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Should we allow questions about amateur ciphers?

Our FAQ currently says: Do we accept questions asking for cryptanalysis of your cipher (hash function, ...) design? No, we do not. If you want peer review of your full cryptographic scheme, ...
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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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Towards an acceptable solution for textbook requests

So we've had a bit of a debate in chat between the mods and some users (more users in chat would be awesome) about reference request posts. I thought, having slept on it for two nights, I would lay ...
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Chat event #1 - meet the moderators

Us moderators have colluded and found a time we can all make for the first chatcast event (see the link for the proposed idea). The first chatcast thing will be on (Monday) the 28th of November at 19:...
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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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Is it OK to ask for cryptanalysis of a cipher which was still widely deployed a few years ago?

I'm wondering if the following question would be on topic and ethical: How would the stream cipher GOC be cryptanalyzed with modern techniques? The GOC (Générateur d'Octets Chiffrants) is a stream ...
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Do we need the [algorithm] tag?

I just found the algorithm tag, our most-used tag without a tag wiki (excerpt). It has 16 questions (7 asked in the last 30 days), and I can't seem to find what this tag indicates (for writing it ...
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Do we want “challenge”/analyse-this questions and if so what constraints, if any, should we put on them?

So earlier I decided to close this question based on several factors. I chose too localised, because I don't think such a question really benefits anyone as it stands. This raised the question in my ...
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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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What should I do when I see an incorrect answer?

This is a continuation of a discussion from a comment thread elsewhere. Here is the basic question. When I see an incorrect answer, what would you recommend that I do? I have always assumed that ...
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Asking homework questions

Is it desirable for people to ask a homework question here? Set aside for now the question of how this would be enforced. I'm more interesting in the policy question, and in our goals. Is this ...
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Asking question for which I know the answer

Is it ok to ask a question that I think is relevant for this community (and for which there doesn't seem to be an easily-found answer via google) even if I know the answer? It seems we have a paucity ...
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Help us define our scope by writing the FAQ?

As you probably know, all stackexchange sites have a FAQ. What you might not know is that the community can edit part of it through their moderators. Specifically, we can edit this bit: What kind ...
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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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Short of inventing cloning, how do we attract more Paŭlos and Thomases to this site?

Now we are in public beta I think the time is right to do some community building. I am currently third (by one reputation point) in the overall leaderboard (at the time of writing and only by a ...
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What is the point of this separate cryptography forum?

This forum only has 97 questions so far. What is the point? It is not visited by many people. Shouldn'it be re-intergrated with the main stackoverflow forum? I find it pointless.
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Search for co-authoring of crypto papers

It has happen to me many times, as I'm not a full time researcher, that I have an innovative crypto idea but lack the time to write a paper or lack the knowledge to do the hard-work of proving my ...
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Do Area51 recommendations apply to public beta only, or are they good for a private beta, too? [closed]

On the Area 51 page for Crypto, there are a few recommended levels of questions, answers, visits, users, &c. Are these recommendations applicable to a private beta, or just public betas? For ...
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How can we reach out to the people that committed to crypto.se?

As discussed elsewhere on meta.crypto, we need more questions from existing private beta users. Can they be contacted? If so, what pitch should we make? One element of it that comes up for me is to ...
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Can we invite users to the private beta?

Ok so as has been raised a couple of times, we're fairly niche as SE sites go and are, like many of the public beta sites, not generating StackOverflow quantities of content quite yet. So obviously ...
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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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Is this area just about “modern” cryptography?

Cryptography is a very old subject in History and while many people concentrate on the Computer Age cryptosystems, quite a few people can be interested in older cryptosystems like oldish ...
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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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Tag cleanup and tag wikis before public beta?

I think it would useful to have some cleanup in the existing tags, as well as descriptions (e.g. tag wiki excerpts) for those we want to retain here. (For duplicate or ill-named tags, see The big tag ...
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The big tag naming discussion

We need to make these tag naming decisions (mostly together with synonyms). Do we want gpg or gnupg? (The other one would be made a synonym). ✔ It looks like gnupg is better. (Done.) Should we use ...
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Ownership of content in questions/answers?

I previously asked about if this was the site for asking about new algorithm techniques but this leads me to ask about who owns the content made available in the question, the content made available ...
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Tags: singular or plural?

I just had a look at the Tag list, and found both password and passwords. Obviously we don't need both. A similar point would be hash and hash-functions. There also are modes, s-boxes, resources, ...
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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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how to decide between Cryptography.SE and Security.SE?

I asked advances in usability for cryptography/authentication and one of the commenters raises a good point: should this be in Security.SE? Is there a good rule of thumb between the two? e.g. if it ...
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Are “How to use cryptography-program X” on topic?

This example https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/90/how-can-i-add-my-picture-to-my-public-key-using-gnupg got already 3 off-topic close-votes. Should we send such questions to superuser.com, ...
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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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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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Are coding theory questions allowed?

Is it allowed to ask theoretical questions about coding theory?
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How to guide questions to the best site

During the proposal phase, there was considerable discussion of the overlap between Cryptography and the crypto-related areas of IT Security, Theoretical Computer Science , and Mathematics. See Scope ...
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Do we want “literature recommendations” and similar “list/subjective questions”?

Our very first question was https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/1/crypto-class-in-college-but-looking-to-take-it-to-the-next-level, asking about book recommendations. By design, this is not a ...