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OR.SE ribbons for INFORMS badges!

We are going to have OR.SE ribbons to attach to INFORMS badges! (You know -- this sort of thing: They'll be available in the registration area, along with all the other ribbons, and will be self-...
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What should be on OR.SE business cards for INFORMS?

As I mentioned in this post, SE has offered to print some business cards that we can hand out at INFORMS to promote the site. The front of the card will have the site name and a QR code that links to ...
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Is this page coordinated at all with OR-Exchange?

I know there's another Operations Research StackExchange like site: https://www.or-exchange.org Do we know how this site will differ from that? Is that considered a related effort/are there ways to ...
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OR.SE Meetup at INFORMS?

Separate from the issue of promoting OR.SE at INFORMS, I wanted to ask: Do we want to organize some sort of meetup at INFORMS? This is not something that SE would sponsor or support financially, so ...
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Update: OR.SE at INFORMS

I heard back from an SE staff member about getting some swag to hand out at INFORMS. (See OR.SE presence at INFORMS?) In a nutshell: There's a chance we can get some StackExchange-branded swag—...
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Can I answer my own Question?

Suppose that I asked a question and after a while (In the light of some received answers) I found an exact solution to the question. Is it possible then to write an answer to my own question for the ...
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New stuff on Meta!

We've reorganized some of the help-related material on Meta and other areas of OR.SE. In particular: We have a new "what can I ask?" page that is specific to OR.SE instead of generic We have created ...
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How should I ask for help with my OR model?

I want to ask for some help with my OR model. What guidance is available to me for doing so?
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Can I ask a homework question on OR.SE?

Am I allowed to ask homework questions on OR.SE? If so, what guidance is available for writing a good question about homework?
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Operations Research's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be appointed as moderators shortly—please thank ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 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 it ok to use the tag wiki excerpts and descriptions of other SE sites?

The title should say it all, but for clarity, I'm wondering what the community thinks about this. Is it acceptable to copy the description of a tag from another SE's site and if so, do we need to cite ...
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OR.SE presence at INFORMS?

Should Stack Exchange support an OR.SE presence at INFORMS Seattle this fall? I think having a presence at INFORMS will go a long way toward increasing awareness of OR.SE among the OR community, and ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election [duplicate]

Summary: Operations Research Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on July 29 to bring in your three inaugural pro-tem moderators. For full details of the process, see ...
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How do we handle advertisement?

You may have seen that answers (sometimes necessarily?) refer to commercial products. I think that such answers can be OK, however, I also find that a good answer should refer to a spectrum of ...
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Drafting our “What can I ask?” page

Our What topics can I ask about here? page in the Help Center currently contains minimal, boilerplate info. It's probably time for us to start customizing it. My answer below contains a proposed ...
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How to handle the “only local content” policy in particular cases?

I've been responding to Counter-intuitive results in OR with a reference to Greenberg's "Myth and counter-examples in OR", and the answer has been deleted by Robert Caitano. Tough I understand the "...
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Avoid usage of non-permanent URLs to reference papers

Various posts or or.stackexchange contain urls to reference papers, e.g.:Usages of logarithmic mean in optimization Problem is that these URLs can change, and without a reference to the author/title/...
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What is a minimal, reproducible example (reprex), and how do I write one?

I have been asked to write a minimal, reproducible example (reprex). What is that, and how do I write one?
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What is the “People” tag?

There has been one use of the people tag. It currently has zero watchers. That one question seems to solicit answers with parent-child pairs that both work(ed) in Operations Research. What is this ...
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What are the requirements to get out of beta?

To celebrate making it to public beta, I’m of course asking a question about leaving public beta. What are the requirements to clear the beta phase entirely? What targets should we as a community ...
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We're in public beta!

That means: We will be listed on the main SE page Our Q&A will be Googleable What else?
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Revisiting whether non-OR questions about OR software should be on topic

In this post on meta, I suggested that programming-related questions should be on topic, provided that they require some amount of OR-related expertise and implied that questions about, say, ...
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Reversing decisions during the OR Beta phase?

The impression I have is that the dividing line between what is on-topic and what is off-topic for OR is still being discerned by the community during this beta. What happens if a question has been ...
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Should questions about probability distributions be on topic?

We got a few questions about probability distributions, e.g. here and here. Are those questions on-topic for the OR stackexchange?
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Time is running out to earn your Beta Badge!

You have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn a Beta Badge for OR.SE! Beta Badges are earned for participation in the private beta phase (and are awarded once we move into public beta). The exact ...
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When should I make edits to code?

Our current Help Center->Our Model page gives the following guidance on edits. Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits ...
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What is the Soft Question tag?

What is the tag "Soft-Question" being used for? In this field, it certainly sounds like a pejorative. With no wiki guidance as to its use, would it be better to just remove this tag? It seems this ...
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When should I downvote a question?

After reviewing both our guidance in the Help Center and related Meta posts (here and here), I thought some community discussion on when to downvote would be useful, especially as the site evolves. ...
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How should we deal with non-English content?

How should we deal with non-English content? (unaccompanied by English translation) This has been discussed on StackOverflow Meta here and here and here and here. This answer seems to be the ...
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How does a community define its norms with regard to closing questions?

I don't understand how a community defines its norms given the impact of those who are not part of the community. For instance, the most upvoted question on the OR.SE site is about finding open ...
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Should we allow questions about homework problems?

Should we allow questions about homework problems? Opinions about this question on other sites of the SE network range from “no way” to “of course”. The overall consensus seems to be that the answer ...
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Favicon and Badge Designs [closed]

This Q&A is about what we want our Favicon and "Site Badges" to look like. It is about two tiny images, not about the design of the site's background (that will take much longer). Soon we will be ...
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Asking same question from another sister site

I asked this question, but I am yet to get a satisfactory answer. Now apparently, the current site is more focused on this type of questions than the cs.stackexchange, does it make sense if I ask the ...
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Should questions related to career in OR be considered as on topic

Should we consider questions such as: What are the typical responsibilities of an Operation Research Developer? What are good interview questions to ask when hiring an Operation Research Analyst? ...
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What should our chat room be called?

First of all, yes, we have a chat room! Come check it out! From the The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta: Every site comes with its official chat room. This is created automatically and can ...
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Should we get syntax highlighting?

We can already add blocks of code: def foo: return bar But the code is not syntax-highlighted, i.e., keywords a certain color, etc. (Example.) My ...
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What makes a good “help me with my model” question?

I suspect that OR.SE will see a good number of questions that ask for help with an optimization model that's not working as desired. Here are a few examples of such questions, from other sites: Stack ...
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How can we clear the backlog of tag usage guidance and wiki edits?

A good number of our tags have pending suggested edits, which at this point just means that people have written usage guidance and wiki entries for the tags. If I'm not mistaken, only people with 750 ...
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Who should moderate the chat room about general discussion for OR? [closed]

When the site was created, a room was created automatically (yay!) by the Feeds user. However, of course, no room owners were appointed! Other network moderators can't decide who should moderate a ...
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Don't forget to close (and reopen) vote!

An important part of the private beta is to determine the scope of this site: i.e. deciding which questions should be asked here, and which should not. While there are a few meta post about what ...
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OR reading lists

[In the future, if the OR.SE proposal progresses to its "public beta" stage,] I'd like to see curated reading lists/must-reads on specific "OR topics" (in the spirit of, e. g., The Definitive C++ Book ...
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Synonymise [vrp] and [vehicle-routing]

vrp = vehicle routing problem and the community has decided not to allow "-problem" in tags, so I propose these tags to be synonymized with master the vehicle-routing tag.
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Synonymise [tsp] and [traveling-salesman]

I've already seen the tsp tag on the site but not traveling-salesman. I think the least is to synonymize them. Similarly, we can do that for vrp and vehicle-routing. Please add an answer below ...
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“problem” in tags

Another tagging question: Should we include the word "problem" for classical problems? traveling-salesman vs. traveling-salesman-problem shortest-path vs. shortest-path-problem p-median vs. p-median-...
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Optimization vs Optimisation in tags

It took longer than I expected, but the first tag spelling optimization as optimisation has been introduced. I know this is an american-english versus british-english debate. However, google gives ...
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Should questions that are useful and relevant on Mathematics SE be copied across to Operations Research SE?

By useful and relevant, I mean questions like Operations research book to start with, Introduction to Operations Research, or even How can I mathematically model and analyze an incremental game like ...
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OR-exchange read-only

Currently it seems our old https://www.or-exchange.org/ website is completely offline. There were however some very interesting posts. Is there a read-only version of this page somewhere? NOTE: I do ...
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Are questions about the *field* of OR on-topic?

This question -- Why the programming code of many algorithms are not public in OR community? -- is about the field of OR. It is not a question about a topic within OR. Is that on topic? Note: There ...
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Should tags be singular or plural?

Should we use solver or solvers? constraint or constraints? heuristic or heuristics? There is discussion of this on other SE sites and their metas, but no clear consensus as far as I can tell. ...