## 104.1 Why read this?

We give an informal introduction to algebraic stacks. The goal is to quickly introduce a simple language which you can use to think about local and global properties of your favorite moduli problem. Having done this it should be possible to ask yourself well-posed questions about moduli problems and to start solving them, whilst assuming a general theory exists. If you end up with an interesting result, you can go back to the general theory in the other parts of the stacks project and fill in the gaps as needed.

The point of view we take here is close to the point of view taken in [KatzMazur] and [mumford_picard].

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