# Query on comment in Deligne-Mumford (1969)

In Deligne and Mumford's famous 1969 paper, The irreducibility of the space of curves of given genus, definition 4.6 (that of algebraic stacks) has the following footnote:

This definition is the "right" one only for quasi-separated stacks. It will however be sufficient for our purposes.

Note that their definition of an algebraic stack is:

1. A stack on $Sch$ with the etale topology such that
2. The diagonal is representable, and
3. there is a representable etale surjection from a scheme.

and it immediately follows the definition of what it means for a stack to be quasi-separated, but they clearly do not mention quasi-separability here.

What do they mean by the footnote? What is the "right" definition for stacks which are not quasi-separated?

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