I have two statements, A and B, and I want to ask on MO whether they are true. They are not obviously related, but I have a (simple) argument to show that A implies B. Should I:

  • Ask about both in a single question, even though they are apparently unrelated? (I would include an explanation of why A implies B.)

  • Ask two separate questions, including in each one a mention of the implication and link to the other?

To address Gil Kalai's comment: In this particular case, each question is quite short: a sentence or two for the statement, plus perhaps a paragraph of motivation. I personally think each one is independently interesting.

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    $\begingroup$ It depends how long they are and to what extent A is of independent interest. Anyway the default would be to ask a single question. $\endgroup$
    – Gil Kalai
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ @GilKalai, thanks. I edited to address this. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ Ask a single question and show why A implies B. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ Ask about A, and include a synopsis of A implies B, unless it is short enough to include a complete version. Also include a motivation for B, and how (B and not A) would be of interest. If the result is not too long, you might also indicate how you came across the simple argument. Gerhard "You Can Partition It Later" Paseman, 2013.11.12 $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ I've gone ahead and asked it as one question. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 19:04
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    $\begingroup$ ...neither of which I can answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 23:04


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