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Suppose that a mathematician such as Bugs Bunny answers one of my math questions here on MathOverflow, and then I use the idea in a research paper. How should I acknowledge such a distinguished mathematician in my paper, submitted to a reputable journal and all that?

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This should maybe be asked on meta. –  Benjamin Steinberg May 27 '12 at 2:57
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I would love to see a paper by tweetie-bird in a reputable journal. –  KConrad May 27 '12 at 3:07
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@Benjamin: sorry, I wasn't sure where to ask this. @KConrad: tweetie-bird isn't actually my name. –  tweetie-bird May 27 '12 at 3:19
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What? I'm shocked! So maybe the MO users Isomorphism, Turtle, and Physics Monkey aren't using their real names either? –  KConrad May 27 '12 at 3:45
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I think this is a question for meta. Here's a discussion (meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/4259/…) on meta MSE with a link to meta MO that asks this question as well. –  Eugene May 27 '12 at 4:03
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Look right underneath where your question is posted. Click on the "cite" link. It will pop up a text box, from which you can copy citation data for this post in either bibtex or amsrefs format. So you can directly cite the MO thread.

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I think it depends how important is the help you have received. If it is a crucial step in your work and without it you were not able to complete the paper, you may want to suggest the helper to be your co-author. But if it is not that important you can send him/her an email and thank him/her and let him/her know that you will acknowledge his/her help at the end of the paper.

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I believe the point is that the helper is not using his or her real name; for instance, the user Bugs Bunny: mathoverflow.net/users/5301/bugs-bunny . –  Rob Harron May 27 '12 at 3:41
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That's right. I wondered if this meant that all these people aren't interested in acknowledgment. I hadn't known about meta and still don't know how to use it, but can see I probably should have asked this there. Anyway, thanks. –  tweetie-bird May 27 '12 at 3:47
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