I asked a question yesterday here. It has been put on hold for the following reason:

"Questions containing broken code or asking for advice about code not yet written are off-topic, as the code is not ready for review. After the question has been edited to contain working code, we will consider reopening it."

I'm at a loss as to what is expected of me here.

The class definition is complete - am I supposed to post my entire application to demonstrate an end-to-end use case?

The question doesn't fit on Stack Overflow because the answer is presumably subjective - which is why I asked here.

Short of posting my entire project, I don't know what else to submit. To somebody who has experience writing similar applications, the answer should be obvious: do I pick option one or two (as illustrated in the code)?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I only just glanced at your post, but titling your code block "Example:" tends to raise suspicion that the code merely serves illustrative purposes and that the OP is really asking a specific question about a specific issue (i.e. a Stack Overflow question - although this one is too broadly worded to be a good fit there), rather than seeking feedback on any/all aspects of the code. Seems to be the case here. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 16, 2018 at 13:02

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It sounds like you're seeking advice on how to implement something. You're trying to figure out how to "return data sensitive fields like id", which implies that it's not already happening in this code. If you were otherwise asking for a review, then someone could've removed the specific request for unimplemented code, making the question on-topic again (or just no longer fitting this particular off-topic reason, assuming that the small amount of code posted is not enough for a good review thus would probably warrant another close reason).

You've already mentioned that you've left out your entire project. If you were to post that and remove the off-topic request, it would most likely allow the question to be reopened. We like to see more code posted because that's generally easier to review well and looks a lot less like example code.


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