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How often is a mathematical idea you come up with fruitful/correct/possible/etc and how has this changed during the course of your career?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Carlo Beenakker, David Roberts, Alexey Ustinov, Mark Wildon, Dima Pasechnik Jan 21 at 11:42

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    $\begingroup$ This seems more like a discussion for a blog, I don't think the "how often" question can be answered in a definite way in the answer box. $\endgroup$ – Carlo Beenakker Jan 21 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ More and less I think are valuable descriptions although not relentlessly accurate- can this be made community wiki? $\endgroup$ – Franco Jan 21 at 11:25
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is too subjective to be a good MO question, so I'm voting to close. $\endgroup$ – Mark Wildon Jan 21 at 11:30
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    $\begingroup$ How can I change the question to make it a good question for MO in your opinion? $\endgroup$ – Franco Jan 21 at 11:31

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