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Say I want to learn representation theory and want to form a reading group. A question like "Does anybody want to form a representation theory reading group?" is clearly inappropriate for the main site. Is there a more acceptable way to ask the Math.Stackexchange community about something like this?

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A question like "Does anybody want to form a representation theory reading group?" is clearly inappropriate for the main site.

Such a question is appropriate here on meta, where you already are ... you can also use the math web chat rooms to coordinate, as appropriate:

http://chat.stackexchange.com/?tab=site&sort=active&host=math.stackexchange.com

The chat rooms are stateful, so a message left a day ago will still be readable and present in the transcript, etc.

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    $\begingroup$ Jeff, is TeX available on chat yet? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 21 '11 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ @asaf there are no plans to do that at the current time $\endgroup$ – Jeff Atwood Jun 21 '11 at 5:56
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    $\begingroup$ stateful?${}{}$ $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jun 21 '11 at 6:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Jeff: If there are no plans, I hardly see how a reading group can be using the chat effectively. Mathematical symbols are of an essence when discussing mathematics. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 21 '11 at 6:19
  • $\begingroup$ @asaf I meant more for coordinating the group. We'll see. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Atwood Jun 21 '11 at 6:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Gerry Myerson: I don't understand your comment (or why it's upvoted 6 times). I imagine it's not asking what 'stateful' means, because Jeff's answer contains an explanation (and doesn't seem to have been edited after your comment or at all). Is it that the chats rooms sometimes happen not to be stateful, happen to lose messages, etc.? I've not seen that happen… $\endgroup$ – ShreevatsaR Jul 3 '11 at 4:33

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