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I think that given the sort of turmoil experienced of late at Stack Exchange, it might be wise for us here at MO to take certain measures to reinforce our status as an entity independent from Stack Exchange. I'm no legal expert, but I think our migration agreement is rather vague on many points concerning exactly what our status is. And if we establish too ...


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I think that it makes a difference whether there is any chance that the person using the pseudonym could be confused with a more well-known person with that name. There are a number of users who have chosen the pseudonym "Gauss" (or something similar). Obviously, nobody is going to think that Carl Friedrich Gauss has come back from the grave to post ...


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Suggested in comments but I don't know if this is allowed. In any case: I've used an OCR program to copy the contents of the 2.5 pages below. I've used some minimal editing to keep the format vaguely similar, but as this was computerised there may be some errors, so this is community wiki; please fix them as you find them. June 22, 2013 Anton Geraschenko ...


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The answer to Will the CoC apply here, when it is finally sorted out? seems to be "there is no 'will' and 'finally'". The blog entry posted on october 10th shows (some?) of the controversial changes to the CoC. The two changes mentioned in the blog post are already part of MO's CoC. I cannot say whether those lines were there before a couple of days ago,...


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There are very few MathOverflow posts in which anyone might feel a need to use a third person pronoun. If such a situation arose, it is most likely that the writer would naturally use a pronoun that everyone involved was happy with. In the unlikely event that a pronoun was used and someone was unhappy with it, by far the most likely scenario is that the ...


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It is evidently inappropriate to use someone else's identity to post on MO (or anywhere else!). That said, people's chosen username is a sensitive issue. If someone is legitimately known as "Alexander Grothendieck", "Carl Gauss", or "Jennifer Lopez" then they should be allowed to use that name on MO. Of course, in such cases, the user in question should ...


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It is more likely a question for StackExchange Community Managers than for moderators. I believe the moderators can provide an interesting but non definitive perspective. If the comment linked in your edit does not suffice as an answer, I cannot imagine more satisfaction coming from the MathOverflow moderators. I think (read in my opinion and not ...


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