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Is a question about decoherence in quantum walks on the line in scope?

I started typing up a question on transitioning from quantum to classical random walks on the line, with the punchline being along the lines of: Are there models of decoherence for the quantum walk ...
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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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First anniversary commemorative blog post: ideas ?

Kaveh reminds us all that Aug 16 is the first anniversary of the cstheory site. To celebrate, we're preparing a blog post. What are highlights/lowlights from the first year that you think are worth ...
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Wrong questions and wrong answers

What if someone posts an answer which, in fact, doesn't answer the question? What if, in addition, it is claimed in the answer that the question "is wrong"? Are there any moderating rules regarding ...
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Where is the best place to start a discussion on the right axioms for computation?

In Scott Aaronson's answer to my question about the Extended Church-Turing Thesis, he says I don't see how talking about "proofs" of the CT or ECT adds much light to this discussion. Such "proofs" ...
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Length and level of formality for community blog

We have already discussed the general scope of the blog, and there seems to be some ideas as to what it is. Now that we are starting to write posts, I thought it would be nice to figure out the more ...
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CSTheory Blog Announcement and Signup Sheet

July 21st: The first technical post is now up, Quantum query complexity, by Artem Kaznatcheev. July 16th: The first blog post is now up, here. This is not so much a question as an announcement and a ...
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Agenda for town hall meeting

Now that we have a town hall meeting set up, I'm wondering if we should formulate a few topics of interest, so that we have something to start the discussions rolling ? List one topic per answer, and ...
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Making a question easier to find

Just now I thought of a question that I figured must have already been asked before, and indeed it was: here. However, it was a little harder to find than I expected. I would have expected that ...
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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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Grammatical titles

I've managed to get myself into a rollback war with a user on this post. The original title was Way of obtaining chomsky normalform, does it influence performance of CYK parser? which I changed to ...
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Multiple Accounts Policy

What is the policy on multiple accounts, especially maintenance accounts?. On Wikiepedia, a maintenance account is acceptable as long as the maintenance account links back to the user's main account. ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they ...
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Community blogging

The SE folks are providing the opportunity to create a community blog to showcase discussions on the site. They've outlined a number of steps that a community could take in order to get this going, ...
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How to typeset LaTeX math proofs on cstheory

What is the best way to typeset a proof on cstheory using MathML? I have seen the trick using \over but it does not work well if the proof is several lines long and each rule has a name like: $$ {{...
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Where should type-theory questions go?

I have tagged some question about type-theory with area tag pl.programming-lang but almost always they get removed (right now there is only one question with both tags), so it seems that there is a ...
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citation link for questions and answers

I'm sure everybody is familiar with mathoverflow. But do you know that they have for each question and answer a "cite" link that opens up a window with a bibtex citation? I'm using them right now and ...
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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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Out of scope question with ongoing discussion

This pertains to: How do I store data with a query that's approximated ? I felt that the question as stated was too localized, and invited the OP to generalize because I thought there was a valid ...
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Where simple but important questions about terminology may be asked?

Should simple but important questions about terminology belong to CSTheory.stackexchange.com? Questions like this one: Are grammars programs? If not, to which site it may be moved? There are no ...
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Tagging based on question or answer

A question was asked regarding the payoff from sampling among Bernoulli variables, and was tagged with machine-learning and optimization. Lev provided a nice and clean answer explaining that this is a ...
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Should we discourage low-rep users from posting remarks as answers?

Users whose reputation score is below 50 points cannot post comments except for comments on their own question, their own answer and the answers to their own question. Before, it was common for those ...
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Deleting answers to clearly off-topic questions after they get closed

Update (May 6, 2011): This policy received 8 upvotes and 4 down votes and is now in effect. This is a policy question. The proposed policy in the question (or answers) will be adopted in the case that ...
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An Area51 proposal

I want to bring the following Area51 proposal to your attention: Computational Science proposal It is for Computation al Science (not Computer Science). It seems like a solid proposal and can ...
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Delineating the tags used for questions about modeling

There are two tags network-modeling and formal-modeling that broadly speaking address questions where the main goal is to find the right mathematical model for a scenario. I was trying to figure out ...
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About the closing status of "Binary - How does it work?"

This is about this question, which was closed as "not a real question". First off, I apologize if this question(?) doesn't belong here on meta; I didn't know where else to put this forward. So my "...
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Discussions on errors in papers

The consensus seems to be that if people find errors in papers, they should contact the author directly, not post a question here. Unfortunately, it seems that we haven't enforced this policy in this ...
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Moderator deletion of answers to off-topic questions

Question: What makes an NP-hard problem not to be an NP-complete problem ? According to his comment, Kaveh deleted two answers posted to the above off-topic question. While I agree that the question ...
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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships -- 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the cstheory community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in ...
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Questions about finding code for algorithms

This is a question about "Program for computing tree decomposition of a graph". Should we admit questions that are looking for code for certain algorithms ? On the YES side, there was a ...
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Closing questions too quickly, revisited?

This question How fundamental is undecidability? was closed within 25 minutes of being asked. The OP was rude to a moderator in the comments, and it isn't a great question, so I do think closing it ...
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Where to Ask Too Basic Questions?

While a person can become a pro in one topic, it is not possible to master all the fields; even if we narrow it to computer science. Interdisciplinary fields make the problem worse. For instance, ...
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Promotion T-shirt Implementation

Is there any chance that some ideas from this discussion might be implemented some day? If yes, probably, we can start discussion here?
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Moderators: Please be very careful when migrating questions to other Stack Exchange websites

I ask moderators to be very careful when migrating questions to Stack Exchange websites. When in doubt, please close questions as off topic, possibly with a comment suggesting one or a few candidates ...
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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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Are my questions acceptable here

My questions are about some concepts of programming language. I was wondering if such questions are unacceptable here? For example, One is "Understand foreign function interface (FFI) and language ...
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About "If you could rename dynamic programming…"

This is about the following question: If you could rename dynamic programming... It seems to me that this is a bad subjective question since it doesn't satisfy any of the 6 items of the guideline ...
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Journalist seeking experts for story on Claude Shannon

Pete Barlas, a reporter for Investor's Business Daily, is doing a story on Claude Shannon and needs some help. Are you familiar with his life and work, and would you be willing to help out on such a ...
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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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Can more memorable URLs help promotion?

Yesterday I realised that commonly used abbreviations for our site -- TCS.SE, cstheory.SE -- fit the .se top level domain perfectly. I consider registering one and configuring it as alias for the ...
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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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Question “How do you call a subsequence of consecutive elements ?”

Question: How do you call a subsequence of consecutive elements ? I guess that many people working in TCS have once wished for concise and unambiguous terms for “contiguous subsequence” and “not ...
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Promotion T-Shirt Design

According to the current discussion about the promotion of this site there come up the idea of a t-shirt with advertisement. I want to collect some design ideas of a promotion t-shirt. Edit: On a ...
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Promoting TCS.SE at FCRC

The last time we did an IRL (in real life) promotional event for TCS.SE was at FOCS 2010. I don't unfortunately have any data on whether that event worked to draw more people in. We also had the ...
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How did TCS SE gain traction?

I am a Pro Tem moderator on Quant Finance SE. We are in a struggle at the moment to get sufficient questions to make it out of beta. One particular issue is that we narrow the question scope to a ...
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Community discussion about the Sum of Square Roots problem?

I was considering posting a question on some of my thoughts regarding the Sum of Square Roots and seeing if the community had any responses or ways to contribute, but I wasn't sure if this was really ...
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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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About "Are there any known barriers to use some approach for solving P vs. NP?"

This is about the following question: https://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/5162/are-there-any-known-barriers-to-use-some-approach-for-solving-p-vs-np
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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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