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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Theoretical Computer Science's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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2017 Moderator Election has been cancelled

We regret to inform that due to insufficient nominating candidates, we are currently terminating the ongoing election here on Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange. Thank you to Bjørn Kjos-...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Theoretical Computer Science's 3rd moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for ...
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SE Theoretical CS Pizza Ambassador Program: Sponsored discussion groups

Stack Exchange is looking for students and teachers interested in a new pizza ambassador program. Stack Exchange would like to sponsor university students (and external academic/study groups) who are ...
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Computer Science Stack Exchange

Update: The Computer Science - Stack Exchange has entered public beta. The Computer Science proposal is almost there and only needs 12 more commitments. You should commit soon if you are interested ...
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What do we want to do about blog being discontinued?

StackExchange is looking to discontinue all community blogs, including our own. They are asking what we want to be done with our old posts (for example, migration to 3rd parties). Does anybody have ...
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Visit Computer Science

When things are slow here and there aren't many questions on cstheory in your area of expertise you may want to check out Computer Science. It has a higher traffic and I usually find some interesting ...
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CStheory meetup at FCRC?

I haven't been logging in the way I used to, so perhaps I missed this. But is there any plan to do a CStheory meetup at FCRC? I will be there, starting tomorrow night, through the ninth. I owe Dave ...
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A meta thread for interesting but not sufficiently answered questions on CS?

MO has a meta thread for listing questions on Math.SE which are interesting but have not been sufficiently answered on Math.SE. Should we have something similar for interesting not-sufficiently ...
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More prominent indication that this site is for research-level questions?

I noticed that we get a fair number of non-research-level questions. This is not too surprising, since if someone comes here and just looks at the title of the site, they might get the wrong ...
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FOCS 2011 cstheory “reporter”

Jeff Atwood encourages us to explore support from SE for our conferences. One idea is to pitch a 'FOCS reporter' to attend the conference and write a series of posts for the blog. We could find ...
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2017 Moderator Election - We need more candidates!

In about 3 hours, the nomination phase of the moderator elections is scheduled to end. However, in order for the election to proceed, it is necessary to have at least one more candidate running than ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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On the Difference between Crowdsourced Answers and Mathematical Truth

This is in part a response to Robert Cartaino's comment on Suresh's comment response here. I wanted to separate it out from the other discussion, though. I'd like to start by contrasting two ...
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RETAG: unsolved-problems to open-problem

I think "open-problem" (or simply "open") is nicer and more common. Update: We now have open-problem $\leftarrow$ unsolved-problems
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Do we need “trouble with paper” tag?

I just noticed the trouble-with-paper tag. It is a meta tag and I think it not a useful tag for for filtering or searching and I think questions should stand alone and contain enough information to ...
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TCS community on Google Plus

This is more an announcement than a question. There's a new TCS "community" on G+ that some of you might be interested in participating in. Moderators have to "approve" membership, but there's no ...
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Cstheory meetup at SODA?

Anyone going to Kyoto next week? How about a Cstheory meetup there? I'll be there for the 3 days of SODA, not analco/anelex. I happen to live near Kyoto, in Nara. So I know the place a little bit. We ...
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Information on the moderator candidates

Yi Jiang has put together a nice site that use the Stack Overflow API to display information on the moderator candidates. Click here to see all the information. The information presented is: What ...
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Merge [np-completeness] to [np-hardness]?

Currently 50 questions are tagged as [np-completeness] and 20 questions as [np-hardness]. Among them, 7 questions are tagged as both. I think that the difference of these two tags is too subtle for ...
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Theoretical Computer Science updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Ph.D Schools “focusing” on theory

There's a rollback extravaganza happening on this question. There are a number of problems in the question, and foolishly I contributed to this by even answering. There are multiple questions within ...
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How to differentiate between TCS and CS for practitioners?

In the context of new proposals on Area 51, a number of people who are active there and on programming sites have (imho) demonstrated a lack of perspective on the field computer science. For them, it ...
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Short name for this site?

What's the right way to refer to this site, except the full name "Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange" or the URL "cstheory.stackexchange.com". Personally I've been using &...
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Lemons and lemonade

With regards to this recent question: A sandwich function I do think there's a disconnect when the question gets -4 and the answer gets +3. It encourages people to answer. Over on MathOverflow we ...
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Help vote on answers to good questions

Sometimes a question gets asked, someone takes the time to respond, but the answer never receives any votes. Sometimes those answers can be quite good, and it would be nice to reward those answers ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Looking for a collaborator in tree-automata, tree-grammars field

It can be very useful feature for science-oriented stackexchange forum to have a separate sub-site to post there advertisements about project collaboration. In particular, I have a big issue with ...
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Blog post about computational topology

Can I make a blog post to resurrect the cstheory blog about computational topology? The blog post would be about decision problems in knot theory specifically the unknotting problem and knot ...
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How-To Use/Tips & Tricks

Is there a need for a How-To Use or Tips & Tricks page? If so, what would be on it? (Tips and tricks include searching, urlencoding, markdown, how to see mathjax input, special question urls, ...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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“Theoretical computer science” or “theoretical *in* computer science”

Sometimes we get questions which are "theoretical questions in computer science", but are not "theoretical computer science" questions. Other areas in computer science (e.g. computer networks, ...) ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Just wanted to thank this community

I know I technically shouldn't be posting this, but it is Meta and you guys have a very poor reputation, it seems, among the mods on other communities. So I just wanted to say GREAT JOB! Questions I'...
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FAQ has been replaced with Help

It seems that SE has replaced FAQ with help. So we need to find a replacement to referring new users to FAQ or directing them to the front page of the help page can be confusing since the scope is not ...
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Offering cash prizes?

TCS SE contain many old questions without any answer. I think it is a good idea to allow offering cash-prizes for those questions. Should we allow offering cash prizes for solving problems without ...
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Upcoming journals and conferences: read 'em and ask on the Stack (and get prizes)

As the new monthly issues of your favorite journals are published and conferences approach, we want to remind you to ask those burning questions that pop into your head as you read through novel ...
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Using meta instead of comments for discussion on suitability of a question

In these two questions, there's extensive discussion in comments (in one case in an answer) on the suitability of the question. To me, this seems like a discussion to be had here on meta, and so my ...
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RETAG: distributed-systems -> dc.distributed-comp

Now it should be ok to merge distributed-systems -> dc.distributed-comp. Edit: This has got so far only 1 supporting vote, and according to our policy, the threshold is 4 votes before the moderators ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Is this question suitable for CS theory

I posted this question on cs.stackexchange but didn't get any answers. I was wondering if this is suitable for this site?
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Help answering the “CS applications of logic” question

I was quite happy to see the question Pointers for CS applications of logic. Scott Aaronson in his blog sometimes uses the scenario of super-intelligent alien beings having a discussion with us to ...
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Why are we getting more off-topic questions?

You may be wondering why we are getting off-topic question more often recently even though now CS.SE exists. I think part of the reason is that we had done a too good promotion (cannot complain ...
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What is the difference between the tags lg.learning and machine-learning?

We have two relatively popular tags lg.learning (53 questions) and machine-learning (75 questions). However, I am not sure where the line between the two is drawn. For lg.learning wiki we have: Tag ...
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Do we need both the [career] and [employment] tags?

We seem to have two tags career and employment about career advice in TCS. Currently, career has 21 questions, and employment has 3 questions where each one has also been tagged as career. Do we need ...
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Support vector machines in target motion analysis: relevant to CS theory?

We have a question on Physics, Target motion analysis (TMA), zig-zag navy maneuvers & Suport vector machines (SVM), which is off topic there, but a couple people have suggested it might fit here. ...
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Short URLs for cstheory

I have created j.mp/cstheory j.mp/cstheorySE Feel free to use them.
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...