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I am resigning as a moderator

Apologies for the slight hijacking of the thread. I endorse your decision to resign. I am no longer going to contribute to any Stack Exchange site. Moderators and major contributors (of which I do ...
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I am resigning as a moderator

Thank you for all of your enormous contributions to the site over the years, Gilles! I admire your acts of service and your spirit of giving to the world anonymously, and I will miss having you on ...
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I am resigning as a moderator

Gilles was specifically involved in creating Computer Science and shaping its community and policies from the early days on. His prior experience as SE moderator was unique among the pro-tem mods and ...
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Why isn't CS functioning as MathExchange or StackOverflow?

I agree with David Richerby. Math.se is the anomalous site. It is inundated with boring homework questions that keep repeating in an annual cycle. I personally ran away from the site with disgust, and ...
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Congratulations, D.W. passed 100K!

Thank you for the kind words, Yuval! You are an inspiration -- and it's a pleasure to be a part of this community.
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I am resigning as a moderator

I think the site might need you exactly because of your attitude and your views. But still, I respect your decision and, moreover, share your views. I find the actions of SE against Monica intentional,...
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Inspirations towards a logo for cs.SE

Rooted trees are pretty ubiquitous in all kinds of computer science, both theoretical and applied. You can find plenty of applications of rooted trees e.g. in the context of algorithms and data ...
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Why isn't CS functioning as MathExchange or StackOverflow?

But CS seems completely different to me It isn't. Our policy on homework questions is broadly the same as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics and Stack Overflow. Rather, it's Mathematics that's ...
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What should be the alignment of titles?

Left-aligned, breaking before the sidebar Even with left-alignment, we may not want titled to flow over the sidebar: Reproduce by combinging text-align : left; ...
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How do I ask a good homework question?

D.W. explains what to ask. Here are some pointer towards how. Wait, first the when: First, talk to people, namely fellow students, TAs and teachers (in that order). Many problems go away after you ...
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Is there etiquette for posting frequency?

The only technical limit is that you must wait 20 minutes between questions (this only applies to low-reputation users). A few of the biggest site in the Stack Exchange network have additional limits: ...
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How much personal style should be tolerated?

Generally speaking, personal style should be left alone as long as it doesn't hurt the legibility of posts. If you prefer to use British spelling, we won't edit your post to remove the “u” from your ...
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Towards a policy for hint-only answers

Here is my proposal: We do not want hint-only answers. If a question does not deserve a full answer (now), don't answer (now). Use the comment feature for providing hints. Down- and/or close-...
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Reduce voting threshold from 5 to 3 votes for close/reopen

Yes, please change the threshold on close/reopen votes.
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Are questions about programming language design on-topic here?

Sure, programming language design is one of the things computer scientists do. You'll find programming language design questions under tags such as programming-languages, typing, type-checking, type-...
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Your thoughts on a “Programming Language Theory” proposal

Analysis of the questions on the proposal I went and analyzed the 40 questions with score 10 and above that define the proposal, checking their suitability for Computer Science. When creating a ...
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Computer Science New Site Design

Some thoughts. Forms I like the background. It's abstract yet aesthetic (I guess 70's wallpapers are back?). I for one can believe to see remnants of a (very complicated) Venn diagram, which I ...
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What should be the alignment of titles?

Left-aligned The network standard (the distance from the left border may have to be tweaked): Reproduce with changing div#question-header to ...
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Interview questions

I suggest to disregard the fact that they are interview questions, and evaluate them on their other merits. Some interview questions are open-ended, and meant to trigger discussion. The interviewer ...
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Towards a policy for hint-only answers

Many, even most, of the questions on this site are homework questions. Despite the homework policy, in practice the site is used mainly to help students with their homework, and indeed traffic varies ...
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Should we close as many questions on algorithm analysis as duplicates as we do?

The proposed standard requires five people to verify that the standard techniques all fail or, at least, are difficult to apply. That's a fairly large fraction of the amount of work needed for those ...
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Which migration paths do we want?

Stack Overflow Pro Programming questions are the largest group of offtopic questions. Most of us can tell what a programming question is. Con We'd probably migrate bad questions as well (which we ...
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Which migration paths do we want?

Mathematics Pro We get pure mathematics questions regularly. We are usually inclined to keep mathematics question if they are CS-ish in any way, so it's unlikely we'll migrate over something that ...
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Can you draw automata graphs directly into a post in StackExchange:CS?

No, you can not. You can use any free-hand drawing app and upload the resulting PNGs. If you want to use TikZ, I have built scripts that can help you.
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Why isn't CS functioning as MathExchange or StackOverflow?

I'll share my own personal views. You should expect that the views of folks here may vary from person to person, so don't take this as necessarily representing anyone else's opinions. We wouldn't be ...
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Does Computer Science want a link from the Programmers Help Center?

I don't expect anything bad to happen if CS.SE is made more visible from Prog.SE. Our bad questions mostly fall into two categories: homework dumps, and fix-my-computer. People who take the time to ...
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