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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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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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Should we migrate signal processing questions to dsp.stackexchange.com?

In light of a recent question, I'm wondering to what extent we should accept digital signal processing questions and when we should migrate them to dsp.stackexchange.com?
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One of my questions of stackoverflow was closed - would it be more appropriate here?

I asked a question about resource allocation (kind of) on stackoverflow which was closed as off-topic. My problem is that I need to allocate climbing hold colors to wall sectors, while some rules have ...
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Should non-numerical MPI questions go here or Stack Overflow?

Should general questions on MPI go here or Stack Overflow? An example of such a question is http://scicomp.stackexchange.com/questions/2876/nonblocking-version-of-mpi-barrier-in-mpi-2
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Are questions about scientific computing employment on topic?

This question just came up about where to find jobs in scientific computing / modeling. While certainly an important question for many of us, it seems a bit off-topic to me. Also, it is phrased as a ...
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Is this BST code-debugging question on topic?

This post seems to ask just for debugging. The user seems to have thought about the problem, and seems understandably stuck. However, I feel that this question is more suitable for the "...
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Are questions about non-numerical aspects of numerical libraries on topic?

I've been reading the PETSc documentation, and I having a lot of trouble figuring out what PetscBag and some the functions that relate to it are supposed to do. It's part of Petsc, but PetscBag is ...
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Is using computational techniques to automatically generate natural-sounding writing in our scope?

The question https://scicomp.stackexchange.com/questions/1458/markov-chain-n-gram-make-more-natural-sounding has been flagged as out of scope. I am not an expert in computer language generation (...
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Are questions about the presentation of algorithms on topic here?

I recently asked how to express dictionaries in pseudocode in the question Dictionaries in pseudocode and was in doubt whether it belongs here (and so were others). I thought it's not about actual ...
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Are educational questions on topic?

I saw this post in our stack. It seems to be more about educational psychology and how to learn rather than a direct computational question. Is this on topic?
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Are questions about games on topic here?

This question was migrated here from Math.SE. Is it on-topic here?
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Are debugging questions appropriate here?

If someone is having problems coding an algorithm, and they provide the code, should we redirect them to the stackoverflow website or some other language specific website?
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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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Are purely algorithmic questions on topic here?

This question asks a question that is about an algorithm which is not a traditional part of computational science - maybe rather of theoretical computer science. If we decide these questions belong on ...
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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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What specifically is off-topic about the “Sequence Alignment” question?

The commenters seem to agree that this question is off topic. What specifically about the question makes it off-topic?
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Are image processing questions on topic here?

I noticed two questions, this one and this one, that seem to be about image processing, or possibly just research CS regarding images. Are these on- or off-topic? If off-topic, should these be moved ...
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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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Is data visualization off topic?

Data visualization follows simulation results, and naturally support staff at university and national HPC centers provide expertise in both domains. How should we handle questions pertaining to data ...
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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 ...