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Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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

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, ...
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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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Should [numeral-representations] and [number-formats] be merged?

Both tags numeral-representations and number-formats are missing a usage guidance, and I cannot see a difference between the questions tagged either way. Both seem to encompass not only binary, octet, ...
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Should we merge “graphs” with “graph-theory”?

The tags graphs and graph-theory seem to cover much of the same ground. Should we merge them?
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Questions from unregistered users

How should we respond to questions from unregistered users? Should we treat them differently from questions from registered users? For example: Should we post comments encouraging users to register? ...
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Renaming `graphical-models` tag to `graphical-model`

I found three sites with the same tag graphical-model(s). They are Data Science, Cross Validated and this site. The other two sites contain ...
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Burninate/synonymize tag: definition

There were six questions tagged "definition". In most cases, it was either being used as a synonym of "terminology" or its only semantic content was "I'm asking about the definition of something or ...
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rethinking programming language tags

This question asks whether programming language tags such as [java], [c++], or [python] are on topic at CS stack exchange. The answer says that questions about the programming languages themselves may ...
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Testing of an algorithm on topic?

I am new to this site but not new to SE. I am examining an algorithm that has been published and the software that comes along with the algorithm. Are questions related to testing of the algorithm ...
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Computer Science's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Is it now a good time to merge with CSTheory.SE

For several recent years, the contents of questions on CSTheory.SE are strict subsets of those here on CS.SE Especially, theoretical questions here and there are often linked to each other. Also, ...
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Help vote on answers to good questions

Sometimes a question gets asked, someone takes the time to respond, but the answer never receives any votes. Sometimes those answers can be quite good, and it would be nice to reward those answers ...
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Can program-verification be made a synonym of software-verification?

This was already suggested in this 2012 question, with the top answer being to make software-verification the main tag. Maybe someone with 2500 rep can propose the synonym/merge? Or, answers arguing ...
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Full Forms (somehow related to Computers)

Can I ask stuff like full forms of somethings in the computer science stack exchange, for example, the full form of Wi-Fi or internet? I won't really only ask this but some more also. So my question ...
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Migrate old question on CS education?

In 2012, a question asked why is it that some professors teach C-style character arrays instead of C++ strings even in C++ classes. Now that Computer Science Educators is online, is it time to ...
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When should the “lists” tag be used?

So far there is no usage guidance for the tag lists. According Wikipedia, list may refer to an abstract data type, or a concrete data structure linked-list. So when should we use the tag lists? I ...
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fixed bug in answer code; edit rejected with strange reason

I submitted an edit correcting a code bug in an answer to a popular and old question. A reviewer recommended to reject with reason: This edit was intended to address the author of the post and ...
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Asking for the best ways to solve a computational problem

I am interested in learning about what methods are currently considered to be the "best" for approximately solving large instances of the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) in practice. However, as I ...
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Burninate tag: pseudocode

We have four questions tagged "pseudocode". This question seems to have no value: any question that requests an algorithm would be off-topic if it required a specific language, so tagging a "Please ...
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When is it appropriate to re-tag old questions?

I am aware of the costs of editing old questions/answers as described in the question Trivial edits to old answers. However, I'm not sure in what cases the specific edit of re-tagging an old question ...
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Is this question related to computer science?

Efficient directory tree-like data structure for virtual file system? I've already ben able to compress and encrypt each individual file using LZ4 and AES but I need to store the tree ...
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What to do when someone 'manually migrates' a question to another site and drops an answer?

Recently, a question asked here which I answered has been deleted by the owner and reasked on a (then) private beta site, quantum computing. I don't think that such a 'manual migration' is a good ...
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Quantum Computing Beta is up and running!

Hello Computer Science users! I'm here to announce that the Quantum Computing site is open to join. Your expertise would be very welcome as we continue building our new site. We accept those who are ...
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Tag mapreduce is ambiguous

The tag [mapreduce] doesn't have a user guidance. Currently it has questions that cover both the technique of "Map-Reduce" from concurrent algorithms and "map reduction" from theory of computability. ...
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Integration of an interactive graph editor

Asking here (also cross-asking at cstheory.meta.SE) because I couldn't find contact information for anyone at StackExchange who looked like they could help with this. UX.SE has Balsamiq mockups built-...
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Sudden loss of reputation

Admittedly, we're only talking about 55 rep, but I find this worrying. Yesterday my reputation was at 9206, and it seems like during the night I lost 55 points (currently my old reputation is still ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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There are two questions that are both attempt to prove that P=NP, but one got 2 upvotes and the other got -4 downvotes. Why?

This question is an attempt to prove P=NP. This question is also an attempt to prove P=NP. The first question got 2 upvotes, it is not closed, even not on hold and not considered off-topic. It also ...
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How do we want to tag questions about parameterized algorithms?

@user777 suggested the introduction of a tag for parameterized algorithms in a question: We should have tag about "Parameterized Algorithm" that covers the technique of this subject like: bounded ...
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When is the proof-techniques tag appropriate?

I'm not sure which questions fall under the tag proof-techniques. In particular, are questions which essentially ask for a specific proof of a statement appropriate? The current tag description: ...
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Is MathJax in title allowed?

I want to know if I am allowed to use dollars, i.e. $, in title to render in there MathJax. According to my research, I saw on other sites that askers already used MathJax in their title, but not in ...
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Hardware and Software Questions

Why are Hardware and Software (which is programming) questions off limits when both are fundamental aspects of Computer Science. Since they are off limits, is there a stack exchange community dealing ...
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Should we merge the tags “hash” and “hashing”?

There are two tags which seem very similar: hash hashing Another similar tag is hash-tables, though it is more specific. Should we merge hash and hashing?
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To Ask about how to write a best dissertation of master's is on-topic or off topic?

Topic about how to write a graduation work or master's dissertation is within the escope? is on-topic or of-topic?
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What happens to questions to which the answers are outdated?

What ought to happen to the questions that have outdated answers or to which the answers give outdated links? Is it okay to ask the question again?
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How to ask questions when you cannot be as clear as the responders would like?

I asked a question about distance metrics for DAGs: Distance measure for directed acyclic graphs I expected an answer which would outline what possible measures there are, so that I could choose ...
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Which SE site is best for asking about self-learning/online CS education?

I’m a programmer with little formal CS education, which has held me back career-wise, and where I think a lot of the fun is at. I’m taking a sabbatical from work so I can teach myself CS ...
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Interview questions

We seem to have had a few interview questions posted recently: 1, 2 (I thought there were more when I started writing this, but maybe not). I don't think they're a good fit for the site, because ...