July 21st: The first technical post is now up, Quantum query complexity, by Artem Kaznatcheev.

July 16th: The first blog post is now up, here.

This is not so much a question as an announcement and a request for participation. We now have a cstheory blog at cstheory.blogoverflow.com !

We'll have to feel out the best way to use it to augment the discussions on the site. To start with, we are happy to announce two editors-in-chief of the blog. Joe Fitzsimons and Aaron Sterling have agreed to manage content on the blog, and among their roles will be soliciting posts from YOU to place there.

Which brings me to the second point. As currently envisaged (Joe and Aaron will have more to say on this I'm sure), anyone who's interested can contribute to the blog, and this is how it would work:

  1. you write a draft on the site
  2. An editor reviews it
  3. It gets posted.

Presumably as time goes on, some contributors might get direct posting rights - we can see how that goes.

So what should you do now ? Sign up if you're interested in contributing. To do so, post your name and/or a link to your profile, which hopefully has an email address, in an answer below, and one of the admins (Kaveh or myself) will create an account for you.

Once that's done, you can start writing drafts. And I'm sure the editors will nudge people as well.

If you have questions about the format, content styles etc, please create a new meta question and link it here. Let's keep this post primarily for signups.

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Great idea! I feel like we should have a weekly/monthly/quarterly digest there feature the best questions/answers of the resp period. –  Raphael Jul 14 '11 at 16:59
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I assume the blog will have the same scope as the SE, i.e. research level TCS? Are you aiming at results, questions, errors, ...? –  Raphael Jul 14 '11 at 16:59
    
depends on the editors. We're discussing this in chat right now –  Suresh Venkat Jul 14 '11 at 17:43
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Instead of asking people to publish their email, once they've indicated they'd like an account you can pull it from their profile. –  Rebecca Chernoff Jul 14 '11 at 18:27
    
good point, Rebecca. I changed it –  Suresh Venkat Jul 14 '11 at 19:10
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it would be great if it can be added to the theory of computing blog aggregator –  Marcos Villagra Jul 15 '11 at 1:26
    
@AaronSterling, you should receive an email for your blog account, let me know if you don't get it. –  Kaveh Jul 15 '11 at 5:47
    
It hasn't arrived yet...... –  Aaron Sterling Jul 15 '11 at 12:29
    
aaron, check your spam folder. the invitation has already gone out (I checked). –  Suresh Venkat Jul 15 '11 at 13:47
    
Kaveh sent a second invite to an alternate email address so I got in that way. Thanks, Kaveh. –  Aaron Sterling Jul 15 '11 at 19:25
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I had a question about latex support and length/style for those of starting to write posts. –  Artem Kaznatcheev Jul 16 '11 at 13:20
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Awesome ! blog up and running now. –  Suresh Venkat Jul 16 '11 at 17:26
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@Suresh, it seems that Aug 16th cstheory will complete its first year. Would be nice if write a blog post for the event? :) –  Kaveh Aug 2 '11 at 8:18
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That's a great idea. @Joe, Aaron any thoughts on what we should do ? I could write something about the whole process of setting up the site ? –  Suresh Venkat Aug 2 '11 at 16:32
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I'll start a new meta thread to solicit ideas. –  Suresh Venkat Aug 2 '11 at 19:27
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I would be interested in giving short introductions to topological quantum computation and the basics of quantum computation.

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Thanks very much. That sounds great. –  Aaron Sterling Jul 15 '11 at 12:28
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I agree. Why not write something up once one of the mods has set up your account? –  Joe Fitzsimons Jul 15 '11 at 13:06
    
invitation has been sent ! –  Suresh Venkat Jul 15 '11 at 13:50
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Sounds great! Thanks. –  Peter Shor Jul 15 '11 at 14:12
    
I will try to write something on the weekend. I will adapt my talks to a blog form. Thanks for adding me. –  Joshua Herman Jul 15 '11 at 17:23
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I'd like to contribute. To start I will probably submit a post about the (negative) adversary method and quantum query complexity.

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invitation sent. :) –  Kaveh Jul 16 '11 at 6:19
    
Hey maybe we can check each others blog posts before we post them? We seem to have slightly similar topics. –  Joshua Herman Jul 16 '11 at 11:34
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Thanks very much, Artem. –  Aaron Sterling Jul 16 '11 at 11:53
    
Sure thing, I can see your draft (the title and a snippet) in the dashboard, but I can't actual view the post to read it. I probably don't have the correct privileges. Joe Fitzsimons is also a quantum guy, so I am sure his editorial reading will be of more help than mine, but I am happy to do a sanity check (since I am know very little about topological QC). –  Artem Kaznatcheev Jul 16 '11 at 11:54
    
Please feel free to communicate by email as much or as little as you'd like. If you are concerned about potential duplication, please post at least a thesis statement as a draft in the blog, and Joe will make a determination when he is back online. (This may not be for a day or two, and I would prefer to defer to him in all things quantum, so don't be concerned if it takes us a while to respond to this.) –  Aaron Sterling Jul 16 '11 at 15:22
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I'd be interested in posting from time to time, but I'm not sure what is appropriate -- I already have my own blog, but I don't know how much of it would be of interest to this audience.

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I remember being quite interested in the connection to metric spaces that you outlined once. In addition, even a generic "question of the week in formal methods" would be great. the "audience" for the blog should be broader than the active membership, and that would include a lot of folk in the theory B community I'd hope. –  Suresh Venkat Jul 15 '11 at 13:39
    
Neel, you should have received an activation email at your gmail acct. check in case it disappeared into spam. –  Suresh Venkat Jul 15 '11 at 13:49
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Just speaking for myself -- I have not discussed this with Joe yet -- I would enjoy a level of exposition a half-step more basic than the current Theory B answers. General idea: take a great Theory B answer, or question, and introduce the background, philosophically what is at stake, general reason the answer is true, and then for full technical details, link to the answer. A general-TCS-person's introduction to Theory B. –  Aaron Sterling Jul 15 '11 at 14:09
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@Neel: I would also definitely be interested. I think in getting the blog going having something that is slightly more basic than the standard on the Q&A site would be great initially, and would perhaps set the stage for future posts on the topic. –  Joe Fitzsimons Jul 17 '11 at 15:40
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I would like to contribute too at some point.

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Great! Thanks very much. –  Aaron Sterling Jul 23 '11 at 13:18
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I am interested! For example, I recently wrote a short blogicle about something related to geometry and optimization -- http://daveagp.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/depth-and-violation/ -- or I could give a report on EuroComb and ESA in the next few weeks.

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Done. I've created an account for you, and you should be getting a confirmation email at the address you've listed in your profile page. As for the actual content, please discuss with Joe and Aaron. –  Suresh Venkat Aug 19 '11 at 19:31
    
Everything you mention sounds great. Reports on those conferences, in particular, would fill a longstanding gap in the TCS blogosphere. I've seen (semi-)daily reports on FOCS, STOC, SODA, ICS/ITCS, and PODC, but that's it. –  Aaron Sterling Aug 19 '11 at 20:05
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Yes, I'd be interested in contributing. But starting from September, as I'll be too busy with other things before then.

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account created. :) –  Kaveh Jul 15 '11 at 5:45
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Thank you, arnab. –  Aaron Sterling Jul 15 '11 at 12:29
    
Your post got plugged on the main SE blog: blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/12/… –  Suresh Venkat Dec 2 '11 at 22:47
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