When being considered for a position at a university as a post doc or phd or professor, does your math overflow account mean anything. Are there any universities that take this seriously when looking at your application?

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    $\begingroup$ It seems unlikely, but nothing surprises me any more ... $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2017 at 1:58
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    $\begingroup$ This is probably a better fit for meta.mathoverflow. I recall a comment to some question there indicating that some math department chairs weight mathoverflow participation negatively. $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2017 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ On the plus side, Timothy Gowers has told of a student he knew only from the student's MO postings, who asked Gowers to write him a letter of recommendation based on their MO interactions – which Gowers was very happy to do. $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2017 at 2:40
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    $\begingroup$ Some years ago I devoted a paragraph of a letter of recommendation for graduate school to an undergraduate's contributions to MathOverflow. At the time this undergraduate had the fifth highest ranking of any user! I don't know whether this discussion was at all helpful. $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2017 at 2:41
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    $\begingroup$ Both of those students are me, incidentally. $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2017 at 8:33


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