David Ketcheson
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Are questions about lists of journals allowed?
12 votes

I think such questions should be allowed. They have a factual answer (a list of all journals on a given topic) which may not be easy to find anywhere else. They also admit subjective answers, which ...

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Do questions about numerical analysis and software packages belong here?
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8 votes

Yes, absolutely! This line is here to satisfy the SE minimum character restriction.

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Who should the moderators be?
7 votes

I'm willing, although I will sometimes have other demands that make me unavailable for a week or more at a time. I'm a numerical analyst and have been pushing the site in my professional circles. ...

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Cross-posting to stackoverflow, mathoverflow and related sites
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To add to Dan's answer: a moderator can migrate the question to another site for you if that is deemed appropriate. You can request migration by flagging as "off-topic" and then suggesting (in the ...

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Can we discuss the coding for MATLAB/Mathematica/SciPy/etc here?
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6 votes

I would say yes, definitely. There have already been a few questions of this sort.

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What is the field-distribution of users in this site? What % are biologists, chemists, and physicists?
6 votes

I am an applied mathematician.

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How can we contact more experts to grow our community?
5 votes

I have advertised the site on NA-Digest (in December) and SIAM-CSE (last week). Both generated a noticeable bump in the visits/day for a few days, but not a lot of new questions, as far as I can tell....

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The FAQ should include a note about clarifying your terminology
5 votes

Yes. And as you demonstrate, clear statements of computational science require mathematical formulas. So this is additional impetus to add MathJax.

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Big community questions
4 votes

I think both points of view expressed here are correct: It is impossible to give general recommendations for which method to use; rather, the choice of method depends on the characteristics of the ...

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Matlab or MATLAB?
4 votes

As it's a registered trademark of the Mathworks, I'd go with their capitalization: MATLAB.

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Big community questions
3 votes

Okay, here's an idea that I like: Establish a tag called "choosing-a-method" (or "method-selection") or something similar. Then, if I'm wondering how to choose a solver for $Ax=b$, I just search for ...

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Revising the "stability" tag
3 votes

Both concepts of stability refer to whether small errors have a small impact on the solution. Only the source of errors differs (roundoff errors versus truncation errors). I personally think it's ...

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Are educational questions on topic?
3 votes

I would say yes, if the question (like the one you reference) is about learning or teaching computational science specifically. We have a tag education and it has 6 questions so far. Two of them ...

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What is the best way to encourage other SE sites to include us in their FAQs?
3 votes

A first step is to post links to them in our FAQ. I've made a first attempt, trying to follow the results of our discussion of scope.

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A thread for tag mergers and tag synonyms
3 votes

I'm not sure what topicality is meant to denote, but as far as I can tell it's a synonym of the (clearer) site-scope. I'd like to eliminate topicality or make it explicitly a synonym of site-scope.

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Is the beta community representative of the intended audience?
3 votes

I will only give information about Q1, as I'm brand new to SE and don't presume to know about Q2. The current top 4 people (in terms of rep) all know each other very well, and 2 (not me) are PETSc ...

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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?
2 votes

One think to keep in mind is that a question can be reopened (and it seems that this is not so uncommon on many SE sites). So closing isn't final, although I suppose it is demoralizing to the poster. ...

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