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Is Security.SE only for professionals?

Shaul - first off, the moderators had nothing to do with the close. It received 5 community close votes. Secondly, there is nothing that says anywhere that this was closed because you were a 'noob' ...
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Is Security.SE only for professionals?

To complement what @Rory says, I'd like to point out that there is no rule that says that any question fits somewhere in the StackExchange network. By design, the SE sites concentrate on questions ...
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"Digital Forensics" — on topic here, or create a separate site?

I would definitely say there is an overlap in terms of what is on topic. I've even found some similar questions on our site : How to identify the presence of rootkits from an image of Linux memory? ->...
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Should we be more strict about legal questions

Just as a moderator pro tem on Law - (hi, InfoSec! waves)... We have received a number of inbound migrations, and of them, the most successful are those that don't presume domain knowledge - the ...
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Is X vulnerable to Y bug?

They are not off topic as such - the best thing to do, and what usually happens with these 'bandwagon' questions, is to flag as duplicate, and we'll close 'em as dupes. The general answer usually ...
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Code review / Deobfuscation: Why is it considered off-topic here?

The problem is that the code is highly specific to that one iteration of that code. There will be very limited usefulness or applicability for anyone else. In the past, I've transferred or referred ...
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Code review / Deobfuscation: Why is it considered off-topic here?

Far as I can tell, there are plenty of good reasons to permit these questions: They're objective and on-topic by the current criteria. SE is intended to be the place to go to answers to objective, on-...
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Is it acceptable to ask for software recommendations?

No, this is specifically not allowed in the FAQ. Your proposed question is also highly opinion-based. There is a software recommendations stack. Be sure to read their question guidelines. You can't ...
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Should we be more strict about legal questions

I don't think you'll find many lawyers who are security experts at the same time, some questions require deep understanding of networking and security. There is no general rule in my opinion but I ...
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Are question on how to use security hard- / software on-topic?

In my opinion, if the answer is a configuration setting, command, or sequence of clicks, then it's a SuperUser question. Questions about which configuration or command will achieve one's ...
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Tamper data in Chrome question closed

Could you please explain me... how a question about an extension, used for tampering data by many of security experts, is not related to a QA site on Information Security. If that question has to ...
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Are questions about malicious scripts off-topic?

Questions about malicious scripts can be on-topic. But that is not an accurate description of your question. “Here's a dump of obfuscated code, what does it do?” is not suitable for Security.SE, not ...
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Are questions about malicious scripts off-topic?

Code analysis isn't generally on topic here. Because there are any number of obfuscated scripts you could dedicate a website to this topic. But that website is not Security Stack Exchange. Far more ...
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Breaking a specific system and How to demonstrate an understanding of concepts involved

I'm seeing some trends in the questions you highlighted (I know it is a small sample set). The OP admits he doesn't know about SQLi - the duplicate question might not answer the question as asked, ...
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Is this question about allowing SSLv3 on topic?

From my perspective, the question is off-topic. It is actually more of a SuperUser-type question, as the answers indicate that the solution is found in a browser config. So, I can see your confusion. ...
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Is X vulnerable to Y bug?

I think this is beyond a bandwagon question. This site is potentially a great resource but ill designed to treat it as such because of its individual question focus thus the is X to Y nature of the ...
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Would (parts of) this question be on-topic at security.se?

The question is about turning high-level security requirements into a concrete workflow. That's a pretty typical type of question for Security.SE. Although the study of security protocols is on-topic ...
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Q&A Page about Exploit-development

To some extent, exploit development is covered here. However, sometimes the question steps too much into the coding techniques used that it becomes a better fit for Stackoverflow. To be honest, I ...
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The string describing the audience of this site begins with an uppercase letter

Whoops. Fixed now, though it will take a bit for the page caching to update to reflect the fix.
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Is it acceptable to ask for software recommendations?

As @schroeder says, this is not allowed and is opinion-based. However, what you can do instead is ask for criteria that should be considered when choosing such a product, and how to compare. For ...
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Is this question about doing damage on a system ethical and on-topic?

I think the question is on topic, ethical and useful. If you find a vulnerability on your system you need to do these things: Make a decision if you should take down the app immediately. Figure out ...
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Is this question about allowing SSLv3 on topic?

As you surmise, the question is off-topic. It isn't about designing or analyzing a security policy. It isn't even about configuring a tool to implement a security policy, which is strictly speaking ...
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Are question on how to use security hard- / software on-topic?

If you wish to ask a "How to use" question I suggest the question should reflect the effort that you have already put in. I would like to give two examples of questions where the OP wanted to use ...
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Is Security.SE only for professionals?

I do not think you need to be a pro, but the people who tend to get up enough votes to review close votes and make those decisions tends to be people who are security pros or are at least very into ...
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Is Security.SE only for professionals?

So, I read your question, and I also would have voted the question as too broad. SE sites are for specific and targeted questions that neatly reduce to explicit answers. Your question (whilst ...
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Code review / Deobfuscation: Why is it considered off-topic here?

If you feel like explaining de-obfuscation techniques, please go ahead and post a canonical Q&A, for example "How to analyze obfuscated PHP code?" Answering a particular question is bad for two ...
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Are code obfuscation techniques off topic on this site?

Depending on the details of the question, I'd say that the techniques for how to code something falls under a "programming" question and not a security question. Questions dealing with the impact or ...
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Code review / Deobfuscation: Why is it considered off-topic here?

It should be noted that "code review" is definitely on topic here, whereas "review THIS code" is not - these are different things. When I said that code review is ontopic here, I mean that the ...
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Are questions about interacting with users on-topic

From the description, it can be on-topic but the concern will be if it is too opinion-based. Post it and let's see.
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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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