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When it's ready. To be clear: this site is doing very well so far. Not just by the numbers, but in how the folks here conduct themselves and handle increasing amounts of traffic (as we've seen over the past couple of months with the start of the school year). I've written a bit more about this here. So what are we waiting for? So from this point forward, ...


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Flag, flag, flag. If you see something, say something flag it. The mod team is on it. Give us a little time to investigate. In general, flagging is generally the best solution. It's usually better to avoid public accusations, for a variety of reasons. I'd recommend using a custom flag with this, and explain your concerns in the text. As far as what to ...


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Here are some options that are available to you, if you wish to dispute a ♦-moderator's actions: What recourse do I have if I believe a moderator has abused his/her privileges? The following overview might be helpful: My account has been temporarily suspended; what does that mean?


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Your account was suspended for 7 days for a reason which was explained (in considerable detail!) in the suspension message. D.W. issued the suspension for perfectly legitimate reasons and in full agreement with the moderation team. There is no abuse of power. Your account has only one non-deleted question. You were suspended because you would not stop ...


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What is spam? Spam is unsolicited commercial advertisement. Fundamentally, spam tries to sell you something when you didn't ask for anything. Some spam is after your money. Sometimes it's indirect, such as spam that wants you to visit a website and click on the ads. Some spam wants you to visit a website with malware that may be able to infect your ...


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To quote directly from the help page on cs.SE, and the about page on cstheory.SE: Computer Science Stack Exchange is for students, researchers and practitioners of computer science. and Theoretical Computer Science - Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional researchers in theoretical computer science and related fields. cs.SE ...


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You have had many posts downvoted in a short span of time today. Assuming these votes were all cast by the same user, they will be reverted automatically. Since this is done by a nightly job, wait 24 hours. If the votes are still there after more than 24 hours, use the contact form and explain the issue (moderators don't know who voted for what, but some ...


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It's hard to say whether it is a research-level question without seeing the question itself. If you are working through an undergraduate textbook and it got you to wondering, odds are that this is more likely to be appropriate on CS.SE. If you are doing research on theoretical computer science (e.g., reading research papers published in peer-reviewed ...


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You have asked two questions before. Both received downvotes, and one was closed as offtopic. Both have been deleted in the meantime, but the system still "sees" them. That said, I don't know in which way the system punishes overall behaviour on the network as a whole. Messages such as these are the result of heuristics the details of which are not ...


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You've had an answer which you found helpful, according to this comment. It wasn't the kind of answer you expected, and the question isn't what you'd meant to ask. Nonetheless, the question and answer now constitute a Q/A pair about computer science. There's no reason for you to delete your question (and since it has an upvoted answer, you can't, anyway). ...


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In the words of the official guidance, “comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer”. In practice, a lot of comments stay around indefinitely. However, when a comment has outlived its usefulness, it is ideally deleted. You can vote to delete an obsolete comment by flagging it as “obsolete”. To flag a comment, click on the flag-shaped ...


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You can only vote to migrate along predefined migration paths, and migration paths are only created between graduate sites for pairs that see a sufficient amount of migrations without too many bad migrations. Since CS.SE is in beta, there are no migration paths from or to it (except for main site to meta which is always there). Moderators can migrate any ...


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Your answer won't go back to community wiki automatically from edits: once a moderator reverts the CW status on an answer, that stops automatic wikification. Regarding policy, I'm the moderator who converted your answer back from community wiki. I felt this was a borderline case. There is no Stack Exchange-wide policy on this matter, and it doesn't come up ...


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If my issue is about the algorithm to use not the implementation, can I ask my question here? Depends. If you have an actual question about what you have tried, yes. If you want to post, "How to solve [UVA 11293]?", no. How about problems that I have absolutely no idea about the solution, is it okay to ask for help in this site? Depends. Can you ...


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This is intended behaviour, and has been forever on SO/SE. Here is a discussion about the issue. This is unlikely to change, but you are welcome to propose a change on meta.SE.


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Normally, if you've just created a tag, you can rename it by editing the question(s) that have it to remove the misspelled tag name and adding the correct tag name. There's no way to explicitly delete the old tag name, but once a tag is not present on any question, it will disappear after a day or so (there's a daily cleanup job). If the tag is already ...


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This site (and the Stack Exchange network in general) is a questions and answers site. Questions generally fit the mold of ”I have a problem, how do I solve it?“. The problem type can be varied — “how do I make my car start?”, “how do I prove this theorem?”, “how can I understand this text?”, etc. But sharing resources doesn't fit. Stack Exchange is not a ...


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Duplicates are probably only supposed to be maintained for SE-good questions. I just closed A for the same reasons as B, which is a reasonable way to handle such cases.


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This feature works in the same way on all sites: click the “flag” button on question and answers, or the flag-shaped icon on comments. But it requires at least 15 reputation points, which you don't have yet on this site. I think that the idea of requiring a bit of reputation for flagging is that we want all users to start with the core functions of the site:...


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In those cases, you cannot accept an answer. A comment is not an answer, so you cannot mark a comment as accepted. Instead, I recommend you do one of two things: Write an answer yourself that answers the question (incorporating the insights from the comment). Then, mark it as accepted. This ensures that others who come across your question have a nice, ...


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Yes -- until you earn more rep.


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It's up to you, but I don't think you need to delete the previous question. As you say, it is a bit vague, but I don't think it's harmful or terrible. One alternative to deleting the old question is to look at whether there are any ways of improving it; that would be a win-win for you and for the site. One thing you could do that might improve the ...


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You weren't "censored by the operators." I assume you're referring to your answer to this question. That answer was deleted because three ordinary users of the site voted to delete it. One of those users was me; I have enough reputation on the site to see who the other two were and I can confirm that they were not moderators. Note that there are comments ...


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I'm sorry if you had a bad experience here. However, we do not practice censorship, and this is not an ethical issue. We practice editorial control. There's a difference, and ignoring it does not help your case. Having looked at your answers, I don't understand them, even though they are about a topic that I understand. Judging by other people's reactions, ...


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You can do the formatting using a table for alignment of the labels, manual spacing for indentation and manual typesetting of each word (paying attention to spacing). $$ \begin{array}{ll} & \mathit{stringlen} \leftarrow \text{length of } \mathit{string}. \\ & \mathit{i} \leftarrow \mathit{patlen}. \\ \mathit{top}: & \text{if } \mathit{i} \gt \...


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Closure reasons Your posts are closed because are unclear, not self-contained, using non-standard definitions and mixing terminology. P = NP attempt in the background is not a problem in your posts, because you did not throw your attempt with peer review request, but it is easy to connect pieces together. You were given advises, learning path plans and ...


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Unfortunately there's no such shortcut. There's a standing feature request on Meta.Stackexchange.com to have link to questions get converted to their title in comments, just like they do elsewhere. See Replace links with the current question title in comments. You can upvote that feature reuqest if you want. However, that feature request has been denied ...


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I feel like you are reading too much into a single downvote. Still, edits can (and should) happen to improve question quality. I believe the downvote in this case was because the question reads like a problem dump. That is, it does not show research effort (what was tried, what didn't work, where exactly is the problem). The reason the system does not allow ...


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The link is given above the question: As far as I know, it is not even possible to close as duplicate without giving a link to a question on the site (which is sometimes troublesome, e.g. if duplicates are on other SE sites, Wikipedia or another canonical source). The only way I can imagine that the link vanishes is if the linked to question is deleted. If ...


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Your question is on-topic here. We don't normally migrate questions unless they should be closed where they are. Your question is at best marginal for Programmers since it's about an algorithm from a theoretical point of view. We occasionally migrate questions to Theoretical Computer Science, if they are about theory, research-level, have not received a ...


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