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How can we quickly describe our site? [duplicate]

If you browse through the scope tag here on meta, you'll see that our scope might not be entirely obvious from the site title. When we open to the public, though, it's really important that we can ...
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What should the AI.SE Site Description be?

Per Moderator @BenN's request in this thread to change the site description, we need to open a new thread and vote on new suggestions. Please propose site description texts exactly as past users did ...
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Are all questions asked on stats and data science SE also on topic here?

Are all questions asked on stats and data science SE also on topic here? Or is there some rule such as (on-topic in stats or data science SE implies off-topic here)? Data science and the stats SE ...
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A friendly reminder that this site comes from the Science category

You can see that here. However, most of the questions here feel rather more on the technological side of artificial intelligence. Those questions are on-topic on Data Science. That site was created as ...
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What topics can I ask about here?

What should we have in Help Center > Asking section regarding What topics can I ask about here? For example Stats SE has this: CrossValidated is for statisticians, data miners, and anyone else ...
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What should be on-topic, modelling or implementation, or anything else?

At one point I thought I got it, but then I lost again. Few highlights: https://ai.meta.stackexchange.com/a/46 modeling belongs to Data Science SE I think the site should be interested in ...
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Is asking about AI algorithms or frameworks recommendation on-topic?

Few examples: https://ai.stackexchange.com/q/209/8 What genetic algorithm designs are there that includes models of epigenetics? https://ai.stackexchange.com/q/181/8 What are good APIs out there for (...
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Technical questions are not getting closed

Technical/mathematical/implementation questions are off-topic. However, many of them are not getting closed. E.g., here are the most recent close votes I cast on the grounds the questions were ...
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What kind of experts are we trying to attract?

A core goal of the private beta is to generate high-quality content that will attract experts. We are also given the opportunity to invite experts by email to the private beta. My question is simple: ...
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The description of the site seems incorrect

The site is described as "For people interested in conceptual questions about life and challenges in a world where "cognitive" functions can be mimicked in purely digital environment." However, this ...
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On-topic and off-topic pages need to be clarified

I think this website is good for: Clarifying/explaining/discussing theoretical AI concepts (including concepts described in AI research papers, books, etc.), notation and terminology Discussing ...
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What should the on-topic page look like?

Similarly to What should the AI.SE Site Description be? and after the discussions On-topic and off-topic pages need to be clarified and Who decides and writes the on-topic and off-topic pages?, I ...
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How to distinguish between 'programming' and 'conceptual' questions?

There's been some comment discussion as to whether a couple of questions e.g. this one and this one have been on topic. In my opinion: We should take care not to readily dismiss technical questions ...
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How should non-fact-based answers be handled?

Since this site is more subjective than some, we occasionally get answers that are solely based on personal opinion or make claims with no justification/references. Even subjective questions should ...
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What kind of implementation questions should be off-topic?

It was suggested that: "implementation problems" be explicitly listed as outside the scope of this site Can we clarify what this could mean? Some example would be useful. @InquisitiveLurker ...
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On the management of tags on this website

In this long post, I will describe a few issues associated with tags that I believe should be solved. Feel free to add your opinions regarding the issues or specific tags (or feel free to edit this ...
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What is in scope under the “implementation of machine learning” exclusion?

Some implementation questions like this one and this one are not about Machine Learning. They are getting closed anyway, as the actual topic would rather be on another SE site. I wonder if the "...
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Is it time to modify our site guidelines?

We've been informally allowing ML implementation questions, software & hardware evaluation questions, and the scope of the humanities side of the field has expanded also... My sense is, the ...
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What should we do regarding extremely similar questions or duplicates?

The following questions are extremely similar https://ai.stackexchange.com/q/8641/2444 Closed as a duplicate of What kind of education is required for researchers in AI? and then deleted, as the ...
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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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Welcome to public beta!

As you may have noticed from the Beta badge being awarded, privilege thresholds being adjusted, and the Area 51 proposal status being updated, we are now in public beta! This is a really special ...
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On the importance of regularly voting

Similarly to On the importance of descriptive and informative titles for posts, in this post, I will motivate the importance of regularly voting (both upvoting and downvoting). Since I've been elected ...
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Can I steal a question from a closed site?

Can I ask questions that were asked on the closed site as my own? What if I give attribution?
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On the importance of descriptive and informative titles for posts

I have been editing many posts in order to correct language mistakes, clarify the post and question, and to make the titles as much descriptive of the actual problem or question as possible. In this ...
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What about a question that can be a reference for beginners?

Mathematica has a question that is very useful for beginners: What are the most common pitfalls awaiting new users? For me as a beginner who wants to use artificial intelligence applications in ...
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Can questions of programming AI/NN frameworks be on-topic?

By AI programming, I mean somebody asks how to solve programming issue which deals with AI logic specifically, e.g. Why does my NN not classify these tic tac toe pattern correctly? The above example ...
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Why aren't implementation based questions welcome on this stack?

I've seen many times questions get asked to find another stack (usually Data-Science or Cross-Validated) because they're focused on either implementation or coding specific questions which are clearly ...
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Should the tags resource-request and reference-request be merged?

It's been a while since asking for specific datasets, libraries/APIs and pre-trained models is off-topic here, as it is explicitly stated in our on-topic page. However, we still have tag resource-...
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Something new coming to the Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange

Earlier this year we announced a "site sponsorship" program aimed at bringing in industry and project-team leaders to help support these sites. A lot of your questions about this program can ...
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Are we too fast downvoting questions, especially for newcomers?

I've been active on several different SE sites during the last years and I haven't seen any other community that's so fast with downvoting questions, especially without providing helpful comments. I ...
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13 out of the 15 questions on the front page right now are -1 or lower score: This site needs a broader scope or it's doomed

I came to ask a basic fundamental question about AI: In a neural network when inputting nerve input to sense a 2D environment, how do you differentiate two types of objects so the neural network can ...
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How do we promote this site?

Besides being "one of the 7 meta questions every site should ask", it's just plain important. An "AI Stackexchange" site has been tried before, at least once, and possibly a few times. And in the ...
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Upcoming change in moderators

As some have noticed, recently I haven't been able to spend as much time on AI.SE as I did earlier in the site's life. A lot has changed since then; our site specifically has grown and improved a lot. ...
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What is “on-topic” regarding Reinforcement Learning questions?

I was quite surprised to see this question migrated from AI Stack Exchange to Data Science: https://datascience.stackexchange.com/questions/39279/dqn-cannot-learn-or-converge There are two reasons ...
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What should we do about programming resource recommendation questions?

I'm noticing that we get quite a few questions asking for recommendations of programming languages or libraries. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that wordsmithing our site description or help center will ...
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How can you help our site and community?

There are different ways to help the community and the site, apart from asking interesting questions that nobody has yet asked (have a look at this post, which gives you some information about what a ...
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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed in 2017, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that one of the current mods — Ben N — is stepping down from their moderator ...
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Should philosophical questions related to AI be on-topic?

For example: Why would an AI need to 'wipe out the human race'? There is already the website for philosophical question, however here we can have more direct answers from the AI experts. ...
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Have we brought something new to the network?

At the beginning we were worried that this site won't provide anything useful. Is that still the case? As @Ben mentioned: Right now, the default state is fail unless we can show SE that we bring ...
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How Do We Encourage More “Non-Speculative” Questions?

I'm getting tired of this site. It's supposed to be a factual site about software development and stuff. But 90% of the questions are sci-fi/fantasy questions like "If AI becomes sentient.......". The ...
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Should we expand Ai guidelines to include “History of AI Theory”?

This suggestion came from a comment on another thread, but I thought it was worthy of it's own meta question, so people can vote on and discuss it. Here is the full comment: "I came across the ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Note: This post is (nearly) identical to this one on Language Learning.SE. I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "...
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Can we send messages to young researchers who have recently published papers in artificial intelligence related journals during the private beta?

During the private beta we have the opportunity to send Emails via stack exchange: And because stackexchange is already well-known on the net, it is more probable that our invitation will be read and ...
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How this site is different from Cross Validated?

We've this old thread at Area 51 (related to older site proposal which failed): How is this proposal different from Cross Validated? In general accepted post says: First of all, artificial ...
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Do we want easy technical questions?

I was clicking around and wanted to post a question. Started doing research to be able to ask an interesting one that I have in mind, and, well: Avoid “easy” questions It’s tempting to start with ...
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Please welcome your new pro tem mod!

I'm Pops, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. Though it saddens me to say it, one of your moderators has decided it's time to step down. Fortunately for you, one of your fellow AI Stackers has ...
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Should the [deep-network] tag be replaced by [deep-learning]?

The latter is the canonical way to refer to the field, and its unclear when, if ever, [deep-network] would be preferable. Its a small change, but it'd help avoid very odd sounding questions like "What ...
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Natural language processing tags

Which of the following tags you can suggest to merge or remove? nlp computational-linguistics natural-language (deleted) lexical-recognition language-processing (deleted) grammar-induction pattern-...
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When will we exactly graduate?

I have read this blog post When Will My Site Graduate?. The author states At 90 days into beta, we're supposed to evaluate each Area 51 beta site and either “pass” or “fail” them as full Stack ...
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Would my question about the “gradient descent” algorithm be considered off-topic?

This is my question about a very common problem faced while training several data science and AI algorithms, and most importantly while backpropogating errors in neural networks, which is getting ...