Aknazar Kazhymurat is an
Internet troll and a would-be mathematician with apparently nothing better
to do than invade mathematical websites and create
(literally) hundreds of alter egos who barrage the site with randomly
generated questions, applaud and upvote each others' posts, demand
constant attention, disrupt everyone else's efforts to use the site
productively, and impose huge policing burdens on the sites' volunteer
There are two main theories about his motivations:
Theory 1. By asking countless randomly generated questions,
Aknazar hopes to occasionally get an answer that he can then plagiarize
to buttress his own credentials as a "real" mathematician. This would
explain the constant creation of new and unmemorable usernames, which
are typically deleted from the site (along with the questions) in short
order. He can ask 100 unmotivated questions under 100 different usernames,
get one answer, delete his tracks, and then write up that answer as
if he'd thought of it himself.
Theory 2. He's in it for the attention and the pure malicious
joy of vandalism. He lives to disrupt the work of people who are
smarter and more productive than he is.
Because mathematics is a bit of an esoteric subject, it might be easier
to understand the nature of Aknazar's questions with a cooking analogy.
Imagine a site where a small number of professional chefs gather to
discuss the details of their recipes, the advantages of one spice over
another, etc. Then one day, thirty new users appear, all with different
names, all asking questions like: "What if you mixed spaghetti with
licorice?" and "Why not put ice cream in salads?" and "What's the best
temperature for an oven?" and "Is there any recipe for stew that uses
exactly seventeen ingredients?". They drown
out the serious conversation, they upvote each other's posts (causing
them to appear at the top of the pages, and thereby making others less
visible), and disappear as fast as they appeared, only to be replaced by
others just like them, at a dizzying pace, for weeks on end, and driving
both the users and the moderators to distraction.
Among the identities Aknazar has adopted on Mathoverflow.Net are,
these: cardinal, schematic_boi, goingfullscheme, valua_aint_no_galois,
going-full-isomorphic, logicians_rule, martintzar, royalroadtogeometry,
bundlist, compactbut, faptoint, you_dont_mess_with_ron,
ron_is_striking_back, Emmy_to_Noether, commutative_drinker,
m_for_motive, drama_dorama, gentleman_gaga, motive_for_m,
livehard, user141225, PDShoot, Gimme An Answer, La fille,
Name, etalien, topo-mopo, naraka-path, preta-path, animal-path,
human-path, deva-path, drama-dorama, and curious-girl. (This is
the tip of the iceberg).
He has also created a great
many (and I mean a great many)
users all named kartop_man, a roughly equal number all
named asura-sun, and likewise for phd, numberian, and others.
Oh! And he's also tried to create the impression that other
(legitimate) users are among his alter egos, in an apparent
attempt to get them kicked off the site, just for sport.
Aknazar is, as you might expect from his maturity level, a high school
student. But he's Harvard-bound in the fall, and might be arriving to
find that he's already alienated a significant fraction of the
mathematicians he hopes to work with.
Indeed Aknazar often seems to act
as if his goal is to become unwelcome
anywhere in the mathematical community.
Many wish him great
success in that endeavor.