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How to deal with ransomware questions?
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There is some value to these questions, we should instead create a canonical question and answer about breaking modern cryptography with known plaintext/ciphertext pairs (maybe we already have a good ...

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Welcome message on the tour page
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How about this (emphasis added to highlight the change, would be removed before posting) Cryptography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for cryptographers, mathematicians, computer ...

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Should we participate in Winter Bash 2014?
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Heck yes we should participate again this year.

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Suggestion for policy of banning questions
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First off, we are trying to do a better job at making people feel more welcome here, though we are not perfect. If no such site exists or is not known, then your site is the best shot the person ...

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The help center indiscriminately describes “random number generation” as on-topic
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I updated the help section to incorporate the proposal by fgrieu.

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What's up with the homework tag?
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One thing I don't like as homework has crept up is that now (and I am guilty of this too) we often ask "is this homework?". If we get rid of homework we should also stop this behavior too. Instead, ...

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Should we participate in Winter Bash 2013?
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Yes we should participate in Winter Bash 2013!

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Site design for Cryptography community
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I like the color scheme. I think the logo looks cool. The Cryptography text is cool (my only suggestion there is to have the bar above the o). For a pattern, I would love to see something more from ...

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Can I somehow advertise the BIU winter school on cryptography?
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I actually suggested the Winter School in chat in response to a question there on what we should advertise. Community promotion ads are the way to go. Here is an answer with an image that everyone ...

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Should we close a basic question asked and answered in more complex terms elsewhere?
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First off, we won't be losing the question linked to above. Duplicates are not automatically deleted, they are automatically deleted if they have been downvoted. As far as whether or not it should be ...

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Other sites in close reasons
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For non-beta sites, you can request that migration paths be established for certain other sites. In these scenarios, if enough people choose the same site when voting to close, the post is ...

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Why cannot I flag questions for migration to other SE sites besides Meta?
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We've tried to get Stack Exchange to add migration paths in the past and have been told no (more or less). Instead I recommend just flagging with "Other" and mention the site. Also see some of this ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2016
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The (few) Memes of Crypto
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Meme: The NSA (No Such Algorithm) assumption Originator: Mikeazo Background: On The Side Channel we were discussing exciting new cryptographic assumptions that could help in a submission to the ...

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Thinking ahead: Cr design for production site
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I think we should be very careful to incorporate too much "Classical Cryptography" related stuff in our design. The majority of questions on this site are not classical cryptography. A lot of the ...

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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 Site Self-Evaluation
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I think we are doing great! After doing my site evaluation it was clear that there are a lot of high quality questions and answers on this site! Congratulations to all in our community. I think ...

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How should we handle comments that are actually answers?
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I would say give the commenter time (and possibly encouragement via a comment or bounty) to write up an answer. If they still don't bite, write it up yourself and keep all the rep points (...

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#5333 prescient answers
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A question was asked in September 2012 (Why is there a strong distinction between stream and block ciphers?). This question was asked in November 2012. The two were determined to be similar enough to ...

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Kill ElGamal ;-)
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I went ahead and performed the changes discussed in the comments. In other words, I renamed elgamal as elgamal-encryption.

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How to react on links to material obviously made available in violation of a copyright?
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Stack Exchange Terms of Service (section 15) contains probably the most "official" response from Stack Exchange on the topic, which is to submit a DMCA take down. StackOverflow's meta has also ...

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Is it approriate to edit a question so as to embed a linked image?
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I would say not only is is appropriate, it should be encouraged. You never know when the image will change or be moved. That said, we did have problems in the past of someone posting images for which ...

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Elliptic-Curves and ECC tags
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Merging the two sounds like a good choice to me. This site is about cryptography. If someone has a question about elliptic curves, it should relate to cryptography. Thus the ECC tag should handle all ...

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Does anyone know what all the decryption questions are for?
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So why do they appear so frequently? What's their point? There seems to be a correlation between the timing of these questions and when school is in session. Maybe just a coincidence, but my guess is ...

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How can we attract more professionals?
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Many of the IACR crypto conferences (Crypto, Asiacrypt, Eurocrypt, etc). We should put together a slide deck (using some of the stuff from our upcoming design) and include a Best of and Worst of list ...

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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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mikeazo here. What do you think Crypto.SE's biggest challenge is? (E.g. question/answer quality/quantity, too many/few closures, too many/few questions of a certain type, bad tools/guidance, …) ...

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Cleaning up SHA tag names
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I renamed them as sha-256 and sha-512 and created synonyms for sha256 and sha512. I also changed sha1 to sha-1 and created the synonym. Did I miss any?

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What to do when answers to a question need maintenance?
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I would say we have a few options. Leave a comment on the accepted answer with the updated information and ask the author to add the info. Edit the answer with the new info (for example, I've been ...

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How to search for many tags?
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[tag1] [tag2] appears to work.

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Are legal issues surrounding cryptography on topic here?
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Personally I'd lean towards counting those sorts of questions as off-topic in the future (i.e., I don't think we need to do anything with the two you've linked to) and probably migrate them to IT ...

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