# Code Review questions must contain code

As requested by Kaz and approved by the voters here on meta, questions asked on Code Review that do not contain code are now blocked.

I've configured this initially as a three-line minimum (or three separate bits of code-formatted text, or any combination of the two). This may be too much; it may more easily be too little. Happy to change it to anything else y'all decide is right.

If insufficient code is included in the question, a small error is shown below the editor:

This links to https://codereview.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask, which seems like a fairly comprehensive set of instructions on the matter.

As with the code formatting check and the code/explanation ratio check, this only applies to users at or below 200 reputation.

Please let me know if you have any questions or encounter any problems with this.

• Thanks for this feature. It will reduce a lot of noise from our site. – Heslacher Dec 12 '18 at 4:41
• Does this still allow posts involving graphic languages? e.g. scratch - also related post about scratch questions – Sᴀᴍ Onᴇᴌᴀ Dec 12 '18 at 18:32
• Would've blocked precisely one of the three scratch questions here, @SᴀᴍOnᴇᴌᴀ. Logic merely counts <code></code> and newlines within. – Shog9 Dec 12 '18 at 19:08
• any idea how this particular question made it through the filter? – Vogel612 Dec 12 '18 at 19:16
• Apparently the API bypasses validation, @Vogel612 (mobile app). I'll look into it. – Shog9 Dec 12 '18 at 19:55
• Does moderators bypass this? – Simon Forsberg Dec 12 '18 at 22:41
• If they have over 200 rep, yeah @SimonForsberg – Shog9 Dec 12 '18 at 22:41
• Oh, right. Sorry. Forgot about that. That's what happens when you miss the sign that says "Kids, don't try this at home". – Simon Forsberg Dec 12 '18 at 22:43
• Think I figured it out, @Vogel612 - the API isn't bypassing this check, this check doesn't even exist in the codebase that the API is running! Should work properly after the next API build. And... yeah, I spent way too much time chasing my tail before that occurred to me. – Shog9 Dec 13 '18 at 22:23
• this is awesome, thank you for hearing us and making this happen – Malachi Dec 14 '18 at 0:08
• LOL As requested by Kaz - this was like two years ago answered Mar 30 '16 at 8:06 :-\ – t3chb0t Dec 20 '18 at 15:55
• Yeah... We had no suitable functionality in our system for quickly achieving such a goal, @t3chb0t - so it got tossed around to various people on various lists for a while. Finally I just sat down and wrote a new check for the purpose; sorry for the delay, but... Better late than never. – Shog9 Dec 20 '18 at 16:17