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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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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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Enable syntax highlighting

For questions like this one which have answers given in code, it would be nice if the site had syntax highlighting available. At the very least, being able to highlight core SO lanaguages such as ...
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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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Site's subdomain name

I'm not sure if this is even the right place; the whole beta launching process is very mysterious and it's not clear who's running the show. But anyway. I'd like to request that when the site is ...
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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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How long will RE be in Beta?

Might be a standard question, but I could not find the answer on Area 51: how long will this site be in Beta? I have just seen another site (Startups) being offline with even better statistics. How ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

As per "The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta": Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What ...
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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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Highlighting the Tag Wikis

Now posted on MSO There have been discussions on the usefulness and visibility of Tag Wikis. Two concerns that were voiced were : Searchability Visibility I had some ideas on how to tackle this. ...
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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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Does the site scope include biology?

Are questions that deal with reverse-engineering/understanding biological phenomena on topic ?
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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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Do we want to be a high-voting site?

Some stack exchange sites get lots of both upvotes and downvotes for question and answers. Others get much fewer votes. Do we want to be a high-voting site? Here is one perspective from Scott ...
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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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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 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 ...
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How should software questions be tagged?

Given the preponderance of Stack Overflow, I expect this site to have a lot of questions about software. However, software is just one of many things one may want to reverse engineer. The inclusion of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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HTTPS\SSL authentication for users

As I suddenly figured out, there is plain HTTP used on log-in form to http://reverseengineering.stackexchange.com No SSL\HTTPS implemented, and password in login form transferred in clear text. As ...
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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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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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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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Shorter Magic Link and Onebox

The current magic link can be used by typing [reverseengineering.se] which is a pretty long name. It takes a fair bit of time to type this in comments and chat. Is it possible to alias [re.se] to ...
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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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