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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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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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Cryptography's favicon is inconsistent with larger icons

158x158 http://cdn.sstatic.net/crypto/img/apple-touch-icon.png 48x48 http://cdn.sstatic.net/crypto/img/icon-48.png Crypto's larger icons show Cr but the favicon is ...
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Should we allow generic questions about block chain?

You may or may not have noticed that BitCoin.SE and Ethereum.SE have narrowed their scope. Nowadays that means that they only accept questions that are about their specific crypto currency and block ...
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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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Should we rethink our position related to questions about cryptographic software and libraries?

On a regular base, we receive questions related to the usage and/or inner workings of cryptography-related software and/or libraries. Seven randomly picked examples of many: OpenPGP Public-Key ...
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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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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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Moderator Election - Community Interest Check

We last had a moderator election back in late 2018, and we have had a moderator step down since then, so currently we are running with just 2 - Maarten and myself. Now, the good thing is that ...
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Should we accept edits by non-authors to put Wikipedia links on phrases?

We have had a number of edits recently that just put Wikipedia links on phrases, in posts that the editor was not the author of. Is this a desirable practice? For example, in https://crypto....
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Do we need the license-key tag?

The tag license-key was first used on November 14, 2011. Despite being around this long, it's only got twelve questions, of which two have negative vote counts. Perhaps one could say that license keys ...
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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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The help center indiscriminately describes “random number generation” as on-topic

From the help center page “What topics can I ask about here?”: Random number generation. Yet, on a recent question: This question is squarely off-topic on crypto.SE because it is about a ...
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Should we use SSL on our website?

Should an Exchange about Cryptography utilize SSL encryption on it's website? I'm not quite sure what the cost is, or how these are given out on the Exchange, but it seems pretty silly not to provide ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Results

Cryptography's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Can I ask questions about research journals?

Can I ask for a list of journals that are good enough to publish research work based on the topic related to cryptography? I didn't see journal tag, hence I am thinking that it is not a place to ask ...
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Election notifications aren't being sent

I only discovered the election because I happened to check meta, which I don't do every day here. (The sidebar? It's carefully designed to be discrete and boring, so whoever notices anything there?) ...
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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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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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Homework: Hints in comments or answers?

Our current homework policy—for homework questions that demonstrate effort and are not simply copypasta of the exercise—is to leave hints in comments, not in answers. This means that we can't mark ...
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Change the correct link for the $\LaTeX$ reference in our help center as well

According to this answer on the feature request "The MathJax help link should point to a more specific guide" we can change the link for our $\LaTeX$ help >>> here <<< to a site specific one. ...
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Is your question about cryptography *and not crypto-currency*?

When asking a question on the main site, the following text appears on the right hand side of the screen: Is your question about cryptography? We prefer questions that can be answered, not just ...
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Why cannot I flag questions for migration to other SE sites besides Meta?

More than once I've tried to flag a question for migration to Math SE, Stack Overflow or Information Security SE. I do this by clicking on flag $\rightarrow$ should be closed $\rightarrow$ off-...
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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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Implementation List Questions

It seems we have had a few questions recently asking for references on implementations. For example: Are there any Implementations of Secure Indexes? How to implement order preserving encryption or ...
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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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Migration Paths for Crypto.SE

We were told in chat that we should open a meta thread to ask for the migration paths. This is this thread. For everyone not knowing what a migration path is: Question can be migrated between ...
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Flagging as off-topic limited to meta

https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/8887/the-compilation-of-miracl-for-the-dsp-c6713-of-texas-instruments seems off-topic for crypto.se, but the only option available under Flagging > Closing > ...
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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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“Please review and spell check your question” before posting

Could we have a "Have you reviewed and spell checked your question [OK][Review]" button before a post button appearing on new questions by new users? I'm constantly editing posts, not to remove ...
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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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How to ask for telltale signs that quantum computers become danger to classical cryptography?

I recently proposed this question: "Telltale signs that quantum computers become danger to classical cryptography?". It was closed as "primarily opinion based". How can the question be modified to ...
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Is asking for help with new proofs on-topic?

Is it appropriate and on-topic to ask for help with provable security? For example, would it be reasonable to ask for technical assistance in applying the Leftover Hash Lemma to show that a sum is ...
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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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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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Can we add a 4th custom close reason?

We have discussed it here and feel that a 4th custom close reason would be useful to have based on our statistics of recent migrations. Can the SE staff please up our number of close reasons to 4? ...
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Interested in the SE moderation process?

Then the assembly is the room you need. As some of you may or may not know, moderators have a room that's hidden from public eyes. There's several reasons for this: We need, sometimes, to discuss ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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RWC is around the corner, will you be there and want to be greeted?

As I'm sure you're all aware by now, Real World Crypto 2018 (RWC'18) is around the corner, starting on the 10th of January. Now I know many of us will be there, so I'm posting this question, for ...
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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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Are we allowed to illustrate questions about cryptographic algorithms with executable code?

According to @Maeher, we are not allowed to illustrate questions on crypto.stackexchange.com with executable code—such questions are permissible only on stackoverflow.com: https://chat.stackexchange....
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How should conspiracy answers be treated?

There recently was a Meta Q&A where a discrepancy in the handling of so called "tin-foil hatted" answers was brought up, i.e. answers which claim that e.g. the NSA can break AES easily or answers ...
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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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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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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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What sort of “cryptosystem verification” would be on-topic/allowed here?

I'm considering posting a design of a proof-of-work system here and asking a few questions about it, but in the FAQ, it specifically states that you do not want questions about "cryptanalysis of a ...
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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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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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