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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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Is asking hints for Project Euler questions discouraged?

Asking for help with Project Euler is discouraged by project Euler. However their policies are irrelevant here. Just because a task appears on Project Euler doesn't mean that they have a monopoly on ...
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Should Computer Science Meta start doing weekly AMA's?

The original proposal seemed to be to hold the AMA itself on meta, which isn't what meta is for. If there is an AMA, it should be on chat. I also note that the AMA on Physics seems to have run ...
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How to ask questions when you cannot be as clear as the responders would like?

Thanks for coming here to raise the issue, share your perspective, and ask how to improve your question. I'll share my personal perspective (with the understanding that others might not agree with it)...
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Is a question regarding potential system design on-topic?

It's hard to tell exactly what you want to ask, so I'll give some guidelines. You need to ask a specific, focused question. "Here's my design, do you have any feedback?" probably isn't a great fit ...
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Towards a policy for questions about contest problems

This post describes the policy that the moderation team currently applies. Policy If a question is clearly and specifically about an active1 contest problem and would otherwise be a fine question2, ...
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Should Computer Science Meta start doing weekly AMA's?

Interesting proposal, but I don't think an AMA is the best format for this site. The 'M' part is the part that I think doesn't really fit, why should the focus be on only one person? Couldn't other ...
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Are general questions about a research field off topic?

That's probably too broad to be a good fit. It doesn't sound like the sort of thing that can be answered in a few paragraphs. At the level you're talking about, a field might have hundreds or ...
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Opinion Based Community Polls/Discussions

As the help center clearly states: No, opinion polls and discussions are not okay. Here. Discussing opinions based on facts is a good thing, but this platform sucks for it. It's better for both the ...
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Is asking for implementation (any language) or detailed documentation/paper to implement an algorithm off-topic?

Let's break it down: Asking for an open-source implementation is off-topic. Asking for an open-source implementation to do X is equivalent to asking for a software package to do X. They're both off-...
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Asking for the best ways to solve a computational problem

Don't ask for what's considered to be best. What's "considered" is a matter of an opinion. Questions that call for opinion usually aren't a good fit here. Don't ask for the best approach. What's ...
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What happens to questions to which the answers are outdated?

Please don't ask the question again. If you find an old question that is unanswered but you're still interested in, you can provide a bounty. This will bring it back to the front page and bring it ...
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Are general questions about a research field off topic?

Offtopic -- no, certainly not! But too broad and opinion-based, as D.W. notes. You are asking for surveys of a field, not a question that can be answered. You should search for surveys, and (failing ...
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Is this site the most appropriate to ask questions about distributed algorithms?

Algorithms are generally on-topic; implementing them is a gray area since programming questions are offtopic. This question would certainly be welcome on our site. Note that we have a tag [...
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Asking for the best ways to solve a computational problem

Such a question would be too broad and/or opinion-based, depending on how well you can define "best". In either case, it'd also be a list question. What you want is a literature survey. Stack ...
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Where do questions about character standardisation belong?

You seem to have a question about typographic history, which is certainly offtopic here (as it's not even remotely about computer science). I am not aware of any site that deals with this. People in ...
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Is asking for implementation (any language) or detailed documentation/paper to implement an algorithm off-topic?

Borderline. While it is a computer science reference-request on first sight, it may not be answerable as such. In my experience, there will often not be such papers, so the question is probably "...
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Duplicate of a question without answer

Oops. Sorry about that. I don't think you missed anything. You're right -- I don't believe you can mark it as a duplicate of a question with no answers. I think flagging was the right thing to do -...
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What to do about question posts requesting answers to multiple questions?

Vote to close the question as 'needs more focus', or flag the question for closure as 'needs improvement' >> 'needs more focus'. The help text with that closure reason says: The question must ...
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Is CS.SE broken?

LGTM: Has the problem has been fixed for you as well? There may have been a localized hickup in a CDN, too, in which case you may be having issues impossible to reproduce elsewhere.
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