Questions tagged [what-is-a-code-review]

This tag is for discussing what a Code Review answer is. For example: how it differs from a 'real' code review, the minimum amount of explanation needed in an answer, and generally what can be helpful to provide in an answer.

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Is simply telling someone to use an API an appropriate code review?

I recently viewed a question where the only answer was simply telling the OP to use a provided API instead of scraping data themselves. Is this considered an appropriate answer on Code Review? My ...
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Alternate solution - what counts as an insightful observation?

One of our latest HNQ's has drawn the attention of alternate solutions. Soon after the question was posted I answered it with an alternate solution, and got quite a few upvotes. My first version ...
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What IS a Code Review?

So, this site is called "Code Review"... What we do here is... ask for and write Code Reviews, naturally. However, I feel that there are a whole bunch of different thoughts floating around about ...
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How does SE Code Review differ from a real life code review?

How do you contrast Code Review, as a StackExchange site, with a real-life code review? If there are differences, are these differences acceptable? How does Code Review bridge the gap between a ...
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Short answers and code-only answers

What should we do with: Short answers (for example, "I suggest you use [hyperlink to this standard API] instead.") Code-only answers (for example, an improved version of the code in the OP) Such ...
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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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