EDDDITTT: Question: May I please be forgiven for telling this demon spawn to post his question on MSE?


EDIT:Apparently I made one of the possible correct calls. The 16 year old erased the contents of his MO question, about 37 minutes ago at this edit (they were restored). So this is more a question of cheating on some project or contest than actual curiosity. I shouldn't imagine he will post anything on MSE. I was not sure, I just did not want to spend hours writing explanations to a kid.

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Email to me and then my reply:


Hey! :) U have answered my question in this topic : https://mathoverflow.net/questions/115193/can-be-any-number But i don't really get your solution :( I'm only 16, could you explain to me your solution as elementary as you can?


Hello, still entirely nameless person. I think the most responsible thing I can do is to encourage you to register on MSE and post your question again as one of: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=newest You should include a link to the original question on MO. You should also explain your age and how, exactly, you came to be considering this problem. Emphasize that you are looking for more detail at an elementary level. There are plenty of professors and high school teachers who have a good deal of experience explaining things at your level. Say something about how your own mathematics teacher is unable to explain this.

This way, you are likely to get several good answers, and you can still request more detail.


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    $\begingroup$ So, what is your question? $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Dec 3 '12 at 22:27
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson, may I please be forgiven for telling this demon spawn to post his question on MSE? $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy Dec 3 '12 at 22:32
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    $\begingroup$ Yes. Whether to forgive you for putting the question into a comment instead of editing it into the body, that's another issue. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Dec 3 '12 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson, I retroactively obey, wise one. $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy Dec 3 '12 at 22:42
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, I wonder whether you have noticed math.stackexchange.com/questions/250249/… $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Dec 3 '12 at 22:52
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson, interesting. Old John thought it was this kid he has been tracking. But that person uses multiple ID's anyway, so maybe the same. Certainly suggestive, the same method, sufficiently large and all. $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy Dec 3 '12 at 23:02
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    $\begingroup$ No. You shall not be forgiven. $\endgroup$ – Rudy the Reindeer Dec 4 '12 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ @MattN., I was afraid of that. $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy Dec 4 '12 at 20:38
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson, it is the same guy, he is on a chat room asking for more detail on x^2 + y^3 + z^6 representing numbers over 2012^2012, which tells me it is from a 2012 contest. chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/36/mathematics $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy Dec 4 '12 at 22:13
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    $\begingroup$ It is not easy to search the web for $x^2+y^3+z^6$, nor for $2012^{2012}$. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Dec 4 '12 at 23:05
  • $\begingroup$ Why is the kid bad? Because he's cheating? How do you know it's cheating that's the reason for what he did? ("bad" <--- "demon spawn") $\endgroup$ – The_Sympathizer Dec 6 '12 at 1:50

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