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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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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 ...
Yuval Filmus's user avatar
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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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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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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 ...
Ilya Gazman's user avatar
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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:...
Michael Wehar's user avatar
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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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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 ...
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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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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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