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How to make our cs community very different from the cstheory?

We are now in the third day of private beta with a couple of questions. That is great. However, most of questions here so far are about CS theory, which already have a full-grown site. The overlap is ...
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Programming questions

What should we do about programming questions like this one? Are they on-topic or should they be closed (or migrated to SO)?
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What is Computer Science?

This meta question is intended to be a place to direct people who ask what is Computer Science and answer misconceptions about it. What is Computer Science?
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Will homework questions be allowed?

Since the current FAQs say this site is for students as well as professionals, what will the policy on homework be? What are the guidelines that a homework question should follow if it is to be asked?...
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Are programming questions in scope on CS.SE?

There has been several discussions in several meta-posts on this. I think we should settle the issue once and for all. Do you think programming questions should be on-topic or not? What kind of ...
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Are questions about software to solve computer science problems on-topic?

Are questions about software that is specifically designed to solve computer science problems on-topic? The answer may well be “it depends”, so where do we draw the line? For example, is a question ...
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Scope limits on proof assistants (e.g. Coq)

To what extent are questions about proof assistants on-topic? I see four main classes of questions: Modeling a problem in a formal setting; going from the object of study to the definitions and ...
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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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What's exactly the difference between Computer Science and Computational Science in SE?

I've just discovered another site in SE that looks basically the same than Computer Science SE: http://scicomp.stackexchange.com What's the real difference ...
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What is our stance on Software Engineering?

The question came up: Are questions about Software Engineering ontopic?
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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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Code vs pseudo-code

What will the policy on providing code be? In my question it was commented that it might not be on topic as it seemes like I was asking for working code. I wrote my algorithm in pseudo-code because ...
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What kinds of mathematics do we consider computer science enough to be ontopic here?

I'll say upfront: I don't think we can and should find an answer to the question in the title. But we have to discuss it to see that we can't. In the comments of this recent question, we have an ...
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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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Your thoughts on a “Programming Language Theory” proposal

A proposal for a new Stack Exchange site is gaining support: Programming Language Theory Quoting Robert Cartaino from an earlier similar case: I'm not generally opposed to creating a more-specialized ...
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Logical circuits

When it comes to logical circuits, where does computer science stop and electrical engineering start? Computer architecture studies logical circuits, logic gates and so on in an abstract way. If you ...
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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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Career questions

Are questions like “how do I get a job” and “where should I study” on-topic? Examples: https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/1077/getting-accepted-into-uniq-oxford-summer-school-in-cs
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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 ...
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Questions more suitable for "Computational Science" instead of "Computer Science"

I noticed that there are quite some "simple" questions with the tag "numerical-analysis" or "linear-algebra", which haven got a "good" answer so far. Of course, I could try to write good answers to ...
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Whats on-topic on CS.SE?

I was trying to see which site was most suitable to my question between TCS, CS and CompSci when I glanced at the on-topic list. Surprisingly, the list appears to be a little empty. Any chance it ...
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Policy on "easy" programming questions

This is somewhat related to this discussion, but different enough to deserve its own thread, I think. What would be the site policy regarding questions that are generally considered "easy", but may ...
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