This question of mine (10k required) was put on hold with the explanation
and further with a comment saying
This question is off-topic because it does not appear that you are seeking a review of code that you wrote yourself.
For background, my question was about a code snippet on a blog which is making the rounds right now. Given that the topic is performance, I think it's interesting that I managed to squeeze a good additional 60% from the blogger's implementation in my answer to my own question.
I see a motivation to the code ownership requirement in this policy in the linked FAQ but I would like to ask for a reassessment of this policy. I can think of a number of situations where reviewing someone else's code would be interesting and useful.
- Textbook examples
- Why did the book author write the code this way and not that way? Discussing and elaborating example code (within reason, i.e. given a proper understanding of the constructs etc by the OP) would seem extremely useful for learning.
- Code critique
- A critical review of a code snippet on a blog or in reference documentation may well help the authors of those resources, and thus eventually the greater community. Sending your own personal comments by email is not a good way to reach through, and lacks the "many eyeballs" benefit that you get from a public discussion. Referring someone to a discussion on CR.SE also adds credibility both to the site and to the cause, and furthermore invites the author of the code to participate.
- Security reviews
- There are arguably other forums for proper security audits, but being able to discuss alternatives to a security solution in a product you use would seem useful and important.
Finally, my apologies for breaching the policy of this site before discussing here. It simply did not occur to me that this particular use of the site would be explicitly disallowed.