In the past, I’ve seen instances where a user has been accused of ‘using mathoverflow as a blog’; the specific criteria for when this accusation is leveled vary, but generally the following are included:
The user editorializes, often verbosely, on why their question/potential answers should be considered significant.
The user asks questions rapidly, often seemingly without taking the time to do their due diligence for researching the answers themselves before bringing their questions here.
The user frequently bumps their own posts back to the front page with seemingly trivial edits.
The user will sometimes answer their own questions on the subject, often within days of asking (which seemingly confirms that they should have just given it a few days themselves before blurting it out here).
These obviously aren’t comprehensive criteria, but I feel like long time users here will generally know what I’m talking about and be able to identify it when they see it.
My question is:
Can we decide on a formal policy regarding this type of approach to MO usage, perhaps up to and including a new question close reason?
I am personally very opposed to MO being used in this way; it changes the site from feeling like a pseudodemocratic forum of knowledge where the best/most interesting ideas naturally float to the top, into a place where (to put it very harshly) cranks come to vie for attention/validation, or (to put it more mildly) individuals with sufficient mathematical maturity are encouraged to basically publicize their otherwise internal lines of reasoning for potential internet points.
This practice has frequently been covered by other close reasons, for example when the editorializing is obviously opinion based, but recently there has been at least one user posting in a manner I think fits the bill for ‘MO blogging’ without their posts being obviously opinion based. Their questions also don’t really seem ‘not research level’, but their abundance/idiosyncrasy/frequency of edits/time to (sometimes self-accepted) answer all make me feel like I have to go out of my way to avoid being tricked into reading someone's personal blog on math subjects they find interesting each time I visit the site. I don’t want to get into finger pointing here, I love math as much as the next user of this site and believe that’s a large part of the motivation for these posts, but would like to hear the communities wider consensus on the matter.