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“Answer the Un-answered” Event! (27 January 2013)

Following the discussion in Percentage of answered questions, we organize an event which is dedicated to answering the (~200) un-answered questions we have on CS.SE. We'll be coordinating the event ...
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What's exactly the difference between Computer Science and Computational Science in SE?

I've just discovered another site in SE that looks basically the same than Computer Science SE: http://scicomp.stackexchange.com What's the real difference ...
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What is the history of the Computer Science site?

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. A paraphrase of a quote by "George Santayana" I am new to the Computer Science site and new to SO and have asked a few questions, ...
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What is the exact difference between CS and theoretical CS SE sites?

What is the exact difference between Computer Science and theoretical Computer Science StackExchange sites? Does Computer Science really mean Applied Computert Science?
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What is our stance on Software Engineering?

The question came up: Are questions about Software Engineering ontopic?
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How is this subdomain different than cstheory.stackexchange.com?

Computer Science is the study of the theory behind computation. How is this (beta) subdomain different than cstheory.stackexchange.com? Shouldn't they be merged?
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Code vs pseudo-code

What will the policy on providing code be? In my question it was commented that it might not be on topic as it seemes like I was asking for working code. I wrote my algorithm in pseudo-code because ...
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What kinds of mathematics do we consider computer science enough to be ontopic here?

I'll say upfront: I don't think we can and should find an answer to the question in the title. But we have to discuss it to see that we can't. In the comments of this recent question, we have an ...
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Moderator Pro-Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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What is a good reference request?

We have 16 reference-request questions. Reference requests are generally disliked on Stack Exchange, for many good reasons: They have the potential to grow forever, with everyone and their ...
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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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Should we allow list questions taged as **big-list** for now?

As far as I understand it, the policy regarding list questions is an ongoing discussion (see here and here). The idea is that we should built up a community first, and then discuss how to handle this ...
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Should we burninate C tag?

Should we delete the C tag? Coding questions are off-topic here, so the C tag is a "broken window" that might be misleading posters into thinking it's OK to post a coding question or post their C ...
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How to ask P vs NP questions without getting closed?

I believe I found a solution to the problem of P vs NP. There is a big chance that my proof attempt is not valid. I want to get help finding my mistake or telling me that there is no one. (We must ...
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New Site Design!

As you can see the new design just went live. Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. We have also themed the twitter account and newsletter template for this site, and adjusted ...
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Is it all right to cleanup “comment-answered-questions”?

I am looking at some older questions that are left unanswered, and I see some examples where the question is well and fully answered in the comments. Is it all right for me to basically copy/paste or ...
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What should be the alignment of titles?

Our pretty new design has gotten bad feedback regarding centered question titles from several users. Paweł already said he's going to change them back to the more standard left alignment, but I think ...
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Questions about challenges on Interview Street and similar sites

A number of questions have been asked about the programming challenges on the website Interview Street. For example, this, this, this, this and this. What should our policy be for these? To me, ...
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Should we have a close reason “shows too little effort”?

Some questions -- often, but not always, homework (or test) problems show little effort on the part of the asker. If the problem is clearly phrased, it's not accurate to close it for: unclear what ...
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How much personal style should be tolerated?

I hesitated for some time, but recently edited this question. As can be seen from the question history, the question contained (or contains) quite a bit of latex commands that were used for formatting ...
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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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Preparing for graduation: Election coming on August 3, 2015

Recently we've been separating the elements of graduation so that beta sites get features of full-fledged communities as they need them. Our design team has been chipping away the backlog of site ...
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New close reasons: unclear, too broad, opinion-based, and custom sub-reasons off-topic

There will be changes in close reasons in the next few days: “not constructive” and “not a real question” are replaced by “unclear what you're asking” “too broad” “primarily opinion-based” “off-...
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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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reposting closed questions from cstheory

There have been many questions on CST that were either closed, or just not answered because they weren't considered research level. May those questions (as long as they are of good quality) be ...
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About the tag graph-algorithms

Apparently there's a tag graph-algorithms. My personal tagging choice has been algorithms + graphs. I think this covers graph algorithms pretty well. Do we need/want a dedicated tag graph-algorithms?...
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Should we downvote solution request?

This question is motivated by this comment. Recently I see more an more questions which explicitly asks for solution to given class problems. This happens mostly before exams period. It looks like ...
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Should closed questions be deleted?

The moderators have been cleaning up and deleting closed questions. While in principle, this is good to keep the site clean, it has the huge negative effect of reducing our hard earned reputation. I ...
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Closing questions because of the attitude of the asker

Here, we have a vote to close on the grounds that asker is rude to people trying to help him. My instinctive reaction is that this is not a reason to close the question. Part of the purpose of ...
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What should we do with questions without effort?

Here someone asked a question about finding median, with a simple google search "median of unsorted array in O(n)" all first three results are about correct way to do it. But there is no policy to ...
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Is asking hints for Project Euler questions discouraged?

I have so far asked 3 questions related to Project Euler questions . The project Euler policy is "to solve by yourself", which I am in favour of. I also know asking hints for ongoing contests is not ...
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software-verification vs program verification

We have the tags program-verification and software-verification. Both seem to mean the same thing and should therefore be merged. Please vote on the two answers below which one you think should be ...
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What about tags random and randomness?

What are the respective roles of random and randomness? Do we need both, or any of them? Related tags: randomized-algorithms, sampling, random-number-generator, pseudo-random-generators, random-walks,...
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What are our minimum requirements for good answers?

There are plenty of resources that "define" good questions, e.g. every site's FAQ, here and here. The heuristic seems to be that good questions correlate with good answers. That does not seem to be ...
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Proposal for regular activities

This idea has been on my mind for some time, so here goes. Let us get together every second¹ Saturday² at 1800 CET³ for several hours to do one of the following (fixed beforehand) collaboratively: ...
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Are questions on introductory undergraduate CS theory appropriate here?

This is my first time to be involved in a site beta, and I would like to gauge the community's opinion on this subject. On StackOverflow (and possibly Math.SE), questions on introductory formal ...
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Is asking for implementation (any language) or detailed documentation/paper to implement an algorithm off-topic?

Here I asked about implementation or a document/paper with enough details to implement an algorithm. Is it off-topic?
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Answering exercise questions from textbooks where the authors explicitly ask other not to post solutions on web

I am troubled by this. The authors of the book explicitly ask others not to post solutions to the exercises in their book on the web (Arora and Barak, "Computational Complexity", page vi): We ask ...
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Burninate tags: search-algorithms and search-problem

Why not just have a tag for searching? Searching is a problem, no need to add the word to the tag; and there's already a tag for algorithms. Come on, let's get rid of these. EDIT: As pointed out by ...
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What is stopping Computer Science from graduating? [duplicate]

I was wondering what are the criteria where we are lacking before we go full public/graduate. The term "critical mass" is used often but is not properly defined. From the FAQs and other questions, it ...
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Who should the beta moderators be? [closed]

This site has been in public beta for a week, and it'll soon be time for us to get moderators. During the beta period, moderators are selected by Stack Exchange staff (there will be elections once the ...
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Should Computer Science Meta start doing weekly AMA's?

Recently, a friend of mine expressed interest in co-organizing weekly AMA's for the Computer Science Meta community. For example, take a look at the monthly AMA's at Physics Meta. Primary Question:...
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Ideas for promoting the site

Now that the site is accessible publicly we should try to promote it. This post is for discussing ideas about promotion. How can we promote the site further?
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Do we want hats? Winter Bash event

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would trigger the ...
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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computer Science Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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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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Logical circuits

When it comes to logical circuits, where does computer science stop and electrical engineering start? Computer architecture studies logical circuits, logic gates and so on in an abstract way. If you ...
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Warn when some tags are used

Some tags seem to attract a significant amount of off-topic questions. Specifically, we have tags for specific programming languages like c, c++, java, python, prolog which seem to be used frequently ...
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Your Thoughts on an “Operating Systems” Proposal

The Stack Exchange team is in the final stages of evaluating a subject for a proposed Stack Exchange site. I'd like to get your feedback and thoughts on this proposal: Area 51 Site Proposal — ...
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Customising our chat

We have our very own chat room which everybody should visit from time to time. We can change many aspects of it, such as title, description and feeds that are pulled and posted. What do you think ...