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As this 3rd beta-year comes to an end, we would like to host an event: The Best of Code Review 2013. All Code Review users will be invited to nominate (link to) the best questions and answers from this year, and showcase them as examples of what great CR questions and answers should look like.

There's just one problem: we need to agree on categories! Please post your category ideas here, one idea per answer please. The most upvoted ones will be retained. (downvotes don't count!) We have six categories for in 2013!


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The winners of Best of Code Review 2013 are:

As suggested by @retailcoder, I am awarding bounties to winners in the first four categories, as noted above.

I hope that Best of Code Review 2013 has helped to showcase contributions from our members — not just the winners, but the other nominees as well. Hopefully, we can make this event an annual tradition!

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    \$\begingroup\$ I suggest the top-voted category earns a bounty to the winning answer.. or 100pts for the top category and 50pts for the next two? \$\endgroup\$ – Mathieu Guindon Dec 26 '13 at 17:25

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Best of Code Review 2013 — Night and Day category: The most dramatic improvement (nominate both the question with the most hopeless code and the answer that cleans it up the best)

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Best of Code Review 2013 — Exterminator category: Answer that points out the most interesting obscure bug in the original code

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Best of Code Review 2013 — Diplomat category: Tough advice in an answer, delivered in the most tactful manner

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Best of Code Review 2013 — Gordian Knot Untied category: Most justified advice in an answer for taking a completely different approach from the code in the original question

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Best of Code Review 2013 — Not As Easy As It Looks category: Question that superficially appears simple but turns out to be more difficult than expected

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Best of Code Review 2013 — Thousand Words category: Most effective use of images in a question or answer

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Food for Thought: Question with the code that aims to accomplish the most interesting task

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Stage Setter: Best explanation of the context behind a question

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Fishing Rod: Best Socratic review (providing hints without giving away the solution)

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Expert Witness: Best example of a reviewer applying specialized domain knowledge

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Tour de Force: Most substantial effort made by a reviewer to analyze a particularly difficult problem

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Marketing 101: Best question title

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Good idea, but it could be problematic since titles often get edited, sometimes by someone else. \$\endgroup\$ – 200_success Dec 24 '13 at 22:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ On second thought, it's OK if the title was edited later, as long as the user who improved it gets credit. \$\endgroup\$ – 200_success Dec 24 '13 at 23:09
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Unsung Hero: Best, detailed answer without up-votes with 1 or 0 votes.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That's going to be hard. I made my best to ensure good answers at least got my vote. There's very few "targets" left! \$\endgroup\$ – Mathieu Guindon Dec 24 '13 at 17:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ I also hope that Best of Code Review will help promote underrated posts. However, I think that making a category for underrated posts is problematic, because the act of nomination will likely attract upvotes. I suggest simply "Most detailed answer" — worthy nominations should bubble up regardless of their initial vote count. Or maybe combine this with "Tour de Force". \$\endgroup\$ – 200_success Dec 24 '13 at 17:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Note: someone downvoted this suggestion. \$\endgroup\$ – 200_success Dec 24 '13 at 23:12

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