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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 ...
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Are general questions about a research field off topic?

Is a question like the following What are the major challenges in [research field]? off topic? For research field I don't mean a really general field like languages or theorical computer science, ...
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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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Is cs.stackexchange.com fair to new users?

I am a new user (from last five months ), I have seen some users ( I don't want to take their names ) have asked a very very basic question or just definition around 4 or 5 year back, due to these ...
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Where should I ask about Computer Science Applications?

I'm looking for existing applications of Graph Summmarization on social networks. Is it on-topic?
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Tags can now be longer — do we want to change any?

As of today, tags can be 35 characters long; the limit used to be 25. Are there any tags that were stunted to fit into the length limit and could profit from the new limit? Keep in mind that longer ...
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Can a user show too much effort to solve his question?

Some days ago a new user posed a problem and sketched a sweeping line algorithm combined with a tree data structure to solve it. Here the problem, as far as I remember: There is a set of ...
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Is this question about data storage on-topic here?

There has been some discussion about the following question: is data received after transmission immediately stored?and can that be recovered Is it on-topic? It appears there are some mixed points ...
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Is it okay to ask for edits?

imho the idea behind this sloppy question is a gem: Computational Complexity of Not All Equal SAT variant Is it allowed to ask in the comments if somebody can edit the question? Should there be a way ...
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CS angle AMA “ask me anything” jun13 Bernardo Meurer

earlier this year Michael Wehar proposed a CS AMA "ask me anything" session that had strong support but which has not gone further/ advanced so far beyond conceptual stage. this is to announce not ...
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Impolite to new users

I've noticed that new users, who often ask rather poor questions, are often downvoted with no guidance at all, or are given harsh criticism without being welcomed into the community. The purpose of ...
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Opinion Based Community Polls/Discussions

Would it be appropriate to ask questions that elicit community opinion and discussion? For example: Title: "What's your favorite data structure/algorithm/problem that satisfies requirements x, ...
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Is asking for code on topic?

A question like this seems to me to be clearly off-topic, because, although it does reference an algorithm, it appears to only be asking if someone has already coded it. However, my reading of https:...
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Questions asking for materials or links

I believe that reading vintage codes or codes or papers where some idea was introduced for the first time will expose the concept in its simplest form and hence will lead to clearer and deeper ...
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Feedback on BSc degree project

I do a degree project in computer science. We are around halfway done. I'd like somebody who is knowledgeable to give feedback on our work so far. Could that be on topic for this site or somewhere ...
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Are questions on blockchains on topic?

Just wondering if questions regarding blockchain technology are on topic? From the help link: This site covers theoretical and applied computer science at any level.. I'd categorise blockchains ...
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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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How should one decide between asking a question in Computer Science and asking a question in Artificial Intelligence?

There is now an Artificial Intelligence community (public beta) in the Stack Exchange network. In both communities' metas I didn't find a question regarding the correct place to ask a question that ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Merging similar answers to the same question

My question is inspired by an episode happened earlier today, regarding a question asked on the main site: TM - reject definition and complement. A new user asks a legitimate but very basic question, ...
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1K views, what happened?

The last 30 questions or so, all got at most 50 views. Except one particular question: "What's really meant by context-free in the term context-free grammar?" which got +1K views. What happened here?
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Can I ask for recommendations of further reading?

I am a 16 year-old learning computing in school. It is something I'd love to pursue, both academically and as a career. I was wondering if it would be appropriate for me to ask on this site for ...
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Can I ask a question about the use of 'null' and 'Maybe' types?

I have a question that I was going to post on Software Engineering, but I suddenly stumbled upon this site, and now I'm wondering if the question would be on-topic here. There's a draft available ...
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Where do questions about character standardisation belong?

If I have a question about character representation and their standardisation, which of SE sites is appropriate? E.g.: "What is the rationale behind having "minus sign" and "hyphen" encoded ...
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Answering questions at SO

If we see a question on Stack Overflow, that is clearly a CS question, how should we deal with it. SHould we answer it there, or direct them here? I am worried about directing them here because: ...
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Homework Service [duplicate]

I am a student of Computer Science, however for the most part I'm self teaching myself CS(Due to being in a not very good school, which is not internationally competitive or standard. Not to say I don'...
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What to do if a user refuses to improve an answer?

I do understand that bad answers should be voted down, not flagged. And that flags are for comments, questions or spam in answer form. What motivates me is the following answer. If it turns out the ...
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Will we have winter hats this year?

Probably a duplicate of Hats, hats, hats, hats, lovely hats, wonderful hats This year I missed any discussion about winter hats. Is this folklore discontinued?
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Why is there cstheory SE and computer science? [duplicate]

There are two sites for computer science: computer science SE and cstheory SE. Now, last I checked, doing computer science theory was and IS computer science. What am I doing wrong?
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Is a question regarding potential system design on-topic?

I had a question to propose a design for a potential computer system architecture and I was curious on caveats / potential issues within in, but I'm not quite sure if it fits here. Based on the help ...
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Better guidance for our “belongs on Stack Overflow” close reason

We have a close reason that reads Questions about software development or programming tools are off-topic here, but can be asked on Stack Overflow. That's not as helpful as it could be. Moderators ...
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“Is there a system behind the magic of algorithm analysis?”

This question came up recently and was quickly closed as a duplicate of our reference question referenced in the title of this post. I'm not complaining about the reference question: it does a fine ...
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Is it acceptable to create a question, and then provide explanations about the question in terms of subquestions in the same post?

Is it acceptable to create a question, and then provide explanations about the question in terms of subquestions in the same post? If you were me, what would you do in such cases? Here are some ...
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About [recursion-theory]

From here: what about recursion-theory? Do we need it?
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Wrapping up some tag discussions

There are a couple of old tag discussions that need resolving. About the tag graph-algorithms Burninate tags: search-algorithms and search-problem Tags efficiency and performance What about tags ...