I came across a question on SO which — perhaps aside from the title — seems to be appropriate for SO and CR (according to both FAQs).

OP’s Question

I am not php/javascript expert, so can anyone tell me if this is good or not and if it will fail under some conditions?

The OP’s code is working code and the question is requesting critique (at least that’s how I read it). It was asked and answered on SO with no complaints, but after reading the FAQs, I’m still a bit confused about where a question of this nature belongs.

My Question

Do questions like this belong on Stack Overflow or Code Review? According to SO FAQ, It is a “a specific programming problem…”, but CR accepts “Security issues in a code snippet…”

My question is similar to Which is the better fit -- Code Review or Stack Overflow? where Jeff answers, “Seems to me this question could go either way?”

Code Review is a wonderful idea and it’s still in its infancy, but overlap/crossover questions could lead to an “identity crisis” of sorts. Is there (or should there be) a specific place for these questions.

I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere. I searched this Meta, but found no definitive conclusion.


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As I see it, that particular question was not

How can I improve this working code?


Can anyone explain this working code to me.

A proper code review question is from someone who already understands functioning code, but wishes to improve upon it in some way...

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 I can appreciate your point of view, but the OP clearly had an idea and wanted to know if it was a good idea or not. I'll concede that it may not be a prime example; nonetheless, my question is what to do with questions that actually "could go either way"? \$\endgroup\$
    – Herbert
    Sep 16, 2011 at 6:46

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