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    • CommentAuthorMilinovich
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    I would like to ask an optimization problem that arose in a paper my collaborators and I wrote a few years ago, but never solved. Is this acceptable? I do not want it to sound like an advertisement for the paper or like shameless self-promotion.

    One possibility is that I do not mention the paper, but then it may be difficult to appropriately "motivate" the question.

    An input would be appreciated,

    - Micah
    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012 edited

    Write the question and include the paper as a reference. Explain as much of the terminology and notation as you have patience for, though.

    That seems fine to me.
    • CommentAuthorAngelo
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    I see absolutely no problem, even if you mention the paper.

    Just to pile on: if you're thinking "gee, I hope this question doesn't sound like unacceptable self-promotion," you're pretty unlikely to actually cross the line. Certainly the idea isn't that you shouldn't ask questions relevant to your papers, or that you shouldn't mention this fact if you do. Generally mentioning your own work isn't a problem if you're actually asking a question.

    • CommentAuthorMilinovich
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    Alright, thanks for the comments (and the piling on).
    • CommentAuthorgrp
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    If for any reason you still need reassurance, you can post a version of the question here and express your doubts about it and/or ask for help making it appropriate for MathOverflow. Honest requests to do so are almost never received negatively here. Of course, if it is just another attempt at spam ...

    Gerhard "But I'm Sure It's OK" Paseman, 2012.05.10
    • CommentAuthorMilinovich
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2012
    I finally got around to posting the question:

    Thanks again for the feedback.