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#1 2009-05-28 16:31:50

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Question Database Needs Your Contributions

I have spent a lot of time and effort working on the software to support the Question Database, and now it is ready (I hope) for a big input from everyone. I am continuing to develop the software, but your help is needed to make the questions.

How can you help?

* By adding new Questions

* By checking and amending Questions that have been added by others

* By trying the Questions yourself and giving feedback on any problems.


Go to Question Database at Mathopolis.

You need to log in there, and have Author permission (just tell me your username there and I can grant you permission) to see the first two options:

[align=center]Questions Needing Attention[/align]
[align=center]Add a Question[/align]

But you can also try:

[align=center]Make a Quiz (All Questions)[/align]
[align=center]Make a Quiz (Checked Questions)[/align]

And give feedback at the bottom of any question that has a problem.


But another way to add questions is from this forum, by clicking on "Make Question" at the bottom left hand corner of any post (as mentioned on this thread: Question Bank )

I have begun this process by gradually going through each post in the Help Me! forum for 2005.

If someone would like to nominate a Year (or even a month) of the Help Me! topic that they would like to make questions from, please step forward!

My HOPE is to have thousands of good quality Questions for people to practice on.

Just a few questions added or checked per week from every regular member would soon see a really useful resource.

Thank you


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#2 2009-05-31 10:20:53

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

There are currently 246 questions on the database but none of them have been checked.

You can help by reviewing the existing questions, fixing as needed, and then selecting that you have checked them.


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#3 2009-05-31 10:35:40

mathsyperson
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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

I've just signed up as "mathsy", and I'd be happy to help check the questions.

Possible bug: If I go to all questions, there's nothing there. Does that link go to the checked questions instead?


Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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#4 2009-05-31 11:38:39

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsisFun;

This a huge undertaking, wow! I also am having trouble finding any questions to check. I'm not sure that anyone is overjoyed to have me check things but I don't mind helping.

Last edited by bobbym (2009-05-31 11:40:00)


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#5 2009-05-31 11:43:26

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Thanks, mathsy.

I have given you "Author" priveliges, so you should see more now.

Let me know how it goes, as this is all new software.


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#6 2009-05-31 11:45:01

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Thanks Bobby. You also have "Author" priveliges!

And, yes, it is a massive undertaking. But if we can all contribute a little each week then we could have a really great resource.


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#7 2009-05-31 19:10:17

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsisFun;

  Thanks, but now I can no longer logon. I was under the name bobbym. It won't even accept my email address when I try to use forgotten password.

Last edited by bobbym (2009-05-31 19:11:18)


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#8 2009-05-31 20:59:49

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi bobbym .... something odd happened, you had no password at all. I wonder why?

Anyway, I have deleted your username. Could you try registering again?


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#9 2009-05-31 21:08:51

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsIsFun;

  Its still happening to me. I have re-registered under bobbym. Can you check whether my password has been accepted.

Last edited by bobbym (2009-05-31 21:13:44)


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#10 2009-05-31 22:42:11

MathsIsFun
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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Same thing!

I have a clue ... you may not have cookies enabled. Or you may not have javascript enabled.

Also: what browser/operating system do you use?

(And thanks for helping me debug my user management system smile)


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#11 2009-06-01 21:00:47

bobbym
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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsisFun;

I have cookies enabled and I have javascript enabled also the JRE enabled. I am using Firefox 3.0.10 the latest one. If you are up to it, we should keep trying.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#12 2009-06-03 10:47:40

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

That seems all perfect. Eeek! Why is it failing for you?

Sent you an email.


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#13 2009-06-03 18:23:56

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsIsFun;

I am ready to try again; please delete bobbym from the registration list when you get a chance. I didn't even get your email, it might have been filtered out by their stupid spam detectors. Please send it to me here.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#14 2009-06-03 20:14:19

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Thanks for your patience, bobby.

I sent you a PM.

I have not fixed the underlying problem (as I don't know what it is!), so I am only hoping that you can now log in.


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#15 2009-06-03 20:41:29

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsIsFun;

  I have logged in. Can you provide me with author privileges? Thanks for your help!


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#16 2009-06-03 22:00:57

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Excellent! Go to Question Database ... hopefully you will see the "Questions Needing Attention" link!


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#17 2009-06-04 13:29:20

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Thanks bobbym and mathsy, I notice that we are starting to get some "checked" questions now!

(Note: I will put a "by" and a "checked by" on the answer page of each question.)

Would anyone else like to help out?


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#18 2009-06-28 09:40:41

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Update: We now have 263 Questions, but only 117 have been checked.

It would be nice to see both numbers grow!


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#19 2009-06-28 10:49:41

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsisFun;

I only show about 110 to be checked. Problems are a little tougher so I have slowed down a bit. Will get the job done.

Last edited by bobbym (2009-06-28 11:08:24)


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#20 2009-06-28 13:28:26

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Is it just you and me checking, bobby?

Does anyone else want to volunteer?


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#21 2009-06-28 17:23:03

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

I shall post more problems in the near future.
Thanks, bobbym for checking the problems and solutions.


Character is who you are when no one is looking.

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#22 2009-06-28 19:45:57

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Hi MathsisFun;

  It could be but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Hi ganesh;

  Don't mind checking the work.

Last edited by bobbym (2009-06-28 20:11:23)


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#23 2009-06-28 22:05:00

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Sure, I wouldn't, bobbym!

You are helping me a great deal by doing that.


Character is who you are when no one is looking.

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#24 2009-06-28 22:52:53

mathsyperson
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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

I've been checking some as well.
Sometimes I find a small mistaek in one of the problems and then I don't tick the "checked by" box after fixing it. So I've looked at more than it seems I have.


Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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#25 2009-06-29 04:26:14

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Re: Question Database Needs Your Contributions

Sorry mathsyperson;

Forgot that you are checking too.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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