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How do we handle people that really want get our in endless discussions with them

Yeah and so on.. we all know that kind of situations How do we deal with this fact?
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Why put questions on hold instead of deletion, but delete answers?

I answered a question with no spam or offtopics. However, my answer got downvoted two times and then deleted. Why delete answers instead of keeping them downvoted, while “wrong” questions instead “...
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Should a question be marked as duplicate, even if the new one is better?

The question "Why can I log in to my Facebook account with a misspelled email/password?" was asked yesterday, and a very well-written answer gathered nearly 200 upvotes in about a day (I assume the ...
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Questions with the homomorphic-encryption tag are better suited for Crypto.SE

The questions with the homomorphic-encryption tag are often only tangentially related to the topics in the help center. The help center says that "using cryptography" is on topic, but the homomorphic ...
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Are low effort questions off topic?

Related meta: Why do people post questions on here they can easily google an answer for? Related help: https://security.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask I saw an instance of a question being closed ...
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Are questions that might only be answerable by the respective companies or their customers off-topic?

Could any of these be asked on-topic & answerable? I would really like to know more about yet another vulnerability management challenge currently getting buried in the ever growing pile of issues ...
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Can I ask for a Solution Manual of an Information Security Textbook?

I am an M.Sc. student in Information Security/ CyberSecurity/ Cryptography. I want to ask for a very famous textbook's solution manual, is it okay? Also, I want to ask for recommendations for exam/...
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Should seizure inducing content be removed, or otherwise handled in a certain way?

So I just saw this edit in the review queue: https://security.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/140434 The user wants to add a big warning and a bunch of scrolling distance to hide a flashing ...
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How to handle very niche tags?

If i come a cross a post that have a very niche, and probably new, but still relevant tag, how should I handle it? I mean for situation where we cant reasonably expect lots of questions in that ...
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What does the “donut” tag stand for?

I once, not long ago saw the tag donut, floating on the right on my screen in the tags. What is that supposed to be?
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Updated “how to hash passwords” question

This seems to be the standard dupe target for "how do I hash passwords well" questions. It's a good dupe target, as they go; it's comprehensive, explains the reasoning behind the assertions, and ...
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Can a moderator delete answers from others on his own question?

This scenario: A moderator is asking a question like "How to detect a program in Windows 10, that uses Process Hollowing?", but if there are answers to his/her post is he/she able to delete ...
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Posting details about potential security issues

Inspired by this question, I wrote this comment: "I would like to know if this [bit of code I am posting on a publicly accessible SEO-optimized website as part of a high-visibility Hot Network ...
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Why is the question about e-mail spoofing closed?

How to Stop Email Spoofing [closed] is an interesting question, even when its formulated as a careless one-liner. But the question is valid, the asker did basic research (he mentions SPF) and the ...
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Request to rename [macosx] → [macos]

The current name of Apple's desktop operating system is macOS. On this site, the tag macosx is used to refer to that ("Mac OS X" was the original name of the operating system"). But other Stack ...
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Is this user trolling?

I recently came across Cash-, who seemingly asked the same question regarding SQL Injection over and over again. Here are the links: SQLI Login Bypass Cheat-sheets Question '=' 'OR' ...
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Are questions on law enforcement surveillance techniques on-topic?

I have a “I would like others to explain ______ to me” type question which means I am 'probably OK' but wanted to check. A recent article mentioned suspects performing an action (leaving a phone on ...
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Is it acceptable to delete repost an answer to counter “runaway downvotes”?

A user posted an answer to a HNQ question which was quickly heavily downvoted. When it hit -7, the user deleted their answer then reposted it, resetting their downvotes, with only minimal changes. A ...
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VPN comparison - on topic?

I fear that this would be off-topic on the main site, so ask here for clarification. My IVPN subscription expires soon. I have been satisfied with the service and would normally just renew. However, ...
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Why was this migrated?

Why was this migrated? There are other PGP/GnuPG question in InformationSecurity.SE https://superuser.com/questions/1436140/verify-pgp-signature-on-fedora
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Is “Which tool can do X?” off-topic?

A general rule of thumb on many StackExchange sites is that "Product recommendations are off-topic". I agree with this stance, as there are so many ways a question like "What is the best ..." can go ...
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How to proceed with questions without an accepted answer?

I recently came across this question, which got bumped to the homepage, as it did not have an accepted answer. The provided answer was very good, yet was not accepted. Why this is the case is unclear,...
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Would this question be a duplicate?

There are quite a few questions about http vs. https. I think the most similar to mine is Is HTTPS redirecting to HTTP a vulnerability? My question is: I visited a website where the login page was ...
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Why the aggressive migration of comments to chat?

Post I'm referring to: What are the differences between credential stuffing and password spraying? I don't recall seeing mods move short discussions from answer comments to chat before. Usually this ...
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Flag wasn't helpful

I flagged the following post as spam since it wasn't a question at all. Secure file I hope Seems to be copy/paste of text on a Google webpage. Your account, your data. The Google data ...
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Is “Is my PC infected?” off-topic?

I've seen several questions from people whom I'd generally not describe as "Information Security Professionals" which asked if their personal device is infected by malware. Are these questions ...
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Edit comment language

I recently stumbled upon this edit with the following comment 仕方が無い. Which google translate inform me transliterate to Shikata ga nai. While a descriptive comment for the edit performed (correcting ...
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Should we assume worst case scenario while writing answers?

Recently I answered a question where the password was sent to the users email in plain text. Technically this means the password is stored in two ways, Plain Text - which was sent to the user (the ...
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A moderator is harassing me. Someone please look at this

I have a question about my Information Security Stack Exchange post: What’s the best way to report an IP address from Romania? The mod that deleted my answer is mad at me because I told him he marked ...
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How is this off topic?

I have a question about my Information Security Stack Exchange post: USB Drive for Bad USB How is that post off topic? I asked about a device used for pen testing.
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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 edit invalidated an answer

Feeling a bit hesitant rolling back an edit by a moderator, but on this question , this edit by a moderator invalidates this answer. My understanding across SE is that such edits are not okay (have ...
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Are questions about interacting with users on-topic

I was going to ask a question about how to get user buy-in to some security changes I'm making at work. I know what changes I want to make, how, and why, but I am looking for advice on how to show ...
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Is this a link-only answer which should be improved by adding most important link content into answer?

The question How to prevent users from executing commands through browser URL has an answer which IMO does not provide the answer to the question, because the "how-to" information what was asked is ...
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Why were only some of the comments on this question recently purged?

The comments on this question were recently purged - but only partially. Some of the subsequent comments devolved into Q&A, so I understand why some of them may have been purged. But others of ...
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Would the IS site be an appropriate place to ask for help in deciding between a Masters in Cyber Security vs a CISSP certification?

Before I posted, I wanted to make sure it would be acceptable? If not, is there a better site I could look for advice from the community?
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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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Would this question be on-topic here?

There was a vulnerability in Tor Browser not long ago. After updates it was enabling javascript automatically without any warning whatsoever. I want to find out whether it was intentional or not. ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

Question: Hacked aiming xgirlfreind The answer was deleted by a moderator, but I do not understand why. It has some humour/sarcasm, but it does make an attempt at answering the question. I doubt the ...
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Which Open Source security tools are considered off-topic?

I asked a question about a specific feature (CIDR-Binding) of a security tool. It was a specific question with a specific answer about a security tool, which I was able to answer later by diving ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What is the proper way to format a question asking for improvements for a security scenarios?

I asked a question on stack exchange meta recently for recommending a site for my question and they suggested Information security. Question link: Where to ask about improvements for a security ...
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Appeal of an edit rejection

This answer was edited in such a way that it removed the context for its comments. The original answer contained a political spiel. While political spiels do not belong in answers, and its removal ...
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How do we handle questions which imply danger to personal safety of the enquirer?

From time to time there are questions about "operational security" around like: Search for military installed backdoors on laptop Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize ...
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Is saying that someone is *probably* a troll acceptable?

In response to one of my answers, a user took one part of my answer, declared that my including that one part means that "your answer [is] all about this one weird quirk of this one" part and stated "...
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Canonical answer for “Why not authenticate with the user sending an SMS?” should have its duplicate tags swapped

There are a number of questions on this site asking essentially the same question: Why do 2FA apps send an SMS to the user rather than have the user send an SMS to the server? here are some ...
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Ambiguous [image] tag

The image tag is currently used for: the picture kind of images forensic images to 'image' a computer in the sense of writing a disk image to it And I'm surprised nobody referred to iso(-like) files ...
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This answer was edited and should be undeleted. I cannot vote to undelete

The answer: https://security.stackexchange.com/a/23431/10863 The timeline as I understand it: The question is about Nmap and one of the original authors of Nmap answers. They copy the answer to ...
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Is there a tag for infoleaks?

I know there is a data-leakage tag, but that is not what I am looking for. I am wondering if there are any tags that encompass traditional information leakage in binary exploitation, for example ...