In some of my research it is important to have knowledge of mathematics of a specific field beyond that, which I learned in my degree. In such situations it is very helpful to get support from a mathematician with that knowledge.
If we get that help posting questions in this forum, then there are many answers and some being anonymous members (including myself), it becomes impractical to properly acknowledge them all, let alone include them as coauthors, leading to papers where the authors just thank the forum. Also at times it is hard to discuss a research scenario as a question, when there is too much back ground information needed to build the question. Also we can not (or should I say it is highly discouraged to) refer to online forums when publishing a paper (at least in my university and in the journals I read). Furthermore some research questions are confidential and can not be posted online before publishing.
Is it possible to find here, in MSE, a small group of people (1 to 3) willing to coauthor a paper? We could maybe have a special tag and the process can be initialized by a question describing the knowledge area being sought. And after the work is published we can post the results as an answer and refer to the paper published (for instance in arXiv). We can may be have a private space where the group can carry out the discussion and then once the work is done open those in the main forum for everyone to see and comment and modify like the normal process.
My guess is such a system would carry great potential allowing mathematicians in this forum to contribute to many other fields (almost all fields require some math these days) and everyone is properly rewarded when the paper is published including the forum as we can mention in the paper that the team was formed (or partly formed) at MSE. In anyway I do not see how such a process can negatively affect any member of the forum who is involved in the formed group or not.
If we can start the process of seeking coauthors within the current setting of MSE please let me know.
Thanks a lot.