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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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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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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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Your Thoughts on an "Operating Systems" Proposal

I am deeply ambivalent. I love cs.se, but we haven't been able to attract the critical mass of OS experts required to make a vibrant community, and we only rarely get good OS questions. (Look at the ...
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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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Are questions about programming language design on-topic here?

Programming language design is on topic, though some people are rather keen on suggesting that anything related to programming should be closed. I, for one, welcome more programming languages ...
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To Ask about how to write a best dissertation of master's is on-topic or off topic?

Thanks for asking! You don't really say what you want to ask, but in all likelihood such a question would be too broad, primarily opinion-based, and offtopic if it's more about the writing than the ...
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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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Are questions about theoretical computers on-topic?

Broadly speaking, let me divide this into two kinds of questions: (a) conceptual questions about some particular architecture (e.g., Mano, MIX, etc.), or (b) coding questions, involving writing code ...
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What part of “Coq: default values for vectors” is on-topic?

That question was pretty clearly a Coq-specific question: defining a "get n-th" function in Coq will be all but useless to a beginner in, say, Agda. How does pattern matching work in dependently typed ...
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Your Thoughts on an "Operating Systems" Proposal

Background: I'm a former computer scientist (not in an OS-related field), current developer working on an in-house OS, and I've been around Stack Exchange quite a bit (including being a moderator of ...
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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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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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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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How does this site differ from Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange?

Theoretical computer science is for mathematicians working in the field of theoretical computer science, at the level of graduate student and upwards. It accepts only research-level questions. ...
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Your thoughts on a “Programming Language Theory” proposal

One observation: a majority of the users are actively involved in StackOverflow, a very practically-oriented site dealing with issues of implementation and specifics. Fewer than 10% are involved in ...
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(To what extent) is modeling the physical world on-topic?

If the question is how to model the physics of the environment, I don't think that's on-topic here. If the question is about methods for controlling the physical environment, I'm not sure. It will ...
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I have an algorithm, but it's pretty poor. Can I ask here how to improve it?

Yes, such a question would be on-topic. It falls under “algorithms”, which is an important concept in computer science. Some major areas of computer science around algorithms are looking for ...
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I have an algorithm, but it's pretty poor. Can I ask here how to improve it?

Those things are ontopic, but you have to be careful to post an answerable question. "What is the most efficient algorithm for this problem?" is usually more of a research prompt without clear-cut ...
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Your thoughts on a “Programming Language Theory” proposal

Something to consider is that, as we keep specializing CS sites, the quality of CS.SE is going to lower. A question about programming language theory is well on topic here. There is already a flood ...
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Your Thoughts on an "Operating Systems" Proposal

I'm going to go ahead and throw my hat into this discussion, as an avid SO user and a supporter of the OS.SE proposal. First of all, I've been a programmer for a pretty long time. I know my way ...
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Your Thoughts on an "Operating Systems" Proposal

I think Wandering Logic brought up several interesting points that should to be studied and discussed independent of this discussion. E.g. it might worth creating and experimenting with a view of ...
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Are recommendation questions (books and others) accepted?

As a rule, we don't get questions that ask for shopping recommendations here. We get literature recommendation questions sometimes. That's different. “Shopping question” to mean questions whose ...
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Answering questions at SO

Even if they're good questions, they should be left where they are. If the SO people feel the question is off-topic, they'll migrate them here; if they feel the question is on-topic at SO, there's ...
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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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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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Hardware and Software Questions

The interplay between Hardware and Software is a main field of Computer Engineering and as such, a part of Computer Science and a part of this site. In fact, many questions on this site deal with ...
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Hardware and Software Questions

As you might guess from the name, this site is about computer science. Note the word science. Science does not include engineering or technology. The science underlying computer hardware and software ...
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