Questions tagged [asking-questions]

This tag is for questions specifically about the process of asking questions on Code Review; e.g. how to ask, whether specific questions are appropriate, etc.

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What is the recommended length of the code for review?

I have code that is about 1000 lines long (and growing, as some features are not yet implemented and some edge cases unhandled), so posting it here likely would overwhelm people, even if it would be ...
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Hide the "describe what you've tried" bullet (new askers' modal)

Our new asker's modal has the three bullets: Summarize the problem Provide details and any research When appropriate, describe what you've tried We are able to remove the third bullet point (see &...
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How do I post code which is reliant on large file IO operations?

I have code which does IO operations (read and process) on large files (multi GB or sometimes TB). It is not practical for me to post real examples to stackexchange and I would not want to post code ...
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Asking multiple questions about the same code

I'm preparing to write a question for Code Review. I've written a generic GNU makefile, with the idea that it can be applied to all kinds of C++ projects with different directory structures, etc. My, ...
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Is it OK to ask for review on exercise solutions that have been asked previously?

I'm learning Rust and solve the problems/exercises from the book of Rust which have been solved by thousands of learners and posted on here by quite a few. Last time I posted my code I received quite ...
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Are Advent Of Code questions on topic once we receive no points for them?

I'm trying to learn Rust via Advent of Code 2021, and am obviously hitting various roadblocks and solving them via Google. It would be great if someone could review my code to see how to make it fit ...
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What makes a CSS question opinion based or not?

Since CSS is about the aesthetical layout of a web page, I guess it's easy to ask opinion based questions. I guess that asking about reusability of some CSS code would not be opinion-based. On the ...
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Seeking project wide input rather than modification of individual pieces of code [duplicate]

Does Code Review allow for posting (or linking to) entire projects? I'm not sure if this helps at all, but in my case, I am not looking for generic input, but rather I have a specific question about ...
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Can I ask a question about a custom scripting language?

I recently asked a question and was reminded that pseudocode is not allowed on this site; I translated it because I felt the original code would have been confusing. The reason being that the ...
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Are questions mostly unrelated to the presented code on-topic?

So we had an argument whether this question is on topic: RESTful movie shop I see this question as off-topic although it seems to satisfy most rules. There's code. It works. It's real... But the ...
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Let's update the modal for new askers

The Issue There are many posts on CR that are off-topic for various reasons... Sometimes 10-20 per day! Apparently many users don't read/heed the text on the right side (i.e. "Your question must ...
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Clarifying Code Review Scope

I just checked the How to Ask, What types of questions should I avoid asking? and What topics can I ask about here?, but I'm confused about the working code part. Quoting from What topics can I ask ...
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Requesting a comparative review of own code with third-party code

A user recently posted this question which-set-of-code-is-more-accurate where they ask for a comparative review between their code and code written by a third-party, hosted on GitHub. My question is ...
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Is the review of vocabulary/ontology use (e.g., for HTML structured data) on-topic?

In HTML, structured data is typically added with the syntaxes JSON-LD, Microdata or RDFa. The review of the syntax use is clearly on-topic, just like the use of plain HTML is. But what about the ...
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Put on-hold and off topic 2 time

I have a question about my Code Review Stack Exchange post: Driver for Sensor payload Decoder I have been trying to get some suggestions on the code which I have written after learning about drivers. ...
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Non-HTTPS, wrong hostname links in sidebar

The sidebar on https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/ask links to http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/129598. Visiting this ...
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Small portion of reviewable code isn't mine, but credited

I recently asked this question. I looked around, but it doesn't look like my problem has been asked here: A small (9 SLOC) portion of my code is an equation from a user on Stackoverflow. I credit the ...
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Multiple related question titles

I am creating a programming language, Linny, and have asked two questions (First Question Here, Second Question Here). As I continue to improve the language, I intend on asking more questions to ...
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Is it okay to post questions that don't contain a full program/library?

For example, say I wanted to ask a question about memory efficiency regarding two versions of a structure I have in a specific language, but I'm only concerned about that one section of the program. ...
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Code review of YouTube video

I have a YouTube playlist that I have created showing my iterative approach on a subject ("C# CUSTOM Script Language Creation"). I know that sites like this one have some limitations as to what is ...
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Policy regarding "flooding" Code Review with questions

There seem to be a few users which "flood" Code Review with questions recently (2 to 4 questions in rapid succession). They often present relatively small pieces of code, allegedly from homework, ...
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How do I properly write a question that involves third-party libraries?

I am preparing to submit a small OpenGL program for review. I've included some source files from this GitHub repo to handle some image stuff I don't want to deal with. I'm not asking for a review of ...
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How many questions with same script can I ask, if code not only merged reviews but adds new functionality [duplicate]

How many questions with same script can I ask, if code not only merged reviews but adds new functionality? Can I submit part of code(fully working part with new code) together with full code or ...
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Given CR's question title policy, how to title a second question about the same program?

Originally asked in 2nd Monitor If we're asking a second CR question involving the same software, is it acceptable to give it nearly the same title? What is best practice for naming these questions?
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Found a serious bug in my question after posting it

What is the correct way to go after I found a bug in a question that I posted? Shall I delete the question, vote to close it or flag it as off-topic?
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Is it ok to post code that didn't work out as intended?

I recently tried to optimize some code by using parallel processing, putting two cores to work on the problem instead of one. For whatever reason, it didn't work. I don't know why, but I doubt much ...
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Good format to post code for review

I have a project that I used to try out in-memory databases. After fighting it for a few days, I'm code blind and need to have it reviewed. I haven't been on this particular site much (I'm well ...
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Review one-by-one feature?

I am writing a library. It is mostly ready, but there are known bugs and ToDo stuff (including for example missing const specifiers for member functions which do ...
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Is a question on topic if the code works locally but errors when submitted to a coding site? [duplicate]

This is about a recently posted question: Codejam 2018 - Getting confusing runtime error The OP claims it works for him locally, but generates a Runtime Error on the Google Code Jam website itself. ...
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Can I ask about my CloudFormation infrastructure template?

I have a template for some infrastructure using AWS CloudFormation that I'd like reviewed. However, I'm not sure if it's on-topic here; it's YAML that's describing infrastructure, not a program per se....
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Are practical user-created languages suitable for a tag creation?

I recently created a language, and was wondering (As many others may be) if a user is allowed to create a tag for their language and post a few example questions. The following things should be ...
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How much context is the required minimum?

This question got sparked by a recent discussion in the 2nd Monitor about this question: Golang Map-Reduce Master - Channels. The problem is: How much context is needed to actually review the code in ...
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If porting code, should I also post the original?

Is it on-topic (or acceptable practice) here to post code written in one language, and ported code in another for review ? I am learning scala and in doing so I am translating some code I wrote (in C++...
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Should I leave in documentation in code for review?

I'm surprised I can't find this as a question already, so I'm taking a shot and posting... I document my code. I don't not document my code before considering myself done for the day. Most of the ...
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Why should I be able to answer my own question in the question's editor on Code Review?

I don't get why I am allowed to post an answer to my question in the question's editor: I know from Stack Overflow that this feature exists on Stack Exchange websites. It seems relevant for Stack ...
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Testing box when asking questions

Would it be possible to have an overt request, perhaps even in its own box, that the Asker provide information about their testing process. Obviously wording up for dispute, but something like: "How ...
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Should we censor rude language in comments/strings of posted code?

What I’m referring to mostly started with this edit where strong language that possibly originated as a joke from the OP was flagged as rude and removed from the question entirely. The code in the ...
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Is it OK to ask the same question using a different account?

Is it OK for a user to post a question, receive an answer and then repost the question using a different account? This question was asked yesterday by user 158322. This question with a similar title ...
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Is this question popularity normal?

I was on Code Review, asking a question for the first time. I thought my question was good, but it never crossed my mind that it would become popular enough to make it to the hot list. It did, and I ...
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Should I include my testing code?

I recently posted a large chunk of code. It feels like a tall order to code review. I've written a bunch of tests to test my code. Would those tests be useful to the reviewer? I'm not looking for ...
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How can I fix a question in order to make it adhere to Code Review guidelines?

This was triggered by the handling of the following questions: Simulation of interacting particles Simulating a system of moving points The first one had broken code and thus got put on hold, and ...
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How can I improve this question about asyncio?

I recently asked this question on Code Review which was ill-received and got 4 close votes for being off-topic. I believe the main problem to be that I used a dummy function for a third party API ...
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Can I ask a Code Review question about a Linux kernel patch made by someone else? [duplicate]

I've been following another developer who fixed a bug in the Linux kernel. The developer has posted a patch series hoping it would get reviewed/merged, but he got no response so far. The patches have ...
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Can I ask to review my ebuild or rpmspec file?

Does the site welcome questions about writing ebuilds, rpmspecs or simular files for advanced package management? While it's relatively easy to come up with a working script, making a high quality ...
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How should I ask this big question?

I am currently working on one of my first projects with Python and my first project with PyQT. I would like to post this as a question, to see if there are any improvements I can make. The project is ...
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What to do about "It's asking for more details"?

For a while now we've had "Clippy", which among other things has support for detecting when there's a lot of code posted but not a lot of description. The feature is nice and comes with good ...
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Text minimum in questions

On all Stack Exchange sites, you can't post answers or questions that are mostly code. You always have to include some text minimum, otherwise you can't post the question. I do understand why this is ...
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Code Review Clippy

A while back, y'all asked for some warnings for folks asking questions here: What would Clippy say? After thorough review (mostly by animuson & JNat), we've determined that the following warnings ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for review on an entire GitHub repo?

I have a Python application that I created a while back and I'm hoping to have someone with more Python experience than me look over the entire project and let me know if both the structure of the ...
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Multiple reviews or one big review?

I'm just putting my SQL code out for review: Part 3: Layer 4 Part 3: Layer 3 Part 3: Layer 2 Part 3: Layer 1 Would it have been better to do this in a single review? Or is the style of doing ...
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