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I was considering posting a question on some of my thoughts regarding the Sum of Square Roots and seeing if the community had any responses or ways to contribute, but I wasn't sure if this was really appropriate to this site.

Would a question an a potential proof technique, even if it's a dead end, for the Sum of Square Roots problem be considered too cranky/too open/not appropriate for this site?

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    $\begingroup$ My personal opinion is that such a discussion is not appropriate on cstheory.stackexchange.com, which is not designed for discussions after all. But to be fair, different users have different opinions on this. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Mar 1 '11 at 0:00
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Have you seen Dick Lipton's latest post on a new result to appear in Complexity 2011 ?

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  • $\begingroup$ I should frequent his blog more. Thanks for the link! $\endgroup$ – user834 Mar 1 '11 at 5:45
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Since the site is designed as a Q&A site, I guess it is OK if the question is formulated that a clear single answer exists. As long as the question is in the scope of research-level theoretical computer science, it is appropriate to the site.

However, some of the questions are harder to be answered than others, and the correctness of a specific proof technique may be hard for one to response. Hope that you can find a proper way to state your question, and get good answers here!

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