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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-specialized ...
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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 ...
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Are questions regarding reference material considered off topic?

Title states the issue. Specifically, I'm looking for a bit of material on a topic of computer science and practical application of the principle. I'm not looking for code, but I am interested in ...
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Examples of how to use the site evaluation to improve the site?

We just completed our Aug 2014 site evaluation: Let's get critical: Aug 2014 Site Self-Evaluation. It looks like every question got between 20 and 25 votes one way or another. Most of the voters ...
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Comment threads we'd like to move to chat

A new system for moving comments to chat has been implemented. Basically, posts are auto-flagged if there are too many comments, enabling mods to copy all comments to a new chatroom (and then spend ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 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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Is there a canonical reason why I can't flag my own comment?

I've been involved in a comment thread (with babou, not that it makes any difference) that has no reason for existence after both of us have run out of things to say. While it existed it was useful (...
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Using rep points from another site for a bounty, should this be allowed here?

First off I know that StackExchange does not allow one to use reputation points of one site to be used for a bounty on another site. That is the goal I am hoping for but want some feeback before ...
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What is tag [tag:cpu-cache] for?

Caches appears at many different levels or places in computer system. You can have on-chip caches, sytem caches and network caches. But the only tag about caches is apparently the tag cpu-cache, which ...
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unanswered vs. no answers

I find the "Unanswered" tab and the "no answers" filter to be rather confusing. Do I understand correctly that the "Unanswered" tab simply refers to questions that may have answers but not a solution ...
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Reference answer for textbooks in subfields other than algorithms

Someone just asked a question on the main site requesting a good introductory text for "Theory of Computation", which I'm guessing is going to get closed as "Primarily Opinion Based". I agree that ...
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Why can't we migrate old questions?

Having nothing better to do, I browsed the unanswered questions. I know that last year there was an effort to clear as many of these as possible, but of course there are still quite a few of them. ...
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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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Are [parsing] and [parsers] synonyms?

The tags parsing and parsers are very close in meaning. Is there any difference, or should they be merged? I see maybe a very slight nuance — parsing is a bit broader in coverage of language syntax, ...
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How can I improve this question to be more concise and on-topic for this site?

I'm new to this site, and to the subject of computer science. Since I don't fully understand the question I'm interested in asking, and I don't want to ask a bad question, I'd like to know how I can ...
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Can I ask this question about the effectiveness of a mathematical programming concept?

I'm thinking of doing an experiment with a JS program to utilize Japanese Multiplication, and I want to ask whether or not a software math shortcut is actually a shortcut at all. To be clear, I'm ...
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What part of “Coq: default values for vectors” is on-topic?

We raised the issue of scope limits for proof assistants a while ago, and didn't come to a conclusion. It's been two years, what does the community think now? More specifically, is the question Coq: ...
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How can I this question be improved to elicit empirical answers?

My Question https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/24298/why-is-interest-in-the-fields-of-ontology-and-semantics-declining was migrated here from Theoretical CS, where it was considered off-topic. ...
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Where to ask questions related to Real-Time-Systems/Embedded Systems?

I found no tags specific to Real-Time/Embedded system. Neither any question posted. I've few queries specific to real-time scheduling. Which stack-exchange should I use?
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Has this question been closed for the wrong reasons?

A question¹ that has been around for some time was recently closed as duplicate² by moderator overrule. I don't agree with this closure for three reasons: It's not a duplicate of the question ...
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What is the difference between this site and Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

When I was a student not too long ago I posted all of my questions on SO, so Im just wondering how this site is suppose to be different? What should I post here instead of on SO? It seems like this ...
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Is there etiquette for posting frequency?

Is there an upper limit to how often users may ask a question? I am doing masters level research so my questions are not "homework dumps" or anything that I haven't already searched for extensively, ...
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congratulations on huge milestone: cs.se now has more questions than tcs.se

fyi. the two sites are neck-and-neck but as of now an inflection point has been reached and cs.se is pulling out in front in total # of questions. cs.se as of this second has 5412 questions; tcs.se ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2014 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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What do you think of the Stack Exchange main meta site?

This question is intended to collect opinions from people who frequent multiple Stack Exchange sites, including Computer Science, and who are not regulars of Stack Overflow. Each Stack Exchange site ...

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