Code Review is not graduated (Note: WIP)
This site has become the pity-site - the site that is graduated, but is not graduated, it's big, but not big enough, it's a beta site, but it's too busy to fit with the beta logic.
The biggest issue for Code Review is uncertainty. We can't attract more answerers because the people "in the know" don't look at Code ...
We need more answers and reviewers.
Our zombie rate is going up - fast, and the percentage of questions answers is falling. We need to attract more reviewers, and convert posters to reviewers.
When I first actively joined CR, I was afraid to post answers. I didn't know a whole lot about programming (I still don't - at least nothing like the big ...
I personally would like to see more reviewers drawn to this site. We almost always have a larger number of questions coming in than reviews, causing our unanswered count to increase over time. Fortunately, we don't have to have a question answered quickly (reviews, especially long ones, do take time). However, a short review is always encouraged, and ...
Too much broken code
According to Question Close Stats (2K+ / Moderator Tools link), in the last 30 days we have closed:
225 questions with broken code - 58.4% of closed questions. 14 were reopened.
64 questions with hypothetical/pseudo-code - 16.6% of closed questions, 10 were reopened.
32 unclear questions (8.3%) - 11 were reopened.
29 questions that ...
We need to be better about pointing out what the OP of a question did right. Particularly if "the code looks good." It's an important part of a review that often gets overlooked. It's good for morale and stops questions containing impeccable code from zombifying.
The article "When Will My Site Graduate" makes an important point - the community is a crucial part of the process - especially the senior members who have accumulated the rep necessary to have the critical privileges.
In Code Review, few users have the 10,000 points necessary to access the moderator tools; none has achieved the 20,000 trusted user ...
I looked through the major SE sites and their logos and noticed they're quite minimalistic. So I grabbed my sketch blog and a pen. This is what I came up with:
No more beta-blue
Better angles for the breaks, so people actually figure out what the letters may be. :~)
Based retailcoder's T-Shirt question
Another T-Shirt ...
Not all tags have enough reviewers.
Looking at the other answers, maybe the point is more this:
There's not enough answerers.
Code Review is pretty special here:
Educating SO users
I think an advent of recent months has been finding out that CR quite regularly gets recommended on Stack Overflow incorrectly. It's phenomenal that we now have a @Duga (thanks @Simon) to keep scanning comments so we can address accordingly. While it's good that SO users think of us, sometimes it is not appropriate.
What are some other ...
'Low Quality' questions
I believe a common reason for questions to go unanswered is that they are not interesting. I see way too many questions without sufficient context, without a good explanation about what the code does (or how it does it).
These questions are typically good enough to not be down-voted much and/or closed. They are also bad enough to go ...
Excellent design, hands down. I admit I was a bit nervous as it was hard visualizing something that captured the essence of this site, but I think you've done it beautifully.
Definitely worth the wait, thank you.
I voted no, and here is my reasoning.
The specific proposed changes are:
At the moment, we have three ads that might occupy the slot. This is a good thing, but it's not a feature that makes any difference to the way the site works.
Due to some significant unresolved UI problems, which are hindering our ongoing education ...
What ideas do you have to help turn one-time contributors into repeat
More helpful, polite comments. More voting on their posts. Being more friendly to them. Personally inviting them to our chatroom. We also need to dispel the myth that you have to know the language inside & out to review code.
We need to stand out from other Stack ...
When posting on a site for the first time, there's really nothing worse than gaining the tumbleweed badge. This happened to me the first time I asked a question on Mathematics and it really didn't made me enthusiastic about returning to that site.
I would like to...
I would like to eliminate the tumbleweed badge. No new users should ever have to gain this ...
Every Code Review member can help us get out of beta by helping to upvote good questions and answers! Now that Stack Exchange Data Explorer supports beta sites, here are three queries that should yield good candidates for voting:
Welcome intermediate users by reviewing their answers and questions
These queries finds posts from users with between 150 and ...
We did host our own election, just to let SE know that we are serious about our site, granted neither of the parties has yet reached Trusted user Status, but both are engaged in day to day activities on the site.
Code Review is in need of a new moderator
I know that we haven't graduated yet, but we wanted SE to know that we are thinking about the future of ...
Graduation does five things for you, mechanically speaking.
Reputation privilege tables are changed. That answer really explains it so I don't need to go further. Given the rep distribution at current, this is actually somewhat negative since you have a pretty tiny fraction of 5% that surpasses 1k rep.
The site gets a visual design. You get a fancy logo and ...
Before I answer, I wonder how many programmers really understand the importance of code reviews in the lifecycle of software construction. It was not until I read this blog post that I realized the impressive evidence showing that code reviews significantly reduce bugs.
Doing code reviews saves developer time in many ways:
You catch more bugs: a lot easier ...
Missing Code Review Tools
When doing CR here on CR, everyone wastes time by
having to copy the code piecewise
having to split it rather than adding comments in between
not being able to see the formatted text (e.g., in a new windows) when writing long texts
I only watch tag Java and (after filtering out boring questions) there's much to do, but when this ...
A big thank you for our moderators, who by the way I will vote for in the upcoming elections, and I sincerely hope they want to continue!
Part of the problem is that under our current system, graduation is heavily tied to site design, and we have a backlog on getting designs to sites.
I'm really sad to learn that the first thing you mention as the ...
Pops, Community Managers, and Stack Exchange management. It's Saturday, so I don't know if you're on duty, but I want to make sure you see this before you pull the trigger on Monday.
Currently, the votes are:
Yea: +17-4 = 13
Nea: +10-5 = 5
However, the votes on the explanations tell a more complete story:
200_success: "No, because you're giving us a new ...
Well, hello there everyone. I would like to nominate myself for the moderator position. Although I haven't yet been here for a year, I feel that I've accomplished so much in terms of keeping this site clean and helpful to others. Although I certainly don't need to be a moderator to keep doing what I'm doing, I know I can do more (or technically ...
I feel that when closing a question, even though there is a "This question has been put on hold"-message, adding a comment explaining a bit more about why the question was closed often helps a lot, and educates the user about what Code Review really is, and if the comment is written in a friendly way then I believe the probability is higher for the OP to ...
Disadvantage: Existing users are probably going to experience a demotion in privilege levels, since graduated sites have higher standard thresholds:
20000: Trusted user
15000: Protect questions
10000: Access to moderator tools
5000: Approve tag wiki edits
3000: Cast close and reopen votes
I think we currently have enough users at the ≥ 5000 level, but I ...