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Yes, sure. The expertise on making reverse engineering easier is the same as the expertise on making the reverse engineering harder. Just as Security caters to both attackers and defenders, RE.SE can but cater to both obfuscators and reversers.


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I strongly vouch for Igor Skochinsky. The amount and quality (in both length and details) of his answers speak for themselves. It might sound redundant as he's already the moderator of r/ReverseEngineering, but I don't see anyone more qualified and showing more dedication. EDIT: Hi, Igor here. Here's my card. profile for Igor Skochinsky on Stack Exchange, ...


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You are insulting a lot of intelligent, hard-working people building this site. Your assertion is that if you are not "winning" in the pursuit of reputation, then those who achieved a bit of recognition for their work must almost certainly be cheating… surely. First, Stack Exchange has extensive suspicious-voting detection, and irregular votes are ...


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No, I don't think there's a reputation manipulation going on here. You have to remember that the site is barely three weeks old and less than one week in public beta. There aren't that many questions posted, so every new question gets a lot of attention and it's not unusual that they get good answers reasonably quickly. The hypothetical behavior you ...


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There are two problems with that question: The asker didn't include much in the way of context. We don't know where that code came from, how it was called, which platform it was found running on, or why the asker wants to decompile it. Not only does this make answering the question unnecessarily difficult, but it also makes the question less useful as an ...


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I would also like to nominate Peter Andersson. The reasons should also be obvious from the answers and conduct. profile for Peter Andersson on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/2516828.png


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I think as long as you keep it to more or less concrete questions, but without it being too localized (i.e. phrase them so that the answers may be applicable to other situations), both types of questions are fine. Exploiting software does involve RE, even though I feel that many exploit writers are not very well versed in the RE part.


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That's the whole point of the site: being about reverse engineering of anything. If we start splitting, then software reverse engineering goes on Stack Overflow, hardware reverse engineering goes on Electrical Engineering, chemical reverse engineering goes on Chemistry, and so on, and this site needn't exist.


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Right now the reverse-engineering tag has a dozen questions, four of which by a single user, who's also relatively new to stack-exchange. Eleven out of the twelve questions were asked by a user of under 200 reputation points in RE.SE and only two other questions were opened by a single user with a reputation slightly above 100. This tag seems somewhat ...


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I think most of the really big blogs in our industry are promotional, either self-promotional or company-promotional. I'm not aware of any blogs that are limited to practicing reverse engineers but I would love to hear about some. The problem is that as soon as a lot of us step out into the light we tend to bring a good deal of chaos and attention as it's ...


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I don't think anything you do during the private beta will have an influence on how much people vote. Tags, scope, quality standards, yes, but not voting. There is always a lot more voting during the private beta and the very early public beta than later. That's because early on, most everyone around is highly motivated and reads a lot of posts. I don't ...


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Each one of these has its merits and demerits, however I believe that Tag Wikis are a great feature of the site, and can be used very effectively to help new users for general topics and intermediate users for other tougher topics, thus reducing a lot of the noise that may be generated on the site. They are one of the most underused features of the platform (...


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We should follow the network wide policy on link only answers and not try a different approach as the reasoning behind this policy is rather solid (which you yourself have pointed out). Quoting the relevant parts : I think that links are fantastic, but they should never be the only piece of information in your answer. When someone goes on ...


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Yes, questions about software that performs reverse engineering software used for reverse engineering should be allowed. To support the use of software that performs reverse engineering (such as IDA Pro or objdump), I would argue that these questions are valid for the same reasons questions about software development tools are valid on stackoverflow. ...


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No, do not duplicate an already answered SO question unless you need additional information that only the reverse engineering audience can provide. We want to minimize the duplication of content between the sites as much as possible because it is very easy for content to be lost and become out of date.


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This is a massive gray area. When someone is looking for a specific example or piece of code, I would say a gist or pastebin of malicious code (the Java 0day exploit, for example) would be the appropriate method. As far as posting links, especially those known to contain malicious content (even if the content is only plaintext links to malicious code), I ...


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To start things off, the faq should contain : If you have a question about ... software analysis (static or dynamic) disassembly or decompilation hardware analysis and testing tools commonly used for reverse engineering hardware or software hindering reverse engineering efforts and it is not about ... performance evaluation performance testing software ...


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Not everything about malware is on-topic. Questions about reverse engineering malware (figuring out what it does, running it safely, etc.) or about techniques used by malware to make reverse engineering difficult are on-topic. Questions about other aspects of malware, such as how it is spread or how its exploitation components work, are unrelated to ...


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Alright, although I am far from a creative (in the graphics designer sense), I gave it a shot. More than anything we need to advertise out community so I came up with three entries. As I mentioned before, I am not a designer, so don't bludgeon me to death. Please feel free to pick up an idea and "steal" the slogan or aspects of the graphics. WARNING: I ...


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We do not have enough questions about: Hardware reverse-engineering; Malware analysis; Usage of RE tools (IDA is first, which is expected but there are many others). I don't really know how to improve participation for these topics... We have a lot of "wanabee reverser" naive questions, but it seems to be stabilized and under control now (hopefully...). I ...


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On Stack Overflow, I think the singular dominates but there's no agreement. Most newer Stack Exchange sites tend to favor plural tags for countable objects, e.g. compilers, debuggers, reserving the singular for concepts (compilation, debugging). I propose to follow this convention: use the plural for countable nouns. That is what was adopted with near-...


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The example questions proposed on Area 51 are supposed to be questions you would ask on the actual site. Now the site is here, so if you have a question, ask it. I'm not entirely certain why someone might object if the question was inspired by Area 51. The problem with the specific question you cited is that it is vague and incomplete. They just copied the ...


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I personally won't mind seeing any question about understanding "how things work", be it software, hardware, or a natural process. However, I suspect there won't be many biologists here so I don't know if you'll get any useful answers. Doesn't mean you can't try! Maybe there will be some insights that we can offer. One example that just came to mind is the ...


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I don't know of any policy, but here is what I would recommend for this site. If linking to live malware (that is, if you go to a website and your browser is actively attacked) Don't use an actual url. Post the link in plaintext using hxxp or hxxps as opposed to http. Also, any use of this kind of url should have an explicit warning that this link is ...


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As I write, two users can review suggested edits (it comes with the edit privilege at 1000 rep), but they won't see a notification (that comes with the moderator tools privilege at 2000 rep), and only one can review tag wiki suggestions (1500 rep). Don't worry, this number will quickly grow. I see that you're mostly active on graduated sites; the privilege ...


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I wrote a rather lengthy answer to this on meta SO that mentions a canonical answer to this question; I'm just linking to it here for reference and additional context. tl;dr; Just keep promoting and working on the site as you have been, and stop looking at those stats so often. You just launched into public beta, it's really too early to start analyzing ...


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Disallow questions that show no understanding of the system being reverse engineered. To have a chance at reverse engineering something, knowing something about creating similar systems is basically required. The amount of possible beginner-level questions is almost limitless. Allowing them risks making this site more about teaching basics of any engineered ...


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Being a beginner to reverse engineering myself, my opinion on this matter is a little different. I think questions that ask for all or a large number of steps to reverse engineer a system without showing a clear understanding of what they are doing are akin to give me the code questions on Stack Overflow and should hence be closed. We have a special close ...


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