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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, ...
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Crypto.SE linked to from BBC News

The Article NSA 'altered random-number generator' on the BBC news website mentions the question Who uses Dual_EC_DRBG? in this context: For example, Microsoft had used the algorithm in software ...
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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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Would a question regarding a specific crypto library be on topic @ crypto.SE?

For example, would a question asking what the Blowfish structure BLOWFISH_CTX or the variables xl and ...
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Do we need the communication tag?

I recently noticed the communication tag. Should that tag exist? It seems to me like it is not very helpful. We could probably tag half or more of our questions with communication, which suggests ...
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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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What should we do with the [time-sensitive] tag?

I recently came across the time-sensitive tag, which seems to be used pretty haphazardly across a bunch of questions dealing with various aspects of time-related cryptography (e.g. time-lock puzzles, ...
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Should we disallow questions on schemes which do not follow Kerckhoffs's principle?

Firstly, I apologise for the short body of the question. This is somewhat related to allowing amateur ciphers on the site but also relates to questions such as this one. Questions on such schemes ...
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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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How much science fiction should be handled here "in theory"?

Frequently, I stumble upon questions that are purely hypothetical and assume a specific technical base which does not yet exist. What I mean are questions going somewhat like this: "…let's assume that ...
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What to do with the Snowden questions?

I am specifically referring to the Snowden question follow-up here. People have voiced concern over this type of question in comments, and there have been suggestions of taking this to Meta. This ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 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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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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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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What to do when answers to a question need maintenance?

I've spotted a question which answers seem to need update following recent results, e.g. this. How to best deal with that?
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Where should we promote our site and what images should be used?

Update I've submitted the accepted logo below to Math, IT Security, and CS Theory. Please go to those sites (use links to meta post below) to upvote so our ad will appear on those sites. If there are ...
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Suggested tag: rolling-your-own-crypto

How do you guys feel about introducing a rolling-your-own-crypto tag? We would then re-tag questions where the user is asking about homegrown crypto algorithms, ...
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CipherCloud DMCA notice

CipherCloud just filed a DMCA notice with stack exchange to take down the question How is CipherCloud doing homomorphic encryption? (now deleted by stackexchange). Since I obviously can't post the ...
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A tag for "How can I become familiar with the logic syntax used in Cryptography papers" question

This question tagged as encryption. encryption tag is not suitable tag for the question. Which tag is suitable for such questions? It seems we need a new tag for such questions.
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Mathjax is too slow on Firefox 3

It slows down the browsing, the browser consumes 99% CPU for like 2 seconds after a page is loaded. And editing a page with some mathjax expressions is hell slow, probably because of preview. Why can'...
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Is describing a technology used in cryptography (Smart Card) on-topic?

I recently jumped on making a rather long answer to this question: What is a Smart Card?, without asking myself: is it on-topic? Also, my answer contains a lengthy historic/introductory part, with ...

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