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What is the best practice for acronym usage in Questions/Answers/Comments?

Today a question mentioning CVE popped up. I would have assumed that what CVE stands for and what it actually is would be common knowledge on a Q&A-site focused on IT security (maybe I'm biased ...
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Moderator believes hardening Chrome ciphers is not about “security”, not relevant here [post on hold]

Source post on hold: for reference The entire post was about hardening Chrome, referencing vulnerabilities, and offering solutions. He does not believe hardening chrome against the latest TLS_RSA, ...
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Questions are no longer being accepted

Right now Information Security is no longer accepting questions from my account. Is there a way to override this or am I screwed?
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Would security.stackexchange.com be a good place to ask this question

I had earlier posted this question to superuser. Got a comment suggesting that I ask the question here. What I want to know is, where can I find trusted and open (in the foss sense) security reviews ...
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How to revive an old question

So let’s say I post a question and it doesn’t get answered, drifting into oblivion. Is there a way to pump some new life into it, or do I have to delete it and post it again?
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Why is my question on hold as primarily opinion-based?

I asked a question that is currently put on hold as it is considered primarily opinion-based. According to what's on topic here, this includes incident response, policies, risk management. This ...
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Is it ok to ask questions here which can be found easily by searching on Google?

I am just curious how the community feels about the questions on Security StackExchange that can be answered by searching on Google?
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Relevant category for questions about the hardware

I'm newbie and I have a question regarding the hardware. The question is indirectly linked to security, but most of it relates hardware: about routers, wi-fi, wi-fi boosters, etc. Can you please tell ...
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Mention 2 names in one comment

Is it possible to mention 2 names in one comment? For example, I want to write same answer for two people. I tried to do through "," and ";" but it did not work.
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Is this popular question really on-topic?

How can I explain to non-techie friends that "cryptography is good"? This question does not ask how to motivate a particular technical decision where the value of encryption is relevant, ...
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Is there any way to refocus a question in the question list?

I have a two related questions: If a question goes for a long time unanswered, what can we do to get more attention brought to it? If it goes on for too long unanswered, can we republish the question ...
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How to mention name with spaces in comments?

For example, we have name "Michael Daemon" - with 1 space. How we can mention this name via "@"?
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Is it on topic to ask about specific attack events?

Is it considered on topic to ask about details about specific attack events or breaches? For instance, several Swedish newspapers were recently the target of a major DDOS attack, and I would like to ...
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If a user (me) has a fundamental misunderstanding, shouldn't it be corrected?

I had a fundamental misunderstanding of what an IP was. Instead of putting it on hold, shouldn't an answer be posted describing my misunderstanding, correcting it, and then answer the question? Or are ...
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Can I gather community opinions of a specific information security practice?

Say I want to know "do people on security.SE report bad practices in their corporate information security to corporate IT". Does the question belong to the main site, meta or shouldn't be asked?
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What is wrong with my question?

Sometimes I don't understand how voting works. I asked this question and got downvoted. I don't mind being downvoted, on the contrary, if my question does not meet the SE standards I think it deserves ...
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Analyzing malicious code

Recently I received a mail concerning an invoice from a company I never worked with. Thus already prepared, I opened the mail attachment on a unix-based system, and the invoice (*.pdf.zip...) ...
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“Is (x) Secure” Question Anti-Pattern

A common problem that I see with questions is that they ask something like "Is (x) secure", which to me is an unanswerable question, the same way as asking "is the city north", it has no meaning in an ...
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Question blocking too tight?

I've recently clicked on "Ask question" on Security SE, not to ask a question but to check the mini-faq on the right, and noticed I was about to be blocked. So I've checked my previous questions and ...
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How come I cannot ask a question?

Looking at the privileges list, it looks like I should be able to ask questions along with answering them. However I get a red box on the right, telling me what questions are desired and how to format....
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Proposed Q: How should IT Security data be visualized?

I have a rough outline of a question that I don't know how to articulate and keep it on topic. Basically I'm very interested in how various chart formats can help visualize data that is useful to IT ...
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Why not Answering Questions from Homeworks?

I am really not trying to be funny or polemic, but I don't seem to understand why people are bothered with questions that are from users' homework. Fair enough that we would like to encourage people ...
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Following up a Question

I was highly impressed by @TildalWave 's answer and so I wanted to follow up on @D3C4FF 's question and ask how physical cameras (CCTV/IP) can be disabled. My questions here are: 1 - Is following up ...
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citation of copyright content with screenshot

Several times I have considered including a screenshot of copyrighted material (e.g. software, digital content) into my questions for the sake of clarification to readers. Sometimes a screenshot can ...
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Asking for a solution that fits a list of specs

This is indeed triggered by a question about a user friend PGP email handler. This is not the first time I see an OP giving specs for their specific needs and asking the community for help finding a ...
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How to ask question about checking for specific vulnerability in black box circumstances?

I do a black box penetration test. I found something that looks suspicious to being a vulnerability but I don't know whether it can be exploited and to what extent. Policy in company is such that ...
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Should white hats know methods that can be used by black hats to attack them?

In my opinion to be sure that protection mechanisms work, you should know what attacks can be performed against them. Only if you know techniques that can be used to attack you, you can be sure ...
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How to ask big list like questions?

There are some big list-style questions. Some examples of questions where top-voted answers are list of recommendations: one, two, three, four. Most of answers to such questions are just list of books,...
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Q&A Template for “What are risks related with X and how to defend against them?”

Is it a good idea to try to use (as standard "de-facto", not forcing it on security.SE users) Q&A template ? My current case it I'd like to make some specific quesion, like: Q: "How X can be ...
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Asking new question in someone else's topic

Is it ok to edit question which is asked by other user to add sub-question? E.g. Let say I saw post about hijacking satelite and I would like to know is it possible to DDoS satelite. Would it be ...
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How do we get users to ask good question on IT Security?

Some outline help on asking questions is available on the FAQ, but inexperienced users often ask poor questions. Is there any way to assist them in asking better questions?
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What browser features are required to ask a question on security.stackexchange.com?

What is minimal set of browser features required to ask a question on security.stackexchange.com without a user account? Specifically, I use Pale Moon portable as an ephemeral browser (it has no ...
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How do we provide value to white and grey hats?

So it's something we're kicking around in chat for a while about a specific question, but I think it goes to the style of the site. We as a community are answering blackhat style questions. Do we ...
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Question Scoping Preferences

Sometimes, when deciding what to ask, the issue of how broadly scoped a question should be is relevant. This would be especially true when regarding policy or standards development as the process can ...
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Belongs to SU or here? Question about STARTTLS or TLS/SSL

I have a question about email security (between user and email server) - about the content, and difference between "STARTTLS" and "SSL/TLS", the options Thunderbird gives for connection security. In ...
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Is it a right place to ask about viruses?

I think my computer is infected into a new virus! Can i ask some question about treats of this virus? Microsoft Security Essentials can't find it!