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2018: 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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Should we allow answer invalidation for otherwise off-topic questions? [duplicate]

We recently had a question with un-compilable code. The question was answered and the answerer pointed out the broken code. The user has since edited the question to fix the code. It was rolled-back. ...
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Flagging users who select “No Action Needed” in First Posts review queue

A while back I was directed to read the accepted community wiki answer to this First Post Review question (and of course heeded the advice). In Jamal's answer to this question about reviewing a ...
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Is a question on topic if the code works locally but errors when submitted to a coding site? [duplicate]

This is about a recently posted question: Codejam 2018 - Getting confusing runtime error The OP claims it works for him locally, but generates a Runtime Error on the Google Code Jam website itself. ...
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Posting a question where part of the code contains a known bug

There is a particular requirement that has two versions. The first version has proven to be more challenging than the subsequent version to both describe the specification and compose; and also ...
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Closing of questions citing “off-topic” as reason where user-defined code and standardized code is clearly equivalent

See From the below javascript code snippet which one is considered to be most appropriate? [on hold] Scenario 1: ...
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What criteria do you use to upvote a question?

This site is very unique in that 2 people can't come and say I had the same problem, since all questions have working code. Having said that, I see a lot of answerers not upvoting the questions they ...
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Code Review questions must contain code

As requested by Kaz and approved by the voters here on meta, questions asked on Code Review that do not contain code are now blocked. I've configured this initially as a three-line minimum (or three ...
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The problem with insufficient context

The new (well, not that new now) Insufficient Context close reason has a problem. People see the name and think it is about the text surrounding the code. The text context for the code. But the ...
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What is immoral about reviewing someone else's code? [duplicate]

The Help Center says: For licensing, moral, and procedural reasons, we cannot review code written by other programmers. Can somebody explain what is immoral about reviewing someone else's code? ...
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Acceptability of questions about checking for race conditions

Is it acceptable for users to post questions in this community and have their code evaluated by others to check for race conditions? Or do these types of questions fall under the banner of 'broken ...
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Does Stack Overflow count as a third party site?

I had a question that was placed on hold with a link to this: Can I put my code on a third party site and link to the site in my question? The code I asked for review of was on Stack Overflow, and ...
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How do we handle stated restrictions around coding challenge sites' legalese?

I see things like the following on a certain coding challenge site: Copyright 2009–2018 by Codility Limited. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized copying, publication or disclosure prohibited. I ...
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Is “How does this algorithm work?” a good question here?

If I have a question about the algorithm that I can't understand the logic behind, how and where should I ask the question?
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Checklist for how to write a good Code Review question

Many questions of new users lack some parts or common style of the site. There already are some meta questions that aggregate tips on this issue but letting new users walk through all of them is ...
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“What's beta” in Help Center: Do we still need it?

I was looking through the help center recently, and noticed the What's beta? page. Is it even necessary anymore? I understand that we have not completely graduated yet, but we are not in beta any more....
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Announcement: New chat room CRCQR

As some of the regulars at the SE Code Review site already noticed we have a new chat room to request and discuss question closures: SE Code Review Close Questions room I've setup that room due to ...
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Why do some users have HTTP response codes in their display names?

I know I could ask this in the 2nd monitor but figure this might be better here for posterity... and this site is for questions... I noticed a while back that there are a couple users who have HTTP ...
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Does [ascii-art] mean only ASCII?

I'm looking at the ascii-art excerpt, which says: ASCII Art is a graphic design technique that uses 93 of the 128 printable ACSII characters to create images. Whilst this is almost true (it uses ...
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To serve, what is it to ask for review?

Food for thought. There are times when questions come along which demonstrate a student's query, and with that comes the student's ill fated attempt to pose an "on topic" question without much ...
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Can I ask about my CloudFormation infrastructure template?

I have a template for some infrastructure using AWS CloudFormation that I'd like reviewed. However, I'm not sure if it's on-topic here; it's YAML that's describing infrastructure, not a program per se....
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I broke your code, therefore your code doesn't work: NAA discussion

Let's say the OP had code like this (imagine there's actual code here, I'm just making a generalized example for meta): ...
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My code is too long. How do I trim it down when code posted here is expected to function?

The code I would like to have reviewed, found here, is more than 30,000 characters long. I don't feel like that in and of itself makes it off topic, but removing code from it so that it can be posted ...
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How many lines of code are too much? [duplicate]

I've built an ASP.Net component, for example, which consists of a base class with 670 lines of code, a sub class with 180 lines, plus some code to illustrate it's usage. I think this is a perfect ...
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Can we enhance the favicon on a dark background?

In Chrome on Max osx, at least, the favicon in the tab title kind of disappears when having a dark main background on the window. Can this be enhanced somehow? The image shows top part of window with ...
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Code Review's updated site theme is now live for everyone

Update - the theme and layout is now live for everyone. Thanks for your feedback in this process. If there's additional feedback, please feel free to add to the answers below. As part of ...
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Post was put on hold stating that code is not working

I have a question about my Code Review Stack Exchange post: Filling-values-for-dictionary-of-dictionaries Post was put on hold stating that code is not working but it's working and I had posted the ...
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Are practical user-created languages suitable for a tag creation?

I recently created a language, and was wondering (As many others may be) if a user is allowed to create a tag for their language and post a few example questions. The following things should be ...
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Why is my SPOJ question receiving downvotes?

SPOJ- CPP: Gap in output What is the purpose of so many downvotes? And what does it mean that the code should be "embedded directly"?
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Removing a question I don't like anymore

I recently posted a question which I think is decent enough, but I have since decided that the code in question is flawed/ has some issues. It is not that the code is buggy or incorrect which would be ...
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Posting code that violates Google's TOS

For a quick project, I thought it would be cool to make a crawler that goes over Google results, finding and recording sites that are scraping and impersonating Stack Exchange sites. The problem is, ...
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Wouldn't it be better to edit this question instead of closing it?

This question: Frequency Queries hackerrank … got closed for this reason: Code not implemented or not working as intended … … as the author wrote: However, on hackerrank it says the wrong ...
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JavaScript concepts applying to JSX posts

Many posts are tagged with jsx as well as javascript and sometimes ecmascript-6, but then those latter tags are often removed by others. While I understand that jsx is not syntactically valid ...
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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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Need clarification on my close reason interpretation for a specific close reason

The question Does this method guarantee that cells in a CSV will be correctly partitioned? is a duplicate of this one (10k+ and mods only) which asks whether a singular function properly 'escapes' ...
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How to prevent people from answering off-topic questions?

Assume a person is asking about their broken code and someone suffering from FGITW-syndrome immediately answers it. Then maybe the answer and/or even the question gets upvoted. This completely ...
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Why is my second “Form maximum date/time from some digits” question being down voted?

My question here is getting down votes: Code Vita 7: Form the maximum possible date time in the MM/DD HH:MM format using any eight of twelve given single digits which is a follow up to my previous ...
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How much context is the required minimum?

This question got sparked by a recent discussion in the 2nd Monitor about this question: Golang Map-Reduce Master - Channels. The problem is: How much context is needed to actually review the code in ...
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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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How should question bodies be organized?

The format that I know for question bodies is: Intro, often explaining where the problem originated. A problem statement explaining what the code is supposed to do. Perhaps a little more ...
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Closure of finding the longest word in a string

Recently we got the question Finding the longest word in a String. (10k required) This question looked like it was off-topic, because of the following results: ...
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Performance checking tools

Performance checkers: What tools are available for attaining the metrics necessary to perform a performance review? Bench-marking is often not easily done by hand after all. This is a follow-up to ...
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Do people read other reviews for learning?

I was looking for posts about self-answering my own code review question, and I saw this post: Why should I be able to answer my own question in the question's editor on Code Review? 3 days ago I ...
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Can you post code that works on one version of a interpreter (ex:Python 2) but not on another (ex:Python 3)

I am new to this specific Q&A site and I got my rep off of association bonuses, and I wanted to ask how to fix my code to work for another version of python. I noticed the text "Post code that is ...
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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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Is it allowed to edit code if there is no answer?

If I have kept working on the code, and there are no answers (say one week after the original post), am I allowed to edit the code to reflect the changes I have made to it? I believe this question is ...
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Technology review without code

I developed a new blockchain technology. I have white papers and my code is under development. I would like to ask a question about my technology idea and not providing actual code. Is that kind of ...
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PSA: Excel going “Not Responding” isn't broken code

Some VBA questions mention the host application (e.g. Excel) is going "not responding" while their macro is running. Is it ok to vote to close these questions as "broken code"?
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When to create a generator or return simply a list, closed for missing context

The other day we got the question: When to create a generator or return simply a list in Python? This question has a generic title, some code which contains enough code to be reviewed. And a couple ...
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Clojure tag not sorting first

I've noticed that all language tags are sorted first but clojure tag. Is this by design or is there some setting that this tag is missing?