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The [questions] tag should be used when discussing any matter, policy, or issue related to questions, how they should be asked, how they should be processed, possibly put on hold or deleted, or what kind of questions should be encouraged or discouraged and how. It may also be used when you ask a question on meta that is referencing question(s) on the main site, though Meta is not the place to discuss technical issues.

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Questions about how to study or how to teach

Are questions about how to study computer science on-topic? Are questions about how to teach computer science on-topic? For example, “How can I calculate this property of a graph?”, “How can I prove ...
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Is this site the most appropriate to ask questions about distributed algorithms?

For example, suppose I have a doubt regarding how Paxos works or about the definition of FIFO broadcasts. Is this website the most suited for asking this kind of questions? For example, would this or ...
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Asking for the best ways to solve a computational problem

I am interested in learning about what methods are currently considered to be the "best" for approximately solving large instances of the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) in practice. However, as I ...
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What happens to questions to which the answers are outdated?

What ought to happen to the questions that have outdated answers or to which the answers give outdated links? Is it okay to ask the question again?
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How to ask questions when you cannot be as clear as the responders would like?

I asked a question about distance metrics for DAGs: Distance measure for directed acyclic graphs I expected an answer which would outline what possible measures there are, so that I could choose ...
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Interview questions

We seem to have had a few interview questions posted recently: 1, 2 (I thought there were more when I started writing this, but maybe not). I don't think they're a good fit for the site, because ...
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Are general questions about a research field off topic?

Is a question like the following What are the major challenges in [research field]? off topic? For research field I don't mean a really general field like languages or theorical computer science, ...
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Opinion Based Community Polls/Discussions

Would it be appropriate to ask questions that elicit community opinion and discussion? For example: Title: "What's your favorite data structure/algorithm/problem that satisfies requirements x, ...
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Should Computer Science Meta start doing weekly AMA's?

Recently, a friend of mine expressed interest in co-organizing weekly AMA's for the Computer Science Meta community. For example, take a look at the monthly AMA's at Physics Meta. Primary Question:...
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Where do questions about character standardisation belong?

If I have a question about character representation and their standardisation, which of SE sites is appropriate? E.g.: "What is the rationale behind having "minus sign" and "hyphen" encoded ...
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Is a question regarding potential system design on-topic?

I had a question to propose a design for a potential computer system architecture and I was curious on caveats / potential issues within in, but I'm not quite sure if it fits here. Based on the help ...
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Is asking for implementation (any language) or detailed documentation/paper to implement an algorithm off-topic?

Here I asked about implementation or a document/paper with enough details to implement an algorithm. Is it off-topic?
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Is asking hints for Project Euler questions discouraged?

I have so far asked 3 questions related to Project Euler questions . The project Euler policy is "to solve by yourself", which I am in favour of. I also know asking hints for ongoing contests is not ...
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Question turned into tl;dr, answer is not completely correct, what next?

The question is already quite long, with two different formulations. And I noticed that my own answer to my question is not 100% correct. Consequently I would like the question to get some new ...
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How does this site differ from Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Question's in the title; what makes Computer Science Stack Exchange differ from Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange?
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Why are yes/no type questions discouraged?

I have seen experienced users and moderators comment on some questions that cs stackexchange does not support yes/no type questions ( not the exact words ). But if the OP discusses his/her approach ...
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Can I ask competitive programming questions?

I often stuck on some competitive programming problems. I don't know a good place to ask my question. If my issue is about the algorithm to use not the implementation, can I ask my question here? How ...
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Would this theoretical networking question be on-topic here?

A user posted a question on MSO, asking about where to ask their theoretical computer networking question. Since it's not a practical problem, it's not really a good fit for SO, Network Engineering, ...
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Delete answered negative voted question

This is the concerned question. The question has a negative score. So, it implies that the question is not valuable/worthy of being on the site [ I obviously disagree - moreover I got the answer ...
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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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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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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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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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How to make good answers to bad questions more visible?

When looking at a list of questions, for example on page https://cs.stackexchange.com/, we tend to assess the interest of the whole compound question+answers+comments from the vote rating given to ...
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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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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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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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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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Do we want/need a “SE vs CS” reference question?

I have just case the final vote to close https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/13627/is-computer-science-or-software-engineering-more-suited-to-me?noredirect=1 I think it's not the first question ...
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Is there ever any point in adding “EDIT:” to a question or answer?

I was skimming through new questions, such as this one. I suggested an edit I couldn't make myself. The OP made the change, but added it in as "EDIT: Thing X means blah". Is there ever really any ...
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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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Questions that seem too simple - close, comment or answer?

Inspired by this question, and Ran G.'s comment, what is the "best" practice (in terms of the maintenance of the health of the site) for questions that appear too simple to be correctly asked, but ...
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Reference answers to frequently asked questions

Why am I here? If you were sent here, somebody thought that you posted your question too early, that is you don't know facts and/or techniques one would learn in undergraduate courses. This is not ...
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What to do when the answer is already part of the question

We have recently had this question and this one. Both questions practically contain an answer within the question and ask "is this correct". Assuming the answer they give is correct (like in the ...
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Percentage of answered questions

For a long time now, the statistics of the number of answered questions has been standing on 88%, slightly below the golden standard of 90%. That might be due to a lot of early questions which have ...
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Is it OK to ask a question whose answer we already know?

Recently, a user has asked a question whose answer he pointed out in a comment. One of the moderators voiced his opinion that "[i]t is fine to post interesting material even if you know the answer. ...
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Should we require/encourage acknowledging sources

Raphael has posted comments on several questions of this user giving references for the questions. This in combination with the following quote from Gilles' answer suggests that we may want to have ...
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Questions like “what are practical applications of X”

Are Questions like "(Where) will I ever need Automaton-Theory / P/NP / ... after I finished my studies?" okay? They are kind of meta-y, but somewhat related to CS and I have no idea where you would ...
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Would it be beneficial to have Q&A pairs for common broad questions?

I foresee a number of topics that will probably come up again and again on this site in the future. As one has already been asked, I think we may want to come up with a policy for these types of ...
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What do we need more of during this private beta?

It's 6 days into the private beta, we only have 66 questions, and Robert Cartaino has very discreetly announced: We decided to extend this private beta another 7 days. The question count is a bit ...