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I am resigning as a moderator

I am stepping down as a moderator, and you deserve to know why. I cannot condone actions that the company has recently taken (behind close doors, although I expect more will become public soon). ...
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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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New Site Design!

As you can see the new design just went live. Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. We have also themed the twitter account and newsletter template for this site, and adjusted ...
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Congratulations, Yuval passed 100K!

Let me be the first to congratulate Yuval. Yuval your reputation is richly deserved. The breadth and depth of your answers continues to amaze me.
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Congratulations! Computer Science is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Computer Science has already met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites, and today joins in the new design-...
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Computer Science New Site Design

My name is Paweł, I’m a product designer at Stack Exchange. I’m super happy for you, because the process of graduation is about to be concluded! Congratulations to all of you! New Design The new ...
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Congratulations, D.W. passed 100K!

Your identity might be shrouded in mystery, yet your moderation is laid bare for all to see. I hope you keep contributing to the site for years to come, looking back in pride on your accomplishments ...
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Request for LaTeX notation?

I think this website needs LaTeX notation, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one with this feeling. How can we ask StackExchange for that feature?
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Computer Science — Top User Swag!

We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today! If you can find your name among the top 72 users in the first two pages here, ...
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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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Reference: templates for common comments

The purpose of this post is to aggregate several templates for comments useful for the daily moderating of the CS site, e.g., informing the user (usually, new user) when their question is off-topic / ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Computer Science's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be appointed as moderators shortly — please thank them for ...
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Do we want hats? Winter Bash event

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would trigger the ...
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Congratulations, Yuval passed 200K!

Congratulations Yuval, you amaze me every day with patience, profound answers and constant fight to make people work harder, hinting them to solve own problems. Thank you, reading your posts is ...
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When will CS.SE graduate?

The site has been up for almost more than 2 years. All statistics seems to be reasonably good. The flow of good questions and answers seems to be steady. The need for the site is also clear. ...
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What makes an answer good, and what makes an answer get feedback?

I have been wondering: does the quality of an answer and its upvotes always correlate? It should, but it obviously does not. Obviously, because not everybody gets all aspects of every answer. ...
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Towards a policy for hint-only answers

This question is getting old, but the matter is still unresolved. Please contribute by voting on the answers here, or by voicing your opinion if you have something to add to the existing answers! Our ...
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Why isn't CS functioning as MathExchange or StackOverflow?

I understand that all the forums serve different purposes, and they have their own moderators, rules and policies. But CS seems completely different to me, with respect to all the other forums I have ...
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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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Advertising Computer Science Stack Exchange on other SE sites

Graduated Stack Exchange sites display ads chosen by the community in the right-side bar. “Graduated” means sites that have been around for long enough to no longer be in beta, other than the original ...
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What is stopping Computer Science from graduating? [duplicate]

I was wondering what are the criteria where we are lacking before we go full public/graduate. The term "critical mass" is used often but is not properly defined. From the FAQs and other questions, it ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. And even though I made a sample ad for you guys with the rest of the sample ads, somehow the thread itself didn't get posted. Weird how ...
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The return of the homework question

It has become a ritual: three times a semester (around 2nd week, midterms and finals) there is a flow of simple, homework-like questions (mostly in the field of automata theory; US education system is ...
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How do I ask a good homework question?

I'm doing some computer science homework and I need help. How should I ask my question here? The existing discussions about homework tend to center around how to answer them and how to moderate them. ...
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Inspirations towards a logo for cs.SE

As you know, we are graduating. The last missing puzzle piece is our own design which will be create by Stack Exchange employees at some uncertain point in the future. They are known for listening to ...
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A guide to moderating Computer Science Stack Exchange yourself — editing

Editing posts is a basic feature of Stack Exchange: everybody can edit everything (edits may be audited if you have low reputation). Since our site lives and dies with the amount and ratio of useful, ...
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Why the low voting rates?

Compare CS.SE to Academia.SE, which is more or less at the same state as CS.SE: about a year in beta, ~1500 visits/day, 3300 user (CS.SE has 5k users) Look at the question on the front page of ...
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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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Who should the beta moderators be? [closed]

This site has been in public beta for a week, and it'll soon be time for us to get moderators. During the beta period, moderators are selected by Stack Exchange staff (there will be elections once the ...
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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-...
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Is it all right to cleanup “comment-answered-questions”?

I am looking at some older questions that are left unanswered, and I see some examples where the question is well and fully answered in the comments. Is it all right for me to basically copy/paste or ...
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What should be the alignment of titles?

Our pretty new design has gotten bad feedback regarding centered question titles from several users. Paweł already said he's going to change them back to the more standard left alignment, but I think ...
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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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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computer Science Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Should we close as many questions on algorithm analysis as duplicates as we do?

It seems that questions on analysis of particular algorithms are deemed superfluous in the view of the community. Although many of them are probably routine, some are not, and the reference function ...
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Welcoming new users by downvoting their questions

A question that was asked recently concerns synchronizing words. Apparently it had been assumed to be on a different and much more trivial topic, graph traversal, and as a result, entertained a shower ...
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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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Add short reference for Latex commands

Some users are not familiar with the LaTeX notations, which is perfectly fine, but it would be better if we could refer them to some FAQ/help page that explain the basic commands, in a similar way to ...
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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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Quantum Computing Beta is up and running!

Hello Computer Science users! I'm here to announce that the Quantum Computing site is open to join. Your expertise would be very welcome as we continue building our new site. We accept those who are ...
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“Answer the Un-answered” Event! (27 January 2013)

Following the discussion in Percentage of answered questions, we organize an event which is dedicated to answering the (~200) un-answered questions we have on CS.SE. We'll be coordinating the event ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Homework tag discussion

This discussion started in my other question "Will Homework Questions Be Allowed?". Should we allow the tag? It seems that some of our sister sites (Programmers, stackoverflow) have not allowed the ...
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What do you think of the Stack Exchange main meta site?

This question is intended to collect opinions from people who frequent multiple Stack Exchange sites, including Computer Science, and who are not regulars of Stack Overflow. Each Stack Exchange site ...
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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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Trivial edits to closed/on-hold questions

Recently, we seem to be getting a lot of edits to closed/on-hold questions that do nothing at all to address the reason the question was closed. For example, edits that improve the formatting or ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2013 Site Evaluation

We all love Computer Science - Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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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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