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Reminder: we have a chat

This is not a question but just a reminder that we have a site-wide chat which is currently somewhat underused. Do you have a question but not sure if it's on-topic or how to formulate it properly to ...
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Do we need the tag tools?

I just came across the tag tools. This tag seems very unspecific to me. Because in the end one can tag nearly every question with this tag. So I would vote to delete it or merge it with some more ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How should book/tutorial questions be dealt with?

There was recently a question asking about tutorials on Reverse Engineering. I understand that this is something that will come up quite frequently and will probably be one of the most popular ...
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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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Reputation manipulation [closed]

As I see people's reputations rapidly grow, and become frustrated because it seems impossible to get to a question first, I can't help but wonder if there is manipulation/cheating going on. After all, ...
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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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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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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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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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Typicals of CMSs - off topic?

I've asked this question on RE.SE and got a negative response: 4 downvotes and a note from Anton Kockkov: This is a question for IT Security site, not for Reverse Engineering. I see how this is on ...
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The site tends to attract two different fields of profession

When I look at the site for now, I generally distinguish two different topics: Questions about computer software, websites, etc., e.g.: Get used jQuery plugins from website Questions about really low-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What should be the policy for singular/plural tags?

Should tags be singular like compiler or plural like debuggers ? Alternatively, should both versions of a tag be created and made synonyms ?
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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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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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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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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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What is a “closed” question?

Questions can be closed. What does it mean for a question to be closed? Who can close a question? What are the reasons for closing a question? What if multiple close reasons are used on a question? ...
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specific OS-kernel tags or OS+kernel tags?

Is it interesting to use specific "OS-kernel' tags such as linux-kernel instead of linux kernel combination? references: initial suggestion, then implementation
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To what extent is discussing a specific target for RE allowed

Let's say I have a specific target that I want to RE (for this question let's take a windows PE executable as an example). Would it be ok to post a piece of disassembly or perhaps pseudo code from eg ...
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What can we improve? The site seems to stagnate

At the moment the stats on Area51 aren't all too promising. While we got through the definition and commitment phase with flying colors, right now the situation is suboptimal. The number of users ...
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Are there no special rules for betas?

A beta that just started will hardly end up with a lot of high rep users in a short time frame. Are there any special rules w.r.t. the reputation needed for certain actions or is it the same as on any ...
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Is asking about reverse engineering tools on topic

I would like to know if asking about the use of a tool that is designed for the purposes of reverse engineering is on topic? The questions that follow under this category would be asking about ...
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Should questions contain quotes if they refer to external sources?

In this particular case I am referring to Treating independent code as a function in IDA Pro (and I don't mean to make this a pillory at all!) Original (full) answer as of this writing: This is ...
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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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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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How do we increase the number of questions being asked?

I noticed that our new question per day is really low. What can we do to overcome this? Should we seed more content ourselves? I can think of few newbies questions I can ask an answer myself. Is it ...
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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 ...