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[hash-map]->[hash-table]

We have both hash-map and hash-table in the system. I have been trying to keep from having language-specific constructs in the tags. Not sure how this one slipped through... again. I propose ...
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What's a Zombie? And what are the many other memes of Code Review?

What is a Zombie? Why are Code Reviewers so violent and talking about killing Zombies all the time? And what ammo are they talking about? What is a TS? What does RSA mean? And what other Code Review-...
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Why delete a lone upvoted answer on a CR question?

I see this post has one deleted answer that has some good advice and received three upvotes. Why was it deleted? My presumption is the user was aiming to earn the disciplined badge but perhaps there ...
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Should we retain unanswered questions from deleted users?

Background We've had a user who asked many questions, mainly follow-up questions, some of which lacked sufficient detail and a review request. Due to some issues stemming from issues of the user and ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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When are Machine Learning questions on-topic?

With the increase in popularity of machine learning and its libraries, we are also getting more machine learning questions. Machine Learning is a tricky subject as the concept of whether or not the ...
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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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Can I put my code on a third party site and link to the site in my question?

Is it OK if I write a question and include a link to GitHub/Pastebin/other similar site instead of putting the code here on Code Review?
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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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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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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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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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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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A guide to Code Review for Stack Overflow users

You're on Stack Overflow and you've found a question that seems to be about improving code. You are trying to be helpful, and you put a comment in the question: You should try asking on CodeReview....
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Burn the [beginner]s

beginner is unquestionably a meta tag, and yet, we continue to allow it to exist on Code Review. Despite communicating no information at all about the contents of the question, beginner is the 7th ...
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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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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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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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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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Posting the same program in three different languages in three different sections [duplicate]

If I made three programs in three different languages, that do the same thing, could I post all three of them and have them connect to one another in order for the review to be successful? Let's say ...
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Is it okay to post the same Project Euler solution, using the same language, but with a different implementation?

I have come up with my very own Clojure implementation of the solution for Project Euler #2, but I see that someone already solved this particular problem using Clojure and put it up here for code ...
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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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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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Would it make sense to copy (some) tag wikis from SO?

There are a lot of good tag wikis on SO and some of these tags apply to CR as well. So I was wondering if it would make sense to copy them from SO? I guess the excerpt might be different to state why ...
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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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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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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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My question was closed as being off-topic. What are my options?

I can understand that sometimes questions are closed as being too opinionated, too broad, or unclear, but my question was closed as being off-topic. I have read the On-Topic Help Center page for Code ...
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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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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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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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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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Frequently Posted Comments

On Code Review we often encounter questions with the same kind of problem over and over again. Some of us are using the auto comments script which allows you to maintain a list of comments to post. ...
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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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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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Are requests for review of language design on topic?

This is the question that prompts this meta: Is my language easy/hard enough? How badly is it designed?. Paraphrased: I am thinking about making a language somewhat based on macros, and looking ...
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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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How should we deal with askers fixing off-topic questions when an answer has been posted?

I did a quick search to see if this has been asked, but it didn't seem to be. The intent behind this question is from how this question was handled, but is not limited to it. The situation is an ...
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Are requests to analyze the complexity of code on-topic?

Here is an example of a question that asks for a big-O analysis of a function (to count the number of ways to make change): What is the run time of this algorithm? Here is my algorithm ...
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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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