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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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Why is only my own written code on-topic?

I tend to disagree with point #2 on the Help Center: Did I write that code? I believe any code, written by one self or anyone else should be eligible for code review. Many a times, you're ...
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What Site Policy should we have for code written by ChatGPT?

As all of us I'm sure are aware, ChatGPT has induced a plethora of discussion network-wide. Specifically with this site, we could very well see an influx of questions about reviewing ChatGPT generated ...
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How to best motivate posters to migrate their question to another site?

It often happens that people post a question that is not suitable for the site they posted it on, but should rather go to another Stack Exchange site. Sometimes this is made easy using some of the ...
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Candidate changes in 2024 Moderator Election – review your ballot

TL;DR: There's been a change in the candidate list for the 2024 Moderator Election. The voting period has been extended for a week. If you've already voted, you should confirm your votes still ...
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2024 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #4 on Code Review has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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Short answers and code-only answers

What should we do with: Short answers (for example, "I suggest you use [hyperlink to this standard API] instead.") Code-only answers (for example, an improved version of the code in the OP) Such ...
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Should code block(s) as answers always require an explanation?

Here is a great example of this. Granted, that was that user's first post, but this is still common. UPDATE: That example has since been updated, so consult the original version. This type of ...
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2024 Community Moderator Election

The 2024 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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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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Do the default first questions Share feedback canned comments make sense for Code Review?

Most sites have 2 default Share feedback comments in the First questions queue: Question is unclear Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you ...
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2024 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Code Review Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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What is the best strategy to reopen: text based adventure in python

What's the best strategy to re-open Text based Game Python? As I wish to invite others to also review the existing working code. My current understanding is the question is off-topic exclusively due ...
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Welcome to The 2nd Monitor!

So, you have found your way to the Code Review main chat room, The 2nd Monitor, perhaps for one of these reasons: You were invited or "pinged" by a site moderator or other user to discuss a post on ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Code Review iterations

I posted a question at the https://codereview.stackexchange.com and got the answer, what's now? I can't find to respective guide, so this a question of appropriate processing of the question/answer at ...
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Gold tag-badge users closing questions as pre-written off-topic duplicates

I often see questions which are blatantly off-topic, like, for instance, when this question (can only be viewed with enough rep, as it has been deleted) showed up. The shown c# code had been <...
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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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Disable Anonymous Contributions

Note: Due to my position as a moderator I can't comment or point to specifics, which greatly obfuscates the validity of my question. The moderator team has been brought aware of certain irregularities ...
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Can a user post code in an answer even if they don't fully understand how it works?

In this answer the OP of the question presented an alternative solution from github. The github repository shows that it uses the MIT license: ... Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any ...
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Tools for format and error checking in your programming language

Lints and Hints: What tools are available for checking and correcting the conventions, style and common errors in my language (lint tools), and are there tools that can automatically fix them (hint ...
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How to post a follow-up question?

Sometimes I stumble upon follow-up questions, where code is being posted again after having gone through a review (or two). Examples of possible sets of follow up questions: Find missing numbers - ...
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Coroutines vs. async-await

I just created the coroutines tag. However, I then noticed that there is already the async-await tag. I think these are distinct concepts, even though in some languages, that distinction is a bit ...
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Synonym request for tag [animations], proposed synonym [easing]

Synonym Request I came across this question screen-transition-effect-like-in-final-fantasy-games where OP makes their custom easing function in order to smoothly transition a color over an image. I ...
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Was splitting my code review into 6 parts excessive?

Got this comment: Please take rest, you already have monopolized the Code Review. – S. M. 2023-09-20 18:28:46Z, License: CC BY-SA 4.0 Not sure what the best action is. Going forward, should I limit ...
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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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How should I include resources (images, videos, audio, etc) in questions?

I know my code doesn't have to be complete. However, in my specific case I have a project where I'd like to focus on performance improvements. Some optimizations are obvious, where others require ...
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What are the most active languages on Code Review

Normally I ask and answer questions on C++. And the responses are reasonable. But recently I asked question for review of my JavaScript (as I actually need a lot of help here). But I got a lot less ...
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Nefarious user still allowed to contribute?

Yesterday, I flagged an answer from this user because he/she posted a harmful link which performs a drive-by download attack. Should not the community ban them network wide?
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How should we [compose] this tag?

I'm following all the Kotlin questions and I noticed that there was no tag for Jetpack Compose. While Stack Overflow has four tags for variants of compose: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/...
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New user posts 20+ times within 10 minutes?

How is it possible for a new user to post 20+ questions, with mostly the same content, within 10 minutes, on the same day the account was created? How is there no throttling? How do these posts remain ...
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Are vectorization requests on-topic?

Currently, there are 62 questions tagged vectorization, nearly all of which say "The performance sucks; how can I vectorize this code?". Recently, How to efficiently apply correction to a time series ...
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Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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Do configuration files constitute reviewable code?

A question asks to have a Samba configuration file reviewed. Do we consider a configuration file to be code? It's certainly not a Turing-complete language. Is Turing completeness a defining criterion?...
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Let's update the tour- what should be added?

Last year we updated the modal for new users. There are many comments left on posts, especially new posts, asking OPs to "take the tour" (especially when a post is off-topic). The tour has ...
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Is CR targeted at anyone else except the OP?

As a person who joined Stack Overflow about 15 years ago I am always curious to see what new flavours of my favourite Q&A site emerge every year. So from time to time google takes me to ...
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Including function implementations if I need advice about architecture/design/file hierarchy?

I have a program that loads data from CSV files, processes it, and returns CSV files as output. The program is divided into a series of functions that are housed in various files. What I'm interested ...
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TypeScript and JavaScript tags

We typically treat c and c++ as mutually exclusive. We don't tag the same question with both c and c++. I feel we should do the same for TypeScript and JavaScript. TypeScript needs to run through a ...
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How to get the best value out of Code Review - Asking Questions

I have a project I am working on, and I would like some, or all of it reviewed, how can I ask for this review on Code Review in a way that produces the best possible value? This is not about a ...
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Change the licensing of code in Code Review contributions to GNU GPL

It seems that one of the community's main aversions to changing from the current CC license, to a more permissive MIT license, is the idea that people seem to not want to simply give code away. ...
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Should we do something about our meta tags?

We have a decent selection of language and technology tags, but we also have many meta tags, such as refactoring. A meta tag, at least on here, specifies the OP's request(s) in a review, and not much ...
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How do I make my code more readable?

I've often come across the same kind of question: - How do I make my code more readable? - How can I improve my code? And usually the answers are similar - regardless of language or problem. That's ...
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Change the licensing of code in Code Review contributions to MIT

One of several problems of having a creative commons (CC) license for code generated on Code Review, is that it is incompatible with major software licenses. Your project would have to either have to ...
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Reviewing generated code

Is reviewing generated code on topic ? Scenarios: Someone wrote the generator and it is included or linked and provided with generated code. Someone wrote the generator and only included generated ...
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Is it okay to edit part(s) of code not yet reviewed?

In this question of mine, the one answerer so far has only reviewed a part of my code. However, I've made changes on other parts of my code, but I don't want to somehow invalidate that answer. Would ...
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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Are bioinformatics challenges from ROSALIND welcome?

Code for programming challenges, such as Project Euler, is apparently welcome on codereview and the respective tags exist. Would it be considered on-topic to post solutions to problem sets from ...
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Updating a question before it's answered? [duplicate]

My most recent question hasn't received any answers in the 24 hours it's been up, and I've made a couple (IMO small but not negligible) changes since asking it that I would like feedback on. Can I ...
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Reviewing "design"

It has been said in various comments that on Code Review we review code and not design. I find this statement not very clear though. Obviously, if someone has an UML and not any written code, that's ...
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Asker deletes question after posting an answer

Yesterday I answered this question. Today when on my profile I noticed my answer was deleted. This was not a DMCA takedown, and so this meta and this one don't help in this situation. This meta, ...

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