This is in response to the Vice story “number theorist fears all published math is wrong”, which the quoted number theorist debunked.
The original story has been flagged as spam. It clearly is not. A blog post describing how ACME Brand Bleach makes whites whiter than Brand X Bleach is spam, whether it’s true or not. A blog post about how Windows 10 is actually just Ubuntu running a patched version of Wine would not be spam, in spite of being complete hogwash.
They’re just using the
spam flag because flagging a misquoted article is the right thing to do. Allowing misinformation to spread is obviously not something that Lobsters wants to do.
The reason I’m calling it
debunked instead of
incorrect because debunking is a bit more narrow. To flag something as debunked, you need to be prepared to produce a reputable source showing why it’s wrong. “I just know” won’t cut it.