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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Codeblock detection

The idea jumped at me after reviewing two close votes in a row (granted, from the same user) that were homework assignments without any code in it. Since a question that has no code in it (or one ...
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Is asking for review of 3rd party code ok?

Most code people are posting here seems to be code they have written themselves. In this question the OP asked basically for a review of three 3rd party scripts. I'm not sure that this question is a ...
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Reviewing usefulness of code

I was wondering if, as part of asking for a review here, can I ask about how useful my code is? That is, getting feedback about what possible use-cases the code I have written has and if people would ...
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Can I ask a question to review an FAQ written on a third-party site?

I wrote an FAQ on a third-party website related to Delphi and thread-protection of objects. I need some feedback if this content is adequate or not. I was wondering can I ask a question on Code Review ...
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Is it okay to ask questions about algorithm help?

I have code that solves the "Traveling Salesman" problem using "Kruskal's algorithm" for a code competition site. The code run and generates the correct result, but has O(n3) complexity. I am not ...
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What's the proper way to ask for database review?

I'm currently designing a database that I wanted to get some input on. It's entirely theoretical at this point, I haven't written a single line of SQL. Would it be acceptable to just post the database ...
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Should mostly working but a little bit broken code stay or be deleted?

I posted the question Parsing structured text in Java At first I thought it was working, later I have found a bug in the code. Should it stay or should it be deleted? Update: I have fixed the bug in ...
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Should a post with no specific question(s) imply a general review?

I've started thinking about this more after seeing this question. I'm sometimes tempted to vote such questions as not clear what you're asking, but I also feel that it's not quite needed for this ...
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"How To Ask" text should link to help center, not faq

Similar to my question here, Code Review's "How To Ask" text should link to the help center, rather than the FAQ: Interestingly, CR's Meta seems to be more up to date than SO's:
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Is it okay to ask which snippet is considered the most clean?

Is it on-topic to ask a question with two more or less equivalent snippets, and ask which of the two snippets is considered the most clean? The way I see it, there are four possible answers here: ...
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How should one deal with code asking "Is this correct?" when it is in fact correct?

I'm wondering what a good guideline is when dealing with questions asking (primarily or completely) about correctness. Generally this is not what Code Review is about. However, when the code is ...
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Should I ask a separate question?

This examples applies for web mainly, but could apply for other stuff also. Let's say I develop a web plugin that has both JavaScript code and CSS. Should I post one question to review the ...
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Questions that ask for you to e-mail them to get the code

What is the appropriate way to handle a question that doesn't post the code to review, but posts an e-mail address that you can I assume e-mail and get the code? A (now-deleted) example is: ...
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Is there a need for the OP to mention their expertise?

Is it relevant to include expertise with a code review question? Should this change the code review/answer? For example, this question mentions that the OP is new to the language. I suggested an edit ...
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Is it valid to reask (many) question on same script?

I have asked a question about a Python script a few months ago. Now I have developed that script furthermore fixing the issues described in the answer of that question. Now I have another questions ...
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Is it okay to post a series of exercises massively?

This website seems particularly interesting for users working on a book (like SICP or K&R) or any other series of exercises (like ProjectEuler), especially if they're working on their own and ...
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How should a canonical question title be formatted on Code Review?

See the following 2 questions and their title edits: Calculations with a table containing football data (revisions) Database output function (revisions) While I understand that having all questions ...
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Is a question mostly pertaining to build configuration appropriate for this site?

I'm currently creating a somewhat complex Maven project (specifically, to automate this answer), and hence would like to submit it for review here - specifically, the POM and the general structure of ...
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Is it okay to add someone else's linked code to the question?

Some questions link to the code they want reviewed, which is against site policy. Should one edit the code into the question in these cases? The problem I see is that all content on Stack Exchange ...
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What does a piece of code need to satisfy to be a "real project" by itself?

Currently, the FAQ provides the following guidelines: Code Review - Stack Exchange is for sharing code from projects you are working on for peer review. You should only ask practical, answerable ...
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Does my code example need to be compilable/runnable?

I'm thinking of posting a question here, but am unsure how I should do so. The question is about comparing the performance of a piece of pure Python code vs a hybrid Python/C++ piece of code, glued ...
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Where do high-level architecture and design questions go?

The FAQ states this: your question is not about … Higher-level architecture and design of software systems So, where should a high-level design question go?
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Reviews of code not stored here

This question is inspired by a question I just saw: Review website done after one week of learning HTML and CSS How do we want to handle these issues? We wanted to avoid pastebins since having the ...
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Cross-posting etiquette

Is it okay to copy a previous post from Stack Overflow, in the interests of building questions during the beta stage of Code Review? I'm perfectly happy with the answers I received for the question ...
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What makes a good question? [duplicate]

I think it would be a good idea to compile a list of guidelines on how to ask good question. What information should be present, how to structure it, etc.
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