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Should we change our response to questions asking for recommendations?

Every once in a while (new) users ask for recommendations for learning about cryptography, i.e. this question. These recommendations include: Literature Books Articles PDF Exercises Webpages ...
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What to do with non-specific questions about a specific crypto subject?

This recent question RSA-OAEP Padding scheme is about a specific crypto subject, but does not ask for something specific beyond "suggestions", making it borderline off-topic. I suggested reading an ...
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Should we merge [hybrid] and [hybrid-encryption]?

I just noticed that we the following pair of seemingly duplicate tags: hybrid currently has 20 questions, and a tag wiki that says: Something of mixed origin. In cryptography, typically a cipher ...
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New HNQ update: What kind of questions do set a good example for our site?

As requested, this is the sister thread to New HNQ update: What kind of questions don't set a good example for our site?. See the linked post for context. HNQ is the acronym for Hot Network Questions,...
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New HNQ update: What kind of questions don't set a good example for our site?

Hot Network Questions update There was recently an update to the Hot Network Question feature announced on meta.stackexchange. The following section appears in that post (emphasis mine): ...
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Is a two word answer to a complex question really acceptable?

Recently, I flagged a two word answer from 2015. OP was asking how we know a cryptographic primitive is secure, and the answer contained exactly two words. In fact, the answer was so short that hidden ...
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Do you know a good forum/site to send in your hand cipher

Is there any forum or website on the internet except reddit subs where you can send in your hand cipher to get it analyzed?
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Fixing possible errors in a question

This question and that near duplicate ask tree hashing/signing of JSON. They come with JSON examples that are plausible deviations from the standardized syntax (quoting character omitted or changed, ...
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Change the correct link for the $\LaTeX$ reference in our help center as well

According to this answer on the feature request "The MathJax help link should point to a more specific guide" we can change the link for our $\LaTeX$ help >>> here <<< to a site specific one. ...
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Change the link for the $\LaTeX$ reference in our help center

According to this answer on the feature request "The MathJax help link should point to a more specific guide" we can change the link for our $\LaTeX$ help here to a site specific one. This is the ...
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Some Ideas to reduce Analyze, help, how to decrypt the ciphertext questions

As all of you may know or notice that many people don't read the tour or the help section to ask questions. We have a lot of Requests for analyzing ciphertext, finding hash preimages, identifying ...
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Adding a Katz-Lindell Tag or Book-Question Tag or None

As many of you already know, questions from the book of Katz-Lindell, Introduction to Modern Cryptography, asked many times in our site. I want to create a tag for these questions as tag:Katz-Lindell ...
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What should we do about this poor quality answer?

There is an extremely low-quality answer on the question "Largest integer factored by Shor's algorithm" This answer is clearly poorly received by the community: It sits at -9 score and has received ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Let's actually vote on our site-specific close reasons! (2019 edition)

A couple of years ago we voted on our site-specific off-topic close reasons. Since then we have updated them every now and then, improving formulations and the like. However I have noticed that ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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December 2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Cryptography's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Off-topic migration requests Cryptography

In this answer JNat told on Grace Notes: Just make a meta thread demonstrating the need, anyone can do it. We'll then review it and then enable the path if it seems appropriate. In Cryptography, ...
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Are questions asking what [crypto term] is and used for on-topic?

The question What is a Pedersen commitment? was closed as off-topic, with justification that is is a "Requests for literature, software or similar recommendations", when I do not see that it is. I ...
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December 2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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December 2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Cryptography is scheduled for an election next week, December 3rd. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community ...
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How to handle “I want to begin with cryptography, but I don't know from where”-type questions?

Every now and then we have such questions from newcomers and this is a perfectly natural question for them. I thought that if we have a central guide (either here on meta or on the main site) here, ...
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The “hash-based-cryptography” tag same as the “hash-signature”?

I accidentally created and added info for the "hash-based-cryptography" tag, which I didn't know there had already been a "hash-signature" tag. I suppose they should be merged, given there's ...
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Should we allow crypto-specific tool related questions?

Some tools are so specific to crypto that it may well be that this Q/A site has the best knowledge about those tools. These are mainly tools for crypt-analysis such as tools to test randomness or ...
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Do we want to update the way we handle homework questions?

Just today and yesterday there were at least two questions that showed no effort and just copy-pasted their cryptography homework assignments. These questions will most likely see little activity ...
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Horizontal line on Crypto SE

I have just noticed that this "issue" apparently is something that only concerns Crypto SE. And yes, I get how nitpicky this might seem. ;) EDIT: Picture was taken from Crypto-meta (Questions, ...
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Add short reference to Mathjax Latex Commands [duplicate]

Some new users don't know and not familiar with the $\LaTeX$ syntax. It is perfectly normal but it would be better if we refer them a nice reference that explains the basics. Also, I suggest that we ...
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What to do with the questions that the OP has missing

Community automatically bumps some old questions that have no accepted answers to the top of the Questions/Active page. Unfortunately, for some of them, the OP has no longer exist as in this question. ...
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Capture the flag questions

Currently we seem to get quite a lot of capture-the-flag questions. The idea of these capture the flag challenges is not to ask for a solution on the internet, it seems to me. Should we possibly ...
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Cryptography's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Can we add a close reason: Finding preimages for hashes is off-topic

Not infrequently, we receive questions asking for help (meaning a solution) with finding the preimage for a hash function. Typically they ask for help "decrypting" a given hash value. The available ...
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What to do with cross site questions

There is an example https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2910433/key-space-for-a-restricted-substitution-cipher Keys-space for a restricted substitution cipher These two questions are posted ...
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Vox Populi stuck at 39 and failed

I was decided to read algebraic attacks and gave points as usual. I got the Suffrage badge. Vox Populi badge continued as I continue. It stuck at 39 and did not allow me to gave any points. Now, it ...
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Cannot remove a tag because I did'nt change in the text

When I want to remove an unrelated tag from a question, I faced a problem; The system doesn't allow to save me because I didn't modify the text. Adding, however, a tag doesn't require to touch the ...
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Bad question good answer

How come a question can not have an upvote but the answer to that question can have a good upvote? For example see my question:
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help needed for a latex and posting problem?

when i write the question in between $$ signs and use latex format for the math expressions I face a weird problem. after posting the question when i check it i don't see them in the correct format. ...
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Introduction of quantum-cryptanalysis tag

Currently quantum-computing is about cryptography performed using quantum computers. Of course, questions that involve Shor's- or Grover's algorithm are not created to perform cryptography. They are ...
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Let's actually vote on our help-center sections!

Every now and then we see a clarification and minor change of the scope of Crypto.SE here on Meta, e.g. our resolution on side-channel considerations being on-topic as well as explicitly clarifying on ...
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Is your question about cryptography *and not crypto-currency*?

When asking a question on the main site, the following text appears on the right hand side of the screen: Is your question about cryptography? We prefer questions that can be answered, not ...
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Theoretical crypto puzzles on-topic?

I'm planing a question/puzzle, with pitch on the tune of The International Stamped Time Server (ISTS) broadcasts, every minute, a time stamp integrity-protected with RSA-4096. Days after it starts ...
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When is it approriate to include code in an answer?

I occasionally include functional code (usually C99) in answers, as an argument or illustration of my point. What should be the limits to that ? For example, I'm taking this comment as a challenge, ...
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Should we allow minor edits for 0 points as Wikipedia does?

If the site allowed minor edits--the correction of up to three language errors--by folks who have reached a certain point level or number of edits, we might see many posts get cleaned up very quickly ...
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“moved to chat” links broken

It seems at least some "moved to chat" links are broken, example http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/70394/discussion-on-answer-by-gilles-public-randomness-based-random-number-generator-u This is ...
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Should we generally require hardware-related questions to specify specs?

I've just stumbled over one of our hardware-related Q&As again and it reminded me of something that always itches me when it comes to missing hardware specs. For examle, How fast a middle-class ...
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What can we do about users that need rep to chat in The Side Channel

There have been some meta questions lately about where is a good place to talk about in-depth cryptanalysis and the design of entire schemes. These types of questions are explicitly off-topic for the ...
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Where to ask specific questions?

I have had my question put on hold/blocked because I was asking about a specific cryptanalysis example, which would detract from the general usefulness of the question to others, even though I was ...
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Does crypto.SE have systems for identifying systematic voting?

There seems to have been another round of negative waves, as:- Coincidentally it seems that one or several people all voted only once for the above answers, within an hour one day. And no comments ...
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Place to discuss in-depth cryptoanalysis

Many heads are better then one, right? Is there a place where we can discuss the analysis of certain cryptographic schemes in detail? In particular, I'm actually writing a cryptoanalysis of https://...
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Crypto puzzles on Crypto.SE

I wrote a cryptanalysis puzzle. It's pretty hard but pretty fun (in my opinion), and I'm wondering if people out there might be able to solve it. But is such a thing appropriate for this Q&A ...

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