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Topic Challenges III: Return of the Topic

Well, it's been a while. To our new(-er) users, welcome to Topic Challenges. To our old(-er) users, welcome back. In the spirit of improving the site, its questions and the amount of fun and ...
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Editing Offensive / Spam Posts

A rather inappropriate - both by content and value of the contribution - answer was posted on this question this morning. What is the consensus (if there is one) on editing the answer? Would it be ...
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SITE::Scope.resolution->choice(Student.access->block(net))

A new question has again raised the issue of the scope on our site. In this case it's about some possible form of internet blocking affecting the student access to resources. Other questions which we ...
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Is it appropriate to edit out this odd bit of self promotion answering edited into a question?

I recently came across this question. Despite the author of the question needing help automating their grading, they are also apparently an author of an automatic grading platform themselves. The ...
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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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Why was this question re-migrated after Academia refused it?

This question was migrated to Academia, which closed it and rejected the migration. Then, a moderator migrated it a second time. Why migrate it repeatedly? Why not just close it after getting ...
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How to expound something to someone

I've been teaching programming for a while with poor success. I reduced the 3 Normal Forms of relational database structure to 4 short, clear sentences using ordinary words. But for someone to really "...
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Should welcome comments be removed?

On the site, we generally have been trying to add "Welcome" comments to posts by new users to attempt to get them to stick around on the site and contribute more. On the other hand, officially, ...
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The Two Doctrines Truth

I often see a distinction made between teaching school-age people 'Computing' and teaching Computer Science in college or beyond. The attitude about general education teaching seems to be that we can ...
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Equivalence Relation

Many of the questions revolve around imparting correct understanding. Often, even with seemingly good instruction, wrong understanding still occurs. There are particular concepts in CS that cause this ...
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Is question about common mistakes on-topic?

I'm not a CS teacher, but I answer lots of questions from novices on StackOverflow, so I often feel like one. And of course we see lots of repeats of the same beginner mistakes (e.g. initializing a ...
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Requisites, pre- and post

Someone kicked the anthill with the question about touch-typing, which raised the issue of prerequisites, which brings up the concept of a curriculum, which invokes the area of what in the world are ...
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The Curse of the Deadly Serious

I find in my long experience with many SE sites that there is a pervasive attitude of taking everything very literally and seriously. For example, when I write a question or answer on CSE, I certainly ...
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What should we do with “*-choice” questions?

Some of our questions can be categorized as some kind of *-choice question. The most common seems to be language-choice, but one could see the same type of questions asking about any standard teaching ...
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Sitely less technical? Site scope question

The misspelled word in the title is intentional. Is the site's scope still aligned with what was in mind, say, 4-5 months ago? I see more and more questions that are more pedagogy than CS. While the ...
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Merge the two tags: tests and exam

We have two tags: tests and exam. They both have wiki and the discussions there are semantically similar (exam is more complete). These should likely be merged. I suggest (and Gypsy Spellweaver ...
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Tag Assessments should be Tag Assessment

I recommend changing the name of the "assessments" tag to "assessment". I think "assessment" (describes an action) has a very different interpretation than "assessments" (a plural noun describing a ...
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Why do we have the best-practice tag?

The tag best-practice has about 56 questions tagged as such, but I can't see what additional information or categorization this tag provides for any of them. I'd say that any question about "best ...
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What should we do with low quality answers?

Many of the questions on our site are answerable with a sentence or two. Even the most complex questions on our site could be answered in only a couple sentences. Those answers are not very likely to ...
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What should we do about answers in the comments?

"Answer in comments": A comment which is a very short attempt to answer the question or solve the problem. Answers in comments are a very common phenomenon on this site. Some questions have one while ...
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Frame-Challenging Questions on CSEducators

I recently posted a frame-challenging answer to a question, and received an astute comment that I had not actually answered OP's question. "Nay, say I!" I cried out unto the heavens. "This is ...
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Smelly and Pingable people

We have a bot that helps you ping people in the classroom. The command !!/help will provide the following: ...
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Other managed languages beside C# for cross-platform development (on topic?)

Is this on topic? Since virtual machines and hardware have become so smarter and faster lately, that some managed languages have been able to run code almost as fast as equivalent C++ code, I decided ...
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Optimistic Suggestion: topic challenge + site promotion +?

Looking at the visits/day of our site, it can be better. 170 v/d... So, maybe this is a good time to look more closely at promoting our site. I'm not sure how the twitter account is going, and I ...
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Dealing with the inherent subjectivity of CS Education

This recent question made me (once again) think about how we should reconcile Stack Exchange norms and our (inherently subjective) content. We also need to remember that our goal is to help the asker ...
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Creating Community Ads (2018 Edition)

Well, almost a year since our conception and 'tis the season for community ads again! On all graduated sites, there are Community Promotion Ads which provide an opportunity for relevant, useful sites ...
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Subjective list question?

The latest HNQ is, in my eyes, subjective: So, how would you explain the concept of a variable to a 9 year old (the actual question in the post, emphasis mine) This is quite subjective. I see the ...
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Implementing education-level based tagging

This is a continuation of the discussion on this question. At the time of this writing, this answer was highest voted, and so the implementation of it will be discussed here. For reference, here is ...
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Guidance for Site Maintainers

Note that this post will require updates over a day or so to get right. This note will disappear when done. Concept: Some questions require editing to assure usefulness for future visitors Regular ...
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Meta-tagging based on age/grade/course/ability

Notice: Now that we've chosen a proposal, we are discussing implementation as a part of this meta question. Please have any further discussions there. Way back in the early days of our site (well, a ...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, I announced an experiment that would: Turn on the review queue indicator whenever there's a task available in any queue. All queues with at least one task will be marked ...
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The list-nature of [lesson-ideas]

This has been bothering me for quite a long time, but I've had some trouble articulating it. We have already had quite a lot of discussion about list questions, and have historically been fairly ...
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Which is steps of a good dissertation of master's is on-topic or off-topic?

Would like know, if this ask does part of scope community Would like of submit one propose of master's degree, but not know for where begin. Someone could say which are the principles ...
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Am I in the right place here if I teach programming?

I am a software developer in the industry, but one of my secondary functions is training apprenticeship developers on the job. In Germany the apprenticeship is a secondary education that comes after ...
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Let's create a tweet sandbox!

As you might know, we have a Twitter account (@cs_educators), which is currently managed by Peter, one of the pro-tem mods on this site. In the last months, there hasn't been a lot of activity (the ...
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How to make this tool more useful for elementary school computer science teachers

A personal learning network (PLN) such as this board, is a great resource for computer science teachers who may be fairly isolated in their individual school. Here there are great resources for middle ...
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What questions can be asked at CSEducators?

This discussion has the aim of convincing people that we should broaden the range of "acceptable" questions on this site, as distinct from Stack Exchange generally. It will, however, take a while to ...
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How to write Tag Wikis

Tags are keywords or labels that categorize and group your question with other, similar questions. Tags make it easier to filter questions, and to attract experts in the field related to your ...
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an [advanced-programming] question

Strolling around the tags page, I found advanced-programming. It has one question, from our earliest days: What are good projects for metaprogramming? I might be misunderstanding things, but the tag ...
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Informational resouce requests

What is the difference between resource-request and resource-information? In theory, any answer to a resource-request question would include information about that resource, so why do we have two tags?...
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Topic Challenge #2 Winner and Challenge 3 Voting!

Our challenge of Topic Challenge #02: Being Selfish has received 2 entries: Strategies for self-learners to transition into working on larger projects - 177 points! Attempting to prevent learning of ...
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Re-open/move closed question

This question was closed as not appropriate to the site. I agree with that. But I think it is appropriate to academia.stackexchange.com. I started to cast a re-open vote but that looks boolean & ...
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Development Environments used in Education

This post is experimental and may disappear. It is in progress and will change Development Environments useful for educators Java Eclipse is a full featured development environment. It is open ...
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Organizations for CS Educators

This post is an experiment. It may disappear Organizations for Educators SIGCSE SIGCSE is the Special Interest Group for CS Educators within the ACM. Membership is inexpensive. SIGCSE and associated ...
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Mailing Lists for Educators

This post is an experiment. It may disappear Mailing lists for Educators SIGCSE SIGCSE members are subscribed to both an information distribution list and a discussion list. APCS The College Board ...
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Useful Resources for CS Educators (Index)

This post is an experiment - it may disappear. It is also in process and will be updated frequently. This is an index to other posts that detail useful resources of various kinds Mailing Lists ...
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Are questions asking for recommendations on which educational program to choose off-topic?

I recently encountered this question: Studying Computer Science Remotely Through Reputable University It's a fairly detailed question basically asking for a recommendation for a university program. ...
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Long Form writing for CS Educators. Is a Blog possible?

I have just written a long meta post that I'm told doesn't really belong here. I agree, but think something like it belongs somewhere if we are to really service educators. What doesn't work. ...
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Is it necessary for a student to be able to map concepts in a language to some lower level concepts? [closed]

This is, I think, an experiment with this forum. It feels like a meta discussion to me, rather than a true question for the main site. It also gives me an opportunity to state some things about my ...
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Topic Challenge #02: Being Selfish

(I'd like to give a special thanks to ItamarG3 for his help writing up this challenge. Please give him a round of applause, everyone!) "In case of emergency, air masks will drop from the ceiling. ...