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What should I do when I see an incorrect answer?

This is a continuation of a discussion from a comment thread elsewhere. Here is the basic question. When I see an incorrect answer, what would you recommend that I do? I have always assumed 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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How much can we use TeX to format comments?

In CSE, we can use TeX. This makes it possible to do a number of things in comments, like (approximately by increasing questionableness) using “$k=\log_2(N)$” to ...
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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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Style for consecutive links

I ran into this a while ago and just noticed it on a newer answer to a question recently migrated here. The problem is if you have multiple links in succession, it is impossible to tell that there are ...
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What topics can I ask about here? needs an update

Recently ImLostPleaseHelpThx asked a question about implementing Deterministic DSA by Thomas Pornin (Java Errors) Nicely, once warned the OP read the ...
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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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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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Thinking ahead: Proposing random strings as help for the Crypto.SE design

I think we're all well aware that we have formally graduated and that there will be a site-specific design in the future. As Crypto involves many random and pseudo-random strings I many designs need ...
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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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Let's get critical: Sep 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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Would it be possible to pre-define some Mathjax operator names globally?

Cryptography uses "custom" TeX operators quite frequently, at least in research papers, for typesetting/kerning purposes. Approximately 1.6% of answers (282 out of ~18k) on this StackExchange use <...
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Can I start a bounty twice for the same question?

I have a question here for bounty and apparantely nobody is bothering to answer.Can I start a bounty again for the same question?
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Request for migration to Math SE

How can I ask for request for migration to Math SE? I think my question is more related to the mathematics of a theorem than the exact cryptographic system or implementation of.
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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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Help us define our scope by writing the FAQ?

As you probably know, all stackexchange sites have a FAQ. What you might not know is that the community can edit part of it through their moderators. Specifically, we can edit this bit: What kind of ...
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What can you do to help?

You like the Cryptography site, and you would like to help us along our quest for knowledge. You might be asking yourself the question what can be done to enhance the site and site experience. Quite ...
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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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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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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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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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Old question suddenly appears in the first posts queue

I was presented today with this question in the first posts queue. The question was asked on May 27, last active on June 3, and the asker hasn't been back to the site since June 13. I've emptied my ...
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What to do when answers to a question need maintenance?

I've spotted a question which answers seem to need update following recent results, e.g. this. How to best deal with that?
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Are legal issues surrounding cryptography on topic here?

This question titled "Hash Digest Legal Status" was recently asked and closed as off topic. Since I couldn't actually find anything in the FAQ explicitly disallowing such questions, nor any past meta ...
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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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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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Can I ask a Proof Of Work related question on crypto.SE?

I am not sure how far the concept of Proof Of Work qualifies to be on topic with crypto.SE which is why I would like to ask recommenations here first. The question is related to me not understanding ...
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Are existence questions on topic?

I've been going through some of the unanswered questions and I've seen a few that are very difficult to answer. They go something like this: I want to do X. Does there exist a tool/protocol/...
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Flagging conspiratorial rants

On Sec.SE, it is not uncommon for people to flag (and delete) posts that spout conspiracies and do not give a real answer. I came across a question like that here on Crypto.SE and flagged it. The ...
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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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Are we being too harsh with `analyze - decrypt a block of data`?

I recently voted to close this question for which the close reason is spot-on. The OP mentions that he's stuck so one can hope he's already tried something, but until he edits the question it'll be ...
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Search for co-authoring of crypto papers

It has happen to me many times, as I'm not a full time researcher, that I have an innovative crypto idea but lack the time to write a paper or lack the knowledge to do the hard-work of proving my ...
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Can we invite users to the private beta?

Ok so as has been raised a couple of times, we're fairly niche as SE sites go and are, like many of the public beta sites, not generating StackOverflow quantities of content quite yet. So obviously ...
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Migration to new MarkDown engine (CommonMark)

Our site is scheduled to migrate to the new MarkDown handling on the 17th of June, 2020 as explained in this meta.SE post. If you have any issues with the handling of markdown then please let us know. ...
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Adding to question guidelines?

When asking a question the box on the right says: How to Ask Is your question about cryptography? We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed. Provide details. Share ...
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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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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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Horizontal line on Crypto SE

I have just noticed that this "issue" apparently is something that only concerns Crypto SE. And yes, I get how nitpicky this might seem. ;) EDIT: Picture was taken from Crypto-meta (Questions, ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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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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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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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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Can we get a better example question for our site tour?

I just happened to visit our tour page, and noticed that the example answers shown there are... not quite the kind we'd really like to encourage: Part of the problem is that the tour page ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Link in comment

On this question I was trying to put a link in a comment. The link is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(algorithm). But the end parentheses isn't part of the link. Is this a bug, or am I just doing something ...
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Why does a question of mine not appear in my profile and activity?

I posted a question here back in March 2015: (bfxor) BruteForcer XOR v1.2 - Data Dictionary Attack on 64-bit Keys The question was closed by the mods. It is not listed in my profile and activity, ...
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Other sites in close reasons

I don't know how it works exactly, but would it be possible to have some sites other than Cryptography Meta in the "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" list for ...
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Should the linked question really be treated as a “request to analyze…”

So, we have this question, which currently has 4 close votes. All 4 are votes for "Requests for analyzing or deciphering a block of data are off-topic here, as the results are rarely useful to anyone ...

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