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Hi! What brings you here today?

On 2013-11-15, we were given a review about our beta progress. On 2014-04-10, we also got some feedback from Stack Exchange Community Managers @GraceNote and @Pops. One of the concerns that was ...
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June 2016 Community Challenge

I don't see one of these yet, so here's the question for the proposals for the June 2016 Community Challenge! (I skipped May, as there wasn't enough time to get a good pool of suggestions.) It's time ...
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What would Clippy say?

We have a question closure rate of ~30%. That's a significant burden on moderators and users who help triage the questions. While some questions can indeed be very difficult to triage, there are ...
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Code-Challenge #2

(what's this all about?) Post-Mortem In February 2014, we rebooted weekend-challenge and created a code-challenge tag. Here are some stats (as of 2014-03-02): First entry was posted on 2014-02-02 (...
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How much idle chatter do we tolerate in The 2nd Monitor?

Related but not a duplicate: How far off-topic can we get in 'the 2nd monitor'? Today was a complicated day in the history of The 2nd Monitor. On one side there appears to be consensus something ...
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Create a reference for newbie common mistakes

What I suggest I'd like to open a community wiki post that address and explain the most common beginners bad-practices/mistakes in an XXX language, to be used as a reference when answering. Reason ...
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Online Contest Questions

A number of questions get posted here by people trying to solve problems from sites like interviewstreet.com. The site is intended to test programmer ability. Can you figure out the efficient ...
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Graduation update: it's election season!

I'll start off by addressing the elephant in the room. It's been the better part of a year since the announcement that Code Review was graduating. In all those months, there haven't been any visible ...
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First Post Review Queue — what is it? Why is it a bad idea to click “No Action Needed”?

When you pass 500 reputation you gain access to the Review Queues. One of them is the "First Post" queue. What is this queue, what purpose does it serve, and how should I process items in that queue?
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Let's draft better Help Center pages!

To follow up on Help spot deficiencies in our Help Center, let's collaboratively draft better Help Center pages. For each Help Center page to be modified, post a Community Wiki "answer" containing ...
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What IS a Code Review?

So, this site is called "Code Review"... What we do here is... ask for and write Code Reviews, naturally. However, I feel that there are a whole bunch of different thoughts floating around about ...
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Should name of programming language be in the title of a question?

Almost every question on the website has the name of the programming language in its title. Also words like feedback, review etc. are unneeded I think as that is this website's purpose. I wanted the ...
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Guidelines for new users + proposal tag

When asking a question on code-review, the goal is clear: To get a second opinion on your code. By peers, or by people with more experience ("experts", some might say). If you post a ton of code, ...
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Putting down my mug

I joined CR in May 2013, but only started living here in September of that year. I remember very well then, the site had been in beta for almost 1000 days, and I kept thinking that was a shame, CR was ...
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Should we adopt “Stack Snippets” (runnable code snippets in posts)?

Stack Overflow is implementing a new feature whereby the question (and answers) can contain runnable code snippets: Feedback requested: Runnable code snippets in questions and answers Today we'...
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Code Review Secret Santa 2015: Show off your gifts

Now that some of the gifts have been sent and begin to arrive, you can show off your awesome christmas swag in here and write a "Thank You" message to your giftee! Don't worry if your gift hasn't ...
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What should our elevator pitch be?

In one sentence, how will we describe Code Review to the world?
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Code Review is in need of a new moderator

I know that we are a beta site, but from the looks of it, they only choose moderator pro-tems 2 weeks into a beta site. I think we need to follow the path set forth for nomination of a new moderator, ...
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Code that handles n% of test cases but not all

I've started noticing recently questions like this one (66%, not well received) or that one (50%, well received) where the author states something like this: I am trying to solve this problem on ...
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“unclear what you're asking” vs “Lacks concrete context”

Aren't these two close reasons too similar? Since the Lacks concrete context exists I cannot remember using the unclear what you're asking anymore. unclear what you're asking Please clarify your ...
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Nothing fishy going on here! Nope, not at all

Following Mat's resignation as moderator yesterday, I, too, have informed the Stack Exchange community that I am yielding my position as moderator. I know that it may be natural for many of you to ...
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Can we revisit “Did I write that code myself”?

Did I write that code myself? This is one of the six questions the help center recommends users should be able to answer "Yes" to before posting their question. I'm not sure I quite understand ...
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Should specific questions about example code be on-topic?

I've noticed some questions, like the following, come up: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/30092/map-then-iterate-why Inheritance and forcing methods to be called inside another method ...
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What does it take to make code your own?

This question is meant as a general question, but it is also specifically about this specific question: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/39228/original-factorial-method-in-java/ It is ...
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List of StackOverflow questions to migrate

Ivo Wetzel has listed in detail a great set of prerequisites for migrating SO questions over here. Migration is a win-win situation, so we should invest some energy in bringing good on-topic questions ...
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Could incomplete or not-quite-working code be suitable for review?

I've noticed that sometimes I end up reviewing code despite the question's violation of our policy that it must contain working code. I bring this issue up because it is related to Changing wording ...
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Are questions about how to further golf a program on-topic here?

I have a simple algorithm that I'm using for code golf, and I'm hoping to find ways to golf it further. The algorithm is somewhat golfed in Python already, and works flawlessly. I asked on meta....
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Vote Early, Vote Often

Lack of voting has already been identified as an issue that prevents the site from graduating. I'm shamelessly stealing this post from Meta Biblical Hermeneutics, hoping it will inspire all of us to ...
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Should we sign up for Winter Bash 2014?

Winter Bash 2014 is approaching! We signed up for it last year, and it was a really big hit. I'm still posting this in order to get an official word from the community and to make new users aware of ...
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How much research effort is expected when posting a Code Review question?

On Stack Overflow, the community consensus for research before asking is: A lot. An absurd amount. More than you think you are capable of. In fact, asking a question on Stack Overflow is the ...
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Reviewing AI based on how it performs

On Code Golf is is common to see a king-of-the-hill question where you have to implement an AI based on the rules given in the question. So then I got to thinking - "If I developed an AI for one of ...
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Stack Snippets are Live! - Click here for your Sandbox

Stack Snippets are now live on the CR Meta and Main site too. Go on, play with it! Note that the feature is now live on the main site, and also there is a mini competition (for bragging rights) to ...
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Should [programming-challenge] questions require a summary of the challenge?

Project Euler has been offline for several days, after the site was hacked. Problem is, a large number of our questions relate to Project Euler, and many of them do not contain any description of the ...
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Are questions with undiscovered bugs allowed?

Re: Connect 4 in C++ Situation: The OP, a beginner posted code with several bugs in it. They said they thought the code worked okay, because they hadn't discovered the bugs during their testing, ...
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How can we avoid redundant titles?

code-challenge posts are one example of can-get-tricky post titles, since we're a bunch of users posting "Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe" entries. Lots of other small projects have the same issue: Convert ...
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Best practice questions

I wanted to ask a question at Code Review, so I visited the FAQ. It says this is ok: Code correctness Best practices and design pattern usage in your code Application UI Security issues ...
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Code remove after question answered

If the user that posted the question deletes the code to which the question belongs to, after accepting an answer, should one restore the code or simply notify the user or moderator?
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Weekend Challenge #2

One single proposal per answer, most upvoted as of 2013-12-07 (12:00AM UTC) becomes our next challenge! The winning entry shall be marked as the accepted answer. index | next challenge
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Is solely suggesting another solution a bad answer?

Related to Is a bad approach for a problem a good reason to close a question?, this question is about the opposite instead: Is solely suggesting another solution a bad answer? We've been over this ...
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Do we have some rebel tags that shouldn't exist on Code Review?

I just found a question with finance and there are 45 questions tagged with it. what does that have to do with code review? This led me to the Tags page and I found a few that look out of place ...
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How well is “malicious” code accepted here?

I recently asked a question that could possibly be used for malicious purposes. I tried to whittle the code down as much as I could to a "base" program so that a script kiddie wouldn't stumble across ...
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The [java-8] tag, here to stay?

Recently the java-8 tag was created to apply to Java8 specific questions. There is no doubt that the questions are, in fact, Java8 questions. The meta question though, is: Should java-8 exist, and ...
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Would a reference implementation for a made-up programming language be a good Code Review question?

Suppose I made up a programming language and was working on an interpreter for it. Would that interpreter make a good code review question? It would probably be largish at a couple hundred lines. It ...
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“How secure…” questions - Code Review vs. Information Security SE

Recently I have seen a whole lot of questions in the form of "How secure is this hashing", "How secure is my keygen?", "How secure is my form?". We do have a quite popular security tag, with 159 ...
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Are questions about public interface (API) on topic?

I'm writing some library code (ex. jQuery plugins, Django apps) that is meant to be used by other people as building blocks for larger applications. Often I don't see much need for others peer-...
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Is there a place for automated code reviews?

What I'd wish for is that I wouldn't have to be a human lint tool. — Pimgd There are questions on CR where running the code through lint or a similar tool could give useful tips to the poster, ...
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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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Synonymization proposal for version-specific language tags

I was checking out the tags today, and I think we could clean up a couple tags. For all three suggestions, I think a synonym should suffice. I was unable to propose them, as version-specific tags can ...
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Is it okay to modify code in a post if we've discovered a bug, before receiving an answer?

Assuming that I have a posted a question with working code, and I've discovered a bug in it without the help of an answer, is it okay to edit the code in the post with a fix?
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The NS-specific tags

There's been a bit of discussion in chat recently about the implementation-specific NS* tags. nsdictionary nsarray nsstring nsmutablestring In Objective-C there are classes named ...