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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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A guide to moderating Computer Science Stack Exchange yourself — editing

Editing posts is a basic feature of Stack Exchange: everybody can edit everything (edits may be audited if you have low reputation). Since our site lives and dies with the amount and ratio of useful, ...
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Deleted “Valid” Answer

While doing review work I came across this question, which has attached to it an answer deleted by "Community" (and as it's deleted by a mod, I can't vote to undelete). It's not clear to me why it ...
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“Your question is a very basic one”

Recently a question was closed because it was "a very basic one", "lacking own work". It was asking how a problem could be undecidable while it had a nice characterization. I thought this was a ...
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Advertising Computer Science Stack Exchange on other SE sites

Graduated Stack Exchange sites display ads chosen by the community in the right-side bar. “Graduated” means sites that have been around for long enough to no longer be in beta, other than the original ...
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Why did this “check my result question” not get close votes?

For the question Maximum Virtual Address Space it currently has 65 views and no close votes. I was expecting one or more close votes of the kind, "Here is my problem, here is my reasoning, here is ...
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If I ask a question asking for test cases would that get closed?

I am implementing the Shunting Yard algorithm and would like to ask for some test cases. Basically I would like those that have implemented the algorithm to share the cases that made them have to ...
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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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Candidate Questions for Migration to CS.SE

Do you think the following question would be a suitable question on CS.SE? Do you think it should be migrated to here?
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Should we have a custom close reason for homework assignment dumps?

Since the beginning of the north hemisphere term, we've seen a sharp increase in questions that consist solely of a dump of a homework assignment, where there is no question, only “solve this”. Our ...
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Close votes that don't apply to the question

This question has, at the time of writing, three close votes. None of them seems appropriate. Off-topic: does not appear to be about computer science... It's a question about decidability of ...
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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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Would this question if migrated to CS get closed as too general?

When is the language said to be context free? I saw this question and knew that it could get better answers here at CS, but didn't flag it for migration as it had a few answers but more importantly ...
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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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Let's eliminate [tag:check-my-proof]

The tag check-my-proof has the following description in its tag wiki: Questions which also contain a proof or a solution that needs to be checked for correctness and completeness. There are ...
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Should moderators publicly point out when a user is blocked from asking questions on Stack Overflow?

Stack Overflow users are automatically blocked from asking questions when they have had too many downvoted or deleted questions. (The details of the formula are secret.) When another site attempts to ...
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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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Should we do anything about questions that are just a scan of a problem in their textbook?

I have seen an increasing number of questions where the author takes a scan/screenshot of part of their textbook and includes this image in their question. Typically, the image contains some exercise ...
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Q&A asking for better A

I asked a question and provide an answer, also I asked for solution better than my own. Then my question been edited and my request for better solution than my own been removed. Was that a good edit, ...
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When will CS.SE graduate?

The site has been up for almost more than 2 years. All statistics seems to be reasonably good. The flow of good questions and answers seems to be steady. The need for the site is also clear. ...
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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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How should one react when the meaning of a question is changed?

In this question here it was asked if there are better algorithms for TSP than the naive brute force method. It received three answers, that all answer the question. After some hours, the OP changed ...
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Re-ask question on different StackExchange site

I would like to re-ask a particular unanswered question on math.stackexchange. Is it OK to do so? Or should I ask for migration? The meta discussions here and here seem to recommend "normally no, ...
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Online design/rendering of graphs and illustrations in your posts?

How do you design and manage graphs and illustrations in your posts, that cannot be done by mathjax? For example, for graphs, I have begun using Erdos (demo), an interface to Google Charts API for ...
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How to prepare long posts with mathjax?

How do you guys prepare long posts for SE; particularly for those that support mathjax?
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Can we tag questions about λ-calculus better?

There are some groups of question on the site which are not tagged well, especially outside of "core" TCS (which we have covered pretty well, I think). One of these are questions about lambda-...
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What is a reference question?

What is a reference-question? These are my concerns to tag one question as a reference: Question is about fundamental problem, e.g How does computer program works? Question contains information that ...
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Should we ban LMGTFY comments?

On Stack Overflow, comments like "let me google that for you" are banned. What is the policy on CS? Before that I was thinking to close them all, but right now, I think the policy on SO is better. As ...
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handling 'open questions' in CS.stackexchange

A lot of questions here have been answered, but not many of them have been accepted by the asker, i realized this is more common among the new users. Has anybody thought about addressing this ...
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What kinds of computer engineering do we consider computer science enough to be on topic here?

We've had several discussions about where to draw the line between mathematics and computer science, but I think we have put less thought into where to draw the line between computer engineering and ...