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Meta-meta discussion, and voting conventions

Yes, this is a discussion about question on meta :) We have a lot of discussion questions, but it's not always clear whether the discussion has congealed into an actual policy, or if people just got ...
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Nifty PDF snippets

I've seen a number of posts where people capture snapshots of parts of a PDF. This post by Marcos Villagra is one example. How does one do this ? Update: Marcos has edited his answer to contain ...
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Non-English characters in TCS StackExchange

The community of TCS SE comes from many nations all over the world, and this increase the diversity of us, which is a pretty good thing. Some of the members write their names in their own native ...
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Cancel a comment upvote

This has been bothered my for a while. And a related discussion is in metaSE, while the post is tagged with [status-declined] and the community seems to disagree with it. Sometimes by accident I up-...
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Reversing reputation earned after converting an answer to community wiki

In this answer the question wasn't originally community wiki and it was turned later into one. The answer was posted before it was community wiki and so I got rep for the upvotes. When I noticed I ...
Mohammad Alaggan's user avatar
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The new Community Wiki policy

I have been thinking about this for sometime. As you know, SE has changed the Community Wiki policy and now only moderators can make a question a CW. Community Wiki has 2 main effects: The question ...
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Asking the question that should have been asked

The most recent example of the problem stated in the title is this question: what is more difficult to calculate from the viewpoint of a computer : the "sum" or the "maximum" of a finite set of ...
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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Guideline on Trimming Long Titles

I think questions whose titles are like: How I can find a recent papers on the subject of Turing machine which exhibit computational power beyond blah blah blah... ...
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[co.combinatorics] and [dm.discrete-mathematics] tags

I don't know the difference between theses two tags. Should we combine them or keep both of them? And which one should we keep in the case we decide to combine them? co.combinatorics is a math tag, ...
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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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Why the extreme strictness on topic closing?

I'm curious as to why the moderators on this site are so zealous about closing topics that they perceive as off-topic, "not real questions," etc. There are many questions, and I count one or two of ...
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Shouldn't the [artificial-intelligence] tag be top level?

It's an arXiv classification. Shouldn't artificial-intelligence be made a synonym of ai.artificial-intelligence? Update. Note that ai.artificial-intelligence exceeds the 25 character limit for tags, ...
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How should the tag [graph-algorithms] be used?

How should the tag graph-algorithms be used? In particular, should it be used together with graph-theory, should it be used exclusively of graph-theory, or does it depend on questions? Currently, I ...
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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 ...
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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Replacing the [advice] tag

In the past the [advice] tag has been used for requesting advice (i.e. confused with [advice-request] tag). Peter suggested replacing [advice] with some other tag. ...
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What to do with cross-posted questions answered on another site?

Here is a question cross-posted to MO and answered there. The OP has accepted the answer on MO. Should we ask OP to post an answer with a link to the answer on the other site (alternatively copy the ...
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What if I'm not satisfied with the answers to the question I posted a bounty on?

In this question, I offered a bounty, but there are only two answers which really qualify as non-answers. I asked in a comment for the OP to post an answer so I could award him the bounty for asking ...
Aaron Sterling's user avatar
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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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Better description of the scope than “research-level questions in theoretical computer science”

I have seen (and I have also used myself) the phrase “research-level questions in theoretical computer science” to describe the scope of cstheory.stackexchange.com. However, thinking about it, I ...
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When is it appropriate to change the accepted answer

If I posted a question, and I got an answer that was very good, then I got another answer that is actually more to the point, shorter, easier, and more intuitive. In that case should I change the ...
Mohammad Alaggan's user avatar
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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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On the Feasibility of Homework Questions

Current policy is to close all questions that "feel like homework" to at least five (high-reputated) people. Those more militant even downvote answers given by others even if those were hints rather ...
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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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Update on beta period progress? One week to go...

As we're now one week away from the end of the 90-day beta period, I thought I'd re-raise the issue of our beta period progress. So, what news? (This question really is about news, rather than ...
Joshua Grochow's user avatar
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What should we write when closing a question for being too elementary/homework?

The comments and links to used when closing an elementary/homework question. I am making it CW, feel free to edit and/or add links to related discussions. Related discussions: The reason to close ...
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Upvoting an answer provided by someone else

In a recent question “Randomized algorithm that “looks” deterministic?” by arnab, he posted an answer directly communicated by Shafi Goldwasser with the following note: Please do not upvote this ...
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Retagging recursion-theory to computability?

It seems worth adding recursion-theory as a synonym for computability. Is there support for this? (I don't meet the requirements to vote for this myself.)
András Salamon's user avatar
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Flood of homework questions

Is it just me, or is there a major burst of homework questions popping up ? Fall semester automata theory, anyone ? Unfortunately, we still have people answering questions instead of voting to close. ...
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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The less-known features

Jukka has mentioned a feature (a page for more advanced searching) that I was not aware of. Are there other less-known features that you have found useful?
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About retagging as [tag-removed]

I want to make some tiny contribution to the community by retagging the entries that has already been voted to closed. But after the retagging the entries move all the way up in the main-page as if ...
Hsien-Chih Chang 張顯之's user avatar
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A note in SIGACT news

Hi all, I chatted with Lance Fortnow at FOCS about the various ideas I brought up in my answer to "Beta period progress". This "question" is about the first, namely: Write a note ...
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Should job advertisements be allowed / encouraged?

A bunch of research labs will be looking to hire interns in a couple of months. Graduating PhD students and postdocs are preparing their application packets and will be sending job applications soon. ...
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Defining the Scope of This Site (or Theory Cafe?)

This question seems to have generated quite a debate in the comments about whether it's appropriate, enough of one that it seems worth discussing in meta. There are lots of questions (asking things ...
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Another go at scope of desirable questions

There are active discussions around both meta and several TCS questions about what questions should be rejected. The two reasons most often stated are (afaik) too basic (aka too localized, whatever ...
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Undeleting highly voted answers?

For people who have access to deleted questions. A few weeks ago Algorithms from the Book. was deleted, apparently by the owner. This was the top ranked answer for the question (Euclidean algorithm),...
András Salamon's user avatar
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When should questions be deleted by others?

Here are two related questions: When should moderators delete (not close) questions not posted by themselves? When should users with rep points ≥2000 vote to delete questions not posted by themselves?...
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Retagging the Warren Buffett question?

Martin Pál's question on the Warren Buffett problem is currently tagged with gt.game-theory, machine-learning and online-learning. Should the gt.game-theory tag instead be lg.learning-theory ? See ...
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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Migrate to Meta or not: When should you say what you know?

I am surprised to see that at least two people commented that the question “When should you say what you know?” by asterix is on-topic, because it looked clear to me that it should be migrated to Meta....
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Beta period progress

We're currently two-thirds of the way through the beta period. As I understand it, the site will get shut down at the end of that period if it's not considered successful. This blog post says: We’...
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How-to-model-this questions

There are several questions asking for a good way to model something. Are they in scope, or should they be closed? Because a recent example is “Semantic distance between excerpts of text.” by John ...
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What should we to with tags [graph-isomorphism] and [automorphism]?

When I saw the question “What is the most efficient algorithm to sample graphs with trivial automorphism groups ?” by turkistany, it reminded me that I saw a similar question recently, but it was ...
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Useful UserScripts?

I am experimenting with some UserScripts to provide additional functionality that the StackExchange sites currently do not support. In particular, two have proved highly useful: https://math.meta....
András Salamon's user avatar
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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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What does “before the question gets closed” mean?

I have seen more than a few people writing a comment which starts with “Before the question gets closed” when they can predict that the question will be closed. I cannot understand what it means ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Nominations for publicity poster at FOCS ?

Aaron Sterling had the nice suggestion (in comments here) for site promotion at FOCS: his idea was: a poster with a few "best questions" in large print on it: representatives of ...
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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Using at least one top level arXiv tag

MO advises the questioner to add at least one top level tag for his/her question: Please try use at least one tag corresponding to an arXiv subject area (details about what each tag covers): ag....
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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 :).
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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RETAG: games <-> puzzles ?

We have one post tagged with games, and 4 tagged with puzzles. Do we need two separate tags for them ? Proposal: RETAG the one games-tagged post (on international draughts) as puzzles. I'd create a ...
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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Broadening the scope of questions

As a Theory B person, I feel the site really lacks Theory B questions. To make matters worse is he previously active Theory B people are now much less active. More generally, the questions here seem ...
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