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What interesting open problems have been asked on this stackexchange?

One of the things that regularly prompts me to refresh this stackexchange is the promise of interesting open problems (and not "wide" open problems like major complexity class separations or the ...
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Who benefits from this site?

I believe that the CSTheory site can potentially contribute to theoretical computer science and to our field's visibility in the larger community of scientists and mathematicians. The ongoing success ...
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When are areas of pure math that are used in CS considered on-topic?

My motivation for this question is the response to my question here, which garnered a vote to close for being too mathy. Supportive comments and upvoting seemed to have saved that particular question ...
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Migration problems: both sides should be involved in making migration decisions

Migration is a nice feature but I am starting to get annoyed by the bad migrated questions we are receiving. I haven't counted but my feeling is that the majority of migrated questions to cstheory are ...
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A PSA, not a question, regarding our domain name

It appears that all our handwringing over domain names might be moot. webapps.stackexchange.com was the first SE site to exit beta, and had chosen the domain nothingtoinstall.com (which I thought was ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Less visible editors?

If I edit a question, my name appears very prominently right below the question, before the name of the original poster. Especially if the editor is a regular, and the OP is a new user who has not yet ...
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MathOverflow is on SE2.0

MathOverflow is now on SE2.0. Would we like to open the migration path from/to MO?
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2014 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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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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Alternative websites for off-topic or non-research-level questions

While our aim is to ask and answer research-level questions in theoretical computer science, we would like to be helpful to those who do not know where to ask other questions. One way is probably to ...
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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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Site Promotion: the next phase

This is a follow up to Shane's early question on site promotion. In one respect, things are going fairly well. Our traffic is steadily increasing: from an early number of around 2500 visits/day, we ...
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Site Outreach/Promotion at FOCS

I'll be at FOCS in Las Vegas. Others from here might be there too. Is there anything we can do to help promote the site ? A meetup ? booth with big cstheory sign :).
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List of target sites in flagging wizard

As a non-moderator, I can flag questions for a multitude of reasons. One is "It doesn't belong here" and then "off topic". After that, a list of possibly suited SE sites is shown along with a generic ...
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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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Should we allow this type of question: "Evaluating a doctoral program/institute of CS"

Should we close this type of question: "Evaluating a doctoral programinstitute of CS?". On the one hand, it's somewhat similar to the type of career advice questions we do allow. On the other hand, it ...
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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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Finding negation of regular expression: too basic ?

The question Regular expressions: Finding “negation” of regular expression? seems awfully basic to me. I didn't want to close since my fellow moderator Dave Clarke answered it, which clearly indicates ...
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Is cstheory aimed at degree-level, masters or PHD students

Is the complexity of the material that people are posting on the main cstheory site aimed at people just starting CS degrees, final year degree students, masters or PHD students? I'm at #2 of that ...
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When should I really flag or vote down?

Sorry if this has already been asked, I could not find an appropriate answer and I want to make sure that I understand these features. Question: what's the most correct way to use flags and down-...
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How to signal users that probably are bots?

In the last hours some users: Harsh Vardhan Rai, Ria Muglihal, Vishesh Sinha are copying questions and answers from other users. Probably they are bots ?!? I flagged some of the questions/answers ...
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Town Hall meeting

cstheory is around a year old and around 6 months has passed since the moderator elections. What do you think about having a Town Hall meeting on cstheory chat? We can discuss anything related to ...
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Which metaheuristic methods are admissible for discussion ?

This question is prompted by this post on genetic algorithms, but I think the matter applies more generally as well to other metaheuristic methods like annealing, neural networks and the like. Are ...
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Close these questions? [closed]

update: since we now have moderators, should we close this thread, using separate threads for each discussion, or should we keep it, appropriately reworded ? Update II: This question is now closed, ...
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Compiler Design and PL Theory questions ?

This question on the main site is stated as being well within the realm of programming language theory. However, it has a -2 score and votes to close. Is it within scope, and in general are we to ...
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Number of users, or "am I going crazy"

We are currently hovering near 5000 registered users, so I've been monitoring the user page. As context, 5000 users corresponds to a little under 139 pages of users, at 36 to a page. Here's what's ...
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Should we add a technical tutorial to the FAQ?

I arrived here yesterday, and I am new to the StackExchange sites. What I miss is a technical tutorial about the site features. In particular, the following isssues have me confused: The difference ...
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We should stop claiming that this website is “research-level”

Question: Algorithm to sort pairs of numbers. I believe that this question is at the level of midterm/final exams in an algorithm course and not at the level of research. Given the positive comment ...
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tag wiki: [open-problem]

Updated version (March 20, 2011): Use this tag if: well-known open problems: the problem is equivalent to a well-known open problem in the literature community open problems: the question ...
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Should we encourage a new user to register before he/she asks a question?

I have encountered the following situation several times on cstheory.StackExchange.com, math.StackExchange.com or MathOverflow.net. A new user asks a question. Someone answers, or someone points out ...
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Adding Tag Wikis

This is more a suggestion than a question, though answers and comments are welcome. In question What should the tag wikis contain?, Robin suggests the preferred content for tag wikis. Unfortunately, ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

After successful evaluation in our interest check, CSTheory has been scheduled for an election next week, June 25th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This ...
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Existence of two lists of FAQs is confusing

Now that one problem of the page cstheory.stackexchange.com/faq has been resolved, we would like to discuss another: namely, the existence of two lists of FAQs is confusing. cstheory.stackexchange....
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Migrating to cs.SE as a "flag" option

Currently non-moderators can flag off-topic posts and suggest that it either belongs in meta or on stackoverflow. It seems that cs.SE is a target that makes at least as much sense as stackoverflow for ...
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Why is our LaTeX math support so different from that of MathOverflow?

As far as I learned from this topic, both CSTheory & MathOverflow use MathJax. In addition, when I checked the version, I noticed that both use v1.0.1. However, the math rendering experience is ...
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Should we permit linking to illegal stuff?

Here is a user linking to apparently illegal material: TCS online library How should we deal with this issue? Clarification: I think we can restrict the discussion to unauthorized online copies of ...
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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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Changing policy on crossposting

In the light of this discussion on crossposted questions, I'm wondering if we should revisit our crossposting policy. The current policy is: Crossposting from MathOverflow is perfectly fine, as ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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Small oddities in the SE software and their workarounds

The Stack Exchange software has many small oddities. Serious misfeatures should be fixed, but often small oddities are just slightly frustrating and not properly called bugs. Although all of the ...
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What constitutes enough work to be cited or acknowledged?

In this question, I received a spot-on one line answer in a comment that referred me to a more extensive answer by someone else to a different question on MathOverflow. I plan to acknowledge David ...
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Policy on editing questions ?

There have been a number of instances now where I've gone in and edited questions that were probably reasonable, but had lots of bad formatting, no LaTeX, and so on. I wouldn't edit these questions (...
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On the efficacy of "Big List" questions

Big List questions (and recommendation questions in general) were a problem on Stack Overflow from its very early days. They attract spam, encourage bikeshedding and generally poor answers. Stack ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Policy on suspending users

We will soon have temporary moderators from within the community, and so I wanted to initiate a discussion on policies for suspension/blocks/bans. Right now I'm thinking mostly of cases where users ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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2018 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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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