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Congratulations! Cryptography is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Cryptography has already met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites, and today joins in the new design-...
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Moderator Election Coming Soon

I'm happy to announce that this site has been cleared for graduation… congratulations! Unfortunately, there has been a long backlog of sites waiting for their custom site design, so rather ...
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Private Beta Extended -- Still Going Strong

The Community Team spent some time looking at Cryptography's Private Beta today, and we saw a lot of good things: Crypto has a good amount of meta activity (and you are very civil!), you are asking ...
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Setting up crypto challenges - call for volunteers

Ok, so another wacky promotion idea I had. I would like to add I had it before somebody else launched theirs! Anyway, here is the concept: Challenges As discussed in chat, I suggested we run some ...
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Proposal for new category of tags: programming-interface and misuse-resistant

While programming questions are very certainly off-topic for Crypto.SE, very frequently programmers would hurt themselves by misusing (or sometimes abusing) cryptographic algorithms. This meta post is ...
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Who is interested in competing (underhanded crypto)?

I came across the Underhanded Crypto Contest recently. Anyone on here interested in forming a team and putting together a submission? The idea is to design a cryptosystem or modify an existing one, ...
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Tag purpose: hash-collision

hash - Lots of entries, lots of obvious purposes hash-collision - 78 at time of writing collision-resistance - 21 hash-collision∩collision-resistance - 6 Not quite sure where, but somewhere on ...
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2024 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #6 on Cryptography has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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Crypto.SE, Cryptocurrencies, and Close Reasons: The Way Forward

So, we recently got an answer from Catija the CM on our request for a fourth close reason. The answer (and related mod-only discussions) boil down to the following: We can get our fourth close reason,...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Community-specific reason for closing cryptocurrency questions?

There are tons of questions related to cryptocurrencies which are off-topic on crypto.stackexchange - e.g. about retrieving access to a wallet, choosing whether to invest in a cryptocurrency, generic ...
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How to ask for telltale signs that quantum computers become danger to classical cryptography?

I recently proposed this question: "Telltale signs that quantum computers become danger to classical cryptography?". It was closed as "primarily opinion based". How can the question be modified to ...
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Is asking for help with new proofs on-topic?

Is it appropriate and on-topic to ask for help with provable security? For example, would it be reasonable to ask for technical assistance in applying the Leftover Hash Lemma to show that a sum is ...
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Meeting people interested in crypto and programming

I have done some basic microcontroller programming in the past. I am now just starting to learn C++ and plan to move into Java and SQL eventually. I just got done reading one of Simmons books. It was ...
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Interested in the SE moderation process?

Then the assembly is the room you need. As some of you may or may not know, moderators have a room that's hidden from public eyes. There's several reasons for this: We need, sometimes, to discuss ...
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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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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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Policy change proposal: Minor OpSec edits

Right now the official policy for accepting and rejecting sub-2k user edits includes the following statement: Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. ...
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Can we get a better example question for our site tour?

I just happened to visit our tour page, and noticed that the example answers shown there are... not quite the kind we'd really like to encourage: Part of the problem is that the tour page ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 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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Career switch from a Data Scientist to a Cryptologist

I have a question about my Cryptography Stack Exchange post: Career switch from a Data Scientist to a Cryptologist I am currently working as a Data Scientist, and I hope to do a career switch to ...
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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, in ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 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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Tag synonym suggestion: [hash-signature] ← [lamport-signature]

We currently have five questions about the the Lamport one-time signature scheme tagged with lamport-signature. Every single one of them is also tagged with hash-signature. While the tags differ ...
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Appealing the closure of the question 'more technical reading on the ongoing (alleged) Chinese cyberattacks'

The question More technical details on the ongoing (alleged) Chinese cyberattacks was recently closed by a moderator, with the explanation given that "reference requests are considered off topic here"....
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Handling and tagging of questions involving home-grown schemes?

Sometime we have questions about a home-grown scheme, typically a weak cipher, sometime ill-posed; e.g. recent example 1 and example 2. This is related to Should we allow questions about amateur ...
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Stack Overflow Worldwide Meetups 2012: You're invited!

We're having a Stack Overflow meetup to get together with fellow programming, web, and other technology enthusiasts. But not all of our programmers and technology enthusiasts live on Stack Overflow, ...
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Chat meeting #2 on tuesday, 24th of january 2012

So I've got myself in gear and organised chat meeting number 2, a chance for as all to get together in chat. I apologise for only giving six days notice. Things I think we should consider covering: ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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Programming questions are verifiable, but then what basis should we consult when up-voting cryptography answers?

Programming questions (and other similar types of questions) from SO, ServerFault, Unix.SE, SuperUser, etc. are verifiable, by simply taking the answer and deploying them. Some cryptography questions ...
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digital signature training

Vermont, in the United States, is about to implement a continuing education requirement for notaries public. A one-hour course, which could be pre-recorded video, would satisfy this, and any topic ...
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Journals to publish blockchain + cryptography related results

I am finding it hard to find good journals to publish cryptographic applications over blockchains where theoretical contributions are present but not significant enough for a top tier venue. Can ...
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MySuiteA Hobbyist Project, and Big Thank You to the Crypto.SE Community

As a millennial exposed to information technology, I always try to learn the latest in the industry and academics, and improve my skills through practice. And my biggest programming practice project ...
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Worst Case And Average Case

I am a Ph.d Student I would like to understand deeply the worst case and average case complexity for my Ph.d purpose, any advices or title of books/lectures would be helpful and thanks in advance What ...
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Friendly advice for people trying to implement E2EE chat and cloud storage apps

I've seen many times here where people dump the idea of implementing some kind of secure chat and cloud storage apps, and solicit advice on using (and often-time designing) algorithms and protocols; ...
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Should [tag:ecdsa] be a separate tag from [tag:dsa]?

In a recent question, I tried to edit in an ecdsa tag, but it's shown to be aliased to dsa. I don't quite agree with this, as DSA is pretty much obsolete (due to it being poorly specified and poorly ...
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Tags Without Usage Guidance?

Tags are quickly being created without usage guidance. I hope that someone else has noticed. Should we allow tagging without being clear as to what a tag means?
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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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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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Canonical resources on "Identify this cipher" questions

There have been a number of questions along the lines of "what cipher was used to encrypt this data", and they have all been (rightly) closed as off-topic (as discussed here). I think it's correct to ...
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One time pad documentary - advance notice

For the masses of one time pad fans in the UK, there's a documentary about the Venona Project tonight. See this wiki article for some background, and would be useful for all those nay sayers that ...
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Handling broad repetetive quesions

I recently wrote this Q&A that was meant to be a monolithic point of help for (nearly) all questions regarding. But for a "serious" question this was of course too broad. If anybody else would ...
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University hosted Crypto conference: Looking for speakers and "society discount"

Hello I am a professor at a University in Chicago and we are hosting our annual forensics and security conference. I am looking for speakers on the topic of cryptography and steganography - I would ...
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Too big answers?

A typical answer on some stackexchange sites including this looks like this. The first half is not directed to the asker at all since I gave to understand in my question that I mostly know how SHA1 ...
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Chat event #2 - planning?

So, after chat event number 1 went fairly well I think, I hereby propose we have chat event number 2. The date and time is yet to be decided. With Christmas nearly upon us for those who celebrate it, ...
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2024 Community Moderator Election

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What happened in May 10/2022 for the drop of new visits?

According to our stats page there is a drop of around May 10/2022 from 2000 to 300 of the new visits. We may argue that it was ChatGPT, however, is not possible since it was released on November 30, ...
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Yearly comparison of the moderations

The below table is made for comparison of the yearly moderation of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Action Mod. '21 Mod¹ '20 Mod '19 Com. '21 Com¹ '20 Com¹ 19 Users suspended² 1 5 4 15 8 14 Users ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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