I would be starting groundwork for my thesis in cryptography , I would like to know what are current open problems in cryptography, few I know of are
Fully Homomorphic Encryption
Functional Encryption ( which is bigger framework for solving the below)
2.a Identity Based Encryption
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I don't really mind that they're voting so much, but I do mind seeing every question, even if its not worth it, be at the top of the Hot Question list. So there needs to be a normalizer that picks out questions that really stand out
Learning C is one of the most important aspects of any programmer. Its a beautiful combination of High level and a low level language. University's move to stop teaching C in introductory stages can degrade the quality of students.
I meant rather that I didn't mind that you guys vote so much, I obviously do care if users consistently vote on the wrong thing, but I have no solution to fix it. Deleting them has proven to be a rather counter-productive measure :P
If only the people who answer and vote on these questions understood how they are negatively influencing the site's image on the rest of the network...
I don't think there's any way to change the question to make in on-topic, but even if he were a CS prof honestly being interested in the pros and cons of C vs Python as the main language for CS education, I don't think its the right question
@IvoFlipse It's understandable that they don't get how it hurts the site in the long run. What's not understandable is how they refuse to get it after we spend hours on Meta trying to explain. Or how they do get it, but somehow the specific question in question is the exception...
@psr The first programming principle I learned was RTFM. It amazes me how many people just fail to read the absolutely simplistic guidelines... If that makes me an elitist bitch, I'll wear that badge with honour...
The user that sparked that conversation was going around chat rooms calling everyone elitist bitches because he was question banned on SO... Somehow he managed to miss SO chat rooms though...
@Alenanno in answer to your 20 or more comments flag, you don't have to delete the comments if you don't want to; you can remove selected comments, the whole lot or nothing. It depends on what you think is best - is there value in the comments? Can the users (or you) edit it (the discussion) into the question?
However, you'll probably want to mark the flag helpful; declining community flags I think declines any other flags on the post too (right?)
I'm going to go write a meta post essentially calling on all of us to be more transparent and use this room. Also it would be nice to get the extra TL features like pinging all mods on a site enabled for this room.
@Sathya the point is for this to be the TL, and for the TL to only be for stuff that's truly confidential.
So as to increase overall transparency of the moderation process and our interactions with the SE team.
By making it public, it lets other users see more about how moderation works, and to see that yes, we do work hard to get their ideas and feedback through to the team. But by making it gallery, we don't get bogged down by random users coming in and turning it into just another general chatroom.
We still have the TL for things that can't be discussed in the open (socks, account details, secret parties, etc.) but we can conduct all the normal discussion in here.
Things like "su mods: would this be good for you?" can be a learning opportunity for all users to see what constitutes a good question. Discussion about site objectives and goals would be more open. And when we say "hey Rebecca, can you burninate this tag/check this meta post/update our FAQ/whatever" everyone can see that process working.
It's the general policy of Stack Exchange to conduct moderator activities as transparently and openly as possible. Right now, a lot of the communication between moderators is conducted in a private chat room. This is done for good reason - the moderator agreement specifically prohibits us from di...
@phwd Well quantcast is for the whole of SE, so if we don't see a marked change there, its unlikely to effect single sites significantly. Only MSO seems to have gotten a huge bump in traffic, I wonder if that was due to the redesign...
While you have a point that stuff often should go to Meta, some things first have to be thought up before they can be asked. Crowdsourcing possible solutions or approaches to something is a lot easier on chat than on Meta
@MarkTrapp Technically, we have 200+ mods to crowdsource from :P
But nothing's set in stone, so if you have any good suggestions, then we can change our approach
@IvoFlipse So if you're not at all interested in the peanut gallery's opinion, why this charade of openness? The only people who would be interested in this are going to be the people who are meticulously taking notes to see when mods slip up and they can have their gotcha moment on meta about how X pet issue has to be resolved because see see mods are handling it incorrectly
@Ninefingers de nada :P
@IvoFlipse If you want to be open, go full bore. Berate people in TL for discussing public matters in private and refuse to engage with mods who do. Use meta and open chat rooms to discuss ideas.
@MarkTrapp Which will only achieve that I can pat my chest for being morally above the rest, while getting shit done
@IvoFlipse What does this chat room achieve? Seems more like a CYA than a real change in mod transparency. TL still exists, and the people who don't trust mods in the first place can keep pointing to that. Just like the government declassified only the unimportant UFO documents: the real goods are still locked up in Area 51 and Fort Knox.
@MarkTrapp Unfortunately people are always going to have that argument - we will always need to keep some stuff behind closed doors because we agreed to protect user's privacy in line with the mod agreement.
That said, we can have some stuff more in-public.
@Sklivvz Well I don't think there's a problem with mod transparency, and it feels like mods have been thrown under the bus as an easy scapegoat for the whole deletion bitchmeme. But if it really is a problem, this isn't a solution.
We're never going to "win" vs those who ultimately believe we are out to get them and that's just how it is, unfortunately. But as @Ivo says, for some users, this'll help us seem less distant. Or so the theory was; happy to hear different view on it.
I think the sentiment's great: I just don't think the gallery chat room's the way to go. If the current status quo of discussing public issues on meta is still too distant, then create a public chat room to talk about issues.
Although as an aside, even my most ardent detractors on Programmers appreciated the level of engagement I provided on Meta Programmers.SE. And I think nearly every mod does the same on their respective metas
@MarkTrapp We'll see, I'll happily suspend anyone who thinks he can troll this room
And yes, you may quote me on that one
I think joran's answer on the question is a great, actionable problem: he just wanted to know why a mod stepped in after the community reopened a question. A simple comment could've went a long way. Copious commenting is the bee's knees if you can spare the time: lets people know you actually understand what happened.