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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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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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Who should the moderators be?

As stated here about a week or two into the public beta, three candidates will be appointed moderator pro tempore. This is a thread to nominate such candidates. Nominees should: Have a reasonably ...
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Are questions about trying to make reverse engineering harder appropriate?

I'm wondering if questions about how to make reverse engineering more difficult are within the scope of this site?
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Should We Have Reverse Engineering Competitions to Increase Site Participation

A possible technique to increase site participation would be to hold periodic competitions of reverse engineering challenges. The challenges would be custom made for these contests and could include ...
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What should our faq contain?

Following "The 7 Essential Questions of Every Beta", what should our faq contain? This meta kind of starts the discussion, but perhaps we should have one place to sum it all up with a list of "good" ...
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Linking to malicious code

I asked a question about obfuscated javascript - the javascript in question is malicious, and contains code to exploit various browsers. In a comment, DCoder asked for the actual obfuscated code. I ...
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Should we hold a community event in the chat?

There's a chat room for our site and I was just talking to AshRj, wondering how to promote the chat itself. He suggested holding a community event. A moderator would have to create it, but we could ...
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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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Does the site scope include biology?

Are questions that deal with reverse-engineering/understanding biological phenomena on topic ?
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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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Is discussing social phenomena on-topic?

Social phenonema such as videos going viral or a trend suddenly becoming popular in a community are studied after the fact and involve trying to establish the chain of events and the individuals that ...
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should we specify a tag for kernel reverse engineering?

Should kernel reverse engineering have its specific tag? kernel and user-mode reverse engineering typically rely on different tools, different structures, different methods, so shouldn't something ...
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Our Community Promotion Ads

One way we can promote this site is to create a community promotion ad to be shown on other SE sites. Each graduated SE site has a meta question where people can submit these ads (math, physics), and ...
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Are questions involving finding and exploiting software bugs allowed here?

For example, questions like "how do I tell if this crash is a buffer overflow?" or "what is a good way of exploiting heap overflows?" Basically, I want to know if this community is more focused on ...
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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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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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Questions about applicable, but non-reverse engineering related questions

The topicality of "forward engineering" came up recently in How does GDB's process recording work? The case was made that the question was not a true reverse engineering discussion and was more ...
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ida versus idapro tags … the synonym should be the exact inverse, because it's not strictly synonymous

The irritating thing about it is that apparently Igor was the one to introduce the synonym. As he points out in this comment to another meta question: Actually, the official name of the program (...
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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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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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Lets develop a Tag Wiki format

As I have mentioned before (and also mentioned by Tim Post ♦ ), I believe Tag Wikis should be developed right from the start. Good tag wikis will help new users to learn the basics and the ...
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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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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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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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How should complementary tags be handled?

Consider unpacking versus packer. I think we should either stick to naming the entity (noun) or the method (verb) and there should be one covering the topic and its complement for something like the ...
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allow moderated list question [duplicate]

I'm aware that some of you won't agree with this. But I really like to have few questions here like "great RE beginners book?" Or "what is your RE toolbox?". I'm aware that these type of questions ...
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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-...