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**gurthbruins****Member**- Registered: 2010-05-09
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**Gurth's Suggestions for Posting Solutions to Problems:**

1. First try to understand what the problem-setter is trying to convey to you.

2. You are not there to nit-pick the way in which the problem has been set. If there is any point about which you are not clear, then do not resolve the doubt by making an arbitrary choice. Resolve it by asking a sensible question before you proceed.

3. You are definitely not expected to try to sabotage the problem, to make it appear silly or to imply that the rules are inadequate. If you think they are inadequate, then get that matter straightened out before you go further.

In the case of the House Number Problem, it is clear that the setter has constructed a puzzle that relies for its validity on the assumption that house numbers are integers. Fractional house numbers are at most in a freakish, tiny minority and to bring this fact into the discussion may be of interest, but it is of no interest to the solving of the problem. Because, if we allow fractional house numbers, then the problem is essentially DESTROYED, which is tactless to the well-meaning setter, in fact can only be seen as a boorish lack of a cooperative spirit. Please refrain from this type of one-up-manship. It is in no way funny or amusing.

*It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.*

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Hi gurthbruins,

You are very entitled to make such points, but could you please say it nicely? Your tone is likely to aggravate people, and then the moderators will need to step in.

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

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**JaneFairfax****Member**- Registered: 2007-02-23
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Whats the problem? I think gurthbruins has put it in a nice a way as possible.

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**gurthbruins****Member**- Registered: 2010-05-09
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You are making a distinction between "people" and "moderators." Certainly the people don't deserve to be aggravated, the moderators do. Who is to moderate the moderators? Have you complained to them about their rudeness?

I should perhaps have entitled my thread "Gurth's Suggestions to Moderators for Posting Solutions to Problems:"

*It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 85,215

Hi gurth;

What moderator was rude? And why pick on MIF even so? Let's not continue something that was a week ago. Does it have to be a lifelong blood feud?

**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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**gurthbruins****Member**- Registered: 2010-05-09
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The moderator was the one who introduced the concept of fractional house numbers: as far as I recall, it was you yourself. I referred to your behaviour as "a boorish lack of a cooperative spirit".

I made my point a week ago. MIF is the one who has reopened this subject after a delay of one week. If moderators step out of line, I won't hesitate to rap them over the knuckles. Just grin and bear it

I don't continue to hold any grudge against those I have already punished.

*It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi gurth;

MIF is the administrator, he can bring it up when he likes. Mentioning 1/2 house numbers is not a crime sir. You have not rapped me on the knuckles. I don't care about your grudges. But if you will desist then you can consider that you have disciplined me. Just forget about it. I have the posts you weren't even there at any time. The two people that were, were spoken to by MIF. Isn't that enough for you?

**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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**gurthbruins****Member**- Registered: 2010-05-09
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Ok, let's forget about it now. I will desist about the past.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Me 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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