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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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Are questions related to “jam resistance” on-topic at Crypto.SE?

Jam resistance for omni-directional wireless networks is something that could be considered “somewhat related to cryptography”. It has been subject to ample research over the years (with DARPA ...
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Flagging as off-topic still limited to meta [duplicate]

It's been 2.5 years since Flagging as off-topic limited to meta was asked, and there is still just one SE site to suggest as a better venue for an off-topic question. The answers there suggested more ...
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Syntax highlighting

I tried to create a post with Java syntax highlighting. Obviously code blocks are supported, but syntax highlight hints seem to be ingnored. Is syntax-highlighting enabled on crypto? If not, should ...
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Self-Promotion 2016

It’s time for community promotion ads again. For those who don’t know what that means: graduated StackExchange sites each have a meta question where users can submit ads. (Some examples: Security....
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Cite link for crypto.se?

Other Stack Exchange sites like Theoretical CS, Mathematics and Physics have cite links for questions and answers: Since this site has a similarly academic focus, I think it might be useful to have ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Cryptography — Top User Swag!

I come bearing good news!!! If your name is on one of the first two pages here, you are entitled to a little care package, as a token of our appreciation for helping shape this community into what it ...
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What is considered to be off-topic?

I'm new to this site. When I posted my first question here, I tried to follow the advice on the Tour site: My question was directly related to cryptography, and it was neither "opinion-based", nor ...
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Slow editing in new website

For some reason, it appears that writing an answer can become really slow for me when I use Safari. This happens especially when the answer gets a bit long. Has anyone else encountered this?
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Little time-related bug in the chat

I just noticed a small glitch in the chat: the “x time ago” text does not seem to update correctly, resulting in a bit of a contradiction as the screenshot shows… The comment by Pawel (posted 1 day ...
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Cutting off “deleted comment timeline”

Here is a bug with the new design. I'm in Chrome. On a "wide enough" screen, the "deleted comment timeline" shows up like this: If I shrink the screen enough, I get this: However, there is a range ...
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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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Inconsistency in footer transition

The transition from the content box to the footer box seems a little broken on meta: For reference on main: Tested in Firefox and Opera.
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5 trusted users on Cryptography - is this a problem?

We've now got only 5 trusted users on Crypto (as of 2015-12-28). Do we see this as an issue? To be precise, trusted users have the following priviledges: Voting to delete answers with score of -1 or ...
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Meta Symbol broken on Mobile

In the mobile SE app, Crypto.SE has the new symbol, but Meta.Crypto.SE retained its old one, see the below screenshot. If using the browser, Meta has a grayed version of our new symbol.
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I don't know where I am, but I'm active in the profile

The state of the filter selection between questions and answers in the profile is not visible: but it is on Stack Overflow: Easy fix: Change the class name from ...
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It's so dark in here and I can change my next badge progress

Need more light! Need to change tracked badge, but can't! ;) Broken buttons: Result: I can't change the tracked badge, because clicking anywhere closes that dialog. The lightbox should probably go ...
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Strong text a bit too strong

In the new site design I think that the bold style is a bit too strong. This can be fixed by using Semi-Bold font face, i.e. replacing: ...
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Flag to close dialog is positioned too far to the right and down

If you want to flag to close a question, the second dialog which provides the global close reasons is positioned too far to the right and down. I might even need to scroll a bit (depending on the zoom ...
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Site logo looks pixelated when zoomed in on Firefox

For some reason, Firefox (v43.0 / Ubuntu 14.04) isn't properly scaling up the new logo when zoomed in: (Click to enlarge.) The background scales fine, and so do e.g. the vote buttons (which come ...
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Privileges link icon obfuscates the text

The link icon of the Privileges link in the profile is positioned a little to much to the left. Something like a margin-right: -20px; would fix it, but it should be ...
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Some issues with new design

First, very minor: Here is the review queue view: The green bar is a different and IMO conflicting green than the buttons. You see more of it if you hover over the meter. The same is visible in the ...
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'Open Sans' font readability issues in site design (2015-12-22)

The current font seems to have problems with readability, probably with regard to weight distributions over the pixels. For instance, the bottom of the letter S (both in lower and uppercase, 's' and '...
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New Site Design!

As you can see the new design just went live. Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. We have also themed the twitter account and newsletter template for this site, and adjusted ...
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Site design for Cryptography community

My name is Paweł, I’m a product designer at Stack Exchange. I’m super happy for you, because the process of graduation is about to be concluded! Congratulations to all of you! New Design The new ...
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How can we attract more professionals?

I think one issue with crypto SE now is it has not attracted many professionals e.g. academics etc from field of cryptography. What can be done to remedy this situation?

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