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I just noticed Code Review's FAQ includes "Application UI" in the "If your question is about..." section. What exactly is meant by that?

User Experience is the site for UI/UX issues, though UX.SE is not a review site. How does Application UI fit in with the two site's scopes? Is Code Review for the code side of the UI? If that's the case I wouldn't consider that "Application UI" it's just UI code.

In addition, this site is about "sharing code"--I don't see how pure UI issues could possibly fall into that scope. If the issue is "how do I make this code work to create this UI" that's an SO question; UI code is never language agnostic.

I haven't seen any questioned migrated from Code review to UX.SE so I don't think people are confused as to which site is for what, but I don't think this site's FAQ is very clear on what is meant by Application UI being in-scope.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ While I agree with your post, the point UI code is never language agnostic does not imply that it would only be suitable for SO. After all, if I think I am violating separation of concerns with my UI code, I should post it on codereview, not on SO, where it would be closed. \$\endgroup\$ – Adam Dec 26 '11 at 6:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ I meant that "how do I meant this UI code work" pretty much has to be a question for programmers in a specific language to solve in a practical sense--thus SO. It's practice, not theory. If the issue is separation of concerns then that should be the wording, not Application UI. \$\endgroup\$ – Ben Brocka Dec 26 '11 at 22:19
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The paragraph is:

Code Review - Stack Exchange is for sharing code from projects you are working on for peer review. If you are looking for specific feedback about…

  • Code correctness
  • Best practices and design pattern usage in your code
  • Application UI
  • Security issues in a code snippet, etc.
  • The performance of your code

Whatever is meant by "Application UI", I think it's evident that it's the odd one in the list, the only sentence that doesn't somehow includes the word "code". To me it's just poor wording, and I can't really think of an alternative phrase that would still be reasonably within the "Application UI" domain.

It confuses more than helps, let's just get rid of it.


update: "Application UI" is no longer in the faq. (thanks @sepp2k)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do we have any example questions specifically about UI code or "Application UI"? It was explicitly included and I'm having a difficult time imagining why. \$\endgroup\$ – Ben Brocka Dec 27 '11 at 14:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ I searched for "application UI" too and found nothing as well; just people quoting the full FAQ section. \$\endgroup\$ – Ben Brocka Dec 27 '11 at 14:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree. Consider it gotten rid of. \$\endgroup\$ – sepp2k Dec 27 '11 at 19:58

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