In my most recent question regarding whether to abandon an open math problem, I got (surprisingly) much more dialogue than I anticipated. I had expected very quick answers that all say something like, "yes, you are mistaken, stick with what's current."

Instead, I got some great answers that advocate for both choices.

There is a concise answer that has 46 up-votes -- the most net up-votes.

Then Pete Clark's answer has 26 net up-votes and Dan Romik has 9 net up-votes.

I think Pete Clark's and Dan Romik's answers (and additional comments) are the best.

Am I doing something "wrong" if I choose one of their answers, instead of choosing the answer that is the most popular, based on up-votes?


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  • Ok, thanks @ff524 :)
    – User001
    Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 1:44
  • In addition to the above comments, it may be helpful to edit your original question to provide insight into why the correct answers were chosen for your particular topic. Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 4:46

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