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What a jerk [Nov. 16th, 2008|05:19 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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Some guy emailed me yesterday with several questions about one of my papers (co-authored with Vitaly). I answered the email a few minutes later. He had a follow-up about one of the questions (basically saying he didn't understand my answer), which I also answered promptly.

Apparently he still didn't understand my answer. So he emails Vitaly today and asks him the same question, not revealing that he already asked me.

Super bad form. Students might not realize it at the beginning of their research careers, but research communities are basically complete graphs—everyone knows everyone, more or less. You develop a bad rep and it will stick with you for ever.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-11-17 06:43 pm (UTC)
Still arguing,

Truth to be said: (real) coauthors may totally have their own reserved opinions, not fully expressed under the premise of collaboration or compromise, if you may, for the sake a whole paper.

Out of intellectual conscience, once you put a name down as an (co)/author of paper, one is somewhat obligated to answer questions from the readers, regardless how old that paper is.
(One may not only expect to be frequently cited ... )

Answer or not is up to the non-correspondence author(s).

Ask or not is the right of the readers :-).

If word of mouth is better than strokes of keyboard, I suppose, John can be asked.

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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2008-11-17 06:45 pm (UTC)
err.. that part about john was a joke. please don't bother him.
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