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Why was this specific question migrated to Stack Overflow?

I am shocked by the migration of How to use multiple if-statements once? to Stack Overflow. It is not broken code and it is not asking for any behavioral changes. Unfortunately I cannot see the ...
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Should an “ancient” question that would be rejected now be nominated for closing?

This seven year old question was recently edited to update some of the links in it. However, this question would nowadays be rejected as not-reviewable code. Should such old questions be nominated for ...
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Create [x86-64] synonym for [amd-64]

On Stack Overflow, the x86-64 tag is the main tag for questions about 64 bit extensions to the Intel x86 architecture. The amd64 tag is a synonym. Here on Code Review, the amd64 tag exists (and only ...
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Burninate [heuristic]

The heuristic tag has only one question, no description, no synonyms and no wiki entry. The only question using it has four other tags and a comment pointing out that the use of the word "...
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Are Epic and Legendary badges obsolete?

Since it's hat season again, I actually looked at all of the badges and things associated with my account here on Code Review. One thing I noticed is that I am about halfway to "epic" which ...
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Add images in comments

Sometimes I would like to add an image to the comment. So far, I used postimg, for example here. To add an image in a question I see that imgur is the default option. Is imgur the recommended service ...
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Is code “working as intended” if significant portions are hardcoded?

I was looking at the question How to output to an XML file in Python?, and to me it clearly seems to be off-topic, but I wanted some second opinions. In a nutshell, the program takes data from an ...
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Replace tag [parse.com] with [parse-platform]

The tag parse.com should be replaced with parse-platform analogous to a similar renaming that was done on Stack Overflow. This tag request is part of the Parse Community's effort to maintain Parse ...
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Forcing detail when none is needed

What more is expected of this question? It's not any less detailed than this one, nor is its answer any more thorough than this. It appears some users expect "more text" that only gives ...
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Shall we lower the close-vote threshold to three?

There is a comment on the MSO post We’re lowering the close/reopen vote threshold from 5 to 3 for good Other sites can have whatever threshold is most appropriate for them, @gnat – Shog9 Dec 3 '19 at ...
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I missed that a question was for a subset of the language. Next steps?

I recently answered a Python review question. Unfortunately, I had missed that the question was for MicroPython; a subset of Python with reduced features. As a result, 1/2 to 2/3 of my suggestions are ...
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Why the downvotes?

Finding the first null character in a file got downvoted a lot. Why?
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Should I kill my own account?

I have some poorly received posts. Should I kill my account? Should I make all my posts say user227432 with no link?
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Overly aggressive moderation on Alloy tag

Alloy is a lightweight formal specification language. Such languages are completely different in style and way of thinking than programming languages. We've been using SO to answer many questions. ...
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The [Salesforce] ecosystem

While hunting for my next zombie to take down, I encountered the following question: Patient Appointment CSV to insert records using simple_salesforce A question that seemed well written, almost ...
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Are sanity checks allowed?

There are times when I have written code that looks insane when I step back from it. It is during those times where I might need a sanity check. So, is asking for a sanity check allowed? For example, ...
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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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How do we differentiate “language-agnostic” from “pseudocode”?

I understand the policy that we do not allow pseudocode in the question. That said, if an OP indicates it, would answers whose language diverges from the language of the post be on-topic? The ...
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moderators limited, downvoting abuse on new users

For any reason moderator are declining flags from me i have send it 2 time. about donwvoting my question, and donwvoting user not give any type o feedback/comment/edit. https://codereview....
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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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How should I ask on the main site without getting too many downvotes to a piece of code that was a P vs NP attempt? [closed]

I wanted to find out my mistakes in the code that could shorten it all together. I would love to figure out how to address bad variable names Use enumerate instead of python's range Use a better ...
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Phrancis: A final review of a good member

On May 22, 2020, I received a message from the roommate of one of our cherished members, Phrancis (Francis Veilleux-Gaboury). She was reaching out and using his account to inform me that he had passed ...
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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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How to deal with reviews of Jupyter notebooks?

There is currently a question in the python tag which asks as the main question for a review of an (externally linked) Jupyter notebook. In order to not be off-topic the OP also included the most ...
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Unifying “Is {language} on-topic?” questions under one tag scheme

Please can we unify all "is {language} on-topic?" questions to one tag scheme. Since there are, with my counting at least, 35 such questions if we were to make this a tag then it would have more ...
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What do we do with low-quality questions that already have answers?

This question is a terrific mess. The question itself seems to me clearly off-topic due to being a snippet and the OP graciously agreed in the comments; but in the meantime it has attracted answers of ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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How long should you leave a question before you accept an answer?

I don't like to leave questions open for so long it looks dead, but I want people to still think that I want more feedback and I can't find a good middle ground. Any opinions?
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Negative engagement, ganging up, question closing, downvoting

I am relatively new to Code Review, so I don't know if this Stack Exchange site suffers particularly from counter-productive interaction by negatively critical senior users but I'm certainly seeing it ...
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Syntax highlighting for vba just changed

It looks like the syntax highlighting has recently changed for VBA (I would post a sample but I don't think meta does code highlighting...) Here's an image to preserve what I'm seeing, tagged with ...
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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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Understanding closed question concerns

I'm still in the process of figuring out many aspects of stackexchange, and a recent question of mine got closed after I responded to comments provided. I'm hoping to understand more about the ...
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Should I change the question's title or body, and/or create another question?

In this question (What is the best practice between second assignment or dict's value call?), I first ask for the best solution between second assignment or dict's value call. But, after few days I ...
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Is a memory leak and a lack of concurrent safety enough to make code unreviewable?

There is this question which has one close vote and three down-votes. The only comments are The code is broken because it doesn't deallocate memory (and because it uses a global variable although ...
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"Lacks concrete context”, et al - drivng in the wrong direction

Over the last 2 months I have seen a significant proportion of questions closed, or marooned/abandoned by the threat of being closed. I understand the official figures are in region of 20-40% (about ...
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Improving a question - when to post a new question

I'm new to the code review site (but not to SE in general). I posted my first question in earnest after reading the "about" page and noting that code must be working. The code I posted worked locally,...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Where can I find an expert opinion on a large codebase?

I am a self taught developer that codes for fun, and I created a project that almost certainly has terrible code in it, but I would like someone who knows what they're doing (i.e. not me) to help me ...
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Titles that reference external resources

A couple of us disagreed (in comments) on whether titles that are nothing more than external references, such as "Advent of Code 2019 Day 3, Part 3" and "Project Euler nº 5", are reasonable. I ...
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Vote to close and unclear titles

We usually VTC questions with titles that don't reflect the goal of the code. Examples of said titles: "How do I make this better?" "My code is not fast enough" "I'd like my code to be more pythonic" ...
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Is GraphQL Reviewable?

This question was posted recently, and presents a GraphQL schema for review. Arguably, GraphQL doesn't do much, and we've closed plain Java and C# posts before where all reviewers had to chew on was ...
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Should we improve the code to be reviewed in an edit?

I noticed this suggest edit: This suggested edit does two things: Replace using namespace std;, which is considered bad practice in C++, with ...
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Collection of small unrelated methods

I have a file that contains a multitude of methods that are solutions to some common interview questions. None of these methods are related in any way, shape or form. I have been debating on the two ...
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The context of “Lacks concrete context”: let's fix it

Early 2018 we changed the close reasons on Code Review. This was necessary, but now almost 2 years later it's perfectly clear there's a growing discontent with one of them: "Lacks concrete context". ...
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My CR karma raised about 6000 points, what happened?

My karma in Code Review was two days ago around 16400+. Now it is 22700+. What happened here? I received my 8th golden badge; might it be responsible for that? Also, there is no any indication from ...
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How can year reputation be higher than total reputation?

Looking at the 2019 user reputation league, this year's highest-ranked user is dfhwze (deservedly so, having put a lot of work into code reviewing this year). There's a strange anomaly, though: at ...
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How do we handle answers that pertain solely to other answers?

Most of us are (or should be) familiar with this section of the Help Center Page How do I write a good answer?: What goes into an answer Every answer must make at least one insightful ...
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Is editing code whitespace allowed? [duplicate]

EDIT: An edit dispute answered by rolfl is related, but dates back to 2015 and was answered by one moderator. I feel like there should be an official verdict. This applies to edits/questions in ...
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Changed question code - what to do?

As seen in This meta post, questions aren't supposed to change their code beyond copy/paste errors or minor syntax problems which aren't the subject of Code Review anyway. It did happen here. How ...
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Review a piece of code bought from someone else

In How can I speed up this serialized array generation php script? the OP states, that they "bought one [...] script" from someone else. Since I could not identify if the script in question was also ...

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