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Should we merge “database-theory”, “databases” and “dbms”?

There are at least three tags that refer to databases: databases, database-theory, and dbms. The tag dbms is hardly used, but the other two are both reasonably common. Should we merge all three of ...
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Yet another case of “why was my question downvoted”

Yesterday, I asked a question (some sort of reference request) about the name of a sample program. Despite my attempt for it to fit the format of Q&A as is the case with the rest of SE, be on ...
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Two tags for matrices

At the moment, Computer Science SE has tags matrices and matrix. Shouldn't one be a synonym of the other? Since, on Stack Exchange, matrices seems to be more popular$\star$ than matrix, I propose ...
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Catch 22: It is not fair that some people get question blocked for 6 months and get no votes on their new question thus creating another 6 month wait

I agree that users should be strictly upheld to creating quality questions and answers, but the issue is when someone learned from their mistakes and creates a good question. To only be reinstated ...
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On the menu: Jobs offered!

Jobs? As in "Home, Questions, Tags, Users, Jobs, Unanswered" in the menu to the left. How do we feel about that?
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Why there are “editing rights”?I think u should not edit other people's writing, comment or maybe delete

I do not think it is ethically right for someone to edit other person words. You may comment with what you want, or vote to delete if you find something wrong in what is written as a principle (racist/...
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Users deleting questions after obtaining answers

Versions of this question have been asked before (check questions tagged deleted-questions), but the problem persists. A new user posts a question, obtains an answer, then promptly deletes the ...
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Towards a policy for questions about contest problems

Sometimes, questions are posted that turn out to be part of a problem from an ongoing contest. We've discussed this on meta in the past (here, here, and here), but we never settled on an explicit ...
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Where should I ask this question?

I have a two-fold question - theoretical and practical. Where do I ask it? Thereotical: Does Rice's theorem imply safe AI is undecideable? (Meaning "safety", for any reasonable definition of ...
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“directed-acyclic-graph” is a tag synonym for “dag”

Dag is exactly an abbreviation for directed acyclic graph. For now, there are 74 questions tagged dag, while only 7 questions tagged directed-acyclic-graph. Since I have no enough score in dag, could ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Comment removed without reasons

Someone (perhaps, D.W.) removed my comment in http://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/120532/would-putting-an-unsubmitted-formal-methods-paper-to-arxiv-preclude-further-form . I think the comment was ...
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Meaning of Computer Science stackexchange icon - logo

I just fount that the icon of the Computer Science community of stackexchange is very similar to a tree of a problem I'm dealing with. Does anybody know whether this represent some well known problem ...
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Why does a question like “What are all the possible types of output from a computer” deemed unfit here?

In the past, I asked the following or similar question here: What are all the possible types of output from a computer? I am trying to understand what are the general types of output of a ...
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Looking for a home

I'm trying to find a suitable forum in which to ask my question. It's been rejected as off-topic in two places so far, and I wonder if this might be a good place for it. Would this question be ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why is there no tag for finite field?

I've seen a few questions at stack overflow related to finite field, which seem like they belong here, since they are questions about algorithms and/or implementations which are not language specific ...
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What should we do with this question about why software is complicated?

So this question hit HNQ and is attracting a lot of argument at the moment. Notwithstanding that my answer to it is netting me large amounts of reputation right now, I think it's safe to say that the ...
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Reduce voting threshold from 5 to 3 votes for close/reopen

I would like to propose lower threshold for votes. I motivate this with high threshold for votes, rather small community (compared to SO for example), which in turn yields poor users' moderation. To ...
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Will the close/reopen vote threshold be reduced from 5 to 3?

Recently I find that the close/reopen vote threshold is reduced from 5 to 3 in StackOverflow. Will this feature be applied in this site? I think this feature will be really helpful because in this ...
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Can I paste full solutions to a problem such as the linked question?

Recently, I found a question that I believe I could answer. here But, I have what I could call a full solution here. Question Can I paste the full solution? And, if no how would I give the best ...
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How can i improve my post

I asked question on CS stack exchange , How to solve following problem using segment trees? .I really want to improve thus i want to know how can i improve my post . 1.I copied question statement ...
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I am resigning as a moderator

I am stepping down as a moderator, and you deserve to know why. I cannot condone actions that the company has recently taken (behind close doors, although I expect more will become public soon). ...
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I'm confused why a truthful claim in a post is downvoted, and its annoying me that no one sees after numerous edits. Please help

I know there must be a communication problem. For some reason, I can't get people to realize that general sudoku is a form a of vertex covering. People have downvoted this truthful claim. I have ...
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What is the difference between [asymptotics], [big-o-notation], and [landau-notation]?

The asymptotics tag currently has two tags remapped to it: big-o and asymptotic-complexity. I can imagine the reason landau-notation is not amongst those is to distinguish between questions about ...
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Reached question limit while asking on meta?

I'm finding many catch-22s and I have to struggle to understand how to create a high quality question. I then ask, and get downvoted and then get question blocked again? Question What's up with the ...
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Is this question on topic for this site? And, where is the link of suggestions to maximize quality of my questions?

Sample-Question Intro I'm seeking clarity after many failed attempts to understand a few sentences that I read from a Wikipedia page. So I'm asking here on Computer-science for better understanding. ...
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Is it off topic to promote the topic challenge here?

Well, it's been a while. To our new(-er) users, welcome to Topic Challenges. To our old(-er) users, welcome back. In the spirit of improving the site, its questions and the amount of fun and learning (...
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Must, I adhere to general standards when showing a problem?

Recently, I've been put on hold for being unclear. And, I believe it is my lack of understanding the conventional standards. (Which I find difficult to follow in most cases) I have updated the ...
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Congratulations, Yuval passed 200K!

Congratulations Yuval, you amaze me every day with patience, profound answers and constant fight to make people work harder, hinting them to solve own problems. Thank you, reading your posts is ...
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Downvoting valid questions

An NP-Completeness question was asked today by a new user, and immediately received 2 downvotes. The OP desclaimed it was a question from a job interview, offered the hint given to him and asked for ...
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What to do if your best questions are getting downvoted?

Recently, I have asked a question and made sure that I provided enough details showing that I somewhat understand what I'm reading. Overall, what details should be omitted that make the question ...
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P vs NP question put on hold?

Recently, I have asked a question and it doesn't seem to get an answer and is remaining on hold. I have edited the question and removed any content that I believed was unnessary. I believe the reason ...
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P vs NP, policy about such questions

I would like to know whether there is some kind of consensus or policy, what to do. AFAIK such questions are off-topic here, because this is Q&A and not peer review, many posts fall into "check ...
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How to flag potential voter fraud?

I don't use this stack exchange much or at all, but I have experience over several years using other stack exchanges. I recently answered a several year old question with an answer. The OP commented ...
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I have an algorithm, but it's pretty poor. Can I ask here how to improve it?

I don't understand the terminology in your help center. And so want to know if this is on-topic or if you know if my potential questions would be better answered elsewhere. I contribute to Code ...
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Should this question really be closed?

I recently found this question: If there is comparison between two variables then language is not regular. Then how the below two languages L1 and L2 Regular? Please Explain It is closed as a ...
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Congratulations, D.W. passed 100K!

Your identity might be shrouded in mystery, yet your moderation is laid bare for all to see. I hope you keep contributing to the site for years to come, looking back in pride on your accomplishments ...
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Welcoming new users by downvoting their questions

A question that was asked recently concerns synchronizing words. Apparently it had been assumed to be on a different and much more trivial topic, graph traversal, and as a result, entertained a shower ...
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Made massive oversight in specifying question. How to proceed?

In this algorithms question, I asked how to solve an algorithms question from a book, which I later realised I completely misread. The question I asked still led to some interesting discussion, but I ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Computer Science's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Would a “find enclosing room” algorithm question be on-topic here?

While searching for a solution, I stumbled upon this question on the main site, which seems at least related. I have previously asked on s/w engineering meta if I could ask there and the answer is ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Computer Science is scheduled for an election next week, January 21st. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Are questions about algorithm recommendation accepted here?

I previously asked this Where can I ask for algorithm recommendations? And was asked to migrate my question to softrec. here https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/54652/what-is-the-best-...
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(To what extent) is modeling the physical world on-topic?

Is the design of algorithms to model the physical environment on-topic? To what extent? In particular, is What algorithm is appropriate for a thermostat controlling the heating of a room with floor ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Questions about how to study or how to teach

Are questions about how to study computer science on-topic? Are questions about how to teach computer science on-topic? For example, “How can I calculate this property of a graph?”, “How can I prove ...

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