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Questions tagged [scope]

Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Code that handles n% of test cases but not all

I've started noticing recently questions like this one (66%, not well received) or that one (50%, well received) where the author states something like this: I am trying to solve this problem on ...
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When is a question considered too hypothetical / lacking context?

The reason I'm asking is because I recently encountered this question, and I can't make my mind up if it's off-topic here or not. I asked OP to include the imports so I could run the program, but ...
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Can you show me how to apply a specific strategy to my working code to improve it

As brought up here, I'm not sure when the last time we (as a site) discussed how to determine if questions are on- or off- topic. A lot of questions currently fails the "any or all facets of the ...
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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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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 is “Building a good C++11 template library - compile-time checked enum array” on-topic?

The currently highest voted unanswered question is, well, unanswerable. As Martin said one year ago, "there is actually nothing here to review" and "the actual code is missing as are some other parts ...
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“Who Wrote This?” and What Do We Actually Consider Authorship?

As I was working through the Close Votes Review Queue, I came upon a question beginning like this: I just cloned (Github clone, not literal clone) someone's Tic-Tac-Toe game and I was originally ...
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Why don't we have a close reason like “off-topic because of asking to find a 3rd party resource” like SO has? Or at least a “Blatantly off-topic”?

I recently came over this question I am trying to implement duplicate file finder in visual C++. I followed this link Successful implementation of Duplicate Files Finder in C++ But it don't ...
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Is a BNF grammar for a language acceptable for review as concrete code?

Syntax for a simple scripting language is a question asking for a review of a grammar of a C-like language. The grammar specification isn't an input for any specific parser generator tool: I wrote ...
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Could we detect phrases like “not working” and “bug” in question titles and warn users?

It has been mentioned recently that ~62% of close votes come from the "broken code" or "code not yet written" category. I'm wondering if we could help lower that percentage by detecting certain key ...
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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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Code typed in from a non-text source or converted from another language and isn't working - is this in the scope here?

I recently typed in code from a scan in a PDF is pseudocode or in another language to make a JavaScript version. The code was implementing things of a mathematical nature beyond my math abilities ...
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Why was “Check if a variable is one of a set of valid strings” put on hold?

They said: Questions must involve real code that you own or maintain. Pseudocode, hypothetical code, or stub code should be replaced by a concrete implementation. Questions seeking an explanation ...
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How should we handle answers on non-code questions?

Recently I've come across a question that didn't contain any code. The questioner instead asked for code, as some new users do. So far same business as usual, but a user went ahead and posted a ...
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“Count maximum number of thieves that can be caught” question should be reopened

The following question was closed as off-topic: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/176469/count-maximum-number-of-thieves-that-can-be-caught The code seems complete to me and the ...
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I think my code might have a bug, but I am not sure if it actually does, is it broken code?

I have some C++ code that I am executing from C# dotnet core 2. In my C++, I am using a third party library. My code builds and runs, but after being executed a few million times (2.5 mil last time) I ...
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Can I ask a Code Review question about a Linux kernel patch made by someone else? [duplicate]

I've been following another developer who fixed a bug in the Linux kernel. The developer has posted a patch series hoping it would get reviewed/merged, but he got no response so far. The patches have ...
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“How get all id from the db insert” question closed as “not ready for review”

I just got my question closed How get all id from the db insert Accordingly to message my question isn't on topic because my code doesn't work. But my code does work I just don't want to send so ...
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Can I ask to review my ebuild or rpmspec file?

Does the site welcome questions about writing ebuilds, rpmspecs or simular files for advanced package management? While it's relatively easy to come up with a working script, making a high quality ...
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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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Is it ok to ask here how code works? [duplicate]

I have a working piece of code without any documentation and explanation, but I don't understand how it works. Can I ask such questions or not?
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Are regex reviews allowed on this site? [duplicate]

I have a working regular expression and I want to have it reviewed. Can I post it on this site?
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Should I post about my design and architectural concerns on Code Review or Software Engineering?

I've developed an application and I'd like to know if I've done it well. But my main concerns are not really about the code itself, which is quite simple, but more about the design and architecture, ...
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What are the conditions for asking a Wolfram Mathematica question here?

What are the conditions for asking a Wolfram Mathematica question here in this community instead of the specific Mathematica community? There is even a specific tag for this: wolfram-mathematica
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SQL Query Review

Assuming a SQL query is well-formed, works correctly, and meets the other general criteria for appropriate reviewable code here, are SQL query reviews on topic? If so, is there a threshold of ...
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Can I ask for review for something specific without posting too much context?

I'm working on an Angular2 application and I think one very small, specific function (list filtering) needs improvement and I would welcome reviews. Essentially I iterate more times than I think is ...
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Is it okay to ask for feedback on code you modified extensively but aren't the original author of?

There's an init script template I used once a while ago. I've been working on tweaking it to be more POSIX compatible and stylistically easier to follow, but I'm not the sole or primary author. https:...
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Is an answer not discussing the code at all on-topic?

I came across the question: Single-page personal portfolio website It has an answer, that doesn't review the code at all. It only comments: […] I can tell you there is not many things you can ...
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Can I include a short story of implementation?

After trying to implement functionality mentioned in this answer I've run into deep troubles. I learned a very important aspect of C++ template type deduction, and I think that the knowledge could be ...
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Are you allowed to post incomplete programs that you still want reviewed?

Are you allowed to post incomplete programs that you still want reviewed? I made the start of a battleship game, but I want people's opinion before I finish it.
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Is asking for a review of boiler plate for a minimal repro okay?

For asking and answering questions on Stack Overflow with certain frameworks and libraries I have boilerplate lying around for a minimal repro. I would be interested in getting feedback on my WCF ...
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Is it possible for me to get a review of my language? [duplicate]

I'm currently designing a stack-based language intended for scripting. I'm wondering if it's possible for me to have its syntax evaluated by this community, e.g., I'd describe the language and how it ...
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Preventing the ability to re-open off-topic questions by explaining how it's broken in an answer

Earlier this year I posted an answer to a question, saying that it's broken in a way that OP don't think, explaining it a bit, and then wrote a comment saying it's off-topic, and voted to close. ...
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Can I ask a question about code explanation?

I'm experimenting with JS canvas, trying to create pan and zoom effect. I've got the pan working. I've also got the zoom working but with a little help from SO. The zoom effect seems much more ...
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Is stack overflow on-topic for Code Review?

We routinely allow questions where the code works correctly for small inputs but fails to scale to larger inputs. The time-limit-exceeded and memory-optimization tags are often applied to such ...
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Is it OK to ask how to revise a golfed function?

After reading through a few question on here I found out that asking questions about refining code golf code is not on topic. However in this case I'm not asking for the code to be golfed but re-...
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Are implemented API reviews without code on-topic?

I've been reading through the various questions asking whether or not API reviews are on topic, but they've left me a bit confused. In particular "Are questions about public interface (API) on topic?"...
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Are just data structures enough for a question?

I am getting back in to CodeReview, and was reviewing one of my SEDE queries which pointed me to this question: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/127837/flattened-data-model-and-nosql-...
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Transforming a similar concept into a code review

Would it be OK to ask a question about code review on something that strictly-speaking is not code as such, as far as most users are concerned? But the underpinnings are such that the problem is in ...
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Would it be okay to ask a question about an algorithm from a paper that's not freely available?

I've implemented the "inefficient but simple algorithm" from Derek Oppen's paper "Prettyprinting" from ACM's TOPLAS Volume 2, No. 4. However, it didn't work. After spending hours we think we've ...
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Are specific troubleshooting questions on topic?

In the Help Center, I read that general questions about code review are off topic. It also says that only working code questions are on topic. Does this mean I can't ask about my finished code that ...
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Is it off-topic to ask for test cases (“use cases”)?

May I ask if you can come up with tests if I have functional code or do I have to develop good tests myself? I did develop a test that works but only with static libraries (which I might consider a ...
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Can I ask questions about where my code went wrong in algorithms and problem solving?

I have recently started solving problems with Python. Many of the programming problems involve complex algorithms and are hard to solve. I need help knowing if the code I've written produces wrong ...
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Non-code formula spreadsheet

From what I can tell this site is mainly (not sure about solely) for the use of reviewing CODE. I am wondering if it will also review code-free spreadsheets for potentially better formulas, or layout ...