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These questions are the most frequently asked and answered questions on Meta.

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Comment templates

This post is inspired by answers to this question and a similar list on TEX.SE. The idea is to make a bunch of templates for commonly-used comments, like comments explaining that a question is out of ...
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Recommendations for “How to model X”, “How to do X” (X an informal task)

It would be nice to have a set of general recommendations and requirements for users asking "How to model X", "Applications of theory", and "How to do X" questions where X is an informal task (i.e. ...
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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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The modifiable part of our general FAQ

Should we put the phrase "research level" in our general FAQ? While in our official FAQ there is a statement about the scope of our site, that is, Ask and answer research-level questions in ...
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Policy: Questions about topic for research project

This policy is now in effect, with 13 votes in favor and 2 against. In addition, three of the amendments suggested in comments passed as well. The new policy on 'topic of research' questions is as ...
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What does “closed as off topic” mean?

What does the following message mean? closed as off topic by [Someone], [Someone], [Someone], [Someone], [Someone] [Date] Questions on Theoretical Computer Science are expected to generally ...
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Re-ask vs. edit + reopen

A fairly typical case: A question is not clear enough in the first attempt. There is a lot of discussion in the comments. People ask for clarifications, the user answers questions, people suggest ...
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How will you cite a discussion on this site in your paper?

Should we just provide the link or write down the names of users whose responses were most useful?
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How to ask a good question

The moderators spend considerable time on editing badly written questions. A possible way for reducing the number of badly written questions is writing down some guidelines (similar to the MO ...
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Is it ok to ask about the correctness of preprints on crank-friendly topics?

See this question in which someone asked for an update on the status of an arxiv preprint on graph isomorphism. It was downvoted, with a comment "Are this kind of discussions on-topic here? I think ...
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Official FAQ for Theoretical Computer Science

This is the official site FAQ for Theoretical Computer Science. This question will contain a list of questions, with each question linking to a single answer. If there is prior discussion on an answer,...
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Material to supplement the FAQ

Since many of the visitors here are new to the Stackexchange environment, it might be useful to collect questions and answers here to add to the official site FAQ. In addition, it would be useful to ...