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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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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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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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Tag excerpts lacking usage guidance

Like I wrote in chat, I think that some of the tag excerpts on this site could use some work, especially with regard to usage guidance. The purpose of tag excerpts and guidelines for writing them are ...
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5 trusted users on Cryptography - is this a problem?

We've now got only 5 trusted users on Crypto (as of 2015-12-28). Do we see this as an issue? To be precise, trusted users have the following priviledges: Voting to delete answers with score of -1 or ...
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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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Site design for Cryptography community

My name is Paweł, I’m a product designer at Stack Exchange. I’m super happy for you, because the process of graduation is about to be concluded! Congratulations to all of you! New Design The new ...
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How can we attract more professionals?

I think one issue with crypto SE now is it has not attracted many professionals e.g. academics etc from field of cryptography. What can be done to remedy this situation?
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The (few) Memes of Crypto

Catchphrases and concepts that spread from person to person are known as memes, which, courtesy the Internet, can now explode across the Earth like a highly contagious virus (hence "going viral"). 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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Thinking ahead: Proposing random strings as help for the Crypto.SE design

I think we're all well aware that we have formally graduated and that there will be a site-specific design in the future. As Crypto involves many random and pseudo-random strings I many designs need ...
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Can I somehow advertise the BIU winter school on cryptography?

I organize a winter school on cryptography at Bar-Ilan University in Israel every year (this is the 6th year running; see here). The school studies topics in depth and is meant for people with ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

As your site is undergoing our new design-independent graduation process, you'll be enjoying your own run of design-independent Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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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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Should we organize community actions on Crypto.SE?

I recentely discovered, that back in the days, when Crypto.SE was still in Beta and wasn't all that old, we had this Meta-Question about Crypto-Challenges on Crypto.SE.. Now I know that we don't want ...
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Why don't we upvote questions on crypto?

Even when a perfectly fine question is asked it sometimes feels that I'm the only person voting it up. This even happens to questions like these. Now I guess the answer already had an upvote from ...
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Questions about some tags: siphash, historic, integrity

Some unrelated questions about tags: I see siphash has resurfaced. Its been created and removed before, I think I've done both at least once. Should it be kept this time? Should old questions about ...
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Should the linked question really be treated as a “request to analyze…”

So, we have this question, which currently has 4 close votes. All 4 are votes for "Requests for analyzing or deciphering a block of data are off-topic here, as the results are rarely useful to anyone ...
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Is “asking for example after posting what I did” allowed on this site?

Suppose I am learning RSA or any other complex scheme. I know how algorithm works theoretically and I want to do an example. If I tries to do an example and I don't get success. Can I ask in crypto....
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Allow rebooted questions asking for market and/or product distribution shares?

There´s an older question I´m not sure about: “Who uses the RSA BSAFE library?” From my point of view (and looking at a few comments), it appears to be off-topic for several reasons: it is about ...
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What does the community reaction on the FlipsCloud question mean?

I recently asked “Why does “2xAES-256” provide “99.99%” security strength whereas “1xAES-128” provides “40%”?” on the main site. It was kind of a "doghouse" question, as the question by itself ...
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Merge tags for “IND-CCA” and “chosen-ciphertext-attack”?

At the moment we have the two tags ind-cca and chosen-ciphertext-attack. However the tag ind-cpa is a synonym for chosen-plaintext-attack. Should we merge ind-cca into chosen-ciphertext-attack as ...
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Why does a question of mine not appear in my profile and activity?

I posted a question here back in March 2015: (bfxor) BruteForcer XOR v1.2 - Data Dictionary Attack on 64-bit Keys The question was closed by the mods. It is not listed in my profile and activity, ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Cryptography's 1st moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They've replaced the pro tempore mods — please thank both groups for ...
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Use Archive.org for links in answers?

I recentely had the problem, that a specific page was down, from which I needed a script. So I used my standard way to obtain this file and searched for this page on archive.org and found the page and ...
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Quantum tag reform

Currently we have two quantum related tags: post-quantum-cryptography quantum-cryptography I suggest replacing post-quantum-cryptography by quantum-computers or quantum-computing. It should be ...
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Merge tags for DSA and ECDSA?

Currently we have both of these tags: dsa (40 questions) ecdsa (85 questions) Both are basically the same algorithm, just implemented over different groups. Would it make sense to merge ECDSA into ...
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Dropping question rate - Anything we can / should do about?

I sometimes monitor the Area 51 statistics for Crypto.SE. I've noticed, that around the time where our graduation has been announced, that our questions / day ratio is radically dropping (9.2 IIRC -> ...
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What's up with the [cipher]?

We have the tag cipher having 103 questions. When should this tag be used, if ever? Isn't having encryption enough?
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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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Why are [tag:prg] and [tag:prng] distinct?

I'm not sure if there is a real difference between a Pseudo-Random-Generator (PRG) and a Pseudo-Random-Number-Generator (PRNG), whiches tag is synomized with random-number-generator. I think we ...
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Merge [SRP-6] into [SRP]

At the moment we have two tags for secure remote protocol (SRP): srp (12 questions) srp-6 (15 questions) I suggest merging srp-6 into the more general srp.
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Why there is no [pkcs7] tag?

There is 17 questions that deals with PKCS7, but there is no pkcs7 tag. Is there a particular reason for this, or it was just not created ?
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Should we still use [SSL] as tag instead of [TLS]?

This was originally decided at The big tag naming discussion in 2011: It looks like tls should be a synonym for ssl. While technically TLS is a different protocol than SSL, they are quite ...
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What will happen if we don't have 3 moderator candidates?

I already asked on the election related chat and re-thought this question would rather fit here. So at the moment (after 2 days) we have two candidates for the three open moderator positions. We all ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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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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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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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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Should we forward people via the tag wiki?

I recently voted to close this question with the tag software-recommendation. Now there's a similar tag named reference-request. By our policy we don't allow software-recommendations and close them ...
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Can I submit an encrypted message to see if its breakable here? [duplicate]

For some reason I have been thinking a lot about encryption lately. I'm a CS major, but an encryption novice. The skeptic in me feels making a code that uses a fairly simple algorithm would be a lot ...
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Should we close a basic question asked and answered in more complex terms elsewhere?

This question (update: now closed as duplicate) asks a basic thing: why the security level of 2DES is 57-bit (implicitly: given a few plaintext/ciphertext pairs). A helpful (if not quite correct) ...
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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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How (if at all) should a person go about getting help with contests on here?

We had two recent questions on here seeking help with a contest/challenge. There have probably been others. How to decrypt a '.enc' file that has been encrypted with RSA using a public key? Decrypted ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Cryptography Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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tag for hand ciphers in the computer age

I am interested in ciphers (and techniques for designing future ciphers) such that both (a) encryption can be done "by hand" without a computer, while also (b) the resulting ciphertext is (relatively) ...
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Thinking ahead: Cr design for production site

What I understood is that when a site goes from public beta to production that it gets a final design. This design is created in close discussion with the community. Maybe we could think ahead a bit ...
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How is Cryptography Defined

This is a site on Cryptography, but in the site, I couldn't find a definition of Cryptography. How will we define that? Literally translated, cryptography is Greek for "hidden writing". ...
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Should we allow PKI related questions?

If I take a look at our Tour this crypto site is for questions about: Asymmetric and symmetric cryptographic algorithms Cryptographic protocols and cryptanalysis techniques Hashing Entropy and ...