an amateur have a great reputation before she or he actually proves anything important? If the Stack exchange websites really do welcome amateurs then they should put up with amateur attempts and offer non-patronizing advice..
For eveybodies convenience, first, here is the full comment thread (with added emphasis)
you should ask this question in MO forum because it is the site for professional mathematicians.... – 8 pi r Aug 5 at 6:33
Sorry I'm only an amateur.. – user128932 Aug 5 at 6:41
Surely you are joking @8pir – quid 2 days ago
@quid: do you understand what OP asked? – 8 pi r yesterday
@8pir it seems they tried to reduce the Beal conjecture to FLT and want to know if the argument is correct. More or less out of principle I do not debunk short solutions of famous problems. Anyway, if this is posted on MO it should be closed and downvoted massively. – quid yesterday
So 8spir ; what is the point of moving this attempted proof to the M.O. site if it would be squashed?? – user128932 57 mins ago
@user128932 Could you format it so that it's a bit more readable? – Joachim 17 mins ago
One can see the description of the conversation by OP is completely distorted as they did not realize they were talking to two users 8 pi r and me (ignoring Joachim as this happened later). Also, I feel that it is not only an "accusal to the wrong person" but the entire complaint is based on the massive confusion that 1, 3, 4, 5 were all written by the same user!
The comment 3, my first one, is clearly directed at 8 pi r, as can be seen from the @8pir, see How do comment @replies work?
In my opinion, to suggest to post this on MO is a bad advice. I meant to point this out. The precise formulation was chosen since I honestly was not sure if 1 was intended as honest advice or somehow humorous.
I think 4 and 5 are pretty self-explanatory (if one pays attention to who said what, 4 is 8 pi r talking to me, 5 is me replying to them).
Let us go to 6. It seems based on a misunderstanding. The situation is quite simple: 8 pi r thought (perhaps still thinks) it is a good idea to move it to MO. I think otherwise. I cannot see anything unusual or outrageous here. Possibly my comment 3 should have been clearer. Sorry about that.