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This is a great achievement and I would like to thank all the contributors and my fellow moderators for helping the site making it out of Beta. I look forward to seeing it evolve in the next phase and hopefully become the most prominent online resource from our field.


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SRKX Do you have any previous experience in moderating a community on StackExchange or somewhere else? I have been a moderator of the Quantitative Finance StackExchange site while it was in beta mode since January 2013. What is your area of expertise? I have worked in systematic trading of commodity futures (trading decision made every 10 seconds), ...


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One thing that could be attempted is to have a small nod (a hat tip?) to him or Easter egg in the customized design for this site, if and when we get it. I don’t know whether that is feasible or appreciated but it might be worth a try.


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It's not often that we'd do this (and I'm not the person directly involved in adjusting the scale there), but I can tell you why we'd do it. It's important to say that new communities should be mostly self-moderating from the start - this is a corner stone in our philosophy of how community-driven sites should work. We lower the privilege bar quite a bit ...


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We actually don't decide when to leave Beta. Our site's stats are tracked on Area51 and you can see them here. I'd say we have a good number of visits, but as you see our percentage of answers needs work as well as the number of questions per day, which is closer to the "Needs work" grade than the "Excellent" grade.


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Do you have any previous experience in moderating a community on StackExchange or somewhere else? Not on a web site. I usyally moderate roundtables (industry and academia), for instance most if the roundtables of Market microstructure: confronting many viewpoints. What is your area of expertise? Academic fields: Financial mathematics, ...


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Of course it's on topic. Why not? As long as it's about quantitative finance and not too basic like asking how to discount a single cashflow. Sharing source code will help everybody.


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The guidelines are certainly open for discussion. Suggestions are welcome! We're still in beta but when and if we leave the beta phase improvements and clarifications might be done. For example, I believe the rules for StackOverflow have been changed in the past. I agree with most of your post and I hope and believe this community can have healthy debates ...


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(Please ignore my answer if this is about voting behavior on Meta, I understand your question as pertaining to the main Quantitative Finance SE site) I like the idea to be more mindful about "rewarding" content of value. But I disagree that questions or answers should be upvoted just for "merit". If I were a teacher I would not give a student a passing ...


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Since we sometimes also receive programming questions, I guess that a path to Stackoverflow would make sense as well.


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madilyn The general themes of my answers are: i. Let's help our community grow larger and more active. You've all experienced receiving a closure vote on your question when you are new to a SE community. Many questions deserve a chance to be reworded to meet community guidelines. Conveying the rules beyond an opaque closure or vote goes a long way to ...


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Yes, looks OK to me as long as context is provided and that the topic is indeed about quant modeling.


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The harm is that the basic questions drive away the real professionals necessary to make this a really interesting website. This has been discussed before and I don't have much to add to that discussion. @TalFishman makes a good point though and I believe in some cases a more basic question is acceptable if it's hard to find a good resource on Google (this ...


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I think those are on-topic, I actually have asked some questions on those topics myself. So please ask and answer away. If for some reason that somehow gives unwanted results we can evaluate but I certainly hope that won't be the case.


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You can ask, but people will probably be reluctant to share codes if they feel you just don't want to make the effort. So if I were you I would make sure I can show in my question that I did look for solutions on Google etc...


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How about Economics SE? Questions pertaining to Economics rather than Finance pop up on our site from time to time.


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Although it was already mentioned in the question, I am adding Cross Validated in the answers for clarity.


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Do you have any previous experience in moderating a community on StackExchange or somewhere else? Yes, I have been a moderator on Quant.SE on for 2 and a half years and longer but less active on 120w.nl, a Dutch short story site. What is your area of expertise? In my studies, work and free time I've focused on Econometrics, insurance/actuarial ...


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olaker's user profile and nomination. Do you have any previous experience in moderating a community on StackExchange or somewhere else? I have been moderating this community as a pro tem moderator. What is your area of expertise? Professionally I am mostly focused on quantitative portfolio management (in a long/short equity hedge fund). ...


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Congrats to olaker, SKRX and Bob Jansen for being elected. You guys deserved it. Also props to lehalle, if there were 4 slots, I'd have felt he was deeply qualified for the role. Thanks to everyone who voted for me and our campaign pledge. You are the ones whom this community needs the most, and I hope you can invest the same trust and support in our re-...


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This is a good question IMO. It is beyond dispute that the proportion of quants in the industry involved in the development of trading strategies has seen a sharp increase over the past few years. First because of the recent hype associated to big data/machine learning but also because most of the models used in the derivatives field have now become ...


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Please remove this as a close reason, it's useless and confusing for the reasons given in the linked discussion and here.


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At best they are asking for career advice and therefore off-topic. I see no way to make this question an on topic one.


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Years ago, I taught undergraduates (from Shreve volumes I and II, as an adjunct). We definitely discussed in class what to do if the market data (seems to) admit arbitrage. I wouldn't put a question like this on an exam... I think, questons like "is it fair to ask stuff on the exam that wasn't properly covered in class or reading assignments" are ...


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There are a few reading lists on the web: http://www.quantstart.com/articles/Quantitative-Finance-Reading-List https://www.quantnet.com/threads/master-reading-list-for-quants-mfe-financial-engineering-students.535/ I'm pretty skeptical that these lists are useful though since "Quantitative Finance" is a broad field. HFT and exotic options pricing have no ...


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Econometric questions are welcome, for sure. If you have an "Econ 101" question, though, there is sadly no Stack Exchange for that.


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Quant's performance is impressive in light of other resources out there. The overall size of the greater quantitative finance community, and the often secretive nature of the profession are important factors as well. That catch is, we're only dealing with Quant within the Stack Exchange network and we have to compare the site's performance to itself, not ...


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This is a discussion we've been having forever and it was decided that the site should maintain high standards in terms of questions, as you can see on the help-center. The idea was to attract really people from Quant Finance and avoid having too many CFA-like questions, although we've already answered many of these.


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I think that to some extent you're right but this is a general problem in the StackExchange environment. I mean, you could argue that statistics [stats.se] are part of [maths.se], for example, and that the separation could come solely from tagging. StackOverflow handles some many different programming questions in different programming languages and ...


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I think we should also add Math for questions too specific on the fields and not directly applied to quantitative finance.


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