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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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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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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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Reduce voting threshold from 5 to 3 votes for close/reopen

Yes, please change the threshold on close/reopen votes.
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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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How do I ask a good homework question?

Ask questions about concepts, not about your exercise Don't ask us about how to solve your homework exercise. Instead, spend some time trying to solve the homework exercise, and use that to figure ...
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Can I ask a question about the use of 'null' and 'Maybe' types?

We do have the programming-languages and language-design tags. As long as your questions fall into these categories and are (mostly) language-agnostic they are very welcome!
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Is asking for code on topic?

There have been a number of past discussions of this. Based on the outcomes of those discussions, my reading is that asking for implementations of an algorithm is off-topic. Others may have a ...
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Is cs.stackexchange.com fair to new users?

Is it fair? I don't know. Fairness is notoriously subjective. What's fair to one person, is often unfair to another. Since you mention you're new to the community, it might be helpful to first ...
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Is MathJax in title allowed?

I don't think there's an official policy, but I agree with Raphael's answer that Mathjax should 'rather not' be used in titles, mostly for the reason that titles are (automatically) used in a lot of ...
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2023 Community Moderator Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the election! Looking forward to helping out in any way I can.
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Will we have winter hats this year?

Yes, we will have hats. Starting in 521,031 521,030 521,029 … seconds. We (the moderators) decided that since there had been overwhelming support the previous years, we'd opt in again this year (or ...
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Feedback on BSc degree project

Frankly, this is what teachers and teaching assistants are paid for. You can also ask peers or more advanced learners you trust. Reviewing material is generally a bad fit for this platform: it's a ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

This is Discrete lizard. Comments are starting to build up on a question. A commenter asserts that the question makes no sense and should be closed. The asker maintains that the question is ...
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Welcoming new users by downvoting their questions

First of all, I agree with you that downvotes on questions that are fine after minor improvements should be avoided. It is better to close vote/flag instead and even better to edit to improve the ...
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What is the difference between computer science stack exchange site and Stack Overflow?

See the help center for an overview of the type of questions that are suitable for this site. As for why these question are not asked on Stack Overflow (SO), well, that was a common criticism back ...
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Insufficient nominees for moderator election: What happens next?

Rules, regulations and policies. Here we are, in our little space of computer science. We have a kind volunteer who is willing to help the existing moderation team. Alas, we cannot take him aboard ...
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Seeking volunteers to run for moderator

Once again, I am happy to run. Once again, this is an election I am happy to concede if an appropriately qualified candidate steps forward and wins. This is about the community, not my fragile ego.
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External links in questions

Questions are expected to be self-contained. They should contain all the information needed to understand and answer the question, in the post itself. They can certainly include external links to ...
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Should we merge the tags "hash" and "hashing"?

If there is any distinction between hash(es) and hashing, the differences are small in the context of computer science. We usually study hash functions to do hashing, and hashing is impossible without ...
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