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Request: Please make takedown notice public, and upload it to Chilling Effects
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Here is a copy of the takedown request from CipherCloud. Stack Exchange sent a copy to all users who had posted content. I am making the letter available here at the URL below, and as images below: ...

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CipherCloud DMCA notice
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For those interested, here is the full text of the email that the Stack Exchange legal folks sent to me (and, I assume, to all other users who had posted answers). It describes how to send a counter-...

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Why does the site change how it displays comments?
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Did you edit your comment to add a $\hspace{0.8 in}$ at any point? Somehow those latex codes ended up in your comment, and their presence is why you see the funny spacing. So the real question is ...

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What should be done with reference-request tag?
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I think we have to be careful when we say "reference requests are off-topic". Generally speaking, that's about the right message to send -- but it's a little more subtle than that. Big list of X ...

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Are coding theory questions allowed?
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No. I would recommend that this site maintain its focus on cryptography. I would recommend that such questions be judged by a simple question: if it is relevant to crypto, it is on-topic; otherwise, ...

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How to guide questions to the best site
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Generally speaking, I do not recommend migrating questions to Mathematics (unless there is no cryptographic interest in the question, and it is a pure math question of interest only to mathematicians) ...

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Best style for reference to article in a journal?
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I think you have a lot of leeway to use whatever style you deem appropriate. I would suggest some guidelines: Provide enough information that others can find the reference. Try to provide the title ...

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Would a question regarding a specific crypto library be on topic @ crypto.SE?
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Such a question should be asked on Stack Overflow. As the help center says: If your question is about using a cryptographic library (e.g. Crypto++, OpenSSL etc) and using it in your application, ...

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What should we do with the [time-sensitive] tag?
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Here's my proposal how to re-tag the questions you listed. In each case, replace the tag time-sensitive with.... Time Capsule cryptography? either timed-release (if we create it), or encryption (...

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Elliptic-Curves and ECC tags
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I suggest merging ecc into elliptic-curves, asking people to use elliptic-curves in the future, and then making ecc a synonym for elliptic-curves.

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Do we want to update the way we handle homework questions?
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What should we do with no-effort homework dumps? Close exercise-style problem statements. If it is just the statement of an exercise-style problem, close as 'unclear what you are asking', downvote, ...

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How (if at all) should a person go about getting help with contests on here?
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I'm not sure if we need a new policy. Often such questions will fall under our close reason "Requests for analyzing or deciphering a block of data are off-topic here, as the results are rarely useful ...

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Short of inventing cloning, how do we attract more Paŭlos and Thomases to this site?
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Post on Perry Metzger's cryptography@metzdowd.com mailing list, advertising Crypto.SE.

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What should we do with the [time-sensitive] tag?
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I think time-sensitive is a poor choice for a tag name. It is not descriptive: it's not clear what it would refer to. To me, "time-sensitive" makes me think of something that is urgent or has a ...

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Are existence questions on topic?
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Ideally, these questions would be written as "I want to do X. My constraints and goals are Y and Z. What should I do?" The questioner should avoid making assumptions about the best way to solve the ...

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Asking question for which I know the answer
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According to the documented policy, it is OK to answer your own question, and even encouraged. Personally, I think it answering your own question is fine, and something we should encourage if both ...

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Is it possible to request references?
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You asked how to ask those kinds of questions. Here are two guidelines that will help: Identify specific requirements in your question. Make sure they are objective requirements, not subjective ...

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Mathjax is too slow on Firefox 3
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Sorry to hear it is not working so well for you. I don't work for StackExchange and cannot give you an official answer, but I'll share my impression of one reason why you might not want to do this ...

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Implementation List Questions
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They seem on-topic to me (if they meet all our other criteria, like asking an answerable question, with well-defined criteria for evaluation of the answer, and they "show their work"). I don't see a ...

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What sort of "cryptosystem verification" would be on-topic/allowed here?
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For the record, the FAQ doesn't say what you seem to think it says. We're not interested in questions from an amateur who has invented a new homebrew encryption algorithm and challenges us to ...

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Tagging of questions about IND-CPA and IND-CCA security
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I don't have a strong opinion, but here's my sense: Use ind-cpa where the question asks about IND-CPA, or about semantic security, or other notions of provable security that are equivalent to IND-CPA....

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How do we get users to accept answers?
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I think you're doing exactly the right thing, by gently reminding them of the option to accept an answer (some may not be aware of this option) and by explaining why it benefits them and the community ...

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Short of inventing cloning, how do we attract more Paŭlos and Thomases to this site?
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Give a rump session talk at the next crypto research conferences you attend, advertising Crypto.SE.

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Are we being too harsh with `analyze - decrypt a block of data`?
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I'm not sure I'm seeing evidence of abuse. I'd want to see data before changing our policy. You only cite one example of a question, and that question wasn't closed with the "analyze/decrypt data" ...

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Coursera removal request
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I have a different perspective from others here. I don't think the author has the right to demand that the question be removed. However.... in this case, I think this particular question is bad and ...

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Crypto.SE reference request: Why should we use AE
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My nomination for the closest I've seen to a canonical answer would be: Don't use encryption without message authentication Disclaimer: I'm biased (I wrote it). Also, FYI, it is on Security.SE ...

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Short of inventing cloning, how do we attract more Paŭlos and Thomases to this site?
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Someone could reach out to the folks who used to be prolific on sci.crypt, back in the day. e.g., Peter Gutmann, David Hopwood, Greg Rose, Doug Gwyn, Mark Wooding, Scott Fluhrer, John Malley, ...

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Search for co-authoring of crypto papers
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To be honest, I don't encourage this. I view this as analogous to saying "I have a great idea for a startup, my idea is so brilliant it's going to be the next Facebook, now I'd just like to hire a ...

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Are questions on specific implementations of crypto in a specific device/application/system on topic?
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I don't see a downside to allowing such questions here.

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Why does the site change how it displays comments?
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I'm not familiar with anything that changes how comments are displayed after 5 minutes. It's possible you might have been seeing something related to the MathJax latex typesetting. The site relies ...

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