Bit harsh closing a thread for a first-time user?

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In summary, a thread discussing unsolved problems in number theory was closed by the moderators after a first-time user posted it. The moderators were criticized for being harsh and not giving the user a chance to explain their question. However, the user in question was not a first-time user and had a history of problematic behavior on the forum. The moderators decided to close the thread due to the user's past behavior and the fact that it was one of many similar threads started by the user.
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Why close the thread : Unsolved problems in number theory ?

Bit harsh don't you guys think? This is a first-time user. Couldn't we have at least extended some semblance of courtesy and at least explained to him that "cold questions" are looked down upon and ask perhaps if he had a specific question in mind? And he did ask if anyone wanted to discuss them. I would have. I feel abruptly closing the thread for a first-time user with the comment "just look it up" is unnecessarily callous. It looks like PF expects new users to act perfectly appropriate, asking a precisely-worded question the first time.

Should have given him a break I think. I ask that the mentors reconsider and open it up for a few days.
 
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There is much more to that story. That user was very problematic, and is no longer here. Perhaps on the face of it without any of the backstory, it looks a bit curt.
 
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It wasn't a first-time user. Far from it.
 
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aheight said:
This is a first-time user.
PeroK said:
It wasn't a first-time user. Far from it.
Indeed. The member in question has many posts under the name "trees and plants," as well as many more under two previous names, names that were changed by the forum owner. That member also started quite a few threads on how he might come up with solutions to unsolved problems in mathematics or physics. The thread that was closed was really one too many in that vein, and was closed (not by me, though).
 
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Ok. Did not know this. When I first read the OP, it looked to me he had a single post so that's why I found it a bit harsh.
 
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He goes back almost a year. July 2020, perhaps earlier. (Obviously it's hard to search)
 

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