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Should we participate in Winter Bash 2014?

We participated in 2013 and I think a lot of users had fun with it (especially e-sushi who seemed to find the most hidden hats if I remember right). Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any ...
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Can I ask a Proof Of Work related question on crypto.SE?

I am not sure how far the concept of Proof Of Work qualifies to be on topic with crypto.SE which is why I would like to ask recommenations here first. The question is related to me not understanding ...
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What to do with raw dump of homework?

We recently had examples of rather basic homework or classwork questions, presented as such, asked without anything but affirmation that the poster tried and failed to solve them. The pattern includes ...
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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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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 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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Double multi-encryption?

Just noticed we’ve got two alike tags: multiple-encryption Multiple encryption means encrypting a message two or more times using either the same, or a different algorithm. double-encryption Double ...
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Decryption tag creation

I am just surprised this tag has not already been created. I would have assumed decryption/unencryption or something similar would have been created.
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Add off-topic wording to the tour page

The tour page (successor of /about) contains a section “Ask about…” and a section “Don't ask about…”. The positive section lists the main topics that are available ...
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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 opposed to ...
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Multi-Party Computation tag synonyms

Based on what I’ve seen during my recent edit-frenzy, I would like to suggest the following tag-synonyms for the multiparty-computation tag: secure-multiparty-computation mpc (short for ”Multi-Party ...
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The help center indiscriminately describes “random number generation” as on-topic

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 ...
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Best style for reference to article in a journal?

Very often, in an answer on CSE, it is appropriate to make a reference to a published article. How is that best done? Specifically (the topics are interrelated): Should references be flowed in the ...
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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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Cleaning up SHA tag names

We have sha1, sha256 and sha512, but sha-2 and sha-3. Could we rename them to match the canonical SHA-N form that the specifications use?
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What's up with the homework tag?

I thought we had decided to avoid the homework tag, for all the reasons listed there. In addition, the homework tag is a "meta tag", which are generally not a good idea on StackExchange sites. Yet ...
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Are we being too harsh with `analyze - decrypt a block of data`?

I recently voted to close this question for which the close reason is spot-on. The OP mentions that he's stuck so one can hope he's already tried something, but until he edits the question it'll be ...
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What to do with the “sha-3-competition” tag?

I recently cleaned up the “sha-3-competition” tag as it merely hugged 3 questions (1 closed, 1 about Skein but not the competition, and 1 being somewhat related the competition itself). After some ...
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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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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 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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Tag removal suggestions (or does the system auto-delete abandoned tags?)

I would herewith like to suggest the removal of the following, three tags: online – reason: too broad (and not really indicating a cryptographic area either). protocols – reason: too broad (more ...
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Should one delete or fix one's own dumb questions?

More often than not, one (at least, me) asks a question that, in retrospect after a simple answer is given, would have been best put on mental hold for a day of maturation, rather than asked right ...
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How to deal with conspirateurs?

There's a particular kind of user that visits us from time to time: The one who makes a rather bold claim, fails to follow through with a proof and continues to engage in a passive-aggressive exchange ...
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Disagreement with closed question

I am interested about this recent closed question. I thought I'd ask here because I clearly have a different opinion to some, and I wanted to discuss the reasoning. The question is marked as closed ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2014 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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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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Is asking about the crypto community advertisement on topic?

Its been bugging me a bit, that community advertisement else site. I'm curious about what it says, but I don't know if asking about it is on topic or not. I note that one of the off topic reasons is: ...
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Kill ElGamal ;-)

I think we should kill the elgamal tag (70 questions). It currently includes two mostly unrelated schemes. The schemes were invented by the same person and are both group based crypto, but I don't ...
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How to react on links to material obviously made available in violation of a copyright?

When I notice that a question, answer or comment links to something relevant, but obviously made available in violation of someone's copyright (like a full book complete with scanned copyright page ...
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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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Should we fix the format of closed questions?

I've noticed some closed questions get edited to fix formatting or spelling, without changing the content in any substantial way. This puts them in the reopen queue, where they will inevitably get ...
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Chatting @someone makes a notification?

If I chat @ someone, like, by including their name in my post, will they be notified in the StackExchange bar? I have a commenter on one of my questions that I'd like to clarify in chat without ...
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How should we handle comments that are actually answers?

This is something that has been hovering my mind for a few weeks now and because I keep seeing questions going out unanswered (because the valid answers were posted as comments), I decided to ask ...
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Is it OK to ask people to support projects?

This is inspired by this answer which states I would also recommend a donation to the OpenBSD foundation, since those guys support the OpenSSL and they have financial support problems these days. ...
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Coursera removal request

Update 2: This post is about this edit to this question Recently there was a suggested-edit asking for removal of one of the many "how to do cryptanalysis on a 1 time pad if used twice" questions? ...
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Is it approriate to edit a question so as to embed a linked image?

In a question such as this including a link to an image essential to the understanding the question, is it appropriate to edit the question so that the image will show without following the link, like ...
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Are career questions on-topic for this site?

Are questions about preparing for a career in cryptography generally on-topic on this site? This came up in response to the following question https://crypto.stackexchange.com/q/12681/351, but I ...
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Hardware on topic

My question was fueled by the recent question: https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/12582/most-important-spec-to-look-for-on-a-gpu-to-solve-scrypt-algorithms-e-g-liteco By the time anyone see's ...
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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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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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Let's get critical: Dec 2013 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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Crypto.SE reference request: Why should we use AE

I was just wondering if there was a "great answer" floating around that I can refer people to when they discuss using unauthenticated encryption across an untrusted (and thus possibly-malicious) space?...
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Disable the feed in chat

IMO the question feed in chat isn't really useful and drowns out the rare chat messages. So I'd prefer to disable it. Does anybody want to keep it? If not, could a diamond please disable it?
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Add custom close reasons refering to Stack Overflow and Security.SE

We currently have three site-specific close reasons: Requests for analyzing or decyphering a block of data are off-topic here, as the results are rarely useful to anyone else. Requests for ...
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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 when the original poster refuses edits / drastically changes their own question

I am prompted by the case of: https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/11646/the-earlier-question-hasn-been-taken-back, more relevantly presented by the its edit history. As originally stated, the ...
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Why do we remove “Thanks in advance” from questions?

As I understand it, "thanks for your help" and similar messages removed from questions. I believe the aim of this is to leave Crypto.SE as a neat and relatively formal Q&A, where each question is ...
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How should we describe the “untagged” tag in the wiki summary?

I happened to stumble over the "untagged" tag. It is only used by a single question, which indeed introduces the problem of finding a better tag than "untagged". Yet, I'm not sure if that tag is ...
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What should be done with reference-request tag?

I noticed today that we now have a reference-request tag. Anyone who has been on the site for a while will know that literature recommendations and "list" questions are offtopic. A lot of the ...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2013 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, ...