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What qualifies as a research level question in research-practise?

I am trying to understand what qualifies as a research level question in the domain of research-practice. My recent question was about the usefulness of a certain direction of investigation as opposed ...
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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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Is it legal to post links to publications found on google scholar?

I have just started my Ms.c, and I'm now really starting to read publications, and I think that many times the link to a paper could make it easier to formulate and scope a question. I guess that ...
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On modifying our scope: A proposal

There's been a lot of chatter of late about our scope, the declining number of questions being asked per day, and whether we're being excessively strict about question scope. This question is ...
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Is a question about network analysis via mean-field theory type approaches on topic?

TCS seems to study networks, but I seldom see mean-field theory approaches (which come from statistical-mechanics) used by computer scientists. Hence, I am unsure if the following question from the ...
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Request For Comment: the scope of Computational Sciences proposal

While checking computational science meta today, I noticed that my perception about the proposal/site might not be true. mbq, the original person behind the proposal is not that much involved anymore ...
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Referring questions to crypto.SE

Consider the following two questions: Information leaking of simulation based security Why SHA-224 and SHA-256 use different initial values? There's already a scope clash between crypto.SE and us, ...
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How to deal with “How to do X?” questions where X is a very high-level (software engineering) task

From time to time we get questions that are of the form: How can I do X? or Is X studied? (often by a user not familiar with TCS) where X is a very high-level real-world task, so it is not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multiple Research Forums (like this One) Linked Together — a Proposal

In our discussion of whether the Theoretical Computer Science is too narrow for this site, I suggested a compromise idea that would have different forums like this site, all linked together more so ...
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Is “theoretical” computer science too narrow?

The CS Theory Stack Exchange is humming along nicely. It's a terrific, robust, and growing community that is clearly making an increasing contribution to the state of CS Theory research. Something we ...
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A cstheory website for beginners

It seems that overzealous folks at Area 51 closed the proposal without giving it a fair chance. (Dave Clarke) -- mathoverflow.net is for mathematicians. ...
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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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A policy proposal against questions asking for a correctness check [closed]

Update: I withdrew this policy proposal. It received 5 downvotes and no upvotes. This is a policy proposal. The proposed policy in the question or its answers will be adopted in the case that after ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Questions about compilation errors in Coq

I would have voted to close the following question as out of scope if it didn't have 3 votes already. How to define a function inductively on two arguments in Coq? It is similar to asking how to ...
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Is asking for a cooking recipe “a question about algorithms”?

This question is partly for fun, but partly serious. As a fictional example, suppose that someone asks a question like the following (the motivation part omitted for simplicity): I would like to ...
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Reference requests and the like

Someone recently asked a question about references for work in pattern recognition with fuzzy logic. Leaving aside the issue of topical scope, here's the (harsh) comment I wrote: I apologize if ...
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Scope: Can questions be too physical for us?

Lance Fortnow asked a question, What is the Volume of Information?, which Ross Snider criticised on two grounds: Off topic: I downvoted because I don't find this question relevant to the site (...
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On topic or off topic: Do you use any article organizers?

Currently the question “Do you use any article organizers?” has three votes to close as off topic. However, in my opinion, this question can be interesting to people working on theoretical computer ...
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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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Is my StackOverflow question a better match here than there? “Formally constructing control flow graph”

Given the PL Theory parts of my question (but seeing it also being part of practical compiler design) Im thinking it might be a better match here than there? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Homework, or things that look like homework.

c.f this question on O() notation. Stackoverflow actually has the 'homework' tag, and is willing to entertain questions of that kind. MO has strong prohibitions in place against it. The first ...
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Are brain teasers and CS puzzles valid questions? What if they involve advanced techniques?

Over at MathOverflow the community accepts math puzzles, and in fact even has a couple tags devoted to them. Of course, puzzles can be illuminating when they require that one makes some creative ...
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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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Are discussions about the field of TCS off-topic?

This has been raised several times and we should make a group decision. Raised before: Developing a CW policy. Are list questions such as about conferences on-topic? Places to look for articles and ...
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Are applied questions off-topic?

I wanted to raise this question based on the discussion here. An example would be "What are some real world applications for genetic algorithms?" The decision here should be added into our FAQ.
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Our domain scope, specifically defined

There have been many independent questions about whether things are on/off-topic, but I think that we should be explicit at this point about our scope. The wikipedia article on TCS could provide a ...
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What level and types of questions are appropriate for Theoretical Computer Science?

As a starting point, I was interested in András Salamon's answer to a question about the need for a TCS Stack Exchange. Now, as a software engineer, there are a number of topics in theoretical ...
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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 ...