We often have new users asking basically the same question: "How do I become Quant". These questions should be closed since they are not in the QA-format and outside of the scope of the faq. However adding one such question has advantages:

  • People will continue to ask them anyways, polluting the frontpage. With their question answered, new users don't have to ask;
  • Increase of visitors through organic search. These visitors may not be professional quants yet but they probably do fit the profile.

I therefore propose to add it despite the concerns and tag it clearly.

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I'm open to the idea in theory, skeptical of how it will work out in practice. I'll wait to hear more opinions before deciding my vote. –  Tal Fishman Jun 14 '12 at 16:56

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How do I become a quant? is about as bad as How do I find a spouse?. One person's experience isn't really going to help other people beyond a few generic pointers. Besides, there's already a whole book about this very topic.

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Basically, the site is designed for professionals. So, How do I become a Quant? is by definition off-topic. If we don't want to change that, the real question I believe is How could we market this site?

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