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Introduction of quantum-cryptanalysis tag

Currently quantum-computing is about cryptography performed using quantum computers. Of course, questions that involve Shor's- or Grover's algorithm are not created to perform cryptography. They are ...
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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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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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Are [crc] questions on-topic here, and should they be?

Thanks to a recent question, I realized that we have a crc tag, with 17 questions and the following tag wiki excerpt (quoted verbatim): The Cyclic Redundant Check is non-cryptographic error-...
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Proposal for new category of tags: programming-interface and misuse-resistant

While programming questions are very certainly off-topic for Crypto.SE, very frequently programmers would hurt themselves by misusing (or sometimes abusing) cryptographic algorithms. This meta post is ...
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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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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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Should we get rid of programming-language related tags?

We‘ve got several programming-language related tags. For example: java and javascript Considering that we‘ve got a close-reason reading Off Topic – Programming questions are off-topic even if you ...
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How is the quantum-resistance tag different from the post-quantum-cryptography tag?

The prior thread on Quantum tag reform did not discuss quantum-resistance, and there are many more questions tagged post-quantum-cryptography. The dominant nomenclature seems to be post-quantum, not ...
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Do we want bitcoin/cryptocurrency related questions? A cryptocurrency tag?

This question is inspired by this recent comment. My first thought in response to this was to create a cryptocurrency tag. However, we have been receiving a lot of questions here about bitcoin/...
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Should we correct tag "Attribute-based-encry"?

Current name of tag attribute-based-encry is incomplete and could be changed since there is still some space (maximum is 25). It would be nice to have attribute-based-encryption but it doesn't fit (...
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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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[cryptography] tag

Do we really need a tag cryptography? Seems redundant as most (all?) questions should be on that topic anyway.
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Merge “file-encryption” tag with “encryption”?

I just noticed we have a file-encryption tag and an encryption tag: encryption (1,603 questions tagged) Encryption is the process of transforming plaintext using a cipher into ciphertext to make it ...
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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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Attack tag names?

There are two attack tags in plural (side-channel-attacks and timing-attacks). Those should probably be renamed? The tags distinguisher and distinguishing-attack are very overlapping, I think. Do they ...
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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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Elliptic-Curves and ECC tags

We currently have the tags ecc (28 questions) for elliptic-curve-crypto, and elliptic-curves (11 questions) - 5 questions have both tags. Should we rename ecc to elliptic-curve-crypto? Should we ...
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Introduce "secp256k1" tag?

Currently, there is no tag for "secp256k1". Given how important Bitcoin has become, it might be time to have such a tag. Doing so would make it easier for users to find and answer secp256k1-related ...
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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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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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Suggested tag synonyms

aes <-- rijndael (rijndael was the original name of aes) withdrawn because only one variant of rijndael became AES random-number-generator <-- prng (rng is a synonym already) ssl <-- https (...
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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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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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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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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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Should we merge the "Rijndael" tag with the "AES" tag?

We currently have the tags rijndael (59 questions tagged) and aes (1135 questions tagged). Since all Rijndael questions tend to boil down to being about AES, it could make sense to make rijndael a ...
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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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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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Blacklist the "homework" tag

homework should be blacklisted. We had the discussion once before about what to do about homework. There it was agreed that homework questions are find but we didn't like meta tags like homework. I ...
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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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Should we merge [hybrid] and [hybrid-encryption]?

I just noticed that we the following pair of seemingly duplicate tags: hybrid currently has 20 questions, and a tag wiki that says: Something of mixed origin. In cryptography, typically a cipher ...
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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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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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Password hashing tags?

There is the (relatively) recent tag password-hashing, but most questions about the subject lack it. Many of them are tagged passwords + hash. There is also pbkdf which is almost the same thing as the ...
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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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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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Split of quantum-computing tag

Our quantum-cryptography tag currently reads: Quantum cryptography describes the use of quantum mechanical effects to perform cryptographic tasks or to break cryptographic systems. In particular ...
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Should we have the [iso] tag?

In a question asked not long ago, the iso tag was created. The tag referred to the International Organization for Standardization. But the word ISO can have other meanings due to its widespread use, ...
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Rename the [merkle-damgard] tag to [merkle-damgaard]

I noticed that merkle-damgard is spelled incorrectly. Correct spelling would be Damgård, but if å cannot be used in a tag name for technical reasons, it can be ...
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Tag purpose: quantum-cryptography

There are currently 98 questions tagged quantum-cryptography. These largely fall into five categories: quantum key distribution, which is the only topic mentioned in the quantum-cryptography tag ...
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Why do we have a trust tag?

The trust tag appears to have been introduced in the past two months and has now been applied to three questions with no common theme that I can discern besides the use of the word ‘trust’: Do people ...
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Should keys-size be renamed to key-size?

We have the key-size tag its synonym, key-length. However, there is another tag with a non-negligible number of uses called keys-size. Notice the extraneous s. Should this be renamed to key-size?
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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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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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How do we handle the recent announcement of the SHA-3 winner?

The winner of the SHA-3 competition was announced today. We already have a tag edit for sha-3, but some of the questions with sha-3 will undoubtedly reference the contest instead of the new family of ...
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Should tags be based on the answer(s)?

Should good answers to a question influence which tags are appropriate for that question thread? In other words, are the tags dictated only by the content of the question, or by the content of the ...
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Tag purpose: attack

Cryptography is all about defending against attacks by intelligent adversaries. What purpose does the attack tag serve that is not served by the mere use of Crypto.SE as a medium in the first place? ...
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Do we need separate GHASH, GCM, and AES-GCM tags?

GHASH is used essentially only in AES-GCM. The ghash tag was introduced in late 2018 and applies to only five questions that were all asked within the span of one week. In contrast, there are over ...
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Timestamping tag

Could be created special tag for timestamping ? Cryptography Timestamping (a.k.a Trusted Timestamping), I think should deserve it's own tag. (IMHO "Cryptographic timestamping" is better name, because ...
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