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Is this bordering on "helping you break the security of a system"?

We currently allow discussions that involve bypassing government censorship, as well as avoiding government surveillance, and even attacking government systems, as long as they are legal to discuss ...
forest's user avatar
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Is not having an answer publicly available a good reason to close a question?

"When will a vendor implement a new feature?" is not a great question, even if the answer has security implications. Until the information is made public, all we can do is opine. If there was a ...
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What is wrong with this legal question? Are legal questions on topic at all?

Questions that relate to various laws, where the law is the subject, can be on topic (if about security). Questions asking for legal interpretations or applications of the law are off-topic. Straight ...
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How is a question about dealing with a possibly compromised router or modem an "exact duplicate" of a question about a compromised server?

My name shows up as one of the close voters of that question, but I did not vote to close it as a duplicate and I don't think it is a duplicate. I voted to close it as to broad. Here are some things ...
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Why it is opinion based to ask for possible pitfalls of an concept?

The Security.SE Help Center specifically says: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of ...
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Recent surge in low quality Kali-questions / canonical answer?

I'm not sure I like the idea of having a canonical dupe target for questions that are inherently off topic. That would sort of signal that those questions are in fact on topic, and I suspect it would ...
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How is a question about dealing with a possibly compromised router or modem an "exact duplicate" of a question about a compromised server?

In general, and this is why I agreed with the flags and other close votes, a compromised device is a compromised device. It needs to be removed from service, imaged (if forensic investigation is going ...
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Can we use information gathering questions

The problem is that this is not a discussion site but a Q&A forum with a specific format. That format sets us apart, but yes, it also introduces limitations. Take a look at the other highly-...
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Why is the question about suddent large traffic on a GitHub repo off-topic?

Because there is nothing in the question that is about security. This falls under the category of "I see this weird thing in the logs; what is it?" The question of "why is this being ...
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How to reword to make it on topic?

As I said, we can't provide a full manual on all the different options. You need to narrow down what specifically you don't understand, and, for instance, what more you are looking for from "-i ...
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Question closed for being off-topic

Nope, it's not IP spoofing. IP spoofing is just one part of your imagined scenario. And it isn't blind session hijacking either, since your scenario is not a man-in-the-middle. If you were in the ...
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Do we close questions as duplicates based on answers?

It can be, yes. When a question is closed as dupe, it remains as a stub pointing at the duplicate, so anyone who hits the closed question when doing a search finds the other one automatically. In ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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Why it is opinion based to ask for possible pitfalls of an concept?

Then I got complains about it being a "what if" kind of question. That's kind of the case. But still just not because I wanted to create a hypothetical case but a question about "What wouldn't work ...
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Where should this question regarding the viability of new TLDs go?

I think Webmasters.SE would be the best fit. There are a lot of domain registration questions on there and I would expect experts in this field to be lurking there.
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What are product recommendations and should they sometimes be allowed?

“Product recommendation” is a bit vague. Most questions on Stack Exchange take the form “I have this problem, how do I solve it?”. Sometimes the natural solution to a problem is to use a ready-made ...
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Breaking a specific system and How to demonstrate an understanding of concepts involved

IMHO its rubbish, there are three problems here, the first is that there is a large number of users that don't recognize that offensive skills are useful for defense, the closing of offensive ...
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