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Trivial edits to old answers

Related: Trivial edits to closed/on-hold questions. Recently, we seem to be getting a lot of edits to old answers (two or three years) where the edit does nothing other than correct a particular user'...
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How to best acknowledge when someone catches an error?

In 2013 I provided an answer to a question I liked quite a lot. In my answer I mostly referred to the technique mentioned in the question but in the end I made a side remark indicating that there are ...
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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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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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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Computer Science's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be appointed as moderators shortly — please thank them for ...
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a tag for the “lower level” of computer

Regarding Storing information in certain data types I was trying to find a more appropriate tag for this question and couldn't. It is about implementation of variables, but not really about ...
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2015 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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Is this question about an algorithm ontopic on cs.SE?

Is this the right forum to ask the question I posted on http://programmers.stackexchange.com Here is a link to the question. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/291978/finding-...
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Cast your votes in the moderator elections before August 17!

This questions serves as an entry in the Community Bulletin for the ongoing moderator elections and a hub for related sites. Elections are over! Find the results here. The election chat has been ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 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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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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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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Why was this question re-opened?

Why was this question re-opened? As you can see from the history, I voted to close it, then one moderator closed it, then another moderator re-opened it. The side effect of the re-opening is that I ...
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What is to be done with question posters who do not vote or accept?

I am a bit tired of new (and not so new) users who bug you with additional questions in comments, do not bother to answer comments, and never bother to vote. They are not the only ones. Some older ...
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Are questions about programming language design on-topic here?

I recently proposed an idea for a new Stackexchange site over on Area51 here, and it was almost immediately closed as a duplicate of this site. Is that correct? Is programming language design on-topic ...
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Should we bring back the “not a real question” closing reason?

After my recent discussion starter (Towards a policy for hint-only answers) and some chat conversations, I think that the biggest problem we have with questions now is if they don't contain a (real) ...
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Meta silliness: reviews

I just noticed that I (among four others) was the "top reviewer of all time" on cs.meta, with one review (which I don't even recall making). Does this seem as pointless to you as it does to me? Do we ...
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Towards a policy for hint-only answers

This question is getting old, but the matter is still unresolved. Please contribute by voting on the answers here, or by voicing your opinion if you have something to add to the existing answers! Our ...
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Reordering tags

[This might be the most arcane question I've ever asked.] I recently asked a question and, of course, provided a collection of tags. When the question was posted, the tags were not listed in the order ...
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Tags: network-flow, max-flow

I noticed we have tags for both network-flow and max-flow. Does that make sense? Is there any distinction? There seem to be only 2 questions tagged with max-flow. Should we make max-flow a synonym ...
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Proposed Question - Degrees of Internet Connectivity? [closed]

I've heard about something like Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but for the web, a maximum number of links from one webpage to any other webpage on the Internet... Is there any truth to the idea that if I ...
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Using a title with a wrong statement is a wise thing to do

Of course the title of this question is intended as an example of the problem I am trying to raise. I just answered a question (I should not have) that has the title: Every infinite recursive ...
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Tag rename (rice)

We have a tag rice, which I think is badly named. It is applied to three questions, all of which are about Rice's theorem and not, for example, about Henry Rice himself. If you don't already know ...
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Evolving the tags of a question

Is it appropriate to modify the tags of a question to better reflect the issues that appear important with respect to answers? If the answer is yes, how far can it go? For example, an answer might ...
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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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How to fix the question “Properties of graphs where every edge is in at most one simple cycle”

The question Properties of graphs where every edge is in at most one simple cycle is—in my opinion—an interesting question which is very well suitable for cs.sx. The question concerns properties of ...
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Trivial edits to closed/on-hold questions

Recently, we seem to be getting a lot of edits to closed/on-hold questions that do nothing at all to address the reason the question was closed. For example, edits that improve the formatting or ...
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tags: variable-binding and scoping

While recently editing a question, Raphael introduced the tag scoping, using it to replace variable-binding that had been chosen by the OP. That is apparently the only use of scoping. I must say, I ...
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Giving a user improvement suggestions for implementation

Is it "frowned upon" in whatever capacity to, when a user asks a question about asymptotic complexity analysis of some algorithm, suggest implementation-dependent improvements, should the user ...
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Can I ask this question here?

My question was closed on Theoretical computer since. May I publish the modified version of it here? I am working on Integer Factorization problem, and I came to idea of applying Fermat's sieving ...
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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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Let's get critical: Feb 2015 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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Latex best practices

I inserted Latex in 15 questions from other users and I'm being called attention for two of them. Then I ask: What are the best practices for Latex Edit? When can I use? And when I can not use? Any ...
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Project topic and course selection questions

With the new university semester starting, we've had a small flurry of questions asking about course selection and suggestions for project topics (1, 2, 3). This is by no means overwhelming the site ...
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Is there a proper way to ask a question about your own answer to another question?

Is there a proper way to ask a question about your own answer to another question? Suppose, for example, that you get an unexpected result after working out an answer to a question, and wonder where ...
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has graph isomorphism been solved? question [closed]

re the question "has graph isomorphism been solved". this question asking about accuracy of an arxiv preprint claiming to prove graph isomorphism is now up to 9v. added an "answer" which gilles ...
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What is the difference between the tags natural-lang-processing and computational-linguistics?

What is the difference between the tags natural-lang-processing and computational-linguistics? Both tags are used, but it seems to me they should be synonymous. The natural-lang-processing tag wiki ...
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Hats, hats, hats, hats, lovely hats, wonderful hats [duplicate]

According to this post on meta.math, there will be hats again this year. This time, it will be for all SE sites that don't opt out. There's an informal poll on chat about having hats again this year....
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Why close “What are some of the mysteries computer science tries to answer?”?

The question What are some fundamental issues computer science tries to address? was closed as I was finishing the editing of an answer, that did take some time. I think it is a rather nice question, ...
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self answered question instead of check my proof

regarding: https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/32519/equivalence-of-definitions-of-balanced-parentheses-strings the OP went a long way to write a detailed proof, which he asks us to verify. We end ...
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How far should edits go before a new question should be asked?

Somewhat following on from this recent meta question, how much of a change should someone make to a question before they should simply ask a new question? As a case study, this question was asked ...
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Should I ask a new question or edit the current one?

I have asked a question with bounty 4 months ago. Now, I am working on the same problem, but with an extra restriction (or requirement). This extra restriction changes the nature of the problem and a ...
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Would you like to participate in a PL/Compiler Community Event?

There's clearly a lot of excitement and enthusiasm right now around the StackExchange network for Programming Language and Compilers. I think it would be nice if we could give people an outlet for ...
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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

I do not enjoy particularly reviewing work, and do not find that SE always makes it too easy to do. But I do try to contribute, and I try to do it well, which means in no way that I consider my ...
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Your thoughts on a “Programming Language Theory” proposal

A proposal for a new Stack Exchange site is gaining support: Programming Language Theory Quoting Robert Cartaino from an earlier similar case: I'm not generally opposed to creating a more-...
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Is there a limit to the size of an answer?

I developed an answer to an algorithm question. But, though it remains very informal, this answer is already four or five pages long, because it is very technical. Does it make sense to post it? ...
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Are we tied to MathJax?

It looks like there is a much faster competitor to MathJax, called KaTeX that was recently released. I know that for some of my longer answers (here and here), edits require a refresh to properly ...
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What should we do with this duplicate question & duplicate answer?

Take a look at the following question that was migrated to here from Operating Systems SE: Where is the OS when a process is running? Unfortunately, it looks to me like that question has some issues:...
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What to do about [tag:kernel] with multiple meanings

In trying to do some tag cleanup for OS related tags I came upon the kernel tag. This tag has at least three different meanings in the context of cs.se. The operating-systems sense, in which the ...
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Worth protecting this question?

What is the exact difference between a latch & a flipflop? This question has now received three negative-scored answers from new users (two of which have been deleted to date). Should we protect ...