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Help spot deficiencies in our Help Center

What should I do when someone answers my question? The page needs to mention that incorporating suggestions from answers into the question is unacceptable. It should also suggest options for follow-...
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Working code vs. working program

This site being Code Review, we require working code. We review excerpts of code that aren't complete programs. They could be library functions or even just a line or two of code. Let's not change ...
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"What to do when someone answers" seems to give bad advice at a glance

I propose to add a new section: I improved my code based on the reviews. What next? First of all, consider accepting one of the answers. The one that helped you the most, or the one you ...
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Let's update the tour- what should be added?

Should the following be added? After an answer is posted, you must not edit your question to invalidate any advice. This is one of the rules here that users from other communities won't be ...
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Help spot deficiencies in our Help Center

The How to ask page is a little lacking. It doesn't mention that we expect titles to describe what the code does, not the concerns about it. The "Be specific" section could also be polished up a bit....
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Improving the site description on our take-a-tour page

Let's focus on getting important ideals of the site across to potential new users. We expect the code to work, and we expect it to be yours to share. Code Review is a question and answer site for ...
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"Always keep the original code intact" - even with no answers?

You're absolutely right; that header doesn't make sense. This does indeed only apply to questions without answers, which can be edited freely without violating this policy. I'll make this change to ...
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Let's draft better Help Center pages!

The Help Center page and its deficiencies and more What questions can I ask about here? Code Review is a question and answer site for seeking peer review of your code. We are working together ...
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Let's draft better Help Center pages!

The Help Center page and its Deficiencies How do I write a good answer? Thank you for taking the time to contribute an answer. It’s because of helpful peers like yourself that we’re able to ...
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Let's draft better Help Center pages!

The Help Center page and its Deficiencies and then some more What should I do when someone answers my question? The first thing you should do after reading someone's answer to your question is ...
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Help spot deficiencies in our Help Center

What should I do if no one answers my question? If no one answers, try The 2nd Monitor? Maybe the question is too vague, too confusing, too complicated, or just happened to fall through the cracks. ...
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"What's beta" in Help Center: Do we still need it?

Stack Overflow's Help Center also has a "What's Beta?" page. It's a generic page that is present on all sites, and doesn't mean anything about our status. I don't think it's that harmful to leave it ...
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"What to do when someone answers" seems to give bad advice at a glance

My simple solution would be to add a third header after the "Do not add an improved version of the code", like so: Instead... and then show the list.
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What is immoral about reviewing someone else's code?

Two words: Intellectual Property. If it's not your property it is unethical to submit it for review. Hence the exception for maintainers.
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What is "best to the author's knowledge"?

Onto the core of your question: It seems to be a manifestation of the larger problem, namely the vagueness of to the best of the author's knowledge clause. When an author admits the problem we are ...
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Make the help center more explicit about what CR is NOT

I think part of the problem is that people that only take a quick look at the page will find "Trouble-shooting, debugging, or understanding code snippets" under a bold heading that says &...
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Help spot deficiencies in our Help Center

How do I write a good answer? This paragraph is a non-sequitur (for any site, not just Code Review): Pay it forward Saying “thanks” is appreciated, but it doesn’t answer the question. ...
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Help spot deficiencies in our Help Center

https://codereview.stackexchange.com/help/tagging Regarding tagging... Each question may only contain 5 tags at a maximum, so choose the ones that best describe your question. "Please fix my ...
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Let's draft better Help Center pages!

The Help Center page and its Deficiencies How do I ask a good question? Asking a question that is well-received by the community will get you more upvotes and quicker answers. Here are some ...
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The "How to Answer" page should be amended to discourage anything too "personal"

I make all my answers personal. Please don't make me delete all my answers! Making an answer personal doesn't make the answer contentious. Neither of the following are contentious: 'I think using a ...
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Proposal to clarify "on-topic" help page

I agree. That small change in wording will make a significant difference, but the part about "for your specific project" makes it a little unclear. I would recommend the change... From: Best ...
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Does original code being code-golf/obfuscated make a question automatically off-topic?

A question asking to turd-polish deliberately golfed or obfuscated code would violate the intent of the Good-Code Rule, and, by my interpretation, it would violate the letter of the rule as well. If ...
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Help spot deficiencies in our Help Center

What types of questions should I avoid asking? Much of the text is irrelevant or inaccurate for Code Review. In my opinion, the whole page needs to be rewritten. You should only ask practical, ...
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Insufficient "How to ask"

Here is a proposal for the sidebar text. How To Ask Improve code that you wrote or maintain, through peer review. Your question must contain code that is already working correctly, and ...
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Revising or removing the "Best practices" topicality rule

I agree that this is a bad rule. First, I reference the wiki for best-practice (emphasis of mine). Best-practice questions generally involve a short excerpt of code with a question of general ...
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Revising or removing the "Best practices" topicality rule

This is not an answer, but a talking point about whether this is on, or off topic Version 1: (off-topic - asking for code to be written) What is the best practice regarding synchronization? I ...
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Revising or removing the "Best practices" topicality rule

I think that one of the things that this rule was meant to avoid is questions that are primarily opinion-based. Many of these primarily opinion-based are asking something like "What is the best (...
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Let's draft better Help Center pages!

The Help Center page and its Deficiencies What are tags, and how should I use them? A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts ...
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Let's draft better Help Center pages!

The Help Center page and its Deficiencies What should I do if no one answers my question? First, make sure you’ve asked a good question. To get better answers, you may need to put additional ...

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