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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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Why is only my own written code on-topic?

I tend to disagree with point #2 on the Help Center: Did I write that code? I believe any code, written by one self or anyone else should be eligible for code review. Many a times, you're ...
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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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Posting Code Review questions on code shaming sites

I recently noticed a number of articles from here ending up on a popular code shaming website, codecrap.com. Now, I imagine no harm is meant, but I would just like to urge people against doing this. ...
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Your vote matters!

For a few months now I've been collecting specific data on the metrics of all SE sites throughout the network, and there's a disturbing fact that has arisen. This data isn't yet public on my end, but ...
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Best of Code Review 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, let's kick off Best of Code Review 2014! All Code Review users will be invited to nominate (link to) the best questions and answers from this year, and showcase them as ...
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Best of Code Review 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, let's kick off Best of Code Review 2015! All Code Review users will be invited to nominate (link to) the best questions and answers from this year, and showcase them as ...
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Migration paths to other sites

If you can cast close votes, you now have a new privilege! Up until recently, only moderators could migrate an off-topic question to Stack Overflow or Programmers.SE - if you haven't noticed yet, the ...
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Welcome to The 2nd Monitor!

So, you have found your way to the Code Review main chat room, The 2nd Monitor, perhaps for one of these reasons: You were invited or "pinged" by a site moderator or other user to discuss a post on ...
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Let's make More Community Ads!

Back in April we got together and put together a shortlist of community ads that can be posted to other graduated sites. That was a very successful campaign with probably a thousand or two "click ...
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Is code ever clean enough? - Can there be too many follow-up questions?

Some posts can at times have several follow-up questions, sometimes a couple of follow-up questions on the same day. All this brings us to the question of Can there be too many follow-up questions? ...
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Let the CR Games begin!

June is about to end. Summer's here (well, if you're in the northern hemisphere, that is.. otherwise, ... yay, winter!), and with it, vacations. We need a new community-challenge. Let's play. I mean, ...
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How well is “malicious” code accepted here?

I recently asked a question that could possibly be used for malicious purposes. I tried to whittle the code down as much as I could to a "base" program so that a script kiddie wouldn't stumble across ...
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Please welcome your new moderators!

I'm Pops, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. Though it saddens me to say it, not just one but two of your existing moderators are stepping down for personal reasons. Over the past week and a half, ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often

Lack of voting has already been identified as an issue that prevents the site from graduating. I'm shamelessly stealing this post from Meta Biblical Hermeneutics, hoping it will inspire all of us to ...
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How can I be a nice reviewer?

From Remove Nth Node from End of Linked List: Bug: n < 0 leads to you removing the last node. Your solution should have comments: I have NO idea how it ...
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Distributing “welcome votes” to first posts

When I review first posts in the first posts part of the review queues (found in the top right corner for some users), I will often upvote a first post from a new user if it is good enough. For ...
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Do people read other reviews for learning?

I was looking for posts about self-answering my own code review question, and I saw this post: Why should I be able to answer my own question in the question's editor on Code Review? 3 days ago I ...
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100 days later: what's up?

November 15, 2013. 6:30AM UTC. Community Manager Grace Note posted How is Code Review doing right now?. We are 100+ days later. Rewind Since mid-November 2013, a number of things have happened: A ...
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These mysterious $A framework questions

I've been seeing a lot of these questions lately: object.Storage.js - creates a namespace for Storage https://codereview.stackexchange.com/q/127923/11919 https://codereview.stackexchange.com/q/127853/...
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On the huge amount of work needed for a CR answer

I'm a regular at Stack Overflow, and I just recently discovered Code Review, where I answered some questions with the d3.js tag. We all know that CR is quite different from SO: by its very nature, ...
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Is Code Review useful for external users?

Let me first take Stack Overflow as an example. After collecting a database with thousands of questions and answers, SO can get many redirects from Google whenever somebody asks Google something like '...
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First Post Review Queue — what is it? Why is it a bad idea to click “No Action Needed”?

When you pass 500 reputation you gain access to the Review Queues. One of them is the "First Post" queue. What is this queue, what purpose does it serve, and how should I process items in that queue?
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Code Review's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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What are the advantages of graduation?

I've seen a lot of activity about graduation recently. What are the (possible) benefits (and disadvantages) of a graduated site?
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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What to do when user insists you spoon feed them?

It has happened a few times that I have answered a question where the author is doing things in a round-about and complicated way. I tell author that there is a better way and show them how using a ...
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The race has started. Are you running?

PCG.SE is going on a mission. And so the race begins. For Code Review!! -- syb0rg 2 days ago Let's see: Programming Puzzles and Code Golf Voting & Activity PCG.SE Voting and ...
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Should you edit someone else's code in a question?

I have seen several (suggested) reviews lately, where someone edits the code in the original poster's question. Should such edits be allowed? The edits in question are mostly minor. Some add spaces ...
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Why is hypothetical example code off-topic for Code Review?

As stated in the Help Center, one of the criteria for a question to be on topic is: Is it actual code from a project rather than pseudo-code or example code? What is the rationale for that ...
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Should you refrain from answering questions that are likely to get closed?

Sometimes a question may look highly suspicious that it might get closed, very commonly: looks broken looks hypothetical unclear what OP is asking These suspicions aside, what if you have a genius ...
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Mat's back, blame the monkey

When I put down my mug 18 months ago, I promised I'd stick around, and I did. I've been keeping a distant eye on CR and meta, while remaining in our Rubberducking dev chat, and monitoring vba posts on ...
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Let's not close fixable posts without explanation

There's one thing that's hooked me to CR more than on other sites and it's the fact that the community is really great. But recently I've noticed (I don't have any data to back it up) that we have ...
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Tools for format and error checking in your programming language

Lints and Hints: What tools are available for checking and correcting the conventions, style and common errors in my language (lint tools), and are there tools that can automatically fix them (hint ...
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New answers on old questions using new language features

Times and technologies advance, and, as a consequence, code that was up for review 'years ago' would be done differently using current technology. Is it OK on Code Review to add answers to old ...
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'Canonical' questions to help address common issues

Short Version I believe it would be valuable to create a 'canonical' question/answer of sorts for each language, and I am hoping to get others' thoughts on this. These questions and answers would ...
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Code Review Secret Santa 2015: Show off your gifts

Now that some of the gifts have been sent and begin to arrive, you can show off your awesome christmas swag in here and write a "Thank You" message to your giftee! Don't worry if your gift hasn't ...
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Should we sign up for Winter Bash 2014?

Winter Bash 2014 is approaching! We signed up for it last year, and it was a really big hit. I'm still posting this in order to get an official word from the community and to make new users aware of ...
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Code Review Clippy

A while back, y'all asked for some warnings for folks asking questions here: What would Clippy say? After thorough review (mostly by animuson & JNat), we've determined that the following warnings ...
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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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What makes a good question? [duplicate]

I think it would be a good idea to compile a list of guidelines on how to ask good question. What information should be present, how to structure it, etc.
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Let's Make Community Ads!

Last I heard, Community Ads were something graduated sites could do... but recently I stumbled upon this meta-PCG post, so here's a shamelessly stolen meta-post :) It's simple: you make an ad, and ...
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Should we bring back the fun?

Since we've not had any fun in a little while, I thought maybe it'd be a good idea to 'bring back' the fun. In the past this has been in the form of Winterbash, community challenges, best of Code ...
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How should we revise the standard off-topic reasons, if we can have up to five?

Note: For chat-like discussions of this subject, let's use this Discuss Close Reasons chat room Code Review currently has three standard off-topic reasons: Questions containing broken code or asking ...
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Pastebin thoughts

The odds of someone submitting a massive amount of code seems likely on this type of site. Whether or not this is permitted is the first hurdle. If it is permitted, then offloading the code to a ...
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Prebash Challenge - 2014 - Simon Says - Now Complete

In Memory of Ralph H. Baer - 1922-2014 - co-inventor of the "Simon" game. This round is now complete! Simon Says will be the challenge this time Simon Says: +17 score Resistor: +12 score ...
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That's it for now

I'll make it short because I think the more I say the more likely it is that it'll offend someone. As a reaction to the latest events on MSE concerning the CoC and especially the Official FAQ on ...
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Code Review's Secret Santa 2015

To celebrate our first graduated Christmas (and because we feel like it), some regulars in The 2nd Monitor thought it would be a good idea to make a Secret Santa between members of Code Review! The ...
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Playing our home-made games!

As developers we know that it's not always easy to get people to play the games that we make. We also know that it's not always easy to find motivation to work on the games you want to make. This is ...

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