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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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Are questions asking for the rationale or purpose of something on-topic?

I don't think we have any specify policy on "Why" questions; I would refer to our general criteria on what questions are opinion-based or too broad. In general, answerers and voters need to ...
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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 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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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 question about data storage on-topic here?

Well, maybe this post looks dumb since I'm writing it after the question already has an accepted answer but... I think the question is unanswerable. Although it mentions TCP, which has well-defined ...
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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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Are questions about theoretical computers on-topic?

Let's approach it from another perspective entirely: "What do you learn?" Let's take the extreme case of adding two numbers. If the question is a give me the codez type question nothing is learned, ...
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Are questions about theoretical computers on-topic?

I think this is a difficult tricky issue. Here is my far from perfect two cents: Is the question about understanding an aspect of the model or is it a program to be used? If it is a question whose ...
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Are questions asking for the rationale or purpose of something on-topic?

I think questions about design decisions/choices in algorithms, protocols, programming languages, etc. are on-topic on CS.SE, but may indeed often end up opinion-based or too broad. I think the main ...
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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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Testing of an algorithm on topic?

Depends. Are your questions about how the algorithm (in pseudocode) can be tested in principle? Such as, which strategies would be appropriate, how to generate random test instances, etc. Then yes, ...
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