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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, ...
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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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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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How do I know if PCA question related to scipy belonged here or on stats.overflow?

I just asked a question about PCA and scipy's implementation of PCA compared to mine. You can find it here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/38799205/why-are-my-manual-pca-reconstructions-not-...
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How to differentiate when to ask question about Machine Learning topics in Cross validate or Computational Science

From the description of cross validate and computational science it seems that cross validate is the correct site to ask question about Machine learning? Am I right to say that? Or what site is better ...
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(Mis)use of the matrix-equations tag

I do research in matrix equations, which (at least in my field) is commonly accepted to mean "equations whose unknown is a matrix, such as an algebraic Riccati equation $A^*X+XA+Q-XGX=0$, everything ...
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Update of a question

I asked a question and and I got an answer on the question. Now I have a small related question. Should I make a new question post? If I edit my original question with the new small question, will the ...
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OpenFOAM SE Proposal

As there are many people on scicomp interested in CFD applications, I want to announce to you all that there is an active proposal on SE for OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM is a widely used open-source C++ based ...
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Are questions about Globus on-topic?

Globus is a toolkit for moving large amounts of scientific data between clusters or to local machines. It's designed and mostly used for scientific computing. Questions about tools are generally on-...
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Computer-algebra tag?

Are questions about implementation of specific tasks in specific computer algebra systems on-topic here? If so, can we create a computer-algebra tag? Context: I have been feeling around on the ...
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Can I ask this question: Is there any aspect of a nuclear weapon test that cannot be simulated using super computers?

Nuclear weapons tests are experiments carried out to determine the effectiveness, yield, and explosive capability of nuclear weapons. However, these days most nuclear weapon states uses Super ...
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Would it be okay to ask a PETSc installation related question?

I asked this question on StackOverflow, but it's probably not the right audience, since it has only received 2 views as of my posting this question. I am wondering if it would be okay to ask this on ...
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Log-out on Computational Science

Is it possible to log out from this website? I am trying to find the log out button - but not very successfully.
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Can I ask a question related to various tools used in Robotic Process Automation?

Basically, I need to know what are the various tools, technologies that are used in Robotic Process Automation.
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Is my question on topic?

I have a collection of rectangular matrices which consists of a set of points with associated values. I need to copy this rectangular matrix into a square matrix. The values that get "left out" can be ...
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How to know if my question is appropriate for this site? And How to get attention to my question?

I posted a question here . But unfortunately, it didn't get any answers. I wondered may be this question is more appropriate for math.stackexchange. But I feel it's related to site. How can I know ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational Science 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 ...
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Questions on/off topic: computation software file i/o?

Is this sort of question off topic? Does Gaussian 09 keep a log of submitted jobs? If so where is the file located? I realize this is not strictly about computation, and may be better suited for ...
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Is bioinformatics a on-topic here?

Are bioinformatics questions on-topic on this forum? Or is there a .stackexchange forum more dedicated to bioinformatics?
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Big community questions

I was reading the post on the self-evaluation of the site and just wondered if it would be a good idea for the popularity of this site to build "big standard" community questions? For example: "...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational Science 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 ...
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Could my issue be tackled on the main site? If not, what parts of it could be?

Just to give you a bit regarding my background: I am a math undergraduate working on biology modelling problems. I have a strong background in Python, but it is only over the last few months that I ...
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Text blocks for frequent comments

Inspired by this question on meta.TeX.SE, I thought it might be useful to collect some comment templates (to be customized) for some standard situations in a form suitable for quick copy&paste (...
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Penrose Tiling Question

Would asking a question about Penrose tiling's be a good fit for the venue or would it fit better in the math SE? It is a question about how to compute the tiling, more practical algorithims whatnot, ...
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Could I ask a question regarding hardware?

I have a small budget to build a computer that I plan on using for scientific computing purposes (I write and run 32-bit Python/C simulations). However, I am completely out of the loop when it comes ...
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Can I move my Paraview question from SO to here?

I have the impression that here there are more Paraview users than on StackOverflow. I already posted a few questions there, should I migrate them? Or cross post?
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational Science 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 ...
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Possible merger with Computational Sciences?

Hello CS Beta users and moderator(s) We have recently created a proposal for Ocean Modeling for researchers who use computational modeling tools to answer ocean science questions. I have posted the ...
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Off-site Computational Science community promotion ads

Hi Computational Science! I'm currently updating a meta.physics.se post that encourages members to support other scientific SE sites. Several of those sites are in Area 51 and get an automatic advert ...
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Create a Meta-Thread for Drafts of Complex Edits

Denizens of Math.SE may be familiar with a device there for drafting long, complex edits to Answers. A thread of community wiki posts exists on Meta-Math.SE, Sandbox for drafts of long, complex ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational Science 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 ...
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Where do we want to draw the distinction between math questions and computational science questions?

There are some questions that deal with proofs that I'd say are pretty clearly computational science. For instance, the question The Lax-Milgram Lemma in FEM with non-homogenous Dirichlet BC seems ...
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Spam Patterns Question?

My answer for the vanilla preconditioners question gets like 2 spam edits a day? Just curious as it is a majority of my notifications per day.
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Do machine learning / neural network questions go on scicomp or on crossvalidated?

Do machine learning / neural network questions go on scicomp or crossvalidated? Personally, I consider a question like https://scicomp.stackexchange.com/q/10248/3212 to be a better fit here than on ...
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Let's get an icon for Computational Science!

I was looking through the list of stack exchange sites, and I grew jealous of all their nice artwork. SciComp still just uses the default SE theme. It might be premature to think about redesigning the ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational Science 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 ...
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a better place for a question

I feel that my recent question could be asked on another SE site, because it's rather about mathematical modelling than about computational side of the simulation. But I don't know what is a better ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational Science 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 ...
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Name of this SE site [duplicate]

I wonder why this site is named "computational science" rather than "scientific computations". Is the focus on science or on computation? Currently as it reads it appears it is focused on "science ...
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Revising the “stability” tag

"Stability" refers to at least two distinct concepts in scientific computing: inexactness of floating point arithmetic, backward error analysis, etc discretization/operator stability, a necessary ...
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Is mathematical modeling on topic here?

This is sort of a rehash of Computational modelling vs. mathematical modelling, but that didn't get any answers so I'll try to be more specific. The context of this question is that I'm supporting ...
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Is there interest to install a regular (6-monthly ?) review of all tags and propose a combined update?

Given two recent posts on meta on the topic of removing tags (conditioning and numerics), I was wondering if there is an interest among some users to install a regular "tag review". The idea is to ...
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What concrete guidance should we give to people asking software package-specific questions?

This question is in the same tradition as How appropriate are software package-specific questions?, but I'd like to put more specific guidance in the FAQ to help stem the tide of "debugging questions" ...
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Merge tags conditioning and condition-number?

I'd like to suggest merging these two tags for the following reasons. Both tags are under-utilized; many questions cover the topic of matrix conditioning, either in statement or in answers, but are ...