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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 "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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
Suresh Venkat's user avatar
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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