I am a bit confused on our policy for open-problems. Are we allowed to post a technical/narrow conjecture/open problem on MO?
For example, here is a type of a beautiful question that I have in mind Open problem: $\log n$ factor in Binomial empirical process with the tag open-problems. Was this question within MO-policy? I am asking because if so, I want to post some technical-open questions too from my article.
I personally enjoyed reading the above post and the updates and I imagine eventually the OP or someone from their area will just post an answer that the problem has been resolved in reference XYZ.
Q2: Is it possible to run some small experiment with "narrow open-problems" to help clarify if the community finds it valuable to have them? During that process the moderators can adjust the requirements in the tag "open problems" accordingly as they see fit.
I understand that a similar question has been asked multiple times before eg. What should be the policy on "open problems" on MO? and What should the tag (open-problems) be used for?.
I honestly feel that it will benefit the growth of the MO website to allow the listing of technical conjectures/open problems that we find eg. in our articles.
Alternatives such as scilag.net are underused and this doesn't seem to change. Currently the process of finding open problems is still the old-school of a)talking with people, b) hopefully the authors stated them in a remark or at the end of the article or c)finding them by ourselves through experimenting.
This will also help mitigate "re-discovering" since some knowledgeable expert can just state in the answers "Oh this is already known from this Russian article X in 1962 and here is the reference.". So in that sense it can fall under the quoted answer
Most importantly, please remember that MathOverflow is a question and answer site: the prototypical question is posed under the assumption that some other user will be able to answer it.
And a question can eventually be closed once the open-problem has been resolved or proved to be ill-posed.
There would again need to be formatting guidelines to avoid stating mathematically-ambiguous open problems, but that is an issue even with regular MO-questions. I will be happy to help with clarifying OP questions from my research area.