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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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Old messy questions

Considering the somewhat-still-new guidelines we have for editing own question to include revised code, how should we handle old questions which violates this guideline and are, more or less, a mess? ...
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MathJax breaks my indentation

Seems like there is a bug, that breaks my indentation. See In third code section of Create New C++ Class In first code section of Code Generator Generator multiple times in the code section of ...
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Common Review Quotes

In my reviews a couple of points come up again and again (and again). It's like somebody is teaching bad practice out there. As a result a lot of my reviews look very similar (or get terse with my ...
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Are machine-learning questions a good fit for CR?

I'm aware of When are Machine Learning questions on-topic?, but I think maybe there's room for discussion regarding the machine-learning tag. I've made a search on the ML tag (because I do not have ...
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Off-topic because… There are strange radio buttons

I was going through the review queue and came across a question that I thought may be off-topic. I was deciding which topic it would be off-topic for, if any. And noticed that the radio buttons are ...
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Should I leave in documentation in code for review?

I'm surprised I can't find this as a question already, so I'm taking a shot and posting... I document my code. I don't not document my code before considering myself done for the day. Most of the ...
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Why are alternative solutions not welcome?

I skipped reviewing this answer because I am not sure what to do with it after I read the comment posted below it: Welcome to Code Review! You have presented an alternative solution, but haven't ...
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Code Review Community on GitHub: where is it going?

Almost four years ago, Code Review community went to GitHub. In these past four years, what have we accomplished with this GitHub community? There are five repositories in the community, four if you ...
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They asked me to write awkward code – how did I do?

Recently, somebody was given a homework assignment with an exercise specification that left much to desire. Yet, they've tried to make the best out of it and managed to write some code that seems to ...
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Edit dispute - Indentation on questions

This suggested edit was rejected. As it should be - rolfl here has the correct reason: Whitespace "fixes" should be part of an answer, not an edit. Please do not fix code problems in the question. ...
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Making great content more visible

I often browse older questions on CR and while there are many good and helpful answers, every so often I come across great answers. Those are eloquent and full of helpful tips and general information. ...
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May I ask a question about legacy code, where I don't intend to implement advice given by CR?

One of the checklist items for an on-topic question is: Do I want feedback about any or all facets of the code? I have considered posting old code to CR which I think would spur useful discussion ...
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How can we get noticed on search engines?

We've got plenty of Google on Code Review — enough to burn. But how much does Code Review appear on Google? This is an important question, because Google drives traffic to Stack Exchange ??? Profit!...
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Help Desk Chatroom

11 days ago, I put forward a proposal to the moderators for a Help Desk chatroom, which we would link to the Stack Overflow comments Duga posts, and to the potentially off-topic questions on Code ...
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May another user fix broken code in a question to make it on-topic?

If we find that a question contains obviously broken code, our standard procedure is to close the question, sending the author back to the drawing board. But is it acceptable for another user to edit ...
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Should [programming-challenge] questions require a summary of the challenge?

Project Euler has been offline for several days, after the site was hacked. Problem is, a large number of our questions relate to Project Euler, and many of them do not contain any description of the ...
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Is it appropriate to record the review process and upload it to YouTube?

The video is of-course supplement to an answer. The link will be in the comments. The actual answer will be written during the video itself. Motivations There is a user named sehe on SO, who ...
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Code Review Blog - Post One Contest

On Hold SE Community Devs: The short of it is, it's kinda on us to make something that works, and we don't really do that. There isn't any real proper integration between the systems and the ...
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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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Stack Snippets are Live! - Click here for your Sandbox

Stack Snippets are now live on the CR Meta and Main site too. Go on, play with it! Note that the feature is now live on the main site, and also there is a mini competition (for bragging rights) to ...
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October 2015 Community Challenge

I don't see one of these yet, so here's the question for the proposals for the October 2015 Community Challenge! It's time to choose a community-challenge for October 2015. Post your challenge as an ...
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Link GitHub project to Code Review

I am currently writing some open source that's available in GitHub. Of course I am also getting the code reviewed here. One of the things with GitHub is the documentation allows me to put little tags ...
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Code Prettify - Line numbers?

SE sites use Google Code Prettify for code formatting. While it's still up in the air as to whether we would be able to get SE to use community-voted code formatting, I've been experimenting with ...
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How long can code be?

First of all before, I hate the typical "codez plz" homework question. I hope this has nothing to do with that, but it is actually a class assignment. I won't post my code until it is completely ...
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Can we require questions to have at least one language tag?

We are getting a low amount of questions every day which are not tagged with a language. I believe we can could prevent this if we make adding a language required. Is there a possibility to add this ...
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Why are they 'questions' if this site is primarily for code review requests?

"why are they 'questions' if this site is primarily for code review requests?" This is not originally my question, but it never-the-less is still a good one that deserves more attention. I'm sort of ...
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Can we have a guide to wonderland? (includes v1)

Request Can we have a 'guide to wonderland' meta. 'Wonderland' is all our rules which mostly consists of lots of different rabbit holes. Rationale When I started on Code Review I spent a good ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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The [java-8] tag, here to stay?

Recently the java-8 tag was created to apply to Java8 specific questions. There is no doubt that the questions are, in fact, Java8 questions. The meta question though, is: Should java-8 exist, and ...
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Self-accepting own answer when competing answers exist

It came up in chat that one particular user seemed to be in the habit of: Posting a good question; Receiving good answers; Posting his/her refactored code as community answer, after adapting some ...
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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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How much can an answer be subject to opinion?

I am new to this site, but love reviewing code and having my code reviewed. One thing that is always difficult for me when I'm reviewing code is to determine whether some of the points I'm making ...
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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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How broken does code have to be to for a question to be closed?

I recently voted to close this question: The longest subsequence with specified difference between min and max Originally I thought the code was really bad because the OP claimed a linear solution, ...
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Should we nuke this post from orbit?

Normally I wouldn't ask, I'd just kill it with fire. But this post is a bit... special. Derpifying Images It's an anti-post, a troll question... and yet, it's one we love to hate. From the question ...
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Should I be asking shorter questions?

Background I've been meaning to ask this for a while, and this meta question prompted me to finally write something. I've read the answers to that question and the ones to which it links, and the ...
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Posting a multi-language project

I have a small project for which I would like to ask for a code review soon. However, it integrates multiple languages (specifically, Python + jQuery and the rest of the browser stack). Can such a ...
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Does this question belong on Code Review? Should it go to Code Golf?

I posted this question about how to rewrite a C# algorithm in fewer lines of code, preferably using extension methods, which prompted a discussion in the comments about whether it was appropriate for ...
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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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Will a question be downvoted for poor code?

I am kind of new to Code Review SE (I only have two questions), and am trying to understand the site. I recently came across this question with three downvotes. For the most part, It seems that it is ...
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Should a post with no specific question(s) imply a general review?

I've started thinking about this more after seeing this question. I'm sometimes tempted to vote such questions as not clear what you're asking, but I also feel that it's not quite needed for this ...
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Can answers to questions contain code written in a different language?

This is in regards to Solving the Lazy Hobo Riddle. Is it acceptable to have answers that have code written in a different language than the OP's? The OP has since accepted an answer, but others are ...
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Check list for formatting questions and answers

I have seen that moderators work hard to format questions and answers. Is there a check list they use (specially for CR), so others can also contribute by editing or properly formatting their own ...
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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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Winston Ewert is no longer a moderator?

I've just now noticed the missing diamond on his profile, along with this: There's no announcement on Meta, and this just seems like an abrupt change. I'm not sure how long ago this was, either. ...
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Homework Questions

We may soon see questions that are really part of somebody's homework. Given that this site is about advice and critique that can go as far as providing complete code alternatives should we be wary ...
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if ( [conditions].isGoodTag() ) { return “keep” } else { return “burninate” }

There are currently 246 questions tagged with conditions. It also has 2 synonyms, conditionals and ternary-operator Reference: action = ([ternary-operator] == bad_tag ? “burninate” : “keep”) The tag ...

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