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Updates to the on-topic page (4/23/2020)

We've had a recent spam attack that resulted in an overwhelming number of links to medium articles, blogs, and other unreliable information sources. (We're asking users to be extra vigilant until we ...
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Are we still sponsored by AWS?

After Empty 'SPONSORED BY' label under top bar - AWS logo not shown, the "sponsored by" has completely disappeared from the site. Are we still sponsored by AWS or anyone?
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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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Which questions related to cognitive science are on-topic?

Artificial intelligence is very related to cognitive science, but which questions related to cognitive science should be on- or off-topic here? Which questions are more appropriate for our site and ...
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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 should the new description of the site be?

More than one year ago, a question was asked here in order to define the new description for our site What should the AI.SE Site Description be?. I think it's time to possibly revise the description ...
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Data mining or machine learning

As part of comment In one of my posts or flaggings, I mentioned machine learning instead of data mining. There is no excuse for my wrong posting or flagging. Is this the reason that my posts are no ...
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Computer Vision as an Independent site on Stack Exchange

Having a look at different sites of Stack Exchage, it feels like Computer Vision page is really missing! There obviously exists almost relevant pages, such as AI, Robotics, Signal Processing, ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Artificial Intelligence's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Is code on or off topic?

There seems to be a disconnect on the 'Tour' page about what is and isn't on topic here. Quoting directly from the about text (emphasis mine): Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange is a question ...
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Are bots used for spam filtering in SE.AI currently?

In stack overflow there is a couple community bots that aims to help moderation by automatically flagging posts with the stack exchange API, like this. Is bots like this used in artificial ...
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2019: 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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List of exemplary questions on AI theory

The purpose of this post is to compile lists of exemplary question that can be used to promote SE:AI to the wider AI research and engineering community on the internet. Stack provides a unique ...
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Guidelines for Answer Deletion

In addition to closing poor questions, the issue of deletion of extremely poor answers has been raised, so I'm posting to solicit a conversation on guidelines for deleting answers. 1. Off-topic ...
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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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Should hardware used in ML/AI on topic?

I think it would be useful to allow questions on hardware, since we're the general AI forum, and this is relevant. (In other words, it's better to have AI-specific hardware questions asked here, b/...
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Are hardware-related questions on topic?

The question What kind of hardware and software are required to build an AI system? asks for hardware recommendations. However, there exists already a site, namely https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange....
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 17, 2020 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the ...
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Do we need the tag 'concepts'?

Similarly to the question Do we really need the tag ai-basics?, do we really need the tag concepts? The current description of the tag is Use for broad questions on the concepts used in AI and ...
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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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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 differentiates us from other similar websites?

The topics of our website highly overlap with the topics of CrossValidated and Data Science, but also with the topics of Computer Science SE, Stack Overflow and Philosophy SE (in fact, they even have ...
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Is career advice related to academics off-topic?

I'm aware that this topic has been discussed before, and didn't have much support, but I think it's worth at least a revisit, even only if to confirm the current status. Is career advice be off-topic ...
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The tags long-short-term-memory and lstm should be synonyms

There are the tags lstm and long-short-term-memory, but they are not marked as synonyms. Of course, the questions associated with one tag should be merged with the questions associated with the other ...
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We should rename the tag predicting-ai-milestones to simply ai-milestones

There's the tag predicting-ai-milestones, but I think it should simply be called ai-milestones because it is more general and also includes all questions that could be tagged with the first. For ...
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What are the main problems of our Stack? What could we be doing better to grow?

Essentially, what are your thoughts on what we need to be doing, doing better, or not doing, to grow the Stack? (This topic may have been covered in the past, but I wanted to open a new thread to ...
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Do we really need the tag ai-basics?

Do we really need the tag ai-basics? The description of the tag ai-basics says Use for basic, fundamental questions about AI theory or practice. (i.e. design, application, implementation, ...
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On reference and resource requests

There are at least two tags that are related to requests: reference-request and resource-request. The current description of the former is Use this tag when requesting examples of research or links ...
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Should we convert this NN cheat-sheet Q&A to a community Wiki?

Wanted to put it to the community before I took any action. John Doucette suggested it and I think it's a good idea! What are all the different kinds of Neural Networks used for? PS Here's the ...
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How should we deal with questions that have a high probability of an unethical use case?

I am referring to this question. The author asks if there exists a possibility to create deepfake-videos on a low-end PC. On the one hand, I want to assume the best in people and therefore do not ...
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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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Popular Questions

One of the persistent deficiencies of our Stack is low voting participation. This is the area we most need to improve. Our Q&A is an informal peer review, that ultimately looks to crowdsource ...
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Regarding downvoting answers

In this website as far as I know we are allowed to down vote any answer or question by losing 1 rep. The problem with this system is that people with bad ethics can answer a question and down vote the ...
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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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The current description of ai-design might be too restrictive

Currently, the description of the tag ai-design is For questions related to successful or novel designing standards and procedures of Artificially Intelligent agents. However, there are questions ...
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Which tag should be used for questions that will lead to speculative answers?

I have noticed that there are a lot of questions on this website that will lead to primarily opinion-based or speculative answers. However, on this website, we also allow philosophical questions. ...
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Tags artificial-consciousness and self-awareness should be merged

The only difference between artificial-consciousness and self-awareness is that the former is "restricted to engineered artifacts", so I think these tags should be merged and only the tag artificial-...
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Why do need the tag sentience if we already have artificial-consciousness and emotional-intelligence?

I believe that the tag sentience is not necessary given that we already have artificial-consciousness and emotional-intelligence. A sentient AI is an an AI that perceives or feels (according to the ...
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Flagging a question to be closed as off-topic should offer more options

Currently, when you flag a question as off-topic, you cannot specify which other SE website it should belong to. I think we should at least have the option to specify that it can belong to Data ...
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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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Why aren't too broad questions closed?

The following post https://ai.stackexchange.com/q/7079/2444 asks more than $6$ questions, which are quite unrelated to each other. Shouldn't this type of posts be closed as too broad? According to One ...
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Recommending Course Certifications

I voted this questionn as off topic. Now, ignoring the fact whether it is off topic or not one of the answer by @AlenParker provides link to some courses, all of which are offered in a profit based ...
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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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Trusted Contributors - what is your feeling on answers like this?

https://ai.stackexchange.com/a/12722/1671 Essentially it's a cut and paste of an article posted on an presumable for-profit AI education site/venture: https://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2019/01/...
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Illegal access of documents?

In this question (check edit history) you can clearly see the author hosting a IEEE journal paper on a document hosting site (the IEEE links are also provided). Normally, the document should not be ...
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New Tag Ant Colony

A new tag ant-colony has been introduced. I see 2 problems here: The name should have been ant-colony-optimization The tag <...
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Duplicate questions answered

Just found something immensely interesting on ai.SE. First Question Second Question:) Both the questions are identical. They are not just duplicate questions rephrasing eachother, they are ...
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Do we care if people reference their Quora answers in a Stack Answer?

Opening this Meta to solicit opinions. (I'll put my own in a separate answer.) Is referencing a Quora question materially different than referencing one's blog? Should this be addressed by voting, ...
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Reputation should also be used to downvote

Recently, there have been several low quality questions, with respect to the topics of this website. For example https://ai.stackexchange.com/q/11951/2444 (deleted) https://ai.stackexchange.com/q/...