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Do we want/can we have MathJax?

Coming from the physics SE, I'm quite accustomed to being able to write math-mode LaTeX in questions, answers, and comments. I think that would be useful here as well. I expect others would be mostly ...
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“Vote early, vote often”

This is a reproduction of Scott Morrison's post on meta.tex.SE; I believe it is very much applicable to this community as well: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is ...
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Thoughts, comments, and reactions about the FEniCS experiment

A little over two months ago, Anders Logg posted Can scicomp.stackexchange be used for project-specific questions?, asking if it would be all right to use SciComp StackExchange as a replacement for ...
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Please use DOI addresses when linking to papers

If a paper you are linking to has an associated Digital Object Identifier (DOI), please use the http://dx.doi.org/ address to link to it instead of the publisher's ...
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How can we contact more experts to grow our community?

So far we've had several questions about what this site is about, what we can tell people about it, and how to tell people about it. The logical followup is: who do we tell about it and where? In ...
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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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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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Use scicomp like our collective computational science blog/encyclopaedia!

I'd like to call everybody's attention to a recent Stack Overflow blog post by Joel Spolsky, the CEO of the StackExchange Network. In it, he explicitly encourages a more blog-like approach to using ...
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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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Replace 'numerics' tag

I would like to see the numerics tag replaced, because it 'works' only because of a mutual misunderstanding. As for science, 'Numerics' refers to the investigation of numeric patterns. The first ...
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How appropriate are software package-specific questions?

I am a developer of PETSc, an open source library of parallel solvers and related tools. We currently have a great deal of redundancy on our mailing lists and are looking for ways to provide better ...
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Let's define our scope

What are some of the unique topics that will be well-suited for this Q&A site and what things should belong to other SE sites and betas? How much is this site related to general computer science, ...
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Can scicomp.stackexchange be used for project-specific questions?

Is scicomp.stackexchange the right place to ask questions that relate to the usage of specific libraries? To be more precise, we are contemplating moving the FEniCS Project from Launchpad, which has ...
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Should we allow homework questions?

Lately there have been some questions posed that seem to be homework: Linear programming feasibility problem with strict positivity constraints Approximately "solving" a linear system of ...
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Who should the moderators be?

Were are quite long in the beta and things start to become a little messy -- high time to obtain some pro tem mods. Rules: A person interested in being a mod posts an answer featuring username and ...
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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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Tag graph for scicomp

I made a graph of connections between the top tags on scicomp, using this code and Gephi. Enjoy!
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What is the field-distribution of users in this site? What % are biologists, chemists, and physicists?

I'm just wondering. Are there any earth/atmospheric scientists here? What about astrophysicists?
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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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FORTRAN or Fortran?

I've noticed a recent question got edited first one way, and then the other. It seems the growing convention as been to refer to the language as Fortran, and unless one is referring to historical ...
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We're approaching the 90 day mark in public beta. What do you think we're doing well, and what do you think we could do better?

Computational Science Stack Exchange has been live for almost three months now. We've had encouraging feedback from Stack Exchange staff, and the quality of both questions and answers has been ...
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Cross-posting to stackoverflow, mathoverflow and related sites

Many questions that would be appropriate for this site would also be appropriate for mathoverflow, stackoverflow, and possibly other sites. What is the best practice for such questions to promote the ...
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Are questions about lists of journals allowed?

Many users of the site have a need to keep up with current research in specific areas related to computational science. Recently, someone asked Which journals should I read to keep up on advances in ...
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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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(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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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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Do questions about numerical analysis and software packages belong here?

I just whether is this a right place to ask about the theoretical analysis of numerical methods or the software packages pertaining to numerical analysis?
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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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Tag Merge Request: fem & finite element

I think we should merge the fem tag into the finite-element. Any objections?
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A thread for tag mergers and tag synonyms

Related to the thread What is our policy on ambiguous tags?, I am starting this thread, for the benefit of people who wish to call attention to tags that should be merged, synonymized, or other such ...
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Are simple simulation questions on topic here?

We recently got a question on Physics.SE about how to properly simulate multi-body collisions that occur within a time step. The OP says he was directed away from Stack Overflow, but it seems off ...
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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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Matlab or MATLAB?

Similar to "FORTRAN or Fortran?", I've seen the Mathworks produced software package written as MATLAB (for example, see this Wikipedia article, and the product web site) and also as Matlab (for ...
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What should be our answer to “what kind of questions can I ask here?”

Right now we have the following at the top of the FAQ: What kind of questions can I ask here? Computational Science - Stack Exchange is for for scientists doing science by heavy computations....
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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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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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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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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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Computational modelling vs. mathematical modelling

My request for discussion is prompted by this recent SciComp.SE post, Definition of incompressible flow, and relates to the scope of the forum. As commented there I feel the topic falls just far ...
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What does it mean that this is a “beta” site?

What are the criteria for it to be official and is there a risk of it not continuing?
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How many questions is too many questions?

I am a student in the field of High Performance Computing and when I am reading anything relevant, I seem to generate a million doubts per second. Many of these die out through quick google searches ...
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Should we close questions just because their answers may be lists?

Several questions have recently been closed because they are so-called "list questions" and hence "not a good fit" for Stackexchange. There seem to be a small number of vocal and active people behind ...
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What is the best way to encourage other SE sites to include us in their FAQs?

One thing I've noticed about some stack exchange sites is that they have more detailed FAQs than we do (because they've been around longer). As part of these FAQs, they describe closely related, but ...
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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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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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How appropriate are software package-specific installation questions?

This question is in the same spirit as the meta question "How appropriate are software package specific questions?" and has come up as a result of the question "How do you install an R executable ...
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If we ask a poster to revise or clarify their question (or answer), how long should we wait for them to do so?

Sometimes, questions (or answers) that are slightly off-topic, vague, or unclear can be salvaged by prodding the poster to make edits. However, people who post don't necessarily get around to making ...
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Should we request an arXiv trackbacks feature?

Question inspired by Kaveh, one of the cstheory mods, here on cstheory Meta, which in turn was inspired by this post on Theoretical Physics Meta. As I understand it, this feature would enable people ...
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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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Chemistry.SE is now in public beta!

Just a quick word to let you know that Chemistry.SE has now launched into public beta. We welcome computational chemistry questions there too, so the boundary between the two sites is something we ...