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Steven Landsburg
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Flood of New User(s)

The following thirteen(!) users:

goingfullscheme
valua_aint_no_galois
going-full-isomorphic
logicians_rule,
martintzar
royalroadtogeometry
bundlist
compactbut
faptoint
you_dont_mess_with_ron
ron_is_striking_back
Emmy_to_Noether
commutative_drinker

(and, I believe, a couple more besides) have the following characteristics in common:

  • They've all joined in the past few days.
  • Most have asked exactly one question and none has asked more than two
  • Their questions are closely related to each other
  • Their writing styles are very similar
  • After posting their questions, they never return to engage with commenters, or to acknowledge answers

I think it is not too much of a leap to conjecture that these are all the same person.

As far as I know, there's no actual rule against having fifteen different identities (or for that matter, a hundred, as seems likely if this keeps up at this rate for a few more weeks), and no actual rule against asking questions and then systematically ignoring responses, but I still find it troubling in ways that might or might not be entirely rational on my part. Do others share my discomfort?

Steven Landsburg
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