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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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Should we participate in Winter Bash 2014?

We participated in 2013 and I think a lot of users had fun with it (especially e-sushi who seemed to find the most hidden hats if I remember right). Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any ...
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Is it OK to ask which cryptographic technique has been used?

My question has been put on hold and I would like to understand exactly why and how I can make it better. I have a software engineering background but cryptography is way out of my league, so I ...
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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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Should we participate in Winter Bash 2013?

Below is the 2013 announcement. Should we participate? Vote below. As another year draws to a close, we wanted to do something fun and lighthearted with our communities, as a way of celebrating the ...
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How much background knowledge on cryptography should we expect from programmer askers?

There are some questions from some programmers demonstrating them lacking some of the basic knowledge required for writing secure or otherwise loophole-free programs. So, (maybe serving as an ...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 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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Is it OK to ask for program/software recommendations here?

Is it within scope of this site to ask about recommendations for crypto software, or is this site reserved for more abstract discussions about crypto algorithms or their implementation? For example: ...
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Crypto.SE linked to from BBC News

The Article NSA 'altered random-number generator' on the BBC news website mentions the question Who uses Dual_EC_DRBG? in this context: For example, Microsoft had used the algorithm in software ...
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What to do with the Snowden questions?

I am specifically referring to the Snowden question follow-up here. People have voiced concern over this type of question in comments, and there have been suggestions of taking this to Meta. This ...
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are history of cryptography questions allowed?

I want to make some questions regarding the history of cryptography. particularly I want material/information about WWII german code breakers. Is this the site to ask the question or should I ask in ...
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Should we close a basic question asked and answered in more complex terms elsewhere?

This question (update: now closed as duplicate) asks a basic thing: why the security level of 2DES is 57-bit (implicitly: given a few plaintext/ciphertext pairs). A helpful (if not quite correct) ...
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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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Typo in a custom close reason

Requests for analyzing or decyphering a block of data are off-topic here, as the results are rarely useful to anyone else. Please correct the spelling of deciphering. Moderators cannot edit custom ...
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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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I fail to register a close vote mentionning that the question is off-topic and should be migrated

When I try to register a close vote for this about any question as follows close off-topic because... This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network the only choice that I have ...
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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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Editing old questions

Just recently we had a whole bunch of minor edits of old posts. Mostly tag only edits some typo corrections. These were not bad edits as the added tag was correct but I noticed these posts were months ...
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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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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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Are questions about identifying encryption algorithms allowed?

I have an encryption algorithm I pulled out of a binary. I'd like to identify what the algorithm is, but I don't have the requisite crypto experience. The code is "high level" C# code, as ...
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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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What can we do about users that need rep to chat in The Side Channel

There have been some meta questions lately about where is a good place to talk about in-depth cryptanalysis and the design of entire schemes. These types of questions are explicitly off-topic for the ...
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Should we vote to close low-quality/homework questions, and if so, how?

We get scores of low-quality or homework questions where someone just pastes a question into the question box and hits submit. From the help center: Do we accept basic level/homework questions? ...
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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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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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Were those two questions about circular security really duplicates?

The question Does encrypting the key with itself make it easier to crack the ciphertext? was closed/merged with the question Encrypting a key with the same key using AES. However, I do not see a ...
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Let's actually vote on our help-center sections!

Every now and then we see a clarification and minor change of the scope of Crypto.SE here on Meta, e.g. our resolution on side-channel considerations being on-topic as well as explicitly clarifying on ...
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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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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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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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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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'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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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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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Cryptography is scheduled for an election next week, June 8th, 2020. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community ...
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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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Should we disallow questions on schemes which do not follow Kerckhoffs's principle?

Firstly, I apologise for the short body of the question. This is somewhat related to allowing amateur ciphers on the site but also relates to questions such as this one. Questions on such schemes ...
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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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Are questions about steganography on topic here?

With the recent proposal for a Steganography stack exchange over on Area 51, I would be interested to know if Steganography questions are on-topic here on Cryptography. I suggested that they might in ...
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Stewardship of an ecryptfs tag

I am one of the authors and the current maintainer of eCryptfs, a cryptographic filesystem for Linux. It's been in the Linux kernel since about 2006. It's the cryptographic filesystem used by ...
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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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New HNQ update: What kind of questions do set a good example for our site?

As requested, this is the sister thread to New HNQ update: What kind of questions don't set a good example for our site?. See the linked post for context. HNQ is the acronym for Hot Network Questions,...
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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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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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Can we add a close reason: Finding preimages for hashes is off-topic

Not infrequently, we receive questions asking for help (meaning a solution) with finding the preimage for a hash function. Typically they ask for help "decrypting" a given hash value. The ...
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Could Wikipedia's articles be considered as a reference for CryptoSE posts?

Wikimedia websites articles could be not bad for some hint or clue, but when are we dealing with mathematics and physics that need to be precise and reliable and provable, referencing to Wikipedia for ...
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What does tag(s) mean?

While I was adding gpg to my favourite tags, I saw there was no number mentioned besides the tag. If I search and add other tags, they present numbers like ...
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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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