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I asked a question related to my current thesis on mathoverflow.com and got there a really helpful answer by Iosif Pinelis. Obviously I want to cite his answer. Is it enough to put something like the following sentence in the beginning of he proof's chapter:

The following proof based on ideas given by Iosif Pinelis in a proof on mathoverflow.com [1]

([1] points to the reference of Pinelis' answer in the bibliography of my thesis)

Do I need to cite Pinelis' answer whenever I use a notation/an idea of his post (it might be hard to tell afterwards, which are my original ideas and which ideas comes from his post)?

Thanks in advance for your answers!

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First, I would modify your sentence as (Mathoverflow etc. goes into the bibliography):

The following proof is based on the ideas given by Iosif Pinelis [1].

Then,

Do I need to cite Pinelis' answer whenever I use a notation/an idea of his post?

For the notation, you can make an addition to the sentence above (but explain the notation in the appropriate place):

The following proof is based on the ideas given by Iosif Pinelis [1]. The notation employed in this section shall follow closely that of the cited work (or some equivalent sentence).

Instead, when using an idea, yes, I would put again the reference "[1]".

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