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Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because they have shown a huge amount of dedication to this site from the moment we got to a private beta and presumably before. From writing template emails to send to promote the site (and sending at least 20) to asking and answering the most questions of anyone on this site, Ben I. has shown dedication to this ...


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Teaching about the field of computer science is also a part of teaching computer science, so I have no problem with it. It is also not that dissimilar from this question, so I think that we've already demonstrated some community acceptance of this kind of coverage on the site.


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Spread the word. You need more users, not questions. Simply having the same people ask more questions is not sustainable and not a solution for giving the appearance of organic growth. You need more users. This site is running into two huge issues: Low Turnout Less than half the people committed to the proposal showed up on the actual site. Massive Voter ...


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Notes: Peter would be a good choice because he has been active in the community, working to build it using Twitter. He's been active on the main site, and on Meta, asking and answering questions. His community views seem to be well centered and level-headed. He doesn't force his opinions on others, and defers to the needs of the community. He will be good ...


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I'm afraid I don't really understand the question. we should change the site name (if enough interest) to something that appeals to all users interested in Comp Science, not just the teachers. This site is meant for the teachers, and is therefore meant to be primarily interesting to teachers. For general questions about Computer Science, please vist ...


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There's a notable difference between a question that can be answered definitively with and element of opinion and hard-earned experience, and one that can only be discussed and explored through the debate itself. See Good Subjective, Bad Subjective The question you cited is one of the longest-running, most contentious debates in programming (which ...


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I may be biased as the asker of one of those questions, but if my goal is to teach about stack frames in function calls in order to set the stage for buffer overflow attacks, there are huge implications to choosing some sort of assembly language vs choosing C, and while either language can be used quite effectively, there are some real tradeoffs to consider. ...


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While I like the idea of soliciting help for finding examples, I think this particular example would fall under the category of "too broad." As I see it, this relates to our lesson plan review thread. It could just be as simple as providing more context; the question itself is not inherently problematic. I'd just want to know things like: Is the goal game ...


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In order to remain consistent with other Stack Exchange sites, the best name for this tag is object-oriented. This is the tag name used at: Software Engineering Computer Science Theoretical Computer Science Stack Overflow also has object-oriented as a synonym of oop. By the principle of least astonishment, it makes sense to use the same tag name as the ...


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Notes: Hi Everyone! I've decided to self-nominate because I think that I'd do a good job of cleaning up low quality content, promoting and advocating for the site, and still being an active user in terms of Q&A. I have experience in moderating content on Stack Overflow with 334 reviews in the triage queue. I love to help new users get acclimated to the ...


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Resource recommendation questions can be very useful, and are good for the community to have (I'm thinking of Physics.SE in particular here), but there needs to be an accompanying policy. I think Physics.SE's policy is ideal - not only must a link or title be provided, but an explanation of why the resource is ideal is important as well. I would suggest ...


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The best approach I've found is (at first) to do nothing… not until you establish pattern of problems that regularly show up in actual practice. You may want to fill in a line or two that describes your subject space, but let the participants use the site intuitively before you start enumerating a lot of rule discussions with rare (and often hypothetical) ...


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I'm a little perplexed by this topic. The fact that we even made it to private beta says quite a bit about the number of people interested in the site. We are merely scratching the surface right now of what this community can become. I also don't think "open and broad" is a goal; we want focused, researched, objective, and precise. That's great that you are ...


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I'm all for it so long as there's precise feedback being requested. I envision acceptable topics being something like the following: "I have planned a conceptual lesson on pointers, but I'm looking for a simple, clear code example to demonstrate their use in C." "What real world examples can I use in my lesson on arrays to reinforce the concept that ...


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I love Jim Belk's answer. Here's my reworking of his answer for our needs: Questions about computer science itself would almost always be better answered on CS Stack Exchange. However, regarding questions that are more about pedagogy, they would be welcomed here. Jim says, "as a self learner, part of your job is to design a curriculum for yourself, ...


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Timing might be a bit of an issue too... Summer vacations are starting on the northern hemisphere, this is not the time CS teachers are actively looking online for good lesson ideas. Still, might be a good idea to spread the word at schools. Summer holiday also means teachers have more time on their hands.


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We can encourage the new users who do make it here by voting, or helping them improve their content. The site is not the same as may other places that people are used to online, and getting past the initial learning experience is a little tricky. Just to clarify with some numbers... 200 rep is counted as the threshold of an engaged user, 500 rep will be ...


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Just some thoughts: I just found out about this site today via a HNQ and I already like it =) I'd never heard of this site. Now granted, there are a bajillion sites (it feels like) on the SE network, but for example, I'm over on Physics.SE, and I've been there for over a year, I've heard of the math educators site, but not this one. So: community ads on all ...


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After some reflection I have decided to volunteer for a position as Moderator Pro Tempore for Computer Science Educators. I recognize that with the time gap between my instructional experiences and the present, that many of my methods are now considered "outdated." As such I envision my level of activity on this site will remain light. Though under the ...


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In my ideal world, we would tweet once a day with either the top-voted question of the day, or some other thought-provoking (or funny) CS Educators statement. At the beginning, we can slowly run through the questions that we've built up.


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My instinct is that the meta discussion that Aurora pointed to is spot-on. As long as the comment is about the “process of teaching or learning mathematics computer science” (with the key word there being process), then I believe that such a question would be welcomed by the community here. Truthfully, as a teacher, I could certainly learn from such a ...


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Teachers and administrators frequently have to explain to parents exactly what it is they're teaching or want to teach and in some cases are forced to justify their in class choices to parents. Likewise I know plenty of students who've had to explain to parents what it is I was teaching so that the parents saw it of equal or greater value than alternatives (...


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Since the purpose of the room is to offer guidance to users when they need it, and a scholastic environment theme is developing for our site, I suggest that we name this room the Guidance Office.


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I don't see anything wrong with interdisciplinary questions; in fact, I rather like them. However, I'm not too much of a fan of near-identical questions that just change the age range, unless there's a specific reason to separate the age ranges. A more specific topic to link with a different discipline (e.g. modelling cell growth with computing) would ...


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To answer the 'how are they added' question: A mod goes to https://cseducators.stackexchange.com/admin/flags/close-as-off-topic, adds a new reason, and a different mod approves it. To respond to your specific request: ...no, I'd say that's a bad idea. Here's what a <500 rep user sees when going to flag as off topic: Someone who can VTC should see ...


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There should be no rush to accept an answer within a few hours. Unless the answer is definitive, waiting 12 hours or so gives more people encouragement to contribute.


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I'd be inclined to start with "coarse-grained" tags like web-development. I think if we generally get those tags right the needed "fine-grained" tags will emerge.


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