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2018: 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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hexrays and ida tags … are they ever supposed to be used together?

Most of the questions tagged hexrays tend to be solely about functionality of the plugin rather than the base IDA software on which the plugin depends. Should questions about the HexRays plugin also ...
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How should we handle posts in which reverse engineering is prohibited by a EULA?

When I went to the vendor's firmware download page linked to in Need help identifying main processor for Roland synthesizer I saw this in the EULA: Restrictions: You may not make or distribute ...
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Renaming “idapro-plugins” and “idapro-sdk”

Was partially raised by 0xc0000022l here, there are a couple of questions regarding the idapro-plugins and idapro-sdk: Whether "idapro" should be replaced with the simplistic "ida" in both tags. ...
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What's the purpose of the “plugin” tag?

The plugin tag is a little odd, and without usage or wiki content its purpose is unclear at least to me, and I suspect to other users as well. Here is some analysis: It currently has 11 questions in ...
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Should we keep the “reverse-engineering” tag?

Right now we have a reverse-engineering tag. I would like to raise the question of whether we should keep it or not, and suggest we remove it. If my answer gains enough upvotes and not too many ...
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How to encourage users to post search-engine friendly content?

There have been a number of questions recently 0, 1, 2 and 3 which all contain largely screenshots (at the time of this writing). However, while some of the screenshots have merit in that they show ...
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Valid questions edited by authors to gibberish

I happened to notice this odd behaviour twice recently and I'm wondering why this might be happening. For me this is kind of strange as the questions were legit ones before the edit. Also with valid ...
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Are questions from hobbyists, makers and enthusiasts on-topic?

This question was prompted by a comment to a question in another discussion on EE.SE here. From the tour page of this site I read (emphasis mine): Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange is a question ...
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Question about definition for tag “dynamic-linking”

Question: is the definition correct? If not, what should the correct definition be? Here is the definition: Dynamic linking is the process of resolving at runtime a program's external function ...
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Is it usual to delete correct answers here?

I have a question about my Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange post: Help finding CPU/SOC on a board It seems very strange that my correct (if terse) answer was deleted, yet a marginally more complete ...
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Should questions to the effect of “How do I decrypt this file/data?” be considered on-topic?

Edit: just found this question from 2014: Decryption of ciphertext. This is essentially an updated version of that question with more data and a request for clarification since there is nothing in the ...
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Directing users who post RE questions elsewhere on SE to this site and/or migrating questions

Currently there are a total of 3,749 questions on this site. On SO there are 2,166 questions tagged "reverse-engineering" and on Security.SE there are 122 questions tagged "reverse-engineering". Not ...
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Change the edit attribution

Today I found out this SE site and browsed a little. A question caught my interest and while reading the answer, I edited it to improve readability. The edit then went to the approval queue and after ...
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About symbols tag

Should we use symbols for all questions related with any symbol information? I think it is too broad for all symbol related operations. It can be used for analysing executable file types, operating ...
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Too 'narrow' questions

There has been discussion about too broad questions here, but we lack the analogon for too narrow questions. Motivation for this question are the comments under Can Radare2 support word-based ...
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Will we participate in Winterbash this year?

Will Reverse Engineering be participating in Winterbash this year? If the community wants to opt-out, the mods would need to let the CM team know by December 13th.
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Need a tag for Legacy iPod (pre-iOS/touch) questions

I have just asked a question about legacy iPod click wheel games here: Reverse Engineering Legacy iPod Click Wheel Games I do not have the required reputation to create an ipod tag just yet. Could ...
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Are questions that involve DRM reverse engineering allowed?

I live in the United States. The DMCA and similar laws apply to me, and even innocent and morally permissible software development practices can be illegal. Specifically, anything that involves ...
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bindiff verses bin-diffing tags

The bindiff tag has the following description: Commercial binary diffing tool sold by Google (formerly zynamics/Sabre) and until recently 9 questions. Out of those, only 4 (this, this, this and ...
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reverse engineering of electronics of games - off topic?

Why is asking about the concepts of a game hardware design is considers to be off topic? I'm trying to find out the concept of hardware design of a game, which is reverse engineering of the game, I ...
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Are sniffing/debugging questions on-topic?

Are questions related to sniffing traffic (tcpdump) or debugging command-line tools are on-topic? For example tracing php, memcached processes using dtrace or strace?
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Possible reputation abuse

I was looking for an answer that involved CallWindowProc and I stumbled upon this question Looks like this user has posted the question already knowing the answer, answered it right away (by the look ...
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Tag for questions about dealing with switch/case constructs

So, I was looking at this question about jump tables, hoping to navigate from there to some other questions relating to switch/case constructs, but unfortunately the question turned out not to have a ...
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Letting you check my analysis of a data dump against the source code - on topic?

I'd like to explain my dissection of a data dump hold against the code to get another opinion or to check my analysis. Is this on topic or off topic? I'd show the data dump with markings which bytes ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Decryption of ciphertext

On both StackOverflow and at the healthy beta Cryptography we get a lot of questions about decryption of a certain ciphertext. Sometimes they are just base 64 blocks, but often there is a bit more to ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Tag wiki for MIPS assembly / disassembly, etc

I would like to have added [mips]as a new tag: as quite a number of questions show up when you search for mips - 41 currently, although I think some might not fit under the spirit of such a tag there ...
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Reverse Engineering license data

I am currently working on a VB3 project (!) and it's hard to get the licenses for all those old VBX stuff. Finally I want to convert it to 32 bit (VB4 or maybe even VB6) and again I need licenses for ...
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Multiple sub-questions per question

I've recently seen many questions posted with multiple sub-questions. For example, see Understanding x86 C main function preamble created by Visual C++ - while sub-questions 2, 3, and 4 are related, ...
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Is RE a good place to ask about HB Gary products?

HB Gary offers tools for memory dumping and memory analysis. Some are even free. However, I have not found any questions for those tools. Is RE the incorrect place to ask about HB Gary tools? Are ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Folks, please upvote questions, too!

I have noticed for quiet some time now that the poster of an answer can have three or more upvotes, but the asker gets none whatsoever. I think this is discouraging for those asking the questions and ...
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Can “understanding complex source code” be assimilated to reverse engineering?

I had several time questions about really complex code, linked to commercial tools (or not) but with the source code (or part of it) available. But, I am not sure if it can be considered as "reverse ...
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Question Limitations

What are the rules and question Limitations in Reverse Engineering? Some Questions seems to ask for help in cracking. Is that legitimate? Are we allowed to answer him even if he specifies the program ...
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Are questions about RE applications on topic?

I would like to know in what cases would one want to reverse engineer a piece of software. This is sort of career related but also meant to learn about what kind of knowledge one would get from ...
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What to do with questions of type “Decompile this assembler code”?

Just now, I have edited a question of type "Decompile this assembler code". It is not the first one and it will not be the last one... I know that, whatever we do, we will encounter this kind of ...
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Extend the topic to “Software Security”?

I am feeling really good in the RE website, the topics feet me and the discussions are quite interesting. But, then I noticed the IT-security website and tried to see what kind of community was there (...
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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Should we have a Featured Tag Wiki of the Month™?

Over the past few months, RE has accumulated a lot of quality content in the tag wikis due to the efforts of many our community members. There have been previous discussions on how to effectively ...
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RE needs a logo header!

I think RE is ready for a logo header. Does anyone know any good logo designers and/or have any good ideas for a logo? I'm not a designer, but I like the idea of the OllyDbg style logo (I just ...
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Detecting malicious behaviour

Reverse Engineering is clearly a 'gray'-area with law. Thus this is why I wonder, what to do when you detect a string of questions or a single questions that is clearly leading to mal-behaviour.
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Let's get critical: Aug 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Do we want to give out career-advice?

We have a tag career-advice with one popular question. Career advice is generally considered a can of worms and is off-topic across the entire Network. The main reason being that this attracts a huge ...
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What events would you like to participate in?

We recently concluded a two week long Twitter event, which was very successful. Based on the response, I think it would be great if we had one to two week long events every month. If successful, ...
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What can be done to make the Twitter account more effective?

Currently, the hashtags added by the Twitter bot is just the most popular tag from the question. In many cases, the tag may be obscure, too broad (#python) or different from common usage (#pe -> ...
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Attaching files (UDP packages)

What is RE preferred way to attach files to a post? Are there any commonly used services? The file in question would be .pcapng UDP packages, but knowing the general procedures would be good.
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Are you following the official RE Twitter account?

If you're a Twitter fan and spend time retweeting questions, you may want to consider following @StackReverseEng. https://twitter.com/StackReverseEng/ StackReverseEng is the official Reverse ...
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Tracking Area 51 site stats

This post is intended to keep tracks of our Area 51 stats over time and to see our progress towards graduation. For graduation, the rough criteria are : Mostly green (Excellent) on the stats page ...