Linked Questions

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Do we want “literature recommendations” and similar “list/subjective questions”?

Our very first question was https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/1/crypto-class-in-college-but-looking-to-take-it-to-the-next-level, asking about book recommendations. By design, this is not a ...
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Let's actually vote on our site-specific close reasons! (2016 edition)

We recently had the question here on meta coming up whether we should make "request for analyzing the security of a scheme" one of our three site-specific close reasons. Obviously this would mean we ...
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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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Asking homework questions

Is it desirable for people to ask a homework question here? Set aside for now the question of how this would be enforced. I'm more interesting in the policy question, and in our goals. Is this ...
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Do we want “challenge”/analyse-this questions and if so what constraints, if any, should we put on them?

So earlier I decided to close this question based on several factors. I chose too localised, because I don't think such a question really benefits anyone as it stands. This raised the question in my ...
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Should we allow questions about amateur ciphers?

Our FAQ currently says: Do we accept questions asking for cryptanalysis of your cipher (hash function, ...) design? No, we do not. If you want peer review of your full cryptographic scheme, here is ...
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Is code review in scope?

Is reviewing the cryptographic aspects of a block of code on-topic for this site? Example: Am I insecurely implementing AES in Python?
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How can we modify our close reason and help center texts to allow “some” coding questions?

We recently had the following question: Timing vulnerability of byte array equality test? quote: Would the following code to test MAC equality leak timing information ? ...
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Is Reviewing an Implementation On Topic?

I am implementing a protocol and something's gone wrong. I've checked my code and I think it's fine; I believe I've misunderstood the protocol itself. Would it be on topic to post my understanding of ...
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How to answer homework questions?

I hate seeing a homework question, because I never know how to answer. It has been decided before that good homework questions are acceptable, but there was no real guidance on how to answer them. ...
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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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How do we handle sourcecode requests?

My meta-question is inspired by this question, which obviously asks for example sourcecode: Example sage code would be perfect, source code in any language would work as well. This got me thinking…...
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Are questions about the articulation of cryptographic concepts and methods in software development on topic?

I've been asking some application-related questions recently: is-a-random-length-extension-worth-the-effort tips-on-conceiving-safe-software-messaging-platform And I wonder if software application ...
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Handling of questions that match a good running CTF

This question was about a running Catch The Flag competition reportedly organized by German officials, with an especially interestign question. Asking on crypto.SE was no clear violation of the CTF ...