Are there some websites that could be defined as social networks for mathematicians and scientists? What I have in mind is something similar to Academia.edu or ResearchGate, but more specific towards mathematics and less formal ("Facebook-type", so to say): a place for discussing and sharing ideas without the "constraints" (so to say) of Q&A or forum formats.

Also, in case that such places do exist, is there any evidence that this forms of cooperation have produced some results in terms of co-authored published papers, just like many cooperations born on M.SE and MathOverflow have?

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    $\begingroup$ Expecting down and close votes from people who didn't read the question on its entirety. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Dec 24 '14 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ @Dal Do you mean websites like academia.edu and researchgate.net? They are primarily social networks than QA websites, although they include QA as well. (SE does not have networking at all, in that you cannot "friend" or "follow" people, or even message them in private, as far as I understand). $\endgroup$ – M. Vinay Dec 24 '14 at 12:21
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    $\begingroup$ @GitGud: I have read it in its entirety and I still believe it is not on topic. $\endgroup$ – tomasz Dec 24 '14 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ @scaaahu: But OP is not suggesting anything of the sort. He's asking about other sites that are like that. Besides, you can't deny the fact that there is some socializing here. $\endgroup$ – tomasz Dec 24 '14 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ @scaaahu Your comment suggests you didn't read the question. I find it perfectly on-topic to ask about mathematical communities, on-line or otherwise. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Dec 24 '14 at 12:30

One of such websites is http://polymathprojects.org/. See, for example, a January 2015 blogpost by Peter Cameron about this project.

I suggest also to look at two preprints by Ursula Martin and Alison Pease:

where one could find some further particulars relevant to the question, and also at the project "The Social Machine of Mathematics".

Update: came across an article from the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society called The “Bounded Gaps between Primes” Polymath Project (the author is stated as D. H. J. Polymath).


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