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Tutorial: How to use TeX/MathJax to render math notation?

$\mathrm{\TeX}$ is a markup language that allows us to insert content like equations and tables. MathJax is the add-in that StackExchange uses to render $\mathrm{\TeX}$ markup into $\mathrm{\TeX}$ ...
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Are resource request questions allowed?

Resource/reference requests seems to be a crucial part for any SE site. However, such questions naturally tend to be list-questions, and many users therefore consider these off-topic. Sister sites ...
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How to handle questions that relate to “quantum”, but not “computing”?

Case in point: Resource to explain quantum effects in "layman terms"? This question seems to be about quantum physics (pretty clearly), but I'm not seeing much about "computing" there. Are ...
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Why does the Quantum Computing site look different?

I recently announced a pilot program we are trying on Quantum Computing Stack Exchange, but rather than pointing you elsewhere, I decided to re-post the original announcement here. Enjoy! Sponsorship ...
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Are questions about Q# and other quantum programming languages on topic?

Q# is Microsoft's programming language for working with quantum computers. Are questions that deal with the language itself (e.g. How do I initilaize a Qubit to a given value in Q#) that don't deal ...
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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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Accepting Nominations — Who should Moderate♦ this site? [duplicate]

Ideally, Moderators♦ are elected by the community, but until the community is large enough to hold a proper election, we will be appointing three provisional Moderators to fill those roles. We need ...
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“The Quantum SE”

I like the name "Quantum Computing", for this SE. It's sexier than just "Quantum". So I'm not suggesting to change it. But that doesn't mean questions have to be only about quantum computing. In my ...
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Quantum Computing Logo

Question Background Recently in chat, Justin Youens pointed out that the current logo has little significance to the subject of Quantum Computing. The Question What is the significance of the "...
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A new close reason: non-mainstream

Way back when, I wrote an answer about whether or not asking questions about not-yet built aspects of quantum computing were okay. To quote my answer: I would argue that these sorts of questions ...
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Writing FAQ questions/answers

Before public beta starts, it might be nice to write standard answers for questions like, "What makes quantum computing better than classical computing?" or "What types of quantum computers are there?"...
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Should people reject edits on a thing, because they don't like the thing?

Recently, I've noticed that some (higher rep) users did some 'silent removal edits' and some tag usage rejections. When I asked for the motivation for the tag excerpt edit, it was that the reviewer ...
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A “jobs” page for quantum computing - suggestions

Recently, there was a meta post called Jobs in Quantum Computing. The mods are interested in this (and the post got a few upvotes), and we wonder if you guys are too. To get some ideas for the ...
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Homework questions, and what to do about them

Well, a new problem is upon us: the homework question. The first has been posted on our site. What should our policy be for homework questions?
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Inviting new users

In a recent post, Robert Cartaino said if you know anyone who needs to be here helping build this thing, the time to get their support is RIGHT NOW! This immediately made me think of Peter Shor ...
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Add more options for which SE a question should migrate to when closing

I was upset that 4 people voted to close Godels Incompleteness Theorem(s) and Consciousness is Non Algorithmic as off-topic, by clicking an option that totally dismisses the question, rather than ...
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Standard Notation

Should we agree on some standard notations? This should make it much easier to understand new posts once a notation is established. In particular, I think it would be helpful to agree on symbols for ...
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Listing all Nielsen & Chuang exercises as a resource for future generations of QC students [duplicate]

Like many quantum computation researchers, back when I was first learning the basics of the field, I relied heavily on Nielsen & Chuang's "Quantum computation and quantum information" textbook. ...
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Biweekly chat sessions: Timings

Having discussed with @Mithrandir24601 and @agaitaarino, I would like to set up a regular chat session in The Classical Channel, which would be held every alternate week for around 1 hour. Once it is ...
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Do we want questions or a tag about “mythology”?

Currently, there are 2 questions tagged quantum-mythology and another two that could fall under this category, one of which is closed and another with a history of being closed. In addition, I've ...
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Limits to the “N&C Exercise Series”

This is going a bit too far: Can we start with just the most interesting questions that people are really struggling with? That's what SE is for, isn't it? When I started using SO almost 10 years ago,...
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Off-topic reasons for Quantum Computing

I suppose we should think about the off-topic reasons for this page. As @Mithrandir24601 suggested I removed my proposals from this question and added them as an community answer. Feel free to edit ...
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Please welcome your new Moderators!

Moderators, check your email! Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community in both community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a ...
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Does anyone else feel that the logo for this stack is too similar to Amazon Web Services' favicon?

Here is a side by side comparison of the favicon for this site and for amazon web services: And here they are again, in a screen shot of my browser tabs: When this logo started showing up in the ...
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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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Tags that start with quantum - ideas?

Unsure if now is the right time for it, but might as well bring it up. What is the take on tags that begin with quantum-thing? Personally, I find that such tags, on a Quantum computing site is ...
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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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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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Formatting chemical formulae and reactions

Following proper typesetting standards is absolutely essential on a technical site like Quantum Computing Stack Exchange. I came across this question on the main site: What kinds of ions do trapped ...
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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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Is meta-physics a good tag?

I don't believe the tag meta-physics is a good one for this site. Firstly, such questions generally are more philosophy based, and thus don't really belong here, so having this tag seems to encourage ...
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Why is there a <quantum-computer> tag?

Really, that tag should be gotten rid of. At least, it should be renamed. Why would anyone not choose a tag named "Quantum Computer" in "Quantum Computing" forum?
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Please start writing out the incomplete tag wiki excerpts

We have ~24 tags on the main site without any tag excerpts, at the time of writing this post. It would be really helpful if the community members gradually start writing out the tag excerpts for the ...
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How active should moderators be in closing questions?

I know this is a touchy issue, but it is better to discuss it before it gets too late. I noticed that this question: When to apply tensor product of gates and how to keep track of entanglements? was ...
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PSA: Disclosing affiliation, defining spam, and using spam flags

Quantum Computing SE is a site with different types of users - some work at companies (which is great!) and some write software that's used in quantum computing (which is also great!). While ...
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Asking questions about not yet built aspects of quantum computing

I have a series of questions I have been considering asking. My dilemma is that I want to make sure they are on topic. It's also physiological: I feel like I should be posting in sci-fi. I am giving ...
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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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Should the tags 'qubit-state' and 'qubit' be merged?

There are quite few tags with the qubit-state and qubit. Are these fundamentally different? Should the tags 'qubit-state' and 'qubit' be merged? If not, why are these things different? We should ...
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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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Indirectly Related Questions [duplicate]

Background Recently a question was asked about a topic that is indirectly related to quantum computing. Question Are topics that are indirectly related to quantum computing allowed on this stack ...
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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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Should the [quantum-computing-models] tag be used in this question?

I noticed that in this question the OP reverted back to putting in the quantum-computing-models, after I edited it out. As far as I understand it is for questions regarding different "theoretical ...
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When will we appoint pro-tem moderators? [duplicate]

Having read this blogpost, I wonder when we will appoint pro-tem Moderators. The first post states that the nomination should begin approximately 2 weeks after the private beta begins (and 12 days ...
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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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How to remove a tag/retag?

We had quite a few requests to remove tags/retag: Tags that start with quantum - ideas? Should the [quantum-computing-models] tag be used in this question? Please rename [tag:error-correction] to [...
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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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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 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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What to do about bad edits from users with high enough reputation to do it without review?

Frankly I'm tired of people editing my questions (and even titles) in ways that introduce new errors or even worse errors. In one case the user simply just moved the last part of the sentence to the ...
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Do we need [error-correction] of the [fault-tolerance]?

I am wondering whether the tags error-correction and fault-tolerance can/should be merged. They seem to relate to the same topic: prevention/correction of errors. What is your opinion towards merging ...