From the help center page “What topics can I ask about here?”:

  • Random number generation.

Yet, on a recent question:

This question is squarely off-topic on crypto.SE because it is about a non-cryptographic Random Number Generator.

I tend to agree: if the RNG doesn't at least try to be cryptographically secure, then questions about it are off-topic here.

We should tweak the wording of the help center to make it less misleading to non-cryptographers.

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    $\begingroup$ What about: "Cryptographically Secure (Pseudo-)Random Number Generators"? It gives the reader an opportunity to Google that, or the acronym. $\endgroup$
    – fgrieu Mod
    Commented Jul 24, 2014 at 21:03

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I updated the help section to incorporate the proposal by fgrieu.

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    $\begingroup$ I suggest capitalizing each word in the current "Cryptographically Secure (Pseudo-)Random number generation", so that CS(P)RNG better stands out. Thanks anyway! $\endgroup$
    – fgrieu Mod
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 7:27
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    $\begingroup$ @fgrieu got it. $\endgroup$
    – mikeazo
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 13:09

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