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What are our answer editing guidelines?

On this site, we have a well-known policy on editing code in questions: Don't. After all, that code is up for review, in all its glorious ugliness and buginess. But clearly, such reasoning cannot ...
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Complete Review of Small Application

I have written a fairly small application (10 small classes). I have tried to follow best practices in terms of software design but I have a feeling it can be improved. It is acceptable for me to ...
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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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Code Review Blog - Post One Contest

On Hold SE Community Devs: The short of it is, it's kinda on us to make something that works, and we don't really do that. There isn't any real proper integration between the systems and the ...
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“Time Limit Exceeded” and programming challenges

Lately I've seen many questions pertaining to Project Euler and similar that have problems with time limit exceeded. And this prompted the question, are these questions on topic? I mean, the code, ...
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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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Code Prettify - Line numbers?

SE sites use Google Code Prettify for code formatting. While it's still up in the air as to whether we would be able to get SE to use community-voted code formatting, I've been experimenting with ...
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Can we require questions to have at least one language tag?

We are getting a low amount of questions every day which are not tagged with a language. I believe we can could prevent this if we make adding a language required. Is there a possibility to add this ...
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Why are they 'questions' if this site is primarily for code review requests?

"why are they 'questions' if this site is primarily for code review requests?" This is not originally my question, but it never-the-less is still a good one that deserves more attention. I'm sort of ...
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Mod team updates and site status

Today the paperwork caught up with reality, and Simon officially relinquished his diamond. For me it is a sad occasion. Fortunately, I know Simon is not really going anywhere, and he'll still be just ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Editing out the Ruby tag from a Ruby-on-Rails question

Someone suggested an edit to remove the ruby tag with the reason: ruby != RoR I was tempted to reject the edit, since ruby is a valid tag in my opinion for ruby-on-rails. The user is a good ...
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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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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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August 2015 Community Challenge

The top-voted answer is Racetrack: "In the game of Racetrack, cars race around a track bounded by two concentric closed loops drawn on a square grid. Implement a program that plays this game." It's ...
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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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Self-accepting own answer when competing answers exist

It came up in chat that one particular user seemed to be in the habit of: Posting a good question; Receiving good answers; Posting his/her refactored code as community answer, after adapting some ...
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How much can an answer be subject to opinion?

I am new to this site, but love reviewing code and having my code reviewed. One thing that is always difficult for me when I'm reviewing code is to determine whether some of the points I'm making ...
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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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Are we allowed to ask questions about just regular expressions?

Are we allowed to ask questions just about regular expressions?
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How broken does code have to be to for a question to be closed?

I recently voted to close this question: The longest subsequence with specified difference between min and max Originally I thought the code was really bad because the OP claimed a linear solution, ...
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Edit dispute - Indentation on questions

This suggested edit was rejected. As it should be - rolfl here has the correct reason: Whitespace "fixes" should be part of an answer, not an edit. Please do not fix code problems in the question. ...
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Should I be asking shorter questions?

Background I've been meaning to ask this for a while, and this meta question prompted me to finally write something. I've read the answers to that question and the ones to which it links, and the ...
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Posting a multi-language project

I have a small project for which I would like to ask for a code review soon. However, it integrates multiple languages (specifically, Python + jQuery and the rest of the browser stack). Can such a ...
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Does this question belong on Code Review? Should it go to Code Golf?

I posted this question about how to rewrite a C# algorithm in fewer lines of code, preferably using extension methods, which prompted a discussion in the comments about whether it was appropriate for ...
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Will a question be downvoted for poor code?

I am kind of new to Code Review SE (I only have two questions), and am trying to understand the site. I recently came across this question with three downvotes. For the most part, It seems that it is ...
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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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Check list for formatting questions and answers

I have seen that moderators work hard to format questions and answers. Is there a check list they use (specially for CR), so others can also contribute by editing or properly formatting their own ...
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Can we review spreadsheet formulas?

So, this question has been bothering me for a long time now. It is asking for a review of one line of "code" which is really a spreadsheet formula. Actually, it's not even asking for a review in my ...
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Asking about code in a pull request to my code base

I want to do something that is a little unusual, but not obviously off-topic. As a result, I thought I'd post here first. I got a pull request into a code base I (professionally) maintain. I'd like ...
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One Question Per Question

I voted to close this question as being "Too Broad," on account of the fact that it's actually five, independent questions. At the very least, an answer would have to address all five questions, so it'...
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Winston Ewert is no longer a moderator?

I've just now noticed the missing diamond on his profile, along with this: There's no announcement on Meta, and this just seems like an abrupt change. I'm not sure how long ago this was, either. ...
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Homework Questions

We may soon see questions that are really part of somebody's homework. Given that this site is about advice and critique that can go as far as providing complete code alternatives should we be wary ...
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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 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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Is the [Linq] tag appropriate if the code doesn't use Linq?

This question raises my question. Classify values depending on predicates The code in the question doesn't actually use any linq. OP simply believes there may be a solution using Linq that is ...
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Tagging: C++ vs C

I've noticed more and more questions recently having their posts tagged with C++ both c++ and c. A couple examples that I have recently handled myself: Karatsuba C++ implementation Passing objects ...
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Is our “broken” wording broken?

"Questions containing broken code or asking for advice about code not yet written are off-topic, as the code is not ready for review. After the question has been edited to contain working code, we ...
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How can we get the most out of Winter Bash 2015?

I think that ranking high on the leaderboard, as a community, is good publicity for Code Review. I'd like us to rank high, and all members to get a lot of hats, but without abusing the rules, staying ...
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The CRonicles: Story of a Stack

Something pretty cool was born earlier today. There was a chat discussion involving new reviewers reviewees, about the site's graduation and the History of Code Review. Mat's Mug: people can read ...
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Put into FAQ: “Will submitted code be licensed under the copyleft CC-BY-SA?”

Put into FAQ: Will submitted code be licensed under the copyleft Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license? I really want to know this! Since the CC-BY-SA is a copyleft, viral ...
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How long can code be?

First of all before, I hate the typical "codez plz" homework question. I hope this has nothing to do with that, but it is actually a class assignment. I won't post my code until it is completely ...
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Can we have a guide to wonderland? (includes v1)

Request Can we have a 'guide to wonderland' meta. 'Wonderland' is all our rules which mostly consists of lots of different rabbit holes. Rationale When I started on Code Review I spent a good ...
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When should the community undelete a question that has been deleted by its author?

Today it happened again that I wanted to post an answer to a question, which all of you know can take some time to write, but some minutes ago the question had been deleted by the owner. For the (...
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Is there a better format for posting questions for code review

At times I have seen quite a bit of code posted for review. This might be because there are a number of classes that interact so the person is giving as much information as possible, or they might be ...
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Meaningful question titles [duplicate]

I visited Code Review the first time and noticed that many question titles are meaningless. For example I found the following titles on the front page. How can I make this program a bit more ...
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Blind upvoting of posts on Code Review

On Code Review, I've noticed that there is a blind upvoting of posts. People judge the question by the heading, not by the effort. Is this a proper way of upvoting posts?
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Post Mortems - Episode I: A new hope

Prologue: A long long time ago (Apr. 17th, 16:00), in a galaxy far away, there was a stranger, seeking enlightenment. He came across a miraculous star named CodeReview in the deepest ...
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Why are alternative solutions not welcome?

I skipped reviewing this answer because I am not sure what to do with it after I read the comment posted below it: Welcome to Code Review! You have presented an alternative solution, but haven't ...
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Do you have to speak the language to answer the question?

I frequently read in chat users saying things about not being able to answer this question or that because they don't know the language used in the question. Is this true? What knowledge level is ...