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Found a serious bug in my question after posting it

What is the correct way to go after I found a bug in a question that I posted? Shall I delete the question, vote to close it or flag it as off-topic?
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Should code be forcibly translated into English?

In Sieve prime generator C++, a user translated some French strings into English, and the edit got approved. In toBase64 encoder, the author replaced Russian strings and comments with English in ...
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Should I include my testing code?

I recently posted a large chunk of code. It feels like a tall order to code review. I've written a bunch of tests to test my code. Would those tests be useful to the reviewer? I'm not looking for ...
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How should we revisit our standard close reasons?

We have some history, shown below, with our close reasons, there are some problems we have with them. And there has been a consensus to rework them for a while now. The latest I heard about this was ...
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How do we define duplicate questions?

This QA site doesn't quite take the form that others do. Here, we have fairly specific questions. But I already see two Project Euler #1 questions that are similar. Are these duplicates?
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How can I make my question get more attention?

I have written a question that hasn't gotten an answer in several days, and there's not much activity on my question (votes, views, comments). What can I do to draw more attention to my question?
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What to do with Code Only Answer in Low Quality Queue

The only options currently are Looks OK Edit Delete Skip But when you have a code only answer, It isn't Okay There isn't anything to edit really Deleting a good start to a review seems like a bad ...
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Should we censor rude language in comments/strings of posted code?

What I’m referring to mostly started with this edit where strong language that possibly originated as a joke from the OP was flagged as rude and removed from the question entirely. The code in the ...
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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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“How To Format” guide has misleading UI elements

The "How To Format" guide on the right side of the screen is misleading. It uses "►" for each item in the list. Usually this "►" means that the list item is expandable, but it is not an expandable ...
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Best of Code Review 2013

As this 3rd beta-year comes to an end, we would like to host an event: The Best of Code Review 2013. All Code Review users will be invited to nominate (link to) the best questions and answers from ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Can we ask reviewers to *not* focus on something?

Our Help Center says: Do I want feedback about any or all facets of the code? However, sometimes we might have some code that we are aware has flaws in it, or we would just for one reason or ...
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Can I have a question “series” for a major project?

I'm about to start my senior computer science project, which involves a web REST API (Rails or Node.js) as well as an Android app. I don't imagine that I'll have a ton of questions, but there could be ...
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Should comparisons of code snippets be closed as “not seeking a code review”?

I've been seeing some "A vs. B" questions for a while, and I'm not sure if they're considered on-topic for this site. Many of these questions are not asking for a review, but which code snippet is ...
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July 2016 Community Challenge

We've just gotten the June 2016 Community Challenge going, so it's time to pick one for July. It's time to choose a community-challenge for July 2016. Post your challenge as an answer to this ...
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Punny/Playful Titles Policy

Related: How can we avoid redundant titles? When you ask a question on the main site, the watermarked instructions say: State the task that your code accomplishes. Make your title distinctive. This ...
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How should we deal with askers fixing off-topic questions when an answer has been posted?

I done 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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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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Can I edit broken code if I'm sure I'm recreating OP's original code?

I know, I know: "Never edit the code, leave it for the review!". But please, hear me out before answering. What should I do if I encounter a code that doesn't work, but I'm 99.99% sure it's because ...
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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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Should I give credits to reviewers when I post revised code?

I was just wondering about the following: I'm pretty new to programming and I use lots of help from people on Code Review. So it happened that I came up with a basic script and while it was reviewed ...
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Checklist or general directions on how to write a good CR-ish answer

This question is intended to be the counterpart of Checklist for how to write a good Code Review question. Getting started with Code Review: New users often seem to have problems to understand, what ...
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“Please review / critique” in question's title

Would it be wise to consider such posts as a subject for "auto" edit or add to the faq? It seems redundant to ask for review explicitly on the site which purpose is to review the code by community. ...
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for (post in [loop]) { post.tagMoreAppropriately(); }

The loop tag is generic... like, very, very generic. Generic as in, if your code doesn't loop somewhere, it's probably not a computer program. Hence I'm nominating the loop tag for burnination. ...
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CR Community Goes to GitHub!

Code Review. A community that learns as it grows, and grows as it learns. weekend-challenge projects are a huge opportunity to learn from each other. As individual coding marathons, these projects ...
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Is it too easy getting upvotes?

I'm trying to be an active member of Code Review (though I'm only good in some aspects of .Net) and it seems that upvotes are way easier to get here than on StackOverflow (for example). I've seen ...
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Making a tag for a Code Review community project

Last year, two community projects were born. One of them has been, according to some Github statistics, one of them is a lot more active than the other. Perhaps most importantly, the Rubberduck ...
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August 2016 Community Challenge

We've just gotten the July 2016 Community Challenge going, so it's time to pick one for August. It's time to choose a community-challenge for August 2016. Post your challenge as an answer to this ...
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I've observed many toy/homework questions

It appears that many review requests are for toy or homework examples (e.g. FizzBuzz). Is this observation correct or am I mistaken? If observed correctly, I have the following questions: Is it good ...
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Reviews of code not stored here

This question is inspired by a question I just saw: Review website done after one week of learning HTML and CSS How do we want to handle these issues? We wanted to avoid pastebins since having the ...
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Code Review Community on GitHub: where is it going?

Almost four years ago, Code Review community went to GitHub. In these past four years, what have we accomplished with this GitHub community? There are five repositories in the community, four if you ...
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How should we handle possible trolling questions?

There has been primarily two questions that have been severely down-voted because of the code being childish / immature / possible "trolling". Derpifying Images Gay-o-meter (deleted) Code appending ...
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Help Desk Chatroom

11 days ago, I put forward a proposal to the moderators for a Help Desk chatroom, which we would link to the Stack Overflow comments Duga posts, and to the potentially off-topic questions on Code ...
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StackOverflow questions being incorrectly sent to Code Review

I've noticed a couple of questions where the poster originally posted on Stackoverflow and then was sent here. However, its not a proper code review question because the code doesn't actually work. ...
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Multi-user account cross posting on both Stack Overflow and Code Review

I answered a question today on Stack Overflow from which one of the commenters mentioned that this user had already posted his question several times on Stack Overflow during the past 24 hours, with ...
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What's on and off topic in The 2nd Monitor chat room?

Exactly what is considered strictly off-topic there? Anyone can assume the obvious: NSFW (Not Safe for Work) are off topic, and should be flagged. Anything else?
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Does preventing exact duplicate titles makes sense here?

When editing the title of Multiple FizzBuzz from a file, I first wanted to make the title "FizzBuzz from a file" but that exact title already exists which showed an error message: Considering our ...
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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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Old messy questions

Considering the somewhat-still-new guidelines we have for editing own question to include revised code, how should we handle old questions which violates this guideline and are, more or less, a mess? ...
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October 2015 Community Challenge

I don't see one of these yet, so here's the question for the proposals for the October 2015 Community Challenge! It's time to choose a community-challenge for October 2015. Post your challenge as an ...
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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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Link GitHub project to Code Review

I am currently writing some open source that's available in GitHub. Of course I am also getting the code reviewed here. One of the things with GitHub is the documentation allows me to put little tags ...
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Are machine-learning questions a good fit for CR?

I'm aware of When are Machine Learning questions on-topic?, but I think maybe there's room for discussion regarding the machine-learning tag. I've made a search on the ML tag (because I do not have ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 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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Do not prematurely accept answers

With the voting debate going on, I'd like to make a related point: Please do not prematurely accept answers. As much as I love getting the tick mark, it is a signal that tells the community that a ...
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They asked me to write awkward code – how did I do?

Recently, somebody was given a homework assignment with an exercise specification that left much to desire. Yet, they've tried to make the best out of it and managed to write some code that seems to ...
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Should we nuke this post from orbit?

Normally I wouldn't ask, I'd just kill it with fire. But this post is a bit... special. Derpifying Images It's an anti-post, a troll question... and yet, it's one we love to hate. From the ...
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May I ask a question about legacy code, where I don't intend to implement advice given by CR?

One of the checklist items for an on-topic question is: Do I want feedback about any or all facets of the code? I have considered posting old code to CR which I think would spur useful discussion ...
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How can we get noticed on search engines?

We've got plenty of Google on Code Review — enough to burn. But how much does Code Review appear on Google? This is an important question, because Google drives traffic to Stack Exchange ??? Profit!...