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Migrate old question on CS education?

In 2012, a question asked why is it that some professors teach C-style character arrays instead of C++ strings even in C++ classes. Now that Computer Science Educators is online, is it time to ...
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A bug or intentional reputation reduction?

I noticed an issue: when I down voted an answer, my reputation also decreased by 1. I don't understand why? Please help me. Here's the screenshot:
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Voting arrow colors are extremely low contrast

I have a lot of difficulty telling whether or not I have selected a vote on CS stack exchange. The difficult is probably magnified by color blindness (Deuteranomaly, affects 5% of men). It's hard to ...
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When should the “lists” tag be used?

So far there is no usage guidance for the tag lists. According Wikipedia, list may refer to an abstract data type, or a concrete data structure linked-list. So when should we use the tag lists? I ...
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fixed bug in answer code; edit rejected with strange reason

I submitted an edit correcting a code bug in an answer to a popular and old question. A reviewer recommended to reject with reason: This edit was intended to address the author of the post and ...
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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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Burninate tag: pseudocode

We have four questions tagged "pseudocode". This question seems to have no value: any question that requests an algorithm would be off-topic if it required a specific language, so tagging a "Please ...
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When is it appropriate to re-tag old questions?

I am aware of the costs of editing old questions/answers as described in the question Trivial edits to old answers. However, I'm not sure in what cases the specific edit of re-tagging an old question ...
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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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What to do when someone 'manually migrates' a question to another site and drops an answer?

Recently, a question asked here which I answered has been deleted by the owner and reasked on a (then) private beta site, quantum computing. I don't think that such a 'manual migration' is a good ...
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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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Tag mapreduce is ambiguous

The tag [mapreduce] doesn't have a user guidance. Currently it has questions that cover both the technique of "Map-Reduce" from concurrent algorithms and "map reduction" from theory of computability. ...
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Integration of an interactive graph editor

Asking here (also cross-asking at cstheory.meta.SE) because I couldn't find contact information for anyone at StackExchange who looked like they could help with this. UX.SE has Balsamiq mockups built-...
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Sudden loss of reputation

Admittedly, we're only talking about 55 rep, but I find this worrying. Yesterday my reputation was at 9206, and it seems like during the night I lost 55 points (currently my old reputation is still ...
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MathJax on Meta

I can't believe this has never been requested! Please activate MathJax on Computer Science Meta. It's necessary to provide support about MathJax usage. Meta sites should automatically have the same ...
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How can I format the algorithm better inside a question?

I would like to write a pseduocode inside a post with latex, how can I format it. For example in the question: How to find the interior convex polytope with the maximal volume given a set of 3D points?...
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Why are bold and italics disabled on CS.SE?

This sentence is bold. And this sentence is in italics. Or at least they're supposed to be. Why are they not rendered as such?
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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There are two questions that are both attempt to prove that P=NP, but one got 2 upvotes and the other got -4 downvotes. Why?

This question is an attempt to prove P=NP. This question is also an attempt to prove P=NP. The first question got 2 upvotes, it is not closed, even not on hold and not considered off-topic. It also ...
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How do we want to tag questions about parameterized algorithms?

@user777 suggested the introduction of a tag for parameterized algorithms in a question: We should have tag about "Parameterized Algorithm" that covers the technique of this subject like: bounded ...
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When is the proof-techniques tag appropriate?

I'm not sure which questions fall under the tag proof-techniques. In particular, are questions which essentially ask for a specific proof of a statement appropriate? The current tag description: ...
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Is MathJax in title allowed?

I want to know if I am allowed to use dollars, i.e. $, in title to render in there MathJax. According to my research, I saw on other sites that askers already used MathJax in their title, but not in ...
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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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Need to comment to a disappeared answer

@D.W. I asked a question. The user D.W. answered. Then I found a bug in his answer. Then I commented that I apparently know how to fix the bug (without thorough rewriting everything). But then D.W. ...
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Should we merge the tags “hash” and “hashing”?

There are two tags which seem very similar: hash hashing Another similar tag is hash-tables, though it is more specific. Should we merge hash and hashing?
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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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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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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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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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Warn when some tags are used

Some tags seem to attract a significant amount of off-topic questions. Specifically, we have tags for specific programming languages like c, c++, java, python, prolog which seem to be used frequently ...
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Is cs.stackexchange.com fair to new users?

I am a new user (from last five months ), I have seen some users ( I don't want to take their names ) have asked a very very basic question or just definition around 4 or 5 year back, due to these ...
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Another self-deleted question

Yesterday I answered an interesting question on communication complexity (extending the communication protocol for equality so that it handles at most one error). The question has since vanished ...
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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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Tags can now be longer — do we want to change any?

As of today, tags can be 35 characters long; the limit used to be 25. Are there any tags that were stunted to fit into the length limit and could profit from the new limit? Keep in mind that longer ...
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Can a user show too much effort to solve his question?

Some days ago a new user posed a problem and sketched a sweeping line algorithm combined with a tree data structure to solve it. Here the problem, as far as I remember: There is a set of ...
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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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CSTheory or CS for a question on the existence of a specific research topic?

I want to ask if there exists someone who is working on the definition of a strictly more powerful formalism than the Turing Machine. Is this question on a research level? Should I ask it on CSTheory ...
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Emphasis in comments is no longer italic [closed]

With the recent style upgrade, *...* emphasis (italics) in comments are now broken: The HTML is fine: ...
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Is it okay to ask for edits?

imho the idea behind this sloppy question is a gem: Computational Complexity of Not All Equal SAT variant Is it allowed to ask in the comments if somebody can edit the question? Should there be a way ...
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CS angle AMA “ask me anything” jun13 Bernardo Meurer

earlier this year Michael Wehar proposed a CS AMA "ask me anything" session that had strong support but which has not gone further/ advanced so far beyond conceptual stage. this is to announce not ...
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Impolite to new users

I've noticed that new users, who often ask rather poor questions, are often downvoted with no guidance at all, or are given harsh criticism without being welcomed into the community. The purpose of ...
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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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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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Questions asking for materials or links

I believe that reading vintage codes or codes or papers where some idea was introduced for the first time will expose the concept in its simplest form and hence will lead to clearer and deeper ...
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Documentation for Computer Science

Would be cool to have a stackoverflow-like documentation section that explains algorithms, data structures, operating systems etc.
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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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Are questions on blockchains on topic?

Just wondering if questions regarding blockchain technology are on topic? From the help link: This site covers theoretical and applied computer science at any level.. I'd categorise blockchains ...
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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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