Dear evert,
It seems to me that you don't know what you are talking about. Let me quote the following statements from
http://www.imprint.co.uk/pdf/Lakoff_Voorhees.pdf(Begin quote)
"In this Platonic view, mathematics is a pleroma that can never be exhausted by finite human minds. Hence, a distinction is made between the world of transcendental mathematics and the mathematics that is humanly comprehensible; between what Gödel (1995) called objective and subjective mathematics. Human mathematicians are in the position of explorers and mathematical results are discoveries rather than inventions or human creations; reports on territory that mathematicians have explored." (End quote)
Many "mathematical explorers" left behind legacies which were named after them such as Taylor’s Theorem, Fermat’s Last Theorem, Wilson’s Theorem, Puiseux’s Theorem, Dirichlet’s Theorem, Ramsey’s Theorem, Minkowski’s Fundamental Theorem, Ptolemy’s Theorem, Pythagoras' Theorem, Descartes Rule of Signs and Heron’s Formula even as what argument implies, abstract mathematical ideas were not theirs to claim as their own creations, and they could not regard themselves as source.
I rephrase a statement in the above website in the following way:
Human sudoku or puzzle makers are in the position of explorers and sudoku/puzzle results are discoveries rather than inventions or human creations; reports on territory that sudoku/puzzle makers have explored."
I give an example of a discovery of mine in mathematics. For instance, when I was a small boy, I accidentally stumbled upon the following interesting fact 5x5=(3x3)+(4x4) for a right-angled triangle with sides of 5cm, 4cm and 3cm. Later when I went to secondary school, I discovered that interesting fact was an example of the so-called Pythagoras' Theorem. Then according to your argument, the so-called "Pythagoras' Theorem" was not Pythagoras' to claim as his own creation, and he could not regard himself as source. In this case, do I have the right to rename it as Henry Kwok's Theorem? Ethically, can I claim the same right as Pythagoras as being the first discoverer of Pythagoras' Theorem?
It would be chaos and utter disaster for the whole sudoku/puzzle world if every person has the moral right to rename a sudoku variant or puzzle according to his own fancy, with the result that sudoku variants or other types of puzzles each eventually turns up with more than a thousand names. Do you like to see such things happen in the sudoku/puzzle world?
I, like the early mathematical explorers, regard myself as an explorer and discoverer of my sudoku variants. I make it a policy to thank any person who has used the fruits of my discoveries, and invite all people to use my discoveries as much as possible.
There is a Chinese saying, "Whenever you drink water, please remember its source". It does not matter whether you don't know this Chinese saying or intentionally ignore me as the source of discovery of my sudoku variants. It is fair to me, to you and to all mankind to leave the final judgment of the issue to history. If anybody can come up with a documentary proof that he has discovered similar sudoku variants earlier than me, good luck to him!
Finally, I invite you to use my sudoku ideas as much as possible if you have not done so. However, please don't be afraid to keep me informed about it, as I don't charge you a cent for it ! By keeping me informed about the use of my sudoku ideas, I won't miss a single chance to thank you. At the same time, I can save less time in my current survey on the popularity and success of my fruits of discovery and exploration in the sudoku/puzzle world.