Dave Clarke
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Who would you like to become the new moderators?
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Andrej Bauer

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"user was removed"?
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I got this too. I have in the past removed users who are definitely spammers, but have not removed other users. I don't know how to trace this event to its source, though.

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What to do about general comments by non-experts which do not add any new information/knowedgle?
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I agree that these comments are not constructive and too chatty. Either the perpetrator should write a proper answer or keep the comments to a minimum. General comments like these should not be okay....

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Should I ask this question now, which would be crossposted and on CSTheory history?
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I don't think that this question is on topic on CSTheory.SE, as it is not about theory per se. It certainly could be considered as on topic on CS.SE, though it might be a little broad. In any case, ...

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Migrating to cs.SE
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As one of the moderators, I'm in favour of migrating questions that we see fit. I think the policy should be different for the reasons you mention: we understand the forums a lot better and we are ...

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Choosing an answer amongst too many different good answers
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I don't think there is any need to make an answer that summaries the other answers. Certainly editing one of the existing answers would not be good, as it will change the original author's intentions (...

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What does the "accept rate" mean?
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This is the percentage of questions asked by the user that have an accepted answer. For example, I have asked 9 questions and accepted only 5 answers, so my acceptance rate should be 55%.

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Wrong questions and wrong answers
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Generally wrong answers should be down-voted. You can comment on the question and hope that the poster edits or deletes the answer. This could lead to a comment-debate, which will eventually be drawn ...

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Agenda for town hall meeting
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Down-voting without commenting and general etiquette.

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Making a question easier to find
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Timothy, it is certainly appropriate to edit the tags and even the question if it improves the question in anyway, including making it easier to find in the future. Such changes, especially (re)...

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How to typeset LaTeX math proofs on cstheory
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Using core latex – I just discovered that you can define new commands –, I'd write \newcommand{\infer}[3]{\begin{array}{c} #1 \\ \hline #2 \end{array}{#3}} \infer{ \infer{\quad X\quad}{Y}{A}} {...

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Where should type-theory questions go?
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There seems to be more than one question with both the type-theory and programming-lang tags. In any case, type theory is a branch of logic that has seen many applications in programming languages, ...

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Out of scope question with ongoing discussion
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The question sounds like it fits more within the scope of MetaOptimize.com/qa or stats.stackoverflow.com (which I cannot tell apart). Perhaps leave the question for a day or two to see whether it ...

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Where simple but important questions about terminology may be asked?
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It's very difficult to comment on the given question, as it changed radically from something that made little sense to something which virtually answers itself. In the middle (and in the question ...

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Discussions on errors in papers
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As the question has been around for a while (since September) without complaint, I'd be more inclined to leave it there as is (statue of limitations). But the lock Kaveh installed should stay, to ...

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Are my questions acceptable here
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I'd say that they do not fit within the scope of the site. The first is purely about implementation issues. The second, as it is phrased, asks for a purely descriptive account of the language features,...

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We should stop claiming that this website is “research-level”
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The way I understand StackExchange websites is that they are run by the community. If you like a question, you vote it up. If you do not like a question, you vote for it to be closed (or vote it down, ...

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Question “How do you call a subsequence of consecutive elements ?”
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By popular demand, I reopened the question.

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Promoting TCS.SE at FCRC
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Someone could make a flyers which could be either squeezed into the conference goody-bag (unlikely unless you know the organisers) or left lying around for people to spot and pickup. This would ...

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Finding negation of regular expression: too basic ?
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I partially addressed this issue by converting my answer to a comment. This disrupted order of the comments, which I have subsequently tried to clean up by removing the ones that were no longer ...

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Should we allow this type of question: "Evaluating a doctoral program/institute of CS"
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The question as it is phrased, or as it could be phrased, asks only for criteria for judging candidate institutions/programs. If only criteria are given, then no one gets hurt (directly). As soon as ...

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Dealing with user spam
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Your actions were perfectly reasonable. The user in question surely knew (s)he was posting junk, so would have expected such a response. I would not necessarily email such offenders – presumably the ...

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Does this question belong here?
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Curiously, someone took inspiration from your question and has made a variant of it for this site: Minimum weight subforest of given cardinality Therefore it seems reasonable that it belongs on this ...

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A note in SIGACT news
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How long should this article be? If we can answer this question, then it will be easier to know how much text to put into each section to keep the article balanced. The current revision (rev 9) is ...

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Should job advertisements be allowed / encouraged?
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My inclination is to say definitely not. Although I can see the benefit – I have 2 open positions – I can imagine that very quickly the amount of noise (for non-job hunters) will increase. There are ...

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Are we being too quick to close questions?
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I noticed this trend also. I've tried to avoid contributing further too it (and indeed I did contribute to it) by first commenting, then after some time has passed and no change has been made, down-...

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Questions about compilation errors in Coq
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This question is about proof assistants and verification tools. The level of knowledge required to use such tools is much higher than for regular programming. In some areas of TCS, such as type ...

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Is asking for a cooking recipe “a question about algorithms”?
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If the question is about computer algorithms, then it is about algorithms. If it concerns cooking, then, as far as this site is concerned, it falls outside of our interests. As for the question about ...

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Initial reputation frustration
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I recall reading answers from Alan Turing. I'm sure he has published in neither STOC nor FOCS, but should nonetheless be given a boost in reputation. But what if it is not the real Alan Turing? Any ...

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