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Are questions asking for the rationale or purpose of something on-topic?

On Software Engineering, questions that ask for why something is the way it is are often closed as opinion-based and/or too-broad. For example, asking why a certain language has or lacks a certain ...
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I have an algorithm, but it's pretty poor. Can I ask here how to improve it?

I don't understand the terminology in your help center. And so want to know if this is on-topic or if you know if my potential questions would be better answered elsewhere. I contribute to Code ...
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(To what extent) is modeling the physical world on-topic?

Is the design of algorithms to model the physical environment on-topic? To what extent? In particular, is What algorithm is appropriate for a thermostat controlling the heating of a room with floor ...
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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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Testing of an algorithm on topic?

I am new to this site but not new to SE. I am examining an algorithm that has been published and the software that comes along with the algorithm. Are questions related to testing of the algorithm ...
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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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Is this question related to computer science?

Efficient directory tree-like data structure for virtual file system? I've already ben able to compress and encrypt each individual file using LZ4 and AES but I need to store the tree ...
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Hardware and Software Questions

Why are Hardware and Software (which is programming) questions off limits when both are fundamental aspects of Computer Science. Since they are off limits, is there a stack exchange community dealing ...
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To Ask about how to write a best dissertation of master's is on-topic or off topic?

Topic about how to write a graduation work or master's dissertation is within the escope? is on-topic or of-topic?
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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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Which SE site is best for asking about self-learning/online CS education?

I’m a programmer with little formal CS education, which has held me back career-wise, and where I think a lot of the fun is at. I’m taking a sabbatical from work so I can teach myself CS ...
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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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Where should I ask about Computer Science Applications?

I'm looking for existing applications of Graph Summmarization on social networks. Is it on-topic?
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Is this question about data storage on-topic here?

There has been some discussion about the following question: is data received after transmission immediately stored?and can that be recovered Is it on-topic? It appears there are some mixed points ...
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Is asking for code on topic?

A question like this seems to me to be clearly off-topic, because, although it does reference an algorithm, it appears to only be asking if someone has already coded it. However, my reading of https:...
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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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Can I ask a question about the use of 'null' and 'Maybe' types?

I have a question that I was going to post on Software Engineering, but I suddenly stumbled upon this site, and now I'm wondering if the question would be on-topic here. There's a draft available ...
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Answering questions at SO

If we see a question on Stack Overflow, that is clearly a CS question, how should we deal with it. SHould we answer it there, or direct them here? I am worried about directing them here because: ...
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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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Are recommendation questions (books and others) accepted?

The Stack Exchange network is somewhat split on how to handle shopping recommendations. They tend to generate questions of the list type, which triggers two of the network-wide close reasons, "too ...
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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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Are questions about theoretical computers on-topic?

At one extreme, questions about how Turing machines operate are on-topic. At another extreme, questions about x86 assembly code are off-topic. What about intermediate cases: theoretical models that ...
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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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Is this question about an algorithm ontopic on cs.SE?

Is this the right forum to ask the question I posted on http://programmers.stackexchange.com Here is a link to the question. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/291978/finding-...
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Are questions about programming language design on-topic here?

I recently proposed an idea for a new Stackexchange site over on Area51 here, and it was almost immediately closed as a duplicate of this site. Is that correct? Is programming language design on-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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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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What part of “Coq: default values for vectors” is on-topic?

We raised the issue of scope limits for proof assistants a while ago, and didn't come to a conclusion. It's been two years, what does the community think now? More specifically, is the question Coq: ...
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What is the difference between this site and Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

When I was a student not too long ago I posted all of my questions on SO, so Im just wondering how this site is suppose to be different? What should I post here instead of on SO? It seems like this ...
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congratulations on huge milestone: cs.se now has more questions than tcs.se

fyi. the two sites are neck-and-neck but as of now an inflection point has been reached and cs.se is pulling out in front in total # of questions. cs.se as of this second has 5412 questions; tcs.se ...
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If I ask a question asking for test cases would that get closed?

I am implementing the Shunting Yard algorithm and would like to ask for some test cases. Basically I would like those that have implemented the algorithm to share the cases that made them have to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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non-research level algorithm problems

I'm taking an undergrad course based on Cormen, which includes allot of "prove the correctness of the algorithm" type problems. These are generally not research level problems, so they don't belong ...
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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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Questions about network protocols

https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/6607/response-for-ip-record-route-option is a question about a concrete network protocol (the TCP/IP family). Are such questions on-topic here? If the question ...
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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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Are questions about Chernoff bounds and Lovasz local lemma good fit here?

On math.SE, I have asked some questions about Lovasz local lemma Understanding the condition in Lovasz local lemma Two definitions of independence of an event and a set of events independence ...
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When is a question for resources/references in Q&A format?

I am puzzled if it is appropriate to ask for resources/referemces for good exercises for an introductory TCS course. I personally think that this is a very precise question, but I see the danger that ...
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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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Why is this question considered on topic?

I have become an avid observer of the site, and I have learned a ton so far (still mustering up a few questions, but that's another story...). I've been trying to keep an eye on things from the ...
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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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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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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 Human Computer Interaction questions welcome here?

This is under CS graduate majors in my host university, so I would want to confirm first here. Please up vote if yes and down vote if no (where yes or no are related to belong or not belong). Or ...
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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 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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