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TP.SE is closing and it seems that the questions/answers will be migrated in-bulk to physics.SE. The site is research level, and was founded with support and participation of many of our community. Do we want to grab some of the questions and migrate them to cstheory?

In particular, I am thinking about the questions under the tags: quantum-information, quant-ph, and quantum-computing. (Also, maybe quantum-foundations).

I started the counterpart discussion on TP.SE. Are we interested in taking the questions in these tags in-bulk? Or should we proceed on a question-by-question basis?


Update (May 5, 2012):

TP.SE is now closed, questions migrated to Physics.SE.


Update (May 7, 2012):

Physics.SE moderators David Zaslavsky has kindly gone over the questions migrated from TP.SE to Physics.SE and is going to migrate the suitable ones in Quantum Computing and Information to cstheory. Please have a look at the list and let him know if you have any suggestions about the list.

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  • $\begingroup$ It is sad to hear it. I think question in quantum-information, quantum-computing, and computer-science (and maybe some question in quantum-foundations) would be on-topic on cstheory. I think Joe's is familiar enough with the scopes of all three sites and make decisions about migrating questions to cstheory. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Kaveh I don't want leave the burden completely on Joe, since he probably has other important things to take care off. I did not know about the computer-science tag, but it has only 4 questions: one is closed, two are tagged quantum-computing, and the last one is probably a stretch to be on-topic here. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 21:03
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    $\begingroup$ personally I will be more than happy to get these quantum computing questions onto cstheory but the final decision is [TP.SE]'s. It would be nice to hear what @Joe thinks. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ I support migration, or, at least, partial migration. There is a good number of posts in TP which are very interesting from the theoretical CS point of view, under the tags already mentioned. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 7:44
  • $\begingroup$ I am not Joe, but a vice-moderator of TP.SE. In my opinion it is perfectly fine to migrate questions here, of course if you like it. However, it is good to give some thought which tags to migrate not to split the quantum community. So the further question is if along with quantum algorithms/computing are you willing to take entanglement theory and geometry of quantum states? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Piotr, not an expert on the topics and it would be good to have the opinion of people like Peter, Joe, Scott, and others working in QC/QI. Generally questions related topics to TCS are also welcome on cstheory, e.g. there has been questions which are more pure math (e.g. probability theory) and it seems to me that users are fine with them, so I think having them on csthoery will also be fine. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 21:47
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    $\begingroup$ Since you folks are considering this, I'll mention that we'll be having a chat session to discuss how best to absorb TP.SE questions on Physics. If at least a couple of representatives from this site could attend, we could definitely discuss how to sort out TP.SE questions between your site and ours. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Commented Apr 28, 2012 at 10:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Artem, can you attend the chat discussion of TP.SE? $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 14:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Kaveh I am moving apartments tomorrow, so there is a lot of cleaning and carrying to be done, but I will try to make it. It would be nice if a mod from our site could come, too. Also, I don't really have a good take on phys.SE so I might not be a good choice of representative. Joe would be an ideal person to have, but I think it is 5 in the morning for him during that chat, so I doubt he'd make it. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Artem, I see. It would prefer if someone who is expert on quantum computing attended. I am also not sure I will be able to attend. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, that's unfortunate... well, I am in the Physics chat room a lot so if anyone wants to pop in to discuss the migration even outside of the chat session, that would be great as well. We also have some meta posts about it that you are of course welcome to contribute to, if there is anything relevant to be said. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 18:33
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidZaslavsky I will try to attend, but just in case I can't I made a partial case for the migration in physics chat. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ I want to apologize for not being part of this discussion. The closing of TP.SE caught me in the middle of a workshop and not really able to respond. $\endgroup$ Commented May 7, 2012 at 2:56
  • $\begingroup$ No problem @JoeFitzsimons, I don't think the questions were migrated here... at least I don't see any (like I searched for the Scott Aaronson's highly voted question about Wiesner quantum money that was answered by Abel Molina, and it is not here). This upsets me. $\endgroup$ Commented May 7, 2012 at 3:03
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    $\begingroup$ meta.physics.stackexchange.com/questions/1258/… $\endgroup$ Commented May 7, 2012 at 3:21

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I'm fine with migrating as needed to cstheory. This makes me worried about the fate of our site :)

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    $\begingroup$ I think being graduated gives us a lot more leeway than the beta sites. I would be more worried about something like a CS to cstheory merger or mass migration. That could kill the community and spirit of the site without seeming as drastic as a deletion. However, I think we are safe for now :D. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 22:41
  • $\begingroup$ @ArtemKaznatcheev If they ask me (now a CS mod), I'll say what I've always said, which is that CSTheory and CS cater to different audiences and a merge would kill CSTheory. (Not that they would ask me.) $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 22:45
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    $\begingroup$ I think being worried a little bit about the site is not that bad after all, may help us improve things a little bit. (ps: if you look at the area51 statistic for the closed sites their situation were considerably worse, but still we are not in a shape like MO that would let us feel really good.) In any case, if that day comes for cstheory, we have a few options to consider: returning to MO, merging with CS, extending the scope to contain other research topics in CS, or moving to some other software, and each of them will have their own consequences. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ ps: I feel that TP was making the Internet a better place, maybe wasn't as big as SE would like, but still it was a good high quality Q&A site for experts. It was like Microsoft Research's support for research in math/physics/etc., it does not cost them much but still has its own benefits. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 23:00
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    $\begingroup$ I'm fine with migrating too -- I upvoted this in lieu of posting a redundant answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 9:37
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I think Theoretical CS could truly benefit from a closer interaction with Theoretical Physics. Acquiring the TP.SE questions might make a small contribution towards that. I support the idea.

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The meta post on Physics.SE about the migration from TP.SE.

If you are familiar with quantum computing/information please have a look at the questions with relevant tags on TP.SE and flag them for migration to cstheory.

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    $\begingroup$ Problem, there is a limit of 10 moderator-flags per day. It is not much for all the questions that are interesting. $\endgroup$ Commented May 3, 2012 at 10:23
  • $\begingroup$ Well, it seems that nothing was really migrated here from TP.SE even after our discussion unless someone specifically flagged it. That is kind of upsetting. $\endgroup$ Commented May 7, 2012 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Artem, the moderators on TP.SE had to manually migrate them: Joe, Moshe, Piotr. It seems that they were busy with other stuff. I guess we can still ask the moderators on Physics.SE to migrate those questions to here from Physics.SE. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented May 7, 2012 at 4:09
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    $\begingroup$ @Kaveh: We're working on it (I'm not a mod, though, so I can't do much) $\endgroup$ Commented May 7, 2012 at 5:40
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    $\begingroup$ I've gone through the list of questions in the question Manishearth jus linked and tried to break them down by topic and/or level to identify which ones should be migrated. Let us know if you disagree on the breakdown, and then I can migrate the ones that should be migrated once everything is worked out. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Commented May 7, 2012 at 7:16
  • $\begingroup$ @David, thank you. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Commented May 7, 2012 at 7:48

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