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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 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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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Computational Science Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is there something about my question that suggests that I don't know what I want to ask?

I've recently asked Going to try to move some of my scipy/numpy calculation to GPU, how to avoid disappointing results? I've taken some time to explain the computational problem, that it runs in ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on Computational Science — your first "full" election — has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are... the faces you already know, your ...
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Tag Management Ideas

Since it has been a while since the last tag cleanup, I was curious to see if there were specific tags that needed fixing or general issues with tags. I wanted to get other users' thoughts on some of ...
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Resources for questions related to specific software

From time to time we get questions related to specific software such as (but not limited to) Gmsh or ParaView. Depending on the type of question it might on topic here or not. This post is not about ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 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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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Computational Science Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election ...
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Computational-science-careers tag - make synonym of career-development tag or remove?

Should the computational-science-careers tag be made a synonym of the career-development tag? At the time of writing, the former tag appears to have been newly created for this question. An ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2021

Summary: Computational Science Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on November 1, as your “graduation” election as a result of having lost your beta label a while back. The ...
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Can my questions be solved on this site? If not where else can I ask?

I need to solve a series of computations in the question Is there a way we can compute my sum involving subsets more efficiently?. I placed a 50 point bounty but no ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top list of the answers

Recently, it was announced that there is a technical capability to unpin the accepted answer from the top list of answers. Now: if the accepted answer has a lower score than other answers, it is still ...
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Seeking help with asking a question about Top 500, commercial clouds and academic research

Do you know sometimes you have feeling you have an important question on the tip of your tongue but can't find suitable words? Maybe this post can help to exchange some thoughts on the topic to get ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I had my answer to this question deleted by a moderator and converted to a comment. Prior to the deletion, it had earned a couple of negative comments and a downvote. The original text of my answer: ...
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Network-wide feature request to support TeX in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables but ignored the needs of the TeX community, who wish to be able to ...
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My question was closed, and I edited it. How do I get it reviewed to reopen?

How do I get my question reviewed for possible reopening? Lookup Table architectures guidance for taxonomy mapping
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Procedure to update (several) old posts

There are times that there might be an interest in updating several posts. For example, to update documentation links or to clean up tags. The thing is what is the appropriate way to do it since ...
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Updating doc links?

I updated a bunch of links to documentation webpages and didn't mean to flood the front page with those updates. Is there a way to do that more silently? Sorry about that!
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Which users here use the chat?

The chat room has been largely empty for more than a year. Since December 2019 the room has mainly been used by myself, uhoh, and David Z to post questions from other sites which would be of interest ...
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Stack Exchange switches to CommonMark. Computational Science SE: 2020-06-17

At the beginning of June 2020, Stack Exchange decided to switch the markdown rendered to CommonMark. The developers' team wrote migration scripts so that the rendering of the existing posts should ...
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Sandbox for Drafts and Complex edits

The sandbox on Computational Science SE Meta is intended for saving drafts of long and complex posts. It serves to localize prevent numerous front-page "bumps" of the main Computational Science SE ...
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Private Beta Site: Materials Modeling

If this is off-topic, I can take it down, but I think its valuable to support other science sites in the network. Materials Modeling SE entered private beta at the end of April. The site aims to ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Would this question be on-topic here? Might it be likely to receive an answer?

I'm writing a program and need a way to identify and enumerate the number of possible distinct crystallographic domains when depositing one 2D lattice on top of another. I've posed this as a question ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What SE community would best address recommended GPU hardware/software for general scientific computation?

While Computational Science did address a highly upvoted question about which types of computation lend themselves to using GPU resources, I'm reluctant to push the boundary into specific hardware ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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How can I improve my question?

I wonder what improvements to my question could be made. Since it got some views, but no comments that ask for further details. It is aimed towards the readers of a certain book of which some ...
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Misleading link about MathJax help

The online help contains the following part at the LaTeX section: "Learn more: MathJax help." Problem is, the link leads to a site about TeX, not MathJax. This is not really fortunate, as they're not ...
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arXiv trackbacks from Computational Science SE - are possible!

A very long time ago, a feature for providing arXiv trackbacks has been requested. There is also a highly upvoted Meta StackExchange discussion, requesting the same functionality. Unfortunately, it ...
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June 2019 tag clean-up initiative

On June 22, (anticipated lowest activity on the website), the required edits\retagging bumped a lot of questions to the main page. Last time it happened a couple of years ago when this activity was ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Computational Science's first moderator election has come to a close and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and share your ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 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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What would be a good frequency for a tag clean up?

What is considered to be a good frequency to do a tag clean up? I've initiated something like that two years ago with Geoff Oxberry. Actions to be considered: Identify misspelled tags and correct ...
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Converting comments (multiple) in a single answer

One parameter that gets evaluated in the process of graduation of a beta site to a full-blown StackExchange site is the number of unanswered questions. According to Area51, this is now 80% ("Needs ...
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Announcing a moderator election

Summary: Computational Science Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on May 6 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Are software-recommendation questions on topic here?

The question Is there an alternative to SIMION? was posted recently on the physics site. It sounds like something that may be better suited for this community, but I'm not sure to what extent software-...
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Canonical question on updating matrix inverses and factorizations

The question "given the inverse/a certain factorization of $A$, can I compute cheaply one of $A+B$?" is one that gets asked a lot here, in slightly different forms: for instance when $A$ is symmetric, ...
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Revisiting our off-topic policy

I've been meaning to post this question for a while, but only now got around to it. Over the last year or two, it has been my observation that a) the rate of (good) new questions has decreased ...
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Is my Math.SE question on numerical method error more relevant on SciComp?

Here is the question: link. If it's a better fit, I'll ask the Math.SE mods to migrate it. I suppose this meta question could be about the more general case about posting here vs on Math.SE when the ...
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Do we need a separate site for "researchers"?

Does this proposal define a new site beyond Computational Science, not to mention Server Fault, Super User, Linux, and our other computing sites? Research Computing (proposal link) for research ...
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Efficiency vs. performance

In short, what is the difference between the efficiency and performance tags? Are they different enough to keep them separate or should one be a synonym of the other? According to Wikipedia, ...
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Firefox offline "reader view" to show whole scicomp page, including answers

Firefox android has a "reader view", based on readability.js, that is the only way for it to save a page for offline browsing. (You first click the stylized-book icon within the address bar at the ...
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Add "Cross-posting" as a standard reason to close the question

Often, people ask the same question on multiple StackExchange websites. While this might be sometimes fine (a question did not get enough attention, the posts are cross-linked, some time has passed ...
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Users are indexed as sitemaps by Google Search

Is it possible to put up proper sitemaps for Google search, instead of some random users?
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Questions "poked" by Community

The algorithm run by "Community" to elevate certain questions to the top of the list seems seriously flawed IMHO. The description of its tasks includes: "Randomly poke old unanswered questions every ...
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Custom off-topic close reason for programming question

With some frequency, we get questions that are purely about programming (such as "What's wrong with my loop?" or "How do I read from a file?") and thus rightly voted on to close as off-topic -- but ...
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