Computer Science is the study of the theory behind computation. How is this (beta) subdomain different than cstheory.stackexchange.com? Shouldn't they be merged?
migrated from cs.stackexchange.com Aug 24 '12 at 14:47
Computer Science encompasses both theoretical and applied science: both semantics of programming languages and compilation, both process calculi and network modeling, both graph theory and analysis of social graphs, both computational geometry and computer graphics, …
The topic of Theoretical Computer Science is a subset of Computer Science. This isn't to mean that every question on TCS would be ok on CS, as TCS's more specialist community allows questions that are considered “non constructive” on a site with a broader audience. Also, while research-level questions in theoretical computer science are on-topic on CS, they are better-suited on TCS where they are more likely to meet a specialist audience. TCS and CS have overlapping but separate communities.