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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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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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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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We are in public beta!

We have made it to public beta! First of all: Congratulations to everyone involved in the building and development of this site. Now, as we are in public beta, there are some new challenges to solve, ...
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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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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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What should we call our chat room?

We, like all other sites, have a chat room. However, currently it has the rather boring name of "Quantum Computing". Most other sites have a room with a more intresting name: The Nineteenth Byte for ...
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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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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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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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Code highlighting?

I've seen some posts that include code (Python, Q# (see Are questions about Q# on topic?)): Q: How to create an arbitrary state in QISKit for a local_qasm_simulator? (+ answer) Q: There was an error ...
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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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Are questions about programming for IBM Quantum experience (QX) on topic?

Given the following question: There was an error in the circuit!. Error = 'QISkit Time Out' Is programming using QISKit for IBM Q experience (QX) on-topic? Considering the fact that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do we want a package for drawing quantum circuits enabled?

In the comments to the question How to draw quantum circuits?, there's a comment saying: "Maybe we could request the devs to add a LaTeX package to draw quantum circuits" I've just discovered that ...
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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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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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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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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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Happy 1000th day!

1000 days since Private Beta first went live!
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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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Should this site be appropriate for beginners?

A little background. I am a total beginner in this field and arrived on this site some days after the SO blog announcement. I was intrigued by the idea that I can learn about Quantum Computing via ...
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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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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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“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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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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Vive la Quantum (chat sessions)!

After the discussion about times for a biweekly chat session, there is now an addition to the Classical Channel's schedule: Starting next Tuesday ($5^{th}$ June), there will be a biweekly chat session ...
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What are the SE-user-recruiting policies?

I've been making intense efforts to bring in some colleagues, which is all good (I hope) and fun, but ultimately limited, since each of us non-superstars only has a limited number of contacts. Thus I ...
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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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Being open to those who are from a different discipline

This more of a personal essay than a discussion, but I am happy to reply to any comments you may have. My main personal interests are with CS myself, but I am always open for other ideas as long as I ...
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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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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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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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How do we deal with big-list type questions on this site?

As we know, big-list type questions are not very suitable for the Stack Exchange Q&A format. The answers to such questions to some degree depend subjective opinions and often, there is no ...
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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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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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Encouraging each other to vote & edit?

Our active userbase is still quite small, but there's already a decent number of existing questions and answers. Should we be encouraging newcomers to give a tour to existing material, editing and up-...
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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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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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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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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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Follow-up Questions

Background I was looking at a question posted by agaitaarino. He posted a comment in regards to his follow-up question being a duplicate. As this isn't the first follow-up question I have seen on ...
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Writing the tag wikis and excerpts

we have already created a lot of tags and there are also a lot of meta-tags. Most of them have no excerpt/wiki yet. I am proposing that we have a central list of tags that have no proposed excerpt/...
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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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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 ...