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Revisiting our off-topic policy

Yes, and we should specify our policies to be more inclusive. (In fact, I believe the original consensus was much more inclusive, but community overturn meant that this more nuanced consensus was ...
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"Vote early, vote often"

I strongly agree with the original post by @J.M. While the community uses the website to learn new things, get answers to their questions, and find solutions to interesting problems – the positive ...
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Do we need a separate site for "researchers"?

I see little overlap between the proposed site and this one: This site is about how to numerically solve a specific scientific problem, i.e., which algorithms, techniques, and software you should use ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

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(Mis)use of the matrix-equations tag

I think you're right that the matrix-equations tag should be used to mean "equations in which the unknown is a matrix", like a Sylvester equation. I support this retagging.
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

This recent Site Self-Evaluation made me think more about the quality of Questions than I have in previous such reviews. I found myself wishing (but only briefly) for a way to assign separate ratings ...
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Computer-algebra tag?

I'm tempted to say it depends. If the question is "What software or library can I use to implement task X?", I'd say yes, it's on-topic. If the question is, "How do I use software package/library Y to ...
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Are software-recommendation questions on topic here?

Judging by some of the top-voted questions on this site, it seems that the community is open to software recommendation questions. I don’t recall any particular instances where such a question was ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

@Paul, You've been an essential member of the Computational Science SE moderators team! You were definitely the one who essentially helped to shape this community to where it is now. It was a pleasure ...
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Update of a question

It is preferred by and large to create a new Question, and give a link to the old Question and Answer for context. Possibly, if the "small related question" is a simple clarification of the earlier ...
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Are questions about Globus on-topic?

tl;dr: They could be, but if the question specifically asks about a specific software package (e.g., FEniCS), it's probably going to get closed with a reply to post the question on a mailing list ...
6 votes

Log-out on Computational Science

Welcome to SciComp! If you click on the StackExchange button in the upper left corner of the page, you should see under "Current Community" Computational Science, and to the right on the same line "...
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Can I ask a question related to various tools used in Robotic Process Automation?

At the risk of sounding blunt, based on what you wrote such a question would be both off-topic and too broad -- the latter very likely on any StackExchange site, even if the topic fits. On the other ...
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Custom off-topic close reason for programming question

If it's possible, it would be a good idea. Stack Overflow is the best place for those questions, although those sorts of questions would get savaged there...
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(Mis)use of the matrix-equations tag

I agree, and went ahead and created a tag excerpt to this effect (please improve where needed). I've explicitly pointed to linear-system for the alternative. On a related note: There's about 10 ...
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Is my Math.SE question on numerical method error more relevant on SciComp?

Numerical analysis questions, such as error analysis, are definitely on topic here. I would say that there is a good number of people on this site with sufficient experience to answer up to standard ...
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Revisiting our off-topic policy

I strongly support the premise of this question and have some suggestions relative to questions about so-called "niche" libraries and applications. Many times these niche libraries and applications ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

I am very glad to become a moderator for Computational Science SE. Will try my best to be a good one. In addition to the routine moderator work, I am certainly interested in making Computational ...
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June 2019 tag clean-up initiative

Company-wide tag ansys. Ansys has multiple products that are relevant to the computational science world. At list fluent has its own tag (which is a separate topic). Currently, we have 3 questions ...
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June 2019 tag clean-up initiative

Simply merge tags with identical or close meaning: backward-stability (4 usages) -> stability (141) library (7 usages) -> libraries (86) heat (7 usages) -> heat-transfer (7) posteriori (3 usages) -> ...
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Matlab or MATLAB?

I support writing "Matlab", with just one capital letter. This is the normal English capitalization rule. Abusing capitalization and special characters for emphasis is just a commercial ...
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Questions "poked" by Community

The description on the profile page is misleading -- what actually happens is that the community bot randomly bumps one question per hour from the list of those scoring >= 0 that have gone at least ...
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June 2019 tag clean-up initiative

Delete rarely used tags with poor potential to get more attention in the future: langevin (1 usage) thermostat (1 usage) transformation (1 usage) non-parametric (1 usage) which currently clutter the ...
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June 2019 tag clean-up initiative

In linear algebra, one considers dense and sparse matrices. For the former, the tag is dense-matrix, for the latter sparse. Suggestion: rename sparse to sparse-matrix
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Is there something about my question that suggests that I don't know what I want to ask?

Not my comments on the linked post, but I can speculate based on my impression of the differences between your post and the previous ones. I think the big difference was in the scope of the routine ...
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How to differentiate when to ask question about Machine Learning topics in Cross validate or Computational Science

In principle, a question about machine learning would not be off-topic on either site. I'd break it down further about what kind of question about machine learning you have: If it's about the ...
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Would it be okay to ask a PETSc installation related question?

You'd be better off asking this question to the petsc-users mailing list. Installation questions and many package-specific questions typically get closed with a recommendation to ask the question in a ...
4 votes

Matlab or MATLAB?

This question puzzled me. So I dug a bit around. TL;DR Matlab seems like a much better choice for a non-legal document. For example, a journal paper or a SE community answer. Unless such spelling ...
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What does it mean that this is a "beta" site?

Update on the subject matter: Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites There is no risk for our Computational Science Community. It's hard to imagine that we would ...
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Is bioinformatics a on-topic here?

I don't see a Stack Exchange site currently dedicated to bioinformatics. Bioinformatics should be on-topic here, since it is computational, and it shares some methods with statistics and machine ...

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