FOM: conventions on FOM/fom/f.o.m.
Stephen G Simpson
simpson at math.psu.edu
Thu Jan 15 23:01:13 EST 1998
Martin Davis writes:
> Note that I capitalized "FOM". It had been suggested that "fom"
> should stand for this list and the capitalized version should just
> be an abbreviation for the three words; I was adhering to that
In my posting of November 1, 1997, I proposed a different set of
FOM = this mailing list (including both fom and fom-digest)
fom at math.psu.edu = the e-mail address for posting to FOM
f.o.m. = abbreviation for "foundations of mathematics"
foundations of mathematics = ?; this is under discussion
For the sake of clarity, could we all please try to adhere to these
conventions from now on? But they are not to be regarded as an FOM
standard, and I will make no attempt to enforce them.
As a matter of fact, one person who has disregarded these conventions
is Harvey Friedman. In his posting of December 14, Harvey said that
this was because he got tired of typing extra periods. Harvey, I know
your fingers are delicate and can't take too much stress. You
probably need to exercise them more. Did you ever think of taking up
(Sorry everybody. The above is an in-joke. Harvey is extremely
accomplished in classical piano performance at the professional or
concert level, and he is especially noted for his powerful style.)
-- Steve Simpson
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