This follows Amir Asghari's advice concerning my comment on the answer to Answering my own question:
Background of my question is, that I can envisage different reasons for reference requests on MO, e.g.
1. I want to learn more about some topic, but I don't work on a related problem.
2. I work on a problem and need further information for progress.
3. I have solved a problem and would like to know, if either the solution is already known or, if it has been solved differently.
My question is related to the 3rd point, namely that I solved a problem, but could not find anything similiar on the internet; to be sure, I finally post a reference request on MO. After having waited a reasonable time, in which no appropriate reference has been received as a feedback (answer or comment), I have essentially two choices:
- publish my results elsewhere and supply a reference to that publication as an answer to my reference request or,
- provide my solution to the problem as an answer to my reference request.
My personal opinion is, that option 2. should be acceptable if the result can be presented in a 'fairly concise' manner.
I'm aware that my opinion stated above, leaves a lot of room for interpretation; therefore I would like to learn of the opinion of others.