In this section we demonstrate how a strong version of effectiveness of formal objects implies openness of versality.

Lemma 96.20.1. Let $S$ be a locally Noetherian scheme. Let $\mathcal{X}$ be a category fibred in groupoids over $(\mathit{Sch}/S)_{fppf}$ having (RS*). Let $x$ be an object of $\mathcal{X}$ over an affine scheme $U$ of finite type over $S$. Let $u_ n \in U$, $n \geq 1$ be finite type points such that (a) there are no specializations $u_ n \leadsto u_ m$ for $n \not= m$, and (b) $x$ is not versal at $u_ n$ for all $n$. Then there exist morphisms

\[ x \to x_1 \to x_2 \to \ldots \quad \text{in }\mathcal{X}\text{ lying over }\quad U \to U_1 \to U_2 \to \ldots \]

over $S$ such that

for each $n$ the morphism $U \to U_ n$ is a first order thickening,

for each $n$ we have a short exact sequence

\[ 0 \to \kappa (u_ n) \to \mathcal{O}_{U_ n} \to \mathcal{O}_{U_{n - 1}} \to 0 \]

with $U_0 = U$ for $n = 1$,

for each $n$ there does **not** exist a pair $(W, \alpha )$ consisting of an open neighbourhood $W \subset U_ n$ of $u_ n$ and a morphism $\alpha : x_ n|_ W \to x$ such that the composition

\[ x|_{U \cap W} \xrightarrow {\text{restriction of }x \to x_ n} x_ n|_ W \xrightarrow {\alpha } x \]

is the canonical morphism $x|_{U \cap W} \to x$.

**Proof.**
Since there are no specializations among the points $u_ n$ (and in particular the $u_ n$ are pairwise distinct), for every $n$ we can find an open $U' \subset U$ such that $u_ n \in U'$ and $u_ i \not\in U'$ for $i = 1, \ldots , n - 1$. By Lemma 96.19.1 for each $n \geq 1$ we can find

\[ x \to y_ n \quad \text{in }\mathcal{X}\text{ lying over}\quad U \to T_ n \]

such that

the morphism $U \to T_ n$ is a first order thickening,

we have a short exact sequence

\[ 0 \to \kappa (u_ n) \to \mathcal{O}_{T_ n} \to \mathcal{O}_ U \to 0 \]

there does **not** exist a pair $(W, \alpha )$ consisting of an open neighbourhood $W \subset T_ n$ of $u_ n$ and a morphism $\beta : y_ n|_ W \to x$ such that the composition

\[ x|_{U \cap W} \xrightarrow {\text{restriction of }x \to y_ n} y_ n|_ W \xrightarrow {\beta } x \]

is the canonical morphism $x|_{U \cap W} \to x$.

Thus we can define inductively

\[ U_1 = T_1, \quad U_{n + 1} = U_ n \amalg _ U T_{n + 1} \]

Setting $x_1 = y_1$ and using (RS*) we find inductively $x_{n + 1}$ over $U_{n + 1}$ restricting to $x_ n$ over $U_ n$ and $y_{n + 1}$ over $T_{n + 1}$. Property (1) for $U \to U_ n$ follows from the construction of the pushout in More on Morphisms, Lemma 37.14.3. Property (2) for $U_ n$ similarly follows from property (2) for $T_ n$ by the construction of the pushout. After shrinking to an open neighbourhood $U'$ of $u_ n$ as discussed above, property (3) for $(U_ n, x_ n)$ follows from property (3) for $(T_ n, y_ n)$ simply because the corresponding open subschemes of $T_ n$ and $U_ n$ are isomorphic. Some details omitted.
$\square$

It is not the case that every algebraic stack $\mathcal{X}$ over $S$ satisfies a strong effectiveness axiom of the form: every system $(\xi _ n)$ as in Remark 96.20.2 is effective. An example is given in Examples, Section 108.68.

**Proof.**
Choose a scheme $U$ locally of finite type over $S$, a finite type point $u_0$ of $U$, and an object $x$ of $\mathcal{X}$ over $U$ such that $x$ is versal at $u_0$. After shrinking $U$ we may assume $U$ is affine and $U$ maps into an affine open $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(\Lambda )$ of $S$. Let $E \subset U$ be the set of finite type points $u$ such that $x$ is not versal at $u$. By Lemma 96.19.2 if $u \in E$ then $u_0$ is not a specialization of $u$. If openness of versality does not hold, then $u_0$ is in the closure $\overline{E}$ of $E$. By Properties, Lemma 28.5.13 we may choose a countable subset $E' \subset E$ with the same closure as $E$. By Properties, Lemma 28.5.12 we may assume there are no specializations among the points of $E'$. Observe that $E'$ has to be (countably) infinite as $u_0$ isn't the specialization of any point of $E'$ as pointed out above. Thus we can write $E' = \{ u_1, u_2, u_3, \ldots \} $, there are no specializations among the $u_ i$, and $u_0$ is in the closure of $E'$.

Choose $x \to x_1 \to x_2 \to \ldots $ lying over $U \to U_1 \to U_2 \to \ldots $ as in Lemma 96.20.1. Write $U_ n = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R_ n)$ and $U = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R_0)$. Set $R = \mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits R_ n$. Observe that $R \to R_0$ is surjective with kernel an ideal of square zero. By assumption (4) we get $\xi $ over $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R)$ whose base change to $R_ n$ is $x_ n$. By assumption (3) we get that $\xi $ comes from an object $\xi '$ over $U' = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R')$ for some finite type $\Lambda $-subalgebra $R' \subset R$. After increasing $R'$ we may and do assume that $R' \to R_0$ is surjective, so that $U \subset U'$ is a first order thickening. Thus we now have

\[ x \to x_1 \to x_2 \to \ldots \to \xi ' \text{ lying over } U \to U_1 \to U_2 \to \ldots \to U' \]

By assumption (1) there is an algebraic space $Z$ over $S$ representing

\[ (\mathit{Sch}/U)_{fppf} \times _{x, \mathcal{X}, \xi '} (\mathit{Sch}/U')_{fppf} \]

see Algebraic Stacks, Lemma 92.10.11. By construction of $2$-fibre products, a $T$-valued point of $Z$ corresponds to a triple $(a, a', \alpha )$ consisting of morphisms $a : T \to U$, $a' : T \to U'$ and a morphism $\alpha : a^*x \to (a')^*\xi '$. We obtain a commutative diagram

\[ \xymatrix{ U \ar[rd] \ar[rdd] \ar[rrd] \\ & Z \ar[r]_{p'} \ar[d]^ p & U' \ar[d] \\ & U \ar[r] & S } \]

The morphism $i : U \to Z$ comes the isomorphism $x \to \xi '|_ U$. Let $z_0 = i(u_0) \in Z$. By Lemma 96.12.6 we see that $Z \to U'$ is smooth at $z_0$. After replacing $U$ by an affine open neighbourhood of $u_0$, replacing $U'$ by the corresponding open, and replacing $Z$ by the intersection of the inverse images of these opens by $p$ and $p'$, we reach the situation where $Z \to U'$ is smooth along $i(U)$. Note that this also involves replacing $u_ n$ by a subsequence, namely by those indices such that $u_ n$ is in the open. Moreover, condition (3) of Lemma 96.20.1 is clearly preserved by shrinking $U$ (all of the schemes $U$, $U_ n$, $U'$ have the same underlying topological space). Since $U \to U'$ is a first order thickening of affine schemes, we can choose a morphism $i' : U' \to Z$ such that $p' \circ i' = \text{id}_{U'}$ and whose restriction to $U$ is $i$ (More on Morphisms of Spaces, Lemma 74.19.6). Pulling back the universal morphism $p^*x \to (p')^*\xi '$ by $i'$ we obtain a morphism

\[ \xi ' \to x \]

lying over $p \circ i' : U' \to U$ such that the composition

\[ x \to \xi ' \to x \]

is the identity. Recall that we have $x_1 \to \xi '$ lying over the morphism $U_1 \to U'$. Composing we get a morphism $x_1 \to x$ whose existence contradicts condition (3) of Lemma 96.20.1. This contradiction finishes the proof.
$\square$

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