Gilles 'SO- stop being evil'
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Is it all right to cleanup "comment-answered-questions"?
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Yes, please do so. It's better to have answers clearly visible and posted as such. All user content on Stack Exchange, including comments, is licensed under CC BY-SA, so it's ok to copy-paste it as ...

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How much personal style should be tolerated?
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Generally speaking, personal style should be left alone as long as it doesn't hurt the legibility of posts. If you prefer to use British spelling, we won't edit your post to remove the “u” from your ...

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Is there etiquette for posting frequency?
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The only technical limit is that you must wait 20 minutes between questions (this only applies to low-reputation users). A few of the biggest site in the Stack Exchange network have additional limits: ...

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Should we do anything about questions that are just a scan of a problem in their textbook?
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TL,DR: me too. Posting a scan of the text in a textbook or worksheet is a low in laziness. (I'd say a new low but I've seen that before on SE.) That right there can justify a downvote. A scan of a ...

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Why the low voting rates?
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Here are the figures for a few sites, from this Data Explorer query (thanks to rofl for coming up with a query that works). This only takes into account posts that weren't deleted at the time the data ...

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What's exactly the difference between Computer Science and Computational Science in SE?
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Don't let yourself be fooled by the similarity in names: these are pretty different topics, with different audiences. Computer science is a broad subject, with a somewhat misleading names because it'...

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Are questions about programming language design on-topic here?
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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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What is the history of the Computer Science site?
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I'll summarize what I know. This is tainted by my partial knowledge (I didn't follow everything), my partial memory and my point of view on the subject. Stack Exchange started out as Stack Overflow, ...

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Your thoughts on a “Programming Language Theory” proposal
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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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How to deal with questions about crank-heavy topics?
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Here's the policy I would favor. I'm open to being contradicted if you've had experiences on other sites (Theoretical Computer Science, Math, Physics, …) that show that this policy is not viable. ...

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How to make our cs community very different from the cstheory?
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Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange (“CSTheory.SE”) is for research-level questions in theoretical computer science My eyeball evaluation is that about half the questions so far are about ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2018
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Does Computer Science want a link from the Programmers Help Center?
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I don't expect anything bad to happen if CS.SE is made more visible from Prog.SE. Our bad questions mostly fall into two categories: homework dumps, and fix-my-computer. People who take the time to ...

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Should we downvote solution request?
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The tooltip on a downvote button reads This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful If your opinion of a question is “this guy should do his own homework instead of ...

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How is this subdomain different than cstheory.stackexchange.com?
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Theoretical Computer Science is a site for research-level questions in theoretical computer science, as the FAQ clearly states. Computer Science is a site for computer science at all levels, whether ...

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Usage of Community-wiki
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I am strongly in favor of adopting the official stance of Stack Exchange, both because I agree with it (a good question doesn't need to be CW, and a bad question is not excused by CW; moderators can ...

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Self-deleted questions
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I have a request on the main meta to provide better oversight. Moderators can see a list of recent self-deletions (mod-only link), but it's cumbersome (there's no way to filter it, and a vast majority ...

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Will we have winter hats this year?
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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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moderator privilege abuse
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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 ...

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New Site Design!
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I just wanted to congratulate you on this design. You did an awesome job on a difficult topic, and you were very responsive to the community's input. Thank you!

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Is there ever any point in adding "EDIT:" to a question or answer?
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I agree with you, there should almost never be any indication of edits. Posts on Stack Exchange are meant for the long term. Only a tiny fraction of readers will have seen the pre-edit version of the ...

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What about tags random and randomness?
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We definitely need at least one tag to cover randomized algorithms (that use randomness to do something) and one for random generators (that produce (pseudo)randomness). For randomized algorithms, we ...

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Ways to grow the site by helping good (new/undergrad) students
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Quality vs Quantity? and at this time I think Quantity is more important. NO. Quality is always important. You cannot grow a site by favoring quantity over quality. If you make the site boring for ...

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Answering exercise questions from textbooks where the authors explicitly ask other not to post solutions on web
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I don't care what the authors say, I will not refrain answering a question because someone somewhere requested people not to answer this question. The text of the question belongs to the author of ...

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Who should the beta moderators be?
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Nominee: Patrick87 (meta-profile) http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/451393.png Patrick87 has made interesting contributions on the site and on Meta. He has proven level-headed. He has ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2017
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Is asking hints for Project Euler questions discouraged?
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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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Using a title with a wrong statement is a wise thing to do
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I agree. This is one case where turning the title into a question is often best. Titles should lead with the most important words, so question words and phrases (like “How do I prove”) at the ...

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Trivial edits to closed/on-hold questions
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If an edit to a closed question falls far short of giving it a better chance of being reopened, please reject it as “no improvement whatsoever”. And to editors: please don't make such trivial edits. ...

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Should we have a close reason "shows too little effort"?
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NO We close questions because they cannot or should not be answered: Duplicate: we don't want to answer the question because it's already been asked and answers before. Off-topic: we don't want to ...

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