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The close reason for this question seems vague

Correct User Input - x86 Linux Assembly was closed for being "off topic", but looking at what's on topic, I noticed the likely reason was vaguely stated: To the best of my knowledge, does the code ...
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How can I improve this question?

I'm referring to this question: SQL-Server Merge Statement with .NET DataTable I've given it a couple days to see what happened after I asked it initially. There's been very little traffic, no votes ...
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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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Should we delete off-topic questions by new users right away?

Brand-new user likely only have 1 rep point, but trusted Stac kExchange users have 101 when they make their first post here. When they post an off-topic question, they usually get downvoted and ...
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“Time Limit Exceeded” and programming challenges

Lately I've seen many questions pertaining to Project Euler and similar that have problems with time limit exceeded. And this prompted the question, are these questions on topic? I mean, the code, ...
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Are we allowed to ask questions about just regular expressions?

Are we allowed to ask questions just about regular expressions?
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Non-OP edits to change the original question to make it on-topic

I feel that this topic is ambiguous at the current time, and I would like some clarification. When I see a question that is obviously, or at least appears to be off-topic based on how it is worded, my ...
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What exactly does it mean for code to be “Working Code”?

Why is it that Code Review's definition of "working code" is so misaligned with so many people's expectations? @rolfl Well, we've had a lot of discussion about broken code on meta, but we don't seem ...
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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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Reviewing code that is used to workaround a bug in third party tools/code etc

As developers we sometimes come across bug in third part code / tools / stuff we can't change and so we write a hack/workaround or some other dirty piece of code. Is the "hack" reviewable? It matches ...
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Are [vhdl] questions on-topic for Code Review?

To date, we have had four questions about VHDL, a language for describing digital circuits. Of those questions, one was closed for containing broken code. Should vhdl be considered on-topic or off-...
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Are encrypted answers acceptable?

In these sorts of problems you can't take the simple approach, you've got to come up with a clever way to avoid actually simulating the eating of the candy bars. Some hints (in rot13), for ...
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Are questions that ask *not* to offer readability/style/structure advice, on topic? [duplicate]

The question in question: A platform-independent implementation of "which" in Ruby The OP has rather specifically asked that people not talk about how to improve the readability of the code ...
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Esoteric vs Golfed Code

I'm only talking about reviewing code not further golfing it. How do we differentiate esoteric code and golfed code ? Since LOLCODE is allowed does that make all esoteric languages on topic ? ...
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Is this a good question for this site?

I hope this question is good for this site: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/61534/string-interpolation-in-routes-view If it isn't, is it possible to move it to another site?
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Is [lolcode] reviewable?

Down with FizzBuzz created a lolcode tag. Some (cough) brainfuck (cough) are even further down the esoteric alley. Given our current site rules, I'd tend to agree. I don't think allowing lolcode ...
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Reviewing code while alluding to a design question

Wells, for the nth time... https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/61319/good-io-library-design Copying my comment in verbatim, with extra emphasis: Wells this is the really really grey ...
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Why was this question migrated away? Is it off-topic for Code Review?

Creating New Scripts Dynamically in Lua For absolute clarity, here is the code that the questions asks to review (this is lua): ...
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Custom Close Reason Post-Mortem

Why does this Python maze-solver NOT get stuck? [closed] This question was closed using the custom close reason. The comment posted with the custom close reason was: This question appears to be ...
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Is minifiying on-topic?

I recently asked a question asking whether my code could be minified any further, but it was put on hold for being off-topic. Tim commented that he "voted to close as this is a code-golf question" ...
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Are Monte Carlo algorithms off-topic by definition?

One of the key requirements for posting here is working code to the best of our knowledge Where working means that the code compiles and returns correct results. Where does that put Monte Carlo ...
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Are censored URLs considered example code?

A c# question was just posted: Set desktop background. One of the lines in the posted code looks like this: ...
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Are code snippets with known memory leaks broken?

As part of our check-list for questions on CodeReview, we require that code is working to the best of the askers knowledge. Does code with a known memory leak qualify is broken per this rule? On the ...
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Code Review vs. Help me solve my problem

A question that asks: I don't know how to best solve problem X, can you suggest a way? ... is clearly off-topic on Code Review. A question that asks: I have solved problem X, and this is how I ...
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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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Is this slow-loading images question off-topic?

This question was closed for asking for code to be written, but I think it is really asking how to speed up the loading of images, which I would think is performance related, which is something that ...
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Questions about interfaces, protocols, and APIs

Are questions about interfaces/protocols and APIs on-topic for Code Review? And when I say "protocol", I mean this in the Objective-C/Swift (and potentially other languages) version of the word, ...
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Questions about speed/memory comparisons

This question should be considered as an expansion discussion on the policy discussed in Should comparisons of code snippets be closed as "not seeking a code review"? For comparative ...
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Does a good posted answer make the question on topic regardless of content?

There exists a relatively well defined set of rules in the Help Center that help guide us to deciding what sorts of questions are on-topic and should remain open versus what sorts of questions are off-...
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“Code not yet written” clarification: Are unimplemented interfaces on- or off-topic?

I would like to know what exactly it means. The reason for asking is my question which was recently put on hold: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/60108/async-task-queue-design Can ...
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Does the plain-English part of a question even matter?

Does the plain-English part of a question even matter? I'm not recommending that the plain-English part doesn't help make questions better, but given the approach we've taken towards answers on ...
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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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OP says it works, the contest engine says it doesn't

What do we do when OP says his solution works, but the contest engine says it doesn't? Should we give it the benefit of the doubt, as "It works to the best of my knowledge.", or close it as broken ...
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Are requests to diagnose a known security problem on-topic?

In PHP mail form is being abused, the question asks for help finding how an e-mail script got exploited. Finding security problems is normally within the scope of Code Review, and we routinely point ...
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Can we revisit “Did I write that code myself”?

Did I write that code myself? This is one of the six questions the help center recommends users should be able to answer "Yes" to before posting their question. I'm not sure I quite understand ...
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Is a bad approach for a problem a good reason to close a question?

Related meta question, regarding the inverse of this question: Is solely suggesting another solution a bad answer? See Accelerate OpenGL 2D on Python3 and Finding Primes in Java. These questions ...
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Questions about code translation

Translate C++ code to Haskell This question was put on hold and then deleted by the user. And for this specific question, I think that is fine. It was off-topic as it didn't include the translated ...
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Can we answer these Javascript/CSS3 performance questions?

I've seen that lately the amount of questions regarding performance issues when using Javascript, jQuery, CSS3, etc. has increased. Question is: Can we actually review them? I'm edging towards no, ...
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Is it really off-topic to ask for the explanation of a “best practice”

This question was put on hold for being off-topic: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/58091/why-is-it-suggested-to-replace-temp-with-query To refactor the code, it is suggested here to ...
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“Enough reviewable code”

Passing Row Index of TableViewCell (custom) to another view controller The following claim is made in the asker's question: Pseudo Code: (pasted only necessary code) Let's start with the ...
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Can we review spreadsheet formulas?

So, this question has been bothering me for a long time now. It is asking for a review of one line of "code" which is really a spreadsheet formula. Actually, it's not even asking for a review in my ...
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Can I ask a question about overall architecture without much specific code?

I have code, but my question is about overall design patterns. Ideally, I would ask a question describing the design decisions made in my project but would have minimal actual code samples. Is this ...
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What is the relationship between “example code” and “example project?”

A handful of people seem to have formed the opinion that an example project is exempt from this topicality constraint: Is it actual code from a project rather than pseudo-code or example code? The ...
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The gray areas of Code Review: Hypothetical / Example code

This is related to Why is hypothetical example code off-topic for Code Review? Which is related to On-Topic question #3: Is it actual code from a project rather than pseudo-code or example code? ...
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Reviewing software, not only code

I'm looking for some people/community who are doing each others' software reviews, but not only code. Actually code is the least important. I would like somebody look at my software as a whole and ...
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Asking for comparison of design of two code snippets giving same functionality

I had asked for the review of the part of a jQuery and as per the answer I made changes in the file. Now after making the changes (mainly moving from triggers to functions) I am not so sure whether I ...
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Are Git workflow questions on-topic?

I recently started working part time in our organization's IT department and am working with one other person who has previously been the sole developer on several applications used in the office. We ...
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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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Are SSCCEs off-topic?

I was recently reviewing a question, which (if I had paid better attention to the question from the beginning, I may have noticed before answering) had a SSCCE as its primary code example. At first ...
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Can working code be: off-topic -> not-working?

This question here: Shortest possible way of printing a specific board Summary: The code requirement is to print out a grid of text. The code does in fact print the grid The way it does that, is ...