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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 ...
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How to handle “beginner” questions?

Specifically this is about: How do I get the location of the original audio/video file embedded on a webpage? I know that this question isn't as deep as others. But on the other hand it is for many ...
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Keeping hardware powered up!

The tag hardware is a very rare tag on RE.SE HW questions make up just 6% of the total questions on the site. Seeing that reverse engineering hardware is in scope and in many cases, has ...
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What do we need to change about the chat session?

We have had three chat event sessions till now with minimal participation. The maximum number of people who participated was 3 in the first chat session. There was however significant interest in the ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 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 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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A proposition for Rising the forum participance and presence [duplicate]

On AshRj suggestion I'm reposing my idea from How do we increase the number of questions being asked? I could be wrong but in RE there is a real big gap between experienced and newbies, so what ...
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Community Polls Thread

Welcome to the RE.SE Community Poll thread! Note: Order answers by active to see the most recent polls. This thread is used for opinion and usage polls around RE and RE.SE. The poll questions are ...
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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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Reverse engineering locks?

I had some questions regarding reverse engineering locks (physical locks/pin tumblers etc). I'm not sure if they'd qualify as questions here though. Any thoughts from anyone?
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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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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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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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Should we have a tool to mark beginner, intermediate and advanced level Q&As?

I can see advantages and disadvantages to having a beginner, some of which would be: Advantages Allows beginners to find existing questions quickly and search in them Makes it easy for the casual ...
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Who are the notable bloggers in the RE community, and how can we get them involved?

We have established a repository having some excellent questions. Its now time to get the word out about RE. There are many people in the online world who manage very active and productive blogs. ...
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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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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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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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Should we have a [tag:rce]?

Since the site scope isn't limited to reverse code engineering as such, would it make sense to have a specific tag for questions regarding the reverse engineering of code in particular? I.e. something ...
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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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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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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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Add anti-RE information to the faq

I totally agree with Gilles that questions about trying to make reverse engineering harder are appropriate, but shouldn't we change our faq then? It's now: Reverse Engineering Stack Exchange is for ...
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Is Reverse-engineering also about Anti-reverse-engineering? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question about tools helping me to produce an obfuscation on a binary and I have been a bit surprised to see that people were reluctant to answer such a question just because it is ...
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Wargames, crackmes and CTFs - how to deal with spoilers?

Since this site is public now, I guess we shall start to see questions related to solving challenges on some wargame, solving a crackme and so on... As someone how has learned a great deal by doing ...
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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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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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What are the rules here regarding possibly illegal tools for RE?

Because of the nature of reverse engineering, we may possibly use tools of gray or possibly illegal nature to aid our work, even if the work's intention is not for illegal use. I recently posted an ...
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What is considered too broad or too narrow regarding questions about applicable laws?

Currently on Reverse Engineering, there are two questions I'd like to bring up about the laws surrounding reverse engineering, both asked by the same user: Is reverse engineering and using parts of a ...
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Are questions containing 'what does this do' on topic?

Over on IT Security we fairly regularly get questions containing a believed-to-be malicious code snippet. The OP is usually a web-admin of some kind and has discovered the snippet on his server, and ...
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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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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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tags: 'exe' or 'portable-executable'?

There is currently the exe tag, which is about .EXE files under Windows, which theoretically covers the DOS MZ, New Executable, and Portable Executable formats. There are already several questions ...
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Do not accept an answer so fast!

I know, you want to accept an answer to show the problem is solved. But really, the quality of the site can be improved when you do not accept an answer too fast. An answer might be correct and ...
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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 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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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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Is it OK to duplicate information from SO?

If a question has already been asked on SO, is it OK to repost questions with a self-answer (FAQ style) if they are very relevant to RE (e.g. useful questions about disassemblers, assembly language ...
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Are questions about malware functionality on topic

Are questions about the functionality or workings of malware on topic? This does not include questions about how to reverse engineer malware, but instead asks about specific API calls or functionality ...
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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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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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Reverse Engineering SE - Not Yet Ready For Public Beta [closed]

Update: You've come together and have all done a great job on getting this site defined, Reverse Engineering SE will progress to a public beta in the near future. Congratulations, and please keep up ...
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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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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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Creation of pluralized tags

With reference to this discussion, tags having common nouns should be in plural form. Certain tags have been created as singular tags, and need to be pluralized: compiler : 4 questions linux-package :...
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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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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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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 source code reverse engineering questions on-topic?

The thing is that I'm developing a platform for software (source code) reverse engineering (static-analysis). And I've added two questions about that: Should I keep parenthesis information while ...