Is it against the "code of honor" to ask a question concerning the correctness of a mathematical argument in one's doctoral thesis?

I'm unsure about one argument in my thesis and I would like to discuss it. Would it be considered inappropriate? In which circumstances is it appropriate to talk about one's own work on the internet, i.e., when to be mindful of it?

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    Maybe I am missing something, but isn't this what you'd typically ask your advisor? – hejseb Aug 30 '17 at 12:57
  • My adivsor is unavailable for two weeks and I'd like to proceed now. – Marcel Aug 30 '17 at 13:01
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    A code of honor seems specific to your university. When I was in graduate school, we could talk about our research where ever we wanted. – Richard Erickson Aug 30 '17 at 13:14
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    The tag legal-issues is for questions about "real" laws, the kind made by governments. There aren't any laws about this as far as I know, so I changed it to ethics. – Nate Eldredge Aug 30 '17 at 13:31

Definitely appropriate.

A thesis is not a homework submission. You need to be the one writing the thesis (i.e., no ghostwriting or copypasting), but there is no requirement to work entirely on your own, as long as you cite the contributions of others.

A thesis may even contain no new results or ideas whatsoever, but just be a textbook-like treatise of a subject. In most cases (i.e., unless the treatise is really a lot more readable than existing literature and thus forwards science by making the subject significantly more accessible), such a thesis will probably be declined for lack of novelty if it's a PhD thesis (for a master's thesis, it's fine), but it does not constitute research misconduct.

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    I assumed so, since its fine if I ask someone personally, but I didn't know the general consensus. Thanks Darij, I will just wait a bit for another opinion and then accept your answer. – Marcel Aug 30 '17 at 13:39

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