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It won't change what we do here, as we already have the wider scope as part of our remit, but i think Information Security would be my preference. As the URL is suitable either way, really all that would be required to change this would be a slight revision of the logo and graphic materials, and adding a synonym of sec for itsec where it occurs.


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It's a vital part of the system, just like posting "-1" comments. The point is to let people know what part of their answer was especially good, to encourage those parts of the answer in the future, both in the answers and others. Remove them, and you will decrease the quality of answers, as people will have to guess what parts of the answers were ...


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It would be nice to have somewhere to ship those questions. But migration isn't only about getting the wrong kind of content off our site, it is also about getting the right kind of content onto the target site. A lot of the legal questions asked here does not live up to the standards expected at law. They often lack basic details such as what jurisdiction ...


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After discussing the discussion here and here, as well as the previous discussion discussed here we have decided to respect your collective wishes and rename this site to Information Security. This change is on hold pending the availability of design resources to update logos and such; once done, we'll update the name as it appears in various text around ...


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@TidalWave made this riff from @Jin's original design, to include one of our dearly beloved mods. The full image size is 2560 x 2048.


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Codifying it or removing it is the way forward, depending on context. It certainly shouldn't be clickable. There are no automated systems in place to do this. Your proposal seems like improving usability for something that shouldn't have easily accessible usability. Every other site in the SE network is going to actively edit malicious links out so this ...


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I agree that we our broader than just pure IT Security and that the scope preferably should be widened to Information Security. Should we choose just Security I'd like to know where we draw the line of what is on or off topic (Security is a broad term).


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AviD explains the reason very well: To put it simply (and as politely as I can): on average, people are of average intelligence. People like to be heard, and possibly to focus their approval on the one specific part. Or maybe they are hoping to share in the bear greatness of a particularly shining statement by simple repetition, thus granting them too the ...


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This is absolutely not going to happen. It has been discussed many times on meta.se and the cons far outweigh the pros. These include revenge voting, leveraging pressure, general nastiness etc. We can encourage people to comment, but can't force them to. It costs rep to down vote so they are doing so for a reason. It can be harder identifying that reason if ...


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The vast majority of all migrations are to the top two in the list, these were chosen from the initial data gathered when we were a young site and mods had to do most of the migration. This has been updated over time - we get extensive stats - and when we look at the number of migrations and rejections, it makes no sense at all to let this be an open ended ...


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The management of Stackexchange has had this request multiple times, and Jeff Atwood provided a blog post explaining the situation: http://blog.codinghorror.com/civilized-discourse-construction-kit/ At Stack Exchange, one of the tricky things we learned about Q&A is that if your goal is to have an excellent signal to noise ratio, you must suppress ...


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That question is perfectly appropriate where it is. It would also be on topic here but that doesn't mean we would migrate it. Flagging as dupe only works on the same site, but remember you can always flag as "other" and write the reason in the free text field. Mods still see it.


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Currently your only option if you want different fonts is to write or copy a user script that does it. There is definitely no way SE will do this, they have actually rationalised designs and fonts across all the sites to avoid differences. One a personal note, in my opinion your font choice makes things harder to read for me.


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We upvote answers to show our approval of an answer. We put "+1 for.." in the comments to show our approval of a specific point the poster had made. It is the very same concept, and therefore one very native to the SA behavioral patterns. When I personally post such a comment, I like to believe that I am helping to improve future answers, and helping ...


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I would agree that this is something that should not be done if you have nothing to say but "I agree." However, I frequently find questions with a top answer that has received dozens of +1's because it was the first answer worthy of a +1, and so during the period when it was favored as a "hot question" without an accepted an answer, people who got to it just ...


7

We have a Workplace Stack Exchange for questions related to, well, the workplace, and a range of other sites, but all of them are focused on a specific question and answer format. This is the way Stack Exchange is designed. So unfortunately, no, there isn't a place for the types of questions you describe here. The DMZ is a place where we can discuss this ...


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We have renamed sites in the past when it became clear that their scope has either changed significantly or that the name was actively harmful. The most notable change was probably Fitness & Nutrition becoming Physical Fitness. So, in principle, we're open to discussing the name change for this site as well. There are some technical considerations with ...


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After looking at the stats, we enabled user-driven migrations to Super User and Stack Overflow. Cryptography is unfortunately right out since it is still in beta and beta sites aren't eligible to be included in default migration paths. We're also holding back on enabling user-driven migrations to Server Fault since they have a fairly specialized audience ...


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I've been asked to prepare another customized wallpaper, this time with our beloved Sec.SE moderator @RoryAlsop. It's again based on @Jin's original design, with a cut-out from Rory's own photo: And another, slightly less modified version: Of course, for our beloved @Jeff Ferland, slightly different approach was in order: Resolution is for all 2560 x 2048....


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I use +1 in comments when: I upvoted on the question, and had a relevant comment that adds to the discussion. I often find great answers that I agree with and want to make some comment on them. E.g., this comment to an answer saying "To protect against padding oracles, you want to make sure that your application does not return a different error when the ...


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Do we have a canonical way of doing this (as an example, I codified the link in this question : Why is Ollydbg detected as trojan by anti-virus software?) Seems like a good way to me. Though I'm not convinced whether it's warranted: the context already makes it apparent that the link is to potentially malicious content, and merely clicking on a link should ...


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No, this tag should not be deleted. Just because blackberries are obsolete doesn't mean that there can't be questions about it. In general, deleting a tag should only be done if there are good reasons to do so. Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? And Is it unambiguous? blackberry fulfills both of these. It's pretty clear ...


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Yes - beta sites do not show up in the list of migration options, so for those, just flag for a mod and list which site you think they should be sent to. Once it is out of beta, it can be added to our migration list - judging by our stats it probably will...I think we get up to 4 destinations.


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Down votes are, in fact, one indication that reviewers are doing their jobs. One of the review actions that you can take on a first or late post is indeed to up or down vote the post. It stands to reason then, that posts with a lot of down votes are simply poor quality posts, and not in indication of a lack of proper review. This is in fact why we have ...


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The key problem here is that 'best' is an opinion, and Stack Exchange is very much not a place to ask questions that will result in opinions. As an example, I may really like tool X. Someone else may hate it and prefer tool Y, which I think is terrible. How would you decide which is correct for you from that info? We already have two great pages for what you ...


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I don't see the point. “Getting started” is not intrinsically a bad thing. I think your questions fall under three broad types: “Tell me all about X, I want to learn about X.” → too broad “I know nothing but I want to learn how to attack X” → “Questions asking us to break the security of a specific system for you are off-topic unless they demonstrate an ...


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I prefer the name Security. It's short and sweet, it's what we already have in the URL. And we often call the site “Security Stack Exchange” already anyway. Our focus may be on information security, but that's partly a historical accident (this site started out with a strong predominance of network security, and a gradual shift towards more application ...


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You have a couple of bits in there I want to answer: First off - no, this site really doesn't have an implicit slant to network security at all. Some consider it very process focused. Others see it as business/compliance focused. Yet others have different points of view. It is an Information Security sure, as per our [about] page. Trying to understand ...


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I would question if there is really a need for such tags. Ask yourself, why are there tags? They should primarily help people find questions they can answer. For instance, passwords is a really good tag, as it clearly encapsulates what questions will be about. Yes, there is some overlap with password-management or password-cracking, but if you feel ...


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+1 Security is amorphous and panoptic. Discussing a limited portion of it is like discussing the choice of hinge-material in this gate:


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