I read in Terence Tao's blog about the 2022 ICM satellite coordination group. As the ICM is now online,
the IMU encourages grassroots efforts to supplement the core program with additional satellite activities, both “traditional” and “non-traditional”.
Questions: I was wondering if MathOverflow would be an interesting “non-traditional” location to foster math exchange during the conference week?
I imagine, one could organize an event with certain time slots, during which people are encouraged to write their research questions on MathOverflow and respectively try to answer other people's questions. Maybe in conjunction with a chat/discussion platform for side questions and a video introducing how MathOverflow works. The underlying idea is that those discussions will remain online after the event and it is not yet-another-conference-wiki.
Since I am not an active member here, I wanted to ask you for feedback on the idea.
- Terence Tao replied this to my question.
One could perhaps propose this idea at https://meta.mathoverflow.net/ to gauge feedback from the user community there. My guess though is that the mathoverflow format is best optimized for question/answer posts where there is a single well defined question that can be answered definitively by a single answer, with only a limited amount of back-and-forth conversation. The unofficial ICM Discord server that is already set up at https://discord.gg/T72dTkfSzF might be able to host this sort of discussion more effectively, however.
- Even though I don't post much on MathOverflow myself, I know friends who often find great help here and it seems that getting more mathematicians on board would be a desirable goal for the platform. As such, a well-organized satellite event could be a great advertisement.