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What is quantum computing meta?

How does it differ from this site: https://quantumcomputing.stackexchange.com/ ?
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What goals do we have as a community (if any)?

I'd like to get feedback from the community, about what people think our goals are, or what goals our users would like this community to have? There's no wrong answers here, and an answer such as &...
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When should a question that's been closed for being off-topic, be locked?

This question was closed for being off-topic, but it was also locked: Prerequisites for a career in spintronics based Quantum Computing I find this unusual because questions on this site (and on the ...
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Adding a feature that allows users to “follow” other accounts

There are a number of users on QC stack exchange that consistently give extremely thorough and impressive answers. I love reading these user's responses, even to questions I already know the answer to,...
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When and why should we close a question for being more appropriate on Stack Overflow?

While I do miss the early days when this site was more about "academic" quantum computing questions, and not so much of a Qiskit/Cirq forum for people doing programming or trying to use some ...
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On voting to undelete an answer that's been deleted by a moderator

Reviewing the list of highly-upvoted questions without any publicly observable answers, there is one question with what appears to be a good-faith answer that was facially informative although maybe ...
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For how many hours (if any!) should we allow a user to respond to comments, before closing their question?

This question came up in the review queue, and I was a bit surprised since the question was asked only 17 hours ago, which might not have been enough time for the user to respond to the comment asking ...
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Does anyone have any theories about why voting went up so much recently?

Number of posts has gone down, and number of visits has gone down, yet number of votes has gone up drastically: Why might this be the case?
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A thought about our close voting practices

Every time I look at the close vote queue, I find myself surprised that there's so many questions there, and a lot of them appear to be of excellent quality or already with an excellent quality answer,...
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Should we take a stand on qbit vs. qubit?

I noticed recently that I had edited a posting of an otherwise informed answer solely to replace "q-bit" with "qubit", but then I note that I don't bother to correct the ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Would this question be on topic for this stackexchange?

So I'm not sure if measuring time periods (inaccurately) are part of quantum information (I couldn't find any relevant tags). Would this question be on topic on this site?
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Happy 1000th day!

1000 days since Private Beta first went live!
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Should we consider social impact questions?

I recently responded to a question, since closed, regarding the social impact of quantum computing. The reason for the closure was that any answers were expected to be primarily opinion based. This ...
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Should we get rid of the quantum-information tag?

As of now, quantum-information is one of the most popular tags, with 351 questions and counting. Thing is, I don't quite understand what is it for. Or rather, what is it not for. The whole site is ...
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Creation of debugging tag

There are quite a few questions of Quantum Computing Stack Exchange which are often new user's asking help with Q# or Qiskit ...
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Creation of textbook-and-exercises tag

Following the apparent consensus in the previous discussion about an "homework-like" tag, and the lack of objections there, I went ahead and created textbook-and-exercises. I tagged a few questions ...
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How much leeway to badly-formatted questions from English-as-Second-Language askers?

There is a question that was recently closed for lacking clarity. Based on some comments from the poster, and the format of the question, I believe that the poster is not a native English speaker, ...
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Would it be useful to have a tag for exercise problems and questions about standard textbook material?

Would it be useful to have a tag for exercise problems and questions about standard textbook material, or other educational material, like online courses and the like? The idea would be to use them ...
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Should we close questions that are homework-like?

Recently, I realized that some users do not want to answer homework-like question. I would like to open a discussion on this issue. I understand that the forum should not serve as a place for solving ...
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2019: 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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Is cross-posting allowed?

Does QuantumComputing.SE allow cross-posting of questions on multiple Stack Exchange sites? The default Stack Exchange policy is that cross-posting is not allowed, as a general rule. However, ...
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Is this question insufficient after edit?

So I asked the question "Can one construct a non-zero (conditional) probability in this situation?", which was downvoted and voted to close without the last edits (so I deleted it - The original tag ...
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Use of the phrase 'Quantum Supremacy'

Words have meanings. Some words have multiple meanings. Some can mean one thing when used by reasonable people, and quite another when used by the less reasonable. One of those words is supremacy. ...
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Should we have a policy on leaked papers before they're published?

Occasionally, when major papers get written, they somehow end up leaked, such as when Google's (now published) Sycamore paper got temporarily posted on NASA's website. While general questions may be ...
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Please start voting and reviewing more often!

In the current quarter (1st April 2019 to today), according to the Users page, the voting statistics is like this (this excludes those who've cast 10 votes or less): In this same duration (excluding ...
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Congratulations Quantum Computing - You are now three years old!

Three. Three years old we are today. And now we are two years old. 🎉 Today is an important event of this site. Some of us were reminded of it by a special badge that they earned for the first time ...
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Syntax highlighting for quantum programming languages

We're thinking of writing up a syntax highlighter for our site and enabling it on our programming tag (either using a user script or by asking the SE devs). Unfortunately, Google Prettify, which SE ...
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How should we deal with blatantly incorrect, misleading and non-mainstream answers?

Let's take the example of this answer to How is Bell’s Inequality converted to the CHSH inequality?. It says: If I have answered my own question, the answer is that the CHSH experiments have a ...
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Is a citation of a textbook really a “link only answer”?

The following answer was deleted by a mod despite containing a citation of an in-print textbook Notation for two entangled registers Is it really the purpose of moderators to clamp down on ...
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How to find out if a tag is good to create or have?

A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-...
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How to write a good question?

Some of the important points are already well documented on the help/how-to-ask page of the Help Center. However, there are a few issues which haven't emphasized there but are particularly relevant ...
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What is the scope of Quantum Computing SE?

Our site has been active for around 9 months now, and I think we have all gotten a fair idea of which type of questions are acceptable for us and which type are not. I feel it's time to pen down the ...
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Should we blacklist or rename the highly misused [quantum-computer] tag, or enable a tag warning for it?

Currently the tag excerpt for quantum-computer currently says: For questions about existing real-life computers that run on a quantum architecture. This is for questions about the machines ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Quantum Computing's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Should we modify the Tour and Ask a Question pages to reflect our current scope?

Although we are titled "Quantum Computing Stack Exchange", from my experience we tend to accommodate almost all questions about quantum information theory. That's fair, but in the future, that might ...
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Custom close reason for questions which might be better suited for Physics SE

We recently got a few questions like: What is the "CP" operation in the context of anti-particles? How can blackholes be fast information scramblers? It should be quite obvious that these ...
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Let's get some feedback

tl;dr: I propose that we encourage users to give feedback to this site's culture (main, meta, voting, moderation). Read more for the details It is amazing to look at what we (the community) have done ...
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Moderators and PhDs

There are some users who, in the past, have questioned a moderators ability to moderate due to their lack of PhD. I feel that this is quite irrelevant. During my time as moderator, there never came a ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election [duplicate]

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Election questions: Critique management [duplicate]

Note: This post contains questions about the current pro-tempore election. DO NOT ANSWER THIS POST unless you have nominated yourself in the election.! This are three questions that all regard to ...
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Can we please be more lenient to new users?

A brand new user has had their question closed. Sure they didn't respond very quickly to requests asking to make the question more specific, but it looks like there was no "voting" that took place ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election [duplicate]

Summary: Quantum Computing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on October 29 to replace one of the current moderators. For full details of the process, see the ...
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Should we have a Quantum Computing StackExchange newsletter?

I regularly receive a newsletter from the Electrical Engineering StackExchange and I find it really helpful to learn things I would otherwise not read about. Should we get a similar newsletter for ...
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Repeated rudeness from a specific user

There is not enough space to write this in a flag, nor the capacity to include screenshots. I am going to block out instances of the user's name in order to keep him or her anonymous. I believe ...
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Why was this question deleted by a moderator?

The deletion policy says: "Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators." I cannot even vote to un-delete this ...
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Updated theme with Left Navigation is live for Quantum Computing

You may have noticed that your site theme changed! As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we ...
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Should we entertain career advice questions and have a [career-advice] tag?

This question seems pretty opinion based to me, however, I was a bit hesitant to close it initially (since it was well-framed). @NorbertSchuch mentioned that we might create a ...
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I spent a great deal of time answering a question, then the question (unfortunately along with the answer) was deleted. What can be done?

A question was asked called "what is hyper-parallel entanglement and hyper-parallel quantum computing". I spent time doing the research to find out what they were, and wrote a very detailed ...
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Isn't downvoting and voting-to-close mean towards new users?

This is a brand new user with only 1 point reputation who has asked a question that is on-topic, in fact as on-topic as can possibly be, and somehow they were given a net negative vote and someone had ...