Are you allowed to post incomplete programs that you still want reviewed? I made the start of a battleship game, but I want people's opinion before I finish it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ as long as the code demonstrably works as intended ... \$\endgroup\$
    – Vogel612
    Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 13:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you read our help center? \$\endgroup\$
    – Mast Mod
    Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 14:05

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If you answered "yes" to all the above questions, your question is on-topic for Code Review.

Your Battleship game doesn't have to be finished to be reviewable. But the parts that have been implemented should work as intended. So we don't review general application lay-outs if the components of it haven't been implemented.

It's perfectly allowed to post something that only does the bare minimum while the end product you want to build contains much, much more.

For example, I once wrote an elevator management system which didn't support opening the elevator doors and the speed of the elevators was next to infinite. There was a small disclaimer:

This project is not finished. However, I think the current state is perfectly reviewable since it's doing what it's supposed to do.

It was supposed to manage elevators. It managed elevators. It wasn't code I'd ever want to show to a customer or a boss, but it did something. It was reviewable.

If your Battleship game does the basic things while still missing a lot of other features, that's ok. For now, that's 'working as intended'.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That. Also worth noting, if your question reads like it's asking reviewers for help implementing the not-yet-written features, it's off-topic. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 16:07

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