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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. ...
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Site promotion needs to be, well, promoted

So, I think we missed an opportunity. Wouldn't this have been a good place to promote the site (I look for something that says we can't or cannot, so I have no idea whether it would have been allowed ...
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Topic Challenge 1 Winner and Challenge 2 Voting!

The winner of our first question challenge, The Review Spew, was ItamarG3's question, the Order of Subjects in Beginner's Curriculum. And the winning answer was iFrame for The order of subjects in ...
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Off topic reasons - How are they added (with specific request to add a specific one)

We have 3 off topic close reasons: the defaults (migration, "off topic as described in the help center" and other). Great. But, some new users might try to ask questions that have nothing to do with ...
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Standardizing specific tags

We have the triview1 (these), which have a specific format. This question is about the effectiveness of defining a structure for questions with specific tags (like the whatnot-review tags). I have a ...
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The abstract-first? War

There is a question on the table in CSE about how to introduce ideas: abstract / high-level first, or concrete / low-level first. (Mixing them is right out.) There are several ways to address it: ...
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How should we treat list questions?

Questions have been voted down, put on hold, or closed for being "list questions" without an objective answer. I think this is a problem, for a few reasons: The rule is inconsistently applied. This ...
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Should we invite book reviews in Q&A?

Would it make sense to make book reviews on topic? I've read some books of interest to the CS educator community but don't know anywhere good to share my thoughts on them. The SIGCSE publication ...
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What criteria should be used to judge questions as they are asked

When a question is asked, the mods and folks in the classroom and guidance office make judgements about it. Is this a good question? Some criteria are used to give advice to OPs and even to close ...
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Fixing the [abstraction] and [program-structure] Tags

Problematic tags: I think abstraction and program-structure are being applied in inconsistent, maybe incorrect ways. I'm having trouble thinking of descriptive text that will include the already-...
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Are teachers bad at asking questions?

Since joining this site about a month ago, I often see a lot of debate over "what is the question about?" and the manner and wording of questions, especially mine, ahem. For example, the comments to ...
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Topic Challenge #01: the Review Spew

“The time has come,” the Meta said, “To speak of many things; Of Challenges, of brand new tags Of S.E. shirts as bling. And why some lesson didn’t work And making worksheets zing.” &...
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Topic Challenges

We need more questions It's been pointed out by numerous people on many occasions that we need more questions. The graph of questions per week over time has remained almost flat, but despite that, ...
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What are common terms used in education in different countries?

There are regional/national differences in the use of some words, which can cause confusion. In the US, a 'course' is a single graded item on a transcript, it could be a week long or a term / semester....
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What does a new member need to know on this site?

As a newcomer here, not knowing the culture, it is easy to make some mistakes. Due to the complexity of the site it is also sometimes difficult to find the information you need when you need it. This "...
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The Question Sandbox

This question should serve as a sandbox for in-progress questions. Any question submitted here will automagically be shown in the Guidance Office. We need this space because it's hard to actually work ...
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Suggesting 'misconception' tag

I don't have sufficient rep to add tags... I suggest misconceptions or alternative-conceptions for questions I've posed: ...
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Questions to collect interdisciplinary content?

Are these sort of questions useful? If so, what should be a couple of ways we pilot them to gauge what should be tweaked in the wording or age-domain boundaries? Are labels and a different type of ...
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We need a name for our secondary chat room

Now that we have a new name for our primary chat room, The Classroom, we need a name for the permanent chat room we have for helping users refine questions. This is where we can direct users, ...
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Introducing the new tags, [curriculum-review], [lesson-review] and [materials-review]!

Quick note that I will delete in a few days: This is a proposed question guide. At some point, I will make a second posting of this to be converted to a community wiki. This page is for feedback ...
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Let's name our main room!

When our site was created, we were given a main chat room. Just like all the other sites, we were given the default name, which is the same name as our site name: "Computer Science Educators". On ...
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Site scope thoughts

As we continue through our public beta phase, site definition remains rather important. The decisions made in the next few weeks will guide the site for a long time to come. They will also help us ...
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The looping tag

I don't think the looping tag should be called that. I think one of two things should happen: It should be renamed to loops which fits with, for example, Stack Overflow, and just seems more ...
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Making the help center more helpful

We previously discussed the possibility of updating the help center here. Since we can do it, and we have mods who will do it, what do we want to put in there? When drafting new sections, feel free ...
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Two answers for one question

In reviewing the answers to How can I show the value of best practices? I developed, and wrote up, an answer that I think is good. Which isn't saying that the other answers are not. Then, when I went ...
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Please welcome your pro tem moderators!

First off, thanks to everyone who participated at the unofficial moderator nominations meta post! Throughout the beta, we need members from this site whose focus is to engage the community, both in ...
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Area 51 Statistics

Let's go through this from best to worst: 100% answered - excellent: Need I say more? We've answered every question. Around 4.2 answers a question - excellent. So we're kind of rocking the answers. ...
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Adding education level tags? [duplicate]

In browsing the site today I noticed a number of questions where the first comment was "what level of education" (or similar). We should add tags to help answer that question and further categorize ...
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What is the [student-motivation] for real [engagement]?

I realize that getting the students motivated to learn the subject is often a problem. Even more so when sections of the class can become dry. Students who rapidly grasp some of the concepts can be ...
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Introducing… the [introductory-programming] tag cleanup!

The idea of teaching programming to beginners in pretty simple. But it's the simplest ideas that are most heavily abused. In that spirit, I think we need to monitor the most used tag on the site: ...
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Teaching (parents) with no intention to do programming themselves

This time, we have this question. I'll save you the trouble of clicking the link and tell you that the question is about teaching parents what code is. The question is not like others we have had ...
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Teachers: share your knowledge

Occasionally, there are crazy question-answer ratios because of users who mostly answer questions - these people obviously have tons of knowledge they can share. With this in mind, since we want to ...
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A student on the educators site

I'm a student, and I'd like to ask a question of CS educators - where I can take online courses that are on the cheaper side of things and will (probably) be able to go on my transcript. This leads to ...
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Retagging: Getting the Group Together

Tag proposal number 3: Change group-assignment to group-work Upvote if you agree, downvote if you disagree, or answer if there are additional considerations.
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Retagging: Coding style? Conventions? Practices?

Tag proposal number 2: Merge code-style and coding-conventions into coding-style Upvote if you agree, downvote if you disagree, or answer if there are additional considerations.
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Retagging: Comparisons, analogies, and examples, *oh my!*

Tag proposal number 1: Change teaching-analogy to examples, in line with matheducators Upvote if you agree, downvote if you disagree, or answer if there are additional considerations.
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A dedicated room in chat for lesson-ideas and curriculum-design

At his point we have 20 questions tagged lesson-ideas. 4 have accepted answers, and only 2 are on the unanswered tab. We also have 17 questions tagged curriculum-design. 3 of which have accepted ...
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Help center might need a few additions

Now that we're in public beta, it might be a good time to think about expanding parts of the help center. For example the what's on topic page isn't as helpful to new users as it can be. ...
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Tag proposals #1 [closed]

Some of these I agree with, some I disagree with, but they came up in chat recently, so I am putting them here: Change teaching-analogy to examples, in line with matheducators Merge code-style and ...
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Are resource requests on-topic?

On the main StackOverflow site, the on-topic help states: Questions asking us to recommend or find a book, tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Stack ...
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CSEd.SE and CSTA

To what extent should the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), a US-based professional organization for computer science educators, inform what is on-topic in this community? ...
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Question about IDE features

After looking at the comments and the votes, I believe that this question warrants a discussion. As I don't want to preference my own thinking above others in the community, I'll put my thoughts in ...
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Questions that don't have one answer

This isn't really specific to this board, but Stack Exchange in general. Are all questions expected to eventually have one response tagged as the answer? What about cases where there are several ...
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Site scope refinement: internet safety

I more or less accept this question is off topic: https://cseducators.stackexchange.com/questions/461/teach-children-living-in-the-online-society In the question's defense: I asked about websites, ...
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Broad tags make it difficult to write a good wiki

We currently have 3 pages of tags. Some of them have a wiki, some don't. However, some are (as I find it) difficult to describe well in a tag wiki. Examples are security (It is not so clear what ...
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Site scope refinement: high level student problem

We have a question that has attracted a few close votes. I don't know all the voters' reasons for that, but one comment suggests one possibility: Nothing about your question seems specific to CS. ...
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How We Use Twitter

As some of you may be aware, we started a Twitter account to promote the site this past weekend: @cs_educators. I am currently managing it, but I would love your input on how we use it: I want it to ...
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Voting on questions

I have noticed that we have a few questions with more answers than up votes. Seems to me that if the question is good enough to take the time to write an answer, that it's probably also good enough ...
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Creating Community Ads

I've created this post to track our community ads as they appear on other sites. The answers can be used for proposing new designs, the highest voted one will go on other sites (manually edited in ...
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Can this site succeed? — encouraging more users and questions

What can we do to encourage more users to ask more questions? There are so many great ones sitting in our proposal waiting to be asked. The definition phase brought up some great topics that could be ...