Red is the color of May Day. Red is the color of my moderator action. Thus we have a thematic match, and that's a good enough reason to party.
6 PM, May 2 (whoops! Friday was too busy already), in the San Jose-San Francisco area. (The exact venue may change based on expressions of interest in attending in person, so feel free to RSVP in the positive below.)
Pizza! Scientific Discussions! Shiny Things!
But, many of the PhysForum users will be unable to attend. So, your moderator has created an amusing way all can participate:
An Essay Contest!
Post on this thread a short titled essay (150-750 words) on distinguishing science from crackpottery, pseudoscience, metaphysics and/or philosophy; what makes for a good PhysForum poster; or any scientific topic.
Optionally, attach a ranked list of 1-10 PhysForum users, active in the month of April, who in your opinion contribute nothing of value to PhysForum.
What happens next
On May 2, essays will be scored from -5 to 10. This score will be multiplied by a normalized harmonic weight for each ranked poster and totaled. Essays with the best scores will be promoted to starting their own threads. Posters with the highest totalled rank will receive vacations and vigorous editing.