Please see Algebraic Stacks, Section 92.1 for a brief introduction to algebraic stacks, and please read some of that chapter for our foundations of algebraic stacks. The intent is that in that chapter we are careful to distinguish between schemes, algebraic spaces, algebraic stacks, and starting with this chapter we employ the customary abuse of language where all of these concepts are used interchangeably.
The goal of this chapter is to introduce some basic notions and properties of algebraic stacks. A fundamental reference for the case of quasi-separated algebraic stacks with representable diagonal is [LM-B].
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