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    • CommentRowNumber1.
    • CommentAuthorAndrew Stacey
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2011

    (Note: this is not a suggestion for anything “official”, just an off-hand remark)

    I happened to be talking with someone today about the nLab (I’m at the Higher Structures conference in Hamburg) and in discussing what sort of thing I put on the nLab, I came up with the following. It was partially to emphasise the distinction between us and something like Wikipedia.

    The nLab is where you put stuff that you don’t know.

    To expand on that a bit, in amongst everything else I’ve been doing then I’ve been learning a bit of knot theory. So when I learn about something, I put a sketch of what I’ve understood so far on the nLab - which usually isn’t a lot. Then as if by magic (often a bit of Welsh magic in this case!) a few days later the page has been extended and transformed way beyond anything I could have done.

    Anyway, just thought I’d record that thought.

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    • CommentAuthorMike Shulman
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2011

    Unfortunately, as time goes on the nLab becomes less and less usable for that, since it becomes more and more likely that when you go to the nLab you’ll find that someone else has already written about the subject you’re learning!