Does outgoing moderator Anton Geraschenko deserve our heartfelt thanks, or what?

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    $\begingroup$ Asaf already expressed this sentiment in a separate meta post (meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/1040), but I thought it deserved its own "question". $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 20:35
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the thanks! I wouldn't be as outgoing as I am were it not for the MO community. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 20:51
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    $\begingroup$ I had told Anton a few months back that I'd like to buy him a drink or two should I chance to meet him, but I think he's gotten more such offers than would be good for his mathematics! But indeed, the community is hugely in debt to him. $\endgroup$
    – Todd Trimble Mod
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 23:31
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    $\begingroup$ @ToddTrimble: btw, now that you have a ♦, you can edit your comment even after 5 minutes have passed. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 1:20
  • $\begingroup$ @AntonGeraschenko Ha! Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Todd Trimble Mod
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 1:58
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    $\begingroup$ @AntonGeraschenko, that is almost the whole point of being a mod! :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 7:08

2 Answers 2


I think the answer is ... yes.

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    $\begingroup$ This tempts me to post an offsetting answer of "no" for purposes of liquidity- I'm prevented from doing so by impossibility of downvoting my own post. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 2:39
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    $\begingroup$ @DanielMoskovich no worries, I'd be happy to downvote your answer for you :) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 15:12

For the purpose of offering an offsetting position:


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    $\begingroup$ Now I'm tempted to post an answer "For the purposes of modality... Maybe!" :-) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ How about "I don't know" or "No opinion"? :) $\endgroup$
    – JRN
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: as there are more upvotes on the Yes answer than this one, we can (by Mathematician Logic (TM)) conclude that about 60% of MO users do not believe in the law of excluded middle. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 14:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Willie: That's not Mathematical Logic (TM). It's statistics, which as D'Israeli said, is the worst kind of a lie! $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: not "Mathematical Logic", "Mathematician Logic" $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie: The eyes see, but the mind reads. ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 15:08
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    $\begingroup$ It's one thing to think A deserves a vote up and another to think that not-A deserves a vote down. Maybe a vote up means that an answer is reasonable, and a vote down means that an answer is unreasonable. But certainly there are many debates where one can think A is a reasonable opinion without thinking that not-A is an unreasonable opinion. :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 19:05

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