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Why are there so many already answered 3-10year old posts in the active feed?

Why are there so many 3-10year old posts that are already answered like some years ago in the active feed? For example I saw posts like this recently
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How is a question about Windows Defender not restoring a quarantined file off topic?

How is this off topic? Windows defender restore quarantined file not working. The closed reason links to "What topics can I ask about here" which doesn't clarify what is wrong at all so I ...
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Auth0 will soon be sponsoring InfoSec again

Auth0 had previously sponsored InfoSec from September 2021 to January 2022. We are excited to announce that they will be sponsoring InfoSec once again from April 21 to December 31, 2022. As some of ...
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Is Auth0 sponsoring us again?

Auth0 was supposed to be sponsoring us from September to January 31, 2022. The sponsorship had duly ended, but I've noticed that the Auth0 logo has appeared again. Is this a bug, or did Auth0 start ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Question being marked as a duplicate of another with general troubleshooting steps

I posted this question here trying to get specific help on how to deploy a metasploit payload via a tunneling service called pagekite. My question was closed and marked as a duplicate of another ...
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What to do about the password tag mess?

Our tagging landscape for all things password-related is a bit of a mess. Right now, there are: passwords (3.8k): Specific to the security of passwords: hashing, entropy, cracking, resets, lockouts, ...
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Should I mask potentially harmful links?

I posted an answer to a question, where a potentially malicious link was part of the answer. I posted the link in code tags, so it would not be directly clickable, requiring user to actively copy it ...
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I want to appeal deletion of a specific question

I want to appeal the action taken by moderator. This question was deleted, but I think it was a legit & normal question, and doesn't deserve to be deleted. The moderator has also deleted the ...
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How should questions containing spammy and porny links be handled?

How should the below question be handle? Is it good to post it as is? Or should I only describe the links as spamy and pornny and cut them off? The advantage of the former is that people can have full ...
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Are topics touching both Signal Intelligence and Information Security / Extraction on topic?

I'm wondering –considering GRCon'21 has another Capture The Flag challenge– whether such signal-centric problems, which typically also involve a more "classical" infosec problems but do need ...
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Auth0 will soon be sponsoring InfoSec

We're excited to announce that Auth0 will be sponsoring InfoSec beginning September 14 through January 31, 2022. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look like. How and ...
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Mod deleted a valid answer for a false reason

In response to a recent question about getting people to trust untrustworthy software, I responded with a frame challenge explaining why this software should be considered malicious and abandoned by ...
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Should we deprecate [technology]?

I believe it's pretty self-evident that technology is rather generic at best. The tag currently has four questions, none of them pretty good. Let's have a look at the four burnination questions: 1. ...
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Should LibreSSL have a tag?

There is no tag for LibreSSL, and I've now encountered several Qs that are tagged openssl but are actually about Libre. Searching "libressl" finds 55 Qs while "libressl [openssl]" ...
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Guidelines for suggested edits being too minor

I had always thought that the community consensus on very minor suggested edits was that they should be rejected [1][2]. Personally, I agree with that (and I believe some reviews by schroeder support ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Are we allowed to post CVE numbers of reported issues?

A user posted a log entry: Concerning GET request in logs I found an associated CVE of the vulnerability trying to be exploited. Is it okay to post and/or link the CVE number for clarification?
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Should we be more strict about analysis of reports from vulnerability scanners?

The phenomenon We regularly get questions where OP has run a vulnerability scanner on an application and asks for help with interpretation of the results. Usually they quote part of the scanner's ...
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Why was this question about clients reading HTTPS parameters migrated to Super User?

The question "Can HTTPS prameters be seen by the PC client?" was migrated to Super User, and I struggle to see why. It seems like an obvious fit for this site, on the format "can ...
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What should we do about all the data destruction and recovery tags?

There are a lot of tags that seem fairly redundant. There are a number of posts (example) discussing data remanence and recovery which seem to be used more or less interchangeably: data-recovery data-...
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Is a question asking if old answers to same/similar question are still valid acceptable?

As technology evolves, answers to some questions might get outdated. Now, if I see a question which I know has outdated answers, I can either post a new answer, or ask a question which points out why ...
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Question closed for being off-topic

My question was closed for being off topic. The reason stated by the moderator was that "This is not a security issue. This is pure TCP/IP". I feel it is reasonable to consider my question ...
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Can we re-open this?

Can we act on this question? The question basically asks how to set up a firewall on Linux that blocks non VPN connections. Would a rewording of the question be useful in order to re-open it? Can we ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Would this question from the Workplace SE be on topic here?

Would this question from The WorkPlace SE about notification of OP's still active access to company data be on topic here? As access management and revocation of access for former employees is a ...
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I have been a victim, but of what? [closed]

A few days ago, an old shopping account of mine was "hacked". Or at least, an attacker managed to change its password. Now, I am wondering what was the purpose of this happening and whether ...
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What's your angle on [Angular]?

The name "Angular" is used to refer to Angular 2.0 and upwards, while the name "AngularJS" refers to the old 1.x version. We have had angularjs for some time, it has 32 questions. ...
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Are we to avoid listing specific apps / malware?

Are we supposed to avoid mentioning a specific piece of malware? In my latest question, I mentioned a specific piece of malware / app I encountered. The question does have broad applicability as well....
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Should I ask questions concerning tips on how to launch Penetration Testing company?

I am planning to launch a pen test company and several questions have arisen (e.g what NIST documents should I study, how to properly report vulnerabilities to clients and more). I would like to ask ...
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Where to ask this security-related question?

I read on How to ask a good question the following text: If you're still unsure if you should ask your question on Information Security Stack Exchange, feel free to ask in our chat or on our meta ...
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Can I ask on IS Stack Exchange about the correctness of answers on a different SE?

I asked the following question on WorldBuilding SE. How can invading aliens access the Internet to find out all about us? I now find that I am unqualified to judge the best answer. These range from &...
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Can we exclude some inclusion tags?

We have the following three tags: file-inclusion, 36 questions: A remote code execution attack where user input is used to build the path of code files to be executed, allowing an attacker to ...
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Proposal for Security operation center Stack (SOC.SE)

You can see the lack of having an SE for Security Operation Center, this is a big deal and can make a big opportunity for a Security specialist to follow their work and share their knowledge and ...
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Proposed update to help center to decrease quantity of off-topic/migrated questions

I have noticed over the years that we get a lot of questions that are not information security specific, and are subsequently closed or migrated to a better site. While the migration process isn't a ...
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Rewording "Whitelist" and "Blacklist" tags

Given the recent move away from the loaded meanings of "white" and "black", and that organisations are moving away from the terms "whitelist" and "blacklist", ...
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Can anyone look into wireshark logs and say if anything suspicious?

Is such type of question acceptable here? Idk, I am looking for anything like requests from LAN through my computer's vpn to anything unusual like torrent clients, games sites/servers various video ...
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Should the "breaking a specific system" close reason be retired?

There is a community rule for flagging questions here in SECSE: Questions asking us to break the security of a specific system for you are off-topic unless they demonstrate an understanding of the ...
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Reopen process for https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/161829?

I edited (accepted) the question to bring it on-topic. I do not see a place to "vote to reopen". But since the question is closed, I edited the answer to provide a more accurate answer. My edit to ...
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Congratulations to Polynomial

Somehow @Polynomial managed to quietly get up to 120k without many folks noticing! 4th out of our 180,000 members, with nearly 1000 answers and 65 questions! Congratulations!
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Congratulations to Schroeder for hitting 100k

Congratulations to @Schroeder for hitting 100k! Our 5th 100k-er He not only manages to be the most active moderator on Sec.SE, but also has answered over 1500 questions Well done!
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Why was my question closed and where can I ask it?

Is dnyuz.com a Russian or Eastern European hacksite masquerading as a news site? It was quickly closed with the blurb "Unfortunately, we can't analyse the site for you or do a reputational deep dive."...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why is this question off-topic?

I recently posted this question: How do recovery tools like Cellebrite work and can they recover data from phones which utilize Full Disk Encryption? Quite simply, I read through the Help Center and ...
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Do we need a canonical ransomware question?

Do we need a canonical question about how to deal with ransomware, so that questions like this could be marked as a duplicate instead of closed as off topic? An answer could consist of something ...
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Soteri brute forcing tag edits

Exhibit A: https://security.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/149427 Rejected by Schroeder because he thought it was not about MD5 specifically (I thought it was and approved, but I was also ...
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What is the point of company-specific tags and should we burninate them?

I recently saw that microsoft exists, and has 79 questions tagged as of this writing. Upon checking, apple, amazon and facebook exist as well. Facebook I can explain, since the company and the main ...
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Closure of "How to “unprotect” malicious workbook without knowing password"

I had some questions about why my post was closed and I thought I would come here for answers and clarification of site rules and closing criteria. My question,How to "unprotect" malicious ...
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Questions about Android Security are on-topic?

I see no common rule across Android questions on IS SE. For example my post about possible infection of Android device was considered off-topic, however this typical broad question post which gives ...
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Are opinion-based questions allowed on meta?

When a question related to security is opinion-based, can we ask it on meta? And can we ask opinion-based question on meta in general?
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