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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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How long can a site like Crypto.SE be in beta?

To be honest, I'm not sure if this question belongs on the general Stackexchange Meta or here. Since it's mainly about Crypto.SE, I've decided to post it here. (Feel free to kick me in case that was ...
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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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Congratulations to poncho for earning over 100,000 reputation points!

crypto.se has recently acquired our first 100k rep user! The user poncho has recently passed the 100k reputation marker. This is the first time this has ever happened on our site and as such is a ...
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Do we need MathJax?

Pretty much as it sounds. Certain cryptographic functions can be described mathematically. Is there a need for MathJax here?
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Should we name our chat room?

As you know, we have a chat room! Where you are welcome to come and have a chat about... whatever you like. I have previously suggested potentially having chatcast/organised meetings in there. To ...
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How should questions be handled involving code?

(Full disclosure: This is a Q&A that was requested from me to document our current policies on handling questions involving code.) So the question: Assume I am looking at a question that involves ...
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2015 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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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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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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Are we allowed to illustrate questions about cryptographic algorithms with executable code?

According to @Maeher, we are not allowed to illustrate questions on crypto.stackexchange.com with executable code—such questions are permissible only on stackoverflow.com: https://chat.stackexchange....
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Self-Promotion 2016

It’s time for community promotion ads again. For those who don’t know what that means: graduated StackExchange sites each have a meta question where users can submit ads. (Some examples: Security....
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Are questions about identifying encryption algorithms allowed?

I have an encryption algorithm I pulled out of a binary. I'd like to identify what the algorithm is, but I don't have the requisite crypto experience. The code is "high level" C# code, as ...
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How to get more questions? Migrate from other SE sites?

It seems that we got at a dead point. There are no new questions for two days, and only 3 questions at all since the time the public beta should have started originally, with 52 questions - of those ...
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How should conspiracy answers be treated?

There recently was a Meta Q&A where a discrepancy in the handling of so called "tin-foil hatted" answers was brought up, i.e. answers which claim that e.g. the NSA can break AES easily or answers ...
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Are questions on specific implementations of crypto in a specific device/application/system on topic?

Would it be permissible to ask questions like "What sort of encryption does IE 9 support in HTTPS mode" or "What sort of cryptography does the iPhone use to keep user 3g data secure"? Edit by ...
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Let's Formulate our Audience-Specific Ciphertext / Scheme Analysis Close Reason!

As part of our on-going efforts surrounding the question closing and new user guidance experience, we are asked to provide new audience-specific formulations for our existing custom close reasons. I ...
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Cryptography — Top User Swag!

I come bearing good news!!! If your name is on one of the first two pages here, you are entitled to a little care package, as a token of our appreciation for helping shape this community into what it ...
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New Site Design!

As you can see the new design just went live. Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. We have also themed the twitter account and newsletter template for this site, and adjusted ...
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Mathematicians being elitist?

I'm posting this as an outsider to Crypto.SE. The odd time that I stray over here from Security.SE (where I'm a 10k user) I'm often greeted by all the usual stereotypes of elitist mathematicians. In ...
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(When) are reference requests actually on-topic here?

I recently realized that we have some contradictory documentation on our site (and, probably, contradictory beliefs and opinions among users) about the topicality of questions asking for off-site ...
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Can we promote cryptography-related events on this site?

Since a lot of people interested in cryptography visit crypto.stackexchange.com every day, I think that it is a very good place to promote crypto events. Maybe it would be possible by submitting some ...
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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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How to make people feel more welcome in the crypto.SE community?

We already have this question: Mathematicians being elitist? which showed the point of view of the community about mathematics and related questions. But something that annoys me more is this comment ...
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Crypto "chatcasts"?

So, I have an idea... this is based partly on the fact that certain things such as book lists and subjective discussion aren't great fits for the SE engine (although communities have been known to ...
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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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Cryptography self-evaluation: how ARE you doing? [closed]

There are lots of metrics we can use to "measure" a site, and we do, but none of them matter as much as having a healthy and happy site full of interesting questions and expert answers. So, let's ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Should we allow generic questions about block chain?

You may or may not have noticed that BitCoin.SE and Ethereum.SE have narrowed their scope. Nowadays that means that they only accept questions that are about their specific crypto currency and block ...
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Where best to discuss a cryptography algorithm idea?

I have this idea in my head, I've drawn some images of roughly how it would look. I'm looking to explain the idea to someone and find out if there is something similar or if I'm going down the wrong ...
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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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2020 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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Is it OK to ask for program/software recommendations here?

Is it within scope of this site to ask about recommendations for crypto software, or is this site reserved for more abstract discussions about crypto algorithms or their implementation? For example: ...
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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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Should we participate in Winter Bash 2013?

Below is the 2013 announcement. Should we participate? Vote below. As another year draws to a close, we wanted to do something fun and lighthearted with our communities, as a way of celebrating the ...
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What to do with the [security-analysis] tag?

So, it seems we have a tag named security-analysis that is getting kind of indiscriminately applied to all sorts of "analyze my cipher / algorithm / protocol / implementation / etc." questions. ...
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What is considered to be off-topic?

I'm new to this site. When I posted my first question here, I tried to follow the advice on the Tour site: My question was directly related to cryptography, and it was neither "opinion-based", nor ...
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Should we have a tag for all of a specific cryptographer's inventions/contributions?

I came across the merkle tag today. The description says Merkle refers to cryptographic advances introduced by Ralph Merkle, like "Merkle's Puzzles", "Merkle's Hash Trees" and the Merkle–Damgård ...
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Adding to question guidelines?

When asking a question the box on the right says: How to Ask Is your question about cryptography? We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed. Provide details. Share ...
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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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Are legal issues surrounding cryptography on topic here?

This question titled "Hash Digest Legal Status" was recently asked and closed as off topic. Since I couldn't actually find anything in the FAQ explicitly disallowing such questions, nor any past meta ...
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How to get eyes on a specific cryptanalysis puzzle?

Occasionally I encounter a specific cryptanalysis problem which I'd like to solve. (My most recent example can be found here, where I have cleartext/ciphertext/password/salt, and I'm trying to figure ...
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How much can we use TeX to format comments?

In CSE, we can use TeX. This makes it possible to do a number of things in comments, like (approximately by increasing questionableness) using “$k=\log_2(N)$” to ...
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Is this the place to ask about crypto-algorithm creation/new techniques?

For almost 7 years I've been working in algorithm creation for new encryption systems. I'll be the first to tell you that my goals are lofty and that it's no small task to make something worth using. ...
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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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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Cryptography is scheduled for an election next week, June 8th, 2020. 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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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Should we add a close reason for requests for cryptanalysis of amateur schemes?

There are a bunch of questions asking to evaluate the security of an amateur cipher, clearly without knowing pretty basic stuff on cryptography or how SE works. You all know the type of question I'm ...
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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 ...