Can I ask for criticism or improvement advice for a paper or theory available online?

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    $\begingroup$ No, this would be off-topic. $\endgroup$ May 16, 2017 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ However, if you have a particular, concise, and self-contained question (Is this known? Can you give a short proof of that lemma? Can you strengthen this statement to...?, etc.), there is a good chance you'll get a meaningful response. Just avoid vague open ended questions of the kind "What do you think of ... in general?" $\endgroup$
    – fedja
    May 16, 2017 at 21:09
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    $\begingroup$ Also, the question asked here should be more-or-less self-contained. Motivations such as "I want to prove [x] famous conjecture" are vacuous, as we all want to prove such conjectures, but are realistic about how likely that is. $\endgroup$ May 18, 2017 at 20:43


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