Questions tagged [scope]

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

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Could incomplete or not-quite-working code be suitable for review?

I've noticed that sometimes I end up reviewing code despite the question's violation of our policy that it must contain working code. I bring this issue up because it is related to Changing wording ...
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Is reviewing project structure on topic?

This is mostly related to the following two questions: Web application structure review I'd like to have suggestions about the structure of my web application. What the app does: My app ...
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"SQL sometimes times out" - on or off topic?

No question similar to this came up in the fancy box, so I am going to ask it so that it can be referenced. Store Procedure Timing out sometimes? It gives code that sometimes times out for the user, ...
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Codeblock detection

The idea jumped at me after reviewing two close votes in a row (granted, from the same user) that were homework assignments without any code in it. Since a question that has no code in it (or one ...
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Should specific questions about example code be on-topic?

I've noticed some questions, like the following, come up: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/30092/map-then-iterate-why Inheritance and forcing methods to be called inside another method ...
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Further action needed for non-working code that gets fixed here anyway?

This is in regards to Problem in calculating prime numbers in python As you can see from the title, the post is only about a problem and not a code review. The issue at hand also seems to have been ...
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Is it okay to ask which snippet is considered the most clean?

Is it on-topic to ask a question with two more or less equivalent snippets, and ask which of the two snippets is considered the most clean? The way I see it, there are four possible answers here: ...
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Off topic reason for questions that don't include code?

Currently, one of the two custom off topic reasons for CR is: Questions must contain working code for us to review it here. For questions regarding specific problems encountered while coding, try ...
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Should the FAQ on off-topic questions link to other SE sites?

In the FAQ, there is a list of concepts that would make a question off-topic. It seems to me like this would be a great place to redirect users to Stack Overflow and Programmers, as what is off-topic ...
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Is example code on-topic?

From the FAQ: I'm confused! What questions are on-topic for this site? Simply ask yourself the following questions. To be on-topic the answer must be yes to all questions: ... 3. Is ...
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Move to SO or Programers

I can find it with a quick search; But: But there must already be a question here on meta about moving off-topic posts to SO or Programmers.stackexchange.com ore automatic. Like: Off-Topic move to ...
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Confused between posting on Code Review, Software Engineering, or Stack Overflow

I have this questions that fits the FAQ of Code Review, Software Engineering, and Stack Overflow. It contains a couple code snippets for one platform and I'd like to know the recommended practice ...
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Can graphical notation count as code or should questions with exclusively graphical notation be considered off topic?

As a community, are we willing to accept graphical notation as a form of code that is subject to code review? I recently answered a question that asked for review of a database model as presented in ...
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Is pseudo-code alright when asking about performance?

The FAQ states: Is it actual code from a project rather then pseudo-code or example code? But oftentimes pseudo-code is a lot more straight forward and easy to evaluate. It also applies to a ...
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Should we bother old off-topic questions?

Recently I've found some old questions which do not contain any code (usually just a link). Some of them have an accepted answer. Since these questions are off-topic (according to the FAQ), should I ...
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Interview questions

It this a good site to ask others to review my interview question practice code? Or are you trying to keep it to "real world" questions?
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Are questions about LaTeX documents on-topic?

A few reasons to allow them: I recently found that there are best practices and document organization methods. That is, splitting the documents based on sections, tables and so forth and using input ...
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Why is pseudocode not allowed?

Re: C# code to derive tangential points between two circles to create a trapezoid I made the following comment, but since I will probably delete the OP (if I can), I'll post it here: "With all due ...
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Is "how good is this encryption" in the scope of code review

I recently asked a question on Cryptography, that involved an encryption that I wrote. Usually, asking simply "how good is this encryption" would be out of the scope for that site. my question: being ...
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Is a question mostly pertaining to build configuration appropriate for this site?

I'm currently creating a somewhat complex Maven project (specifically, to automate this answer), and hence would like to submit it for review here - specifically, the POM and the general structure of ...
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Are questions about public interface (API) on topic?

I'm writing some library code (ex. jQuery plugins, Django apps) that is meant to be used by other people as building blocks for larger applications. Often I don't see much need for others peer-...
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Code-correctness in the FAQ

As pointed by the poster of this question: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/8609/dynamic-programming-algorithm-code-review, our FAQ states the following is on-topic: Code correctness ...
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How is "Application UI" within the scope of this site?

I just noticed Code Review's FAQ includes "Application UI" in the "If your question is about..." section. What exactly is meant by that? User Experience is the site for UI/UX issues, though UX.SE is ...
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Is asking for a name for one function on-topic?

In How to name a method that sets some values in a javabean?, the OP only ask for a name of this function, and nothing more. Does it belong to the scope of Code Review?
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Add questions about performance to FAQ

Personally, I feel questions about performance are on topic on Code Review. This topic makes me believe most people agree. As an example: this question. Shouldn't "Performance" be added to the list ...
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Are non-specific code-style questions acceptable?

Taking these two examples from the last 24 hours for comparison Migrated https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/58630/how-far-should-var-and-null-coalescing-operator-be-entertained-...
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Code Review not for debugging or understanding -- Added to FAQ

The Code Review Stack Exchange is for sharing working code from projects you are working on for peer review. As such, I added a provision to the FAQ that this site is not about debugging or learning ...
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Are "What does this code do?" questions on-topic here?

Example (now deleted): https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4917334/what-does-the-below-codes-do
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Are questions about performance on-topic?

From: JSON API for some bank account I can see questions where somebody has designed code to be explicitly fast and needs another pair of eyeballs to validate the code. But are questions that ask ...
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Are database design reviews in scope?

See this question: Can you peer review my database design for a school system?
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Is asking for code review on a patch file OK?

Most open source projects accept updates via patch files. And any non trivial fix is going to be spread across multiple files and thus take up lots of space in the standard format. Do you think ...
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List of StackOverflow questions to migrate

Ivo Wetzel has listed in detail a great set of prerequisites for migrating SO questions over here. Migration is a win-win situation, so we should invest some energy in bringing good on-topic questions ...
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Should design questions be on-topic here?

Design questions are ones that deal with architecture, package layout, object hierarchies, etc., but do not necessarily include code. We already deal with this sort of question on a daily basis at ...
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Are reviews of code in Stack Overflow answers in scope?

Say you spent some time on a code answer to a SO question (example). Is it OK to forward the same code to Code Review or should any comments be left to happen in SO? If it's OK to ask for a review, ...
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Do questions about specific issues belong here or on StackOverflow?

I'm referring to this question specifically. The OP knows the code as-is doesn't work and is looking for the answer to a specific question.
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