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Ok. Here I come. Assume I am working on a paper, and I have a small side problem X related to a conjecture Y. Solving that side problem X will of course help my work as it will allow me to solve the bigger problem Y. Further, assume I cannot solve X myself and post its problem on MO. Even Further, assume it gets resolved satisfactorily within a few hours on MO. Should I cite MO's site in my paper or how should I go about it ? Has it happened before to anyone else ?

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closed as off topic by Anton Geraschenko Dec 28 '09 at 20:57

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There has been some discussion of this on… – Reid Barton Dec 28 '09 at 20:05
Yeah, and please reserve talk about mathoverflow for meta. – Harry Gindi Dec 28 '09 at 20:29
I'm closing this question, but I would like to see the discussion continue at In particular, post there if you have ideas for what we can do to make it easy and intuitive for people to cite Math Overflow. – Anton Geraschenko Dec 28 '09 at 20:59
@reid, thanks but maybe something more conclusive can be said. What if the contributer remains anon ? for instance, should i be citing kittykat at mathoverflow provided the solution to xxx in claim Y ? Or simply, the problem was mentioned and resolved at MO [see site ...]. In case that the person has a name and identity and which happens to be in one to one correspondence with real life, shouldnt i not just mention person blahblahblah helped me on this. See the point here again is a different one. It's somewhat analogues to me using Sage in my paper unless my computation heavily relies on it,. – anyone Dec 28 '09 at 21:02
Again, please continue the discussion on meta and not in the comments. – Qiaochu Yuan Dec 28 '09 at 21:34

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