The idea is to have a database of open research problems where the answers are updates or suggested approaches. A research problem per publication.
I think this should be a separate site from MO because many of these publications will not be responsible in the short term. Otherwise, if we start adding these messages to MO (for example, under the label "open problems"), the usual MO messages that can be answered in the short term will quickly cluster.
- It will be a great place to not only share research problems, but also our ideas to attack these problems. This is the main function of the conferences, so it would be great to have an online forum that serves this same purpose, especially for the first researchers who can not attend all the different conferences.
- By having the wiki structure, users can create updates in the original publication.
- Currently, to find research problems, one has to delve into the documents or send an email to the authors to get suggestions. But a powerful forum like the stack exchange can serve as a large database for researchers to look for problems to work on.
- An alternative is simply to continue adding content in the Wikipedia article about open problems. However, the site will fill quickly as subproblems are added.
- Conversely, MO publications on the "open problems" label will distract the questions from the database. For example, there will be no questions of the form "Open problems in random graphics" or "Dissertations that solved an open problem". I believe that each publication must be dedicated to a single open problem.
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Open research problems in mathematics.