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What about list questions?

I know we have some very useful ones on cstheory.SE and I have seen some amusing ones on Stackoverflow. On other sites such as scifi.SE they seem to be banned. What is our stand?
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How to deal with questions about crank-heavy topics?

It was bound to happen and thankfully, it did now rather than later: we received the first question about a claim regarding P?=NP. Some topics, in particular this, attract lots of public attention ...
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Our first list question

We got our first list question. We need a policy how to deal with this and similar questions. Also, how to tag it? Not everybody likes soft-question.
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Towards a homework policy

The purpose of this thread is to determine what our homework policy should be, if any. In previous discussions, we saw: Will homework questions be allowed? → Homework questions are allowed, but we ...
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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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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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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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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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Should questions about other sciences for computer scientists be on topic?

Consider the question Introductory books on nature sciences behind bioinformatics. Beside the fact that it is a book question and those are arguably always problematic, it seems to be more about ...
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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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Deleting questions with upvoted answers

Gilles has deleted a closed questions with +20 total vote and answers with similarly number of upvotes. I suggest the following polciy: Moderators should not unilaterally delete closed questions: ...
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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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P vs NP, policy about such questions

I would like to know whether there is some kind of consensus or policy, what to do. AFAIK such questions are off-topic here, because this is Q&A and not peer review, many posts fall into "check ...
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Usage of Community-wiki

In some other communities, there have been discussions about the use of the "Community wiki"-function. The policies seem to differ from site to site, so before it comes to any problems here about what ...