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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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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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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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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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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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How to behave during beta?

How should we behave and what behaviour should we encourage during beta specifically in order to make our site successful?
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Question titles: do we encourage $\LaTeX$ in titles?

This question related to writing titles and editing posts. It is well-understood that titles should be expressive and tell about the content of the post, i.e., about the specific question being asked. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should we discourage users from answering off-topic/bad question?

There have been questions that received answers before being closed, e.g. this one. I feel like there have been more, but I might be wrong. Should we discourage people from providing answers to ...
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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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What should our policy on research-level theoretical questions be?

This site encompasses computer science at all levels. This includes research-level questions about theoretical computer science which are also on-topic on our sister site Theoretical Computer Science. ...
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Should moderators remove relevant comments on meta which are not creating any problems just because they please?

One of the main purposes of meta is to have discussion. The rules about comments not being for discussion do not apply to meta as you can see by visiting e.g. MSO. However some of our moderators feel ...
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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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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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Graduation and privileges

I noticed that most of the privileges for graduated sites require higher reps than for beta sites. While this makes sense to me for a number of reasons, will it then mean that upon CS.SE's eventual ...
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How to capture all levels of difficulty

I previously asked Should CS.SE authorize any level of difficulty? The answer is yes, but it feels hard to ask an easy question: we expect that all questions should have been the object of ...
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Discussions about tags [closed]

I suspect we will have to discuss tags and their usage on a regular basis. Let us do so here; I propose one answer per instance and discussion in the comments. Note that you can link to tags using a ...
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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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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 ...
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Should questions about CS-related standards be allowed?

We have had the question What are local networks's ip? and it has been closed (as offtopic). It has an accepted answer, though. Abstracting from the fact that the specific question at hand is not a ...
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I don’t think a user who answers an OP’s question should have his points reduced when the OP’s user account is removed

I answered an OP’s question some time ago but the OP’s user account was removed and thereafter the points I earned were deducted. I believe that in this scenario the points should remain intact since ...
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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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How can I stop users from changing the content of my question?

I recently asked a question where I was asking how to solve a context of type A using a context of type B.My question was how to use context B.I didn't explain the exact context A because my question ...
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Should we have tags for series of questions?

@Patrick87 proposed the concept of heap automata (here) which has lead to three follow-up questions (1, 2, 3) so far. It is not unlikely that more will follow. Should we create a tag heap-automata in ...