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Is it OK to make large changes in an off-topic question one did not ask, in an attempt to salvage it?

Is it OK to make large changes in an off-topic question one did not ask, in an attempt to salvage it? Motivating context: this recent question asked for the preimage resistance of a custom hash ...
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What should be the room description of “the Side Channel”?

If you didn't already know, we do have a chat room for general discussion called the Side Channel. As for the details of finding this awesome name, look into "Should we name our chat room?". Now what ...
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How to make people feel more welcome in the crypto.SE community?

We already have this question: Mathematicians being elitist? which showed the point of view of the community about mathematics and related questions. But something that annoys me more is this comment ...
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Should questions with the sole purpose of obtaining hats be allowed?

In the chat a trend has been noticed by SEJPM: Is this new wave of meta posts caused by the hat you get for making a meta post? Should we be extra critical towards these types of questions? I ...
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How can I “prettify” complex equation systems in MathJax / $\TeX$?

I have the problem that I want to use a (long) equation chain to show the relation between two statements. How do I do that?
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How can I use MathJax / $\TeX$ to format bitwise operations?

There are many symbols available in MathJax / $\TeX$. How can I format the common bitwise operations using the formatting available on this site?
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Use MathJax / $\TeX$ within Cryptography META

The main site of Cryptography uses MathJax extensively. I would like to have the same thing enabled on Meta. I can think of the following reasons to do so: it is more consistent with the main site; ...
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How to deal with ransomware questions?

We have specific questions asking about breaking ransomware for CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and now *.[MKKitana@india.com].wallet (which may be a variant of some other ransomware. All of these have a ...
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Cryptography on other SE sites, notably Theoretical Computer Science and Security

There are still a sizable amount of questions about Cryptography asked at Security.SE and Theoretical Computer Science. That there are questions about cryptography (/encryption) at Security.SE is not ...
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Why was my question locked as off-topic?

Why was my question “Very simple, very memory-hard (?) password-based key derivation” locked as off-topic ? Before posting it, i read the entire help page and i knew i was pushing it but i still ...
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Can we get a bugfix for the double-voting glitch when migrating Q&As?

After migrating this Q&A from Crypto.SE to Security.SE, I accidently noticed a bug/glitch related to migrated Q&As. Practically, this glitch - which needs either a bugfix or an explanation ...
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Do we want our site to be part of the Winter Bash 2016?

Season’s greetings, crypto freaks and geeks! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means it’s time to have some fun... with hats! That’s right - it’s time for Winter Bash 2016! Winter... what?...
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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 to get eyes on a specific cryptanalysis puzzle?

Occasionally I encounter a specific cryptanalysis problem which I'd like to solve. (My most recent example can be found here, where I have cleartext/ciphertext/password/salt, and I'm trying to figure ...
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Welcome message on the tour page

Right now we got this message on the tour page: Cryptography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for software developers, mathematicians and others interested in cryptography. It's built ...
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Are questions like “Is X covered by patents?” on-topic?

It looks like we don't have the clarification whether or not we want to allow (and if yes with which scope / restrictions) patent questions. So the question is: Do we want questions of the type "Is X ...
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Is it OK to ask whether a cryptographic function exist?

Is it on-topic to ask whether a given cryptographic function I’m describing in my question already exists (and how such a process would be called)?
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Bouncing tags when going to new line

I noticed this today on a question. To be honest I am not completely sure what triggers it. Something along the lines of the last tag goes to the second line, but on hover, the "edit tags" link ...
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Migration path to security-SE

There have been quite a few discussions about migration paths, but no one has asked for a specific one so far. And up until now, we don't have any migration path (except meta). So this question is: ...
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Question without bounty featured

The question "BB84 - Bits needed to detect Eve's presence" is still listed in the featured tab on the main site even though the bounty expired four days ago (wasn't awarded). Can somebody please fix ...
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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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Is it possible to request references?

I really do like the Cryptography StackExchange, but as long as I know requesting references is not allowed. I was wondering whether any form of reference request is accepted? The point is that, ...
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Edition rejected

This edition was reject. The justification given is that This edit deviates from the original intent of the post. Even edits that must make drastic changes should strive to preserve the goals of ...
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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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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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Change of address

I've noted that the site crypto{dot}com is owned by an individual (probably since then start of the internet). I see that the last blog post was from 2013 so it doesn't seem to be used much - probably ...
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Has this forum been compromised by the NSA BULLRUN program?

Today, this site shows 24 thousand users in Cryptography. It runs in parallel with and is associated with StackOverflow boasting 6 million users. This site then clearly creates some leverage and ...
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Meeting people interested in crypto and programming

I have done some basic microcontroller programming in the past. I am now just starting to learn C++ and plan to move into Java and SQL eventually. I just got done reading one of Simmons books. It was ...
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Do questions on whether a hash function is almost universal belong here or on math.SE?

Do questions on whether a hash function is almost universal belong here or on math.SE? They seem to belong both places: on math.SE because the question is about mathematics, and here because ...
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How to get help with encrypting something

As part of rooting a device, I need to generate a 2048-bit RSASSA-PSS signature using SHA256 as the hash and MGF1-SHA256 as the mask function, for an update file I created. I can choose any key; but ...
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Merging an unregistered account

Yesterday, I had a question and wanted to post it on Cryptography Stack Exchange. However, my VPN was down at that time, so I cannot log in with my existing account. I had no choice but to ask that ...
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Deleting user's name

I'm so sorry for this post, but I think this is necessary. Although this site is designed for research, some users misuse it. These users choose a name for its profile that is a vilification. For ...
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Policy change proposal: Minor OpSec edits

Right now the official policy for accepting and rejecting sub-2k user edits includes the following statement: Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. ...
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Are questions on crypto performance on-topic?

By performance, I mean "How fast will an optimized $X$ be" or "Is Algorithm $Y$ likely to give good hardware performance?".
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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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Canonical resources on “Identify this cipher” questions

There have been a number of questions along the lines of "what cipher was used to encrypt this data", and they have all been (rightly) closed as off-topic (as discussed here). I think it's correct to ...
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Mathematicians being elitist?

I'm posting this as an outsider to Crypto.SE. The odd time that I stray over here from Security.SE (where I'm a 10k user) I'm often greeted by all the usual stereotypes of elitist mathematicians. In ...
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Summer school on real-world crypto and privacy, 5 - 10 june 2016 [duplicate]

This summer school is jointly organized by the Digital Security (DS) group, Radboud University, The Netherlands, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia, the ...
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Should we add a close reason for requests for cryptanalysis of amateur schemes?

There are a bunch of questions asking to evaluate the security of an amateur cipher, clearly without knowing pretty basic stuff on cryptography or how SE works. You all know the type of question I'm ...
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What is the best way to deal with repeated off topic questions?

Earlier this week, a request of decryption of a text encrypted with an unknown classical cipher was posted on Crypto.SE. I flagged the question as off-topic but recognized the encryption as Vigenère ...
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Side text preview

When editing texts, specially since most monitors are more wide than tall, it would really help if the live display section is placed on the right side of the text edit box. This way, I won't have to ...
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Is it possible to disable live rendering of post texts during posting a question? [duplicate]

This site keeps rendering my text as I wrote it in the edit box and displays it below the edit box. For simple text thats OK, but once you start writing some LaTeX code, it becomes really really ...
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Should this question have been closed?

The mods might have been a bit hasty in closing this question about the cube-root attack on RSA. The reason for closing was given as follows: Requests for analyzing or deciphering a block of data ...
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Can we promote cryptography-related events on this site?

Since a lot of people interested in cryptography visit crypto.stackexchange.com every day, I think that it is a very good place to promote crypto events. Maybe it would be possible by submitting some ...
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Should we have more off-topic Stack Exchange migration options? [duplicate]

Right now we only have a flag option for migrating questions to this meta.crypto.SE site. I find a lot of questions should be migrated to SO.SE or security.SE. Can we add some extra options for ...
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Site logo background isn't transparent, looks funny if hidden in network profile

I was experimenting with the new ability to hide sites from the network profile and noticed that, while most sites I hid were cleanly grayed out, Crypto had an ugly white background frame around the ...
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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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Editing titles to make them more specific

I don't think we edit titles enough. Editing titles helps make them stand out from the crowd: Just the latest batch of questions: What is this algorithm / concept called? Unknown cipher text for ...
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How to best format function / method names in TeX?

Functions commonly have multi-character names - mainly acronyms - in cryptography, much more so than in math. The question is how we can best format these methods in LaTeX? If we don't do anything ...
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One time pad documentary - advance notice

For the masses of one time pad fans in the UK, there's a documentary about the Venona Project tonight. See this wiki article for some background, and would be useful for all those nay sayers that ...

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