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(Taking off my moderator hat....) If I could sum up in 1 sentence what I believe are the most central concepts in Code Review, it is: Code Review is a site where you can present your best programming efforts in an ego-sensitive environment in order to receive constructive and honest criticisms designed to help you be a better programmer. I want to ...


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The best thing to do is to read the Help Center, and specifically, in your case, where your questions are not off-topic, but not that well received: How do I ask a good question? That said, Meta is not meant to check if a question is OK before asking it, usually. The guidelines are pretty clear, and generally downvotes are used by members to indicate it is ...


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Continue the story! We proved it, many things can happen in a relatively short period of time. Let's first rename this chatroom to The CRonicles, and then use it to conceal various meta-things: Links to noteworthy posts for the annual "Best-of" meta-party, using [tag:best-of-2015] for easy searching of the transcript. Links to featured and beta-progress ...


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Here's one outdated question that has already been historical-locked: https://codereview.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/41/obsolete-iterative-code-reviews-how-can-they-happen-successfully I can do this with the remaining relevant questions, so that visitors will be redirected to the post with the current site policy. If you come across one that should ...


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Yes, we should keep it Fixables First up, the following issues you have pointed out can be fixed (and I am in the process of doing that): it will have a tag wiki soon the excerpt will be clarified to express what the tag has really been used for. Note: I have gone ahead and corrected the above issues. Feel free to revise my suggested wiki page: view it ...


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I think about this not as a user-created language but as a Code Review community project. Most importantly: Don't create a tag too soon. In my opinion it's easier to create tags than get rid of them. If your tag would only see a few questions over a few years, then it's not a very useful tag. Should users be able to create tags for their own language? ...


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I'd go with discussion. Not exactly because it's perfectly suited for the job... but because the other three required tags are more clearly incorrect. And it does sort of fit; it'll probably take some community discussion to hash out whether a given synonym is correct or not before anyone takes any action.


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The excerpt of the feature-request tag says: You have an idea for a new feature, or for a change to the existing functionality. I don't think a synonym-request is either of those.


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It started with weekend-challenge, in this post (the rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock challenge). Then it was used pretty much every week of December 2013 when a new meta post came up for voting on what the next challenge should be. Then we "rebooted" the thing after taking a break, and since it no longer was over-the-weekend we came up with code-challenge. ...


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Are minor edits to old meta questions useful? That depends on the edit. A useful edit is a useful edit, regardless of the age of the question. If a user was abusing the site and was intentionally bumping questions to crowd out other posts, that would be a problem. If a user was notoriously making inconsequential edits, even without malicious intent, but ...


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Is this useful? Not always, no. But sometimes, yes. Sometimes I have been quite glad that a (very) old topic resurfaced for new debate. Things have changed in the 3+ years since the site first entered beta. If these things don't get drudged up from time to time, we leave obsolete site "policy" out there, even though it's no longer the accepted practice. ...


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I agree. This tag is redundant in it's current state. If it had a different purpose originally, I suggest we restore that purpose. If it didn't, we should possibly get rid of it.


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The people at SO are drinking from a firehose. They have to be intolerant of fluff. Letting 500 people get chatty at once in meta would drown all of the signal out. Letting 5 people get chatty in meta makes it feel friendly. MSO is not a good measuring stick for CR.Meta.


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Yes. Delete them. Deletes are visible to users with enough rep, and they just confuse things right now. The only reason someone may want to see these posts is to track the history of a particular policy. I recommend adding links to the deleted posts in the current version to make that trail more obvious....


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Questions on meta marked with "obsolete" in the title are there for historical reasons only. There were times when certain policies and procedures were introduced to streamline the use of Code Review as a site, and, after that, a new, better policy was introduced making the old one obsolete. Where questions are marked as obsolete they also have a link to ...


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No, minor edits are not useful, but your definition of minor is not consistent with Stack Exchange standards. An edit which improves the quality of a post is not minor. See the help center (on edit privilege): When should I edit posts? Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to do so. Editing is encouraged! Some ...


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I agree that the question is off-topic on the main site. It is better (though not perfect) on the meta site. The problem is that the post is old, and questions older than 60 days cannot be migrated (and that is what would be needed even between main and meta sites). So the choice is to either close, delete, lock, or reopen the post. Locking seems most ...


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Every meta question needs to be classified as a discussion, feature-request, support, and/or bug post.1 Pick at least one of those tags when you submit your question, using your best judgement. (On other sites, such as Meta Stack Exchange, those required tags are distinguished by colour. It's harder to see the distinction on Meta Code Review.) The red ...


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But isn't the meta a bit different? Yes, and that's exactly why it's less of a problem on meta than on the regular site. The regular site is about reviewing code. The OP will want an answer, preferably within a short amount of time. On average we get around 35 of those posts per day. The 'newest' tab shows at most 50 questions a day, so on average ...


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I disagree with Simon's answer, simply because it fails to explicitly address (one of) the most important rule(s) when tagging: Every question should have a language tag. Not just any language tag, but a tag for the language in which the code is written. If that's a user-created language, so be it. Get it its own language tag. When should that tag be ...


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No, you don't get any reputation on Meta, but you can actually get the Mortarboard badge for earning 200 reputation in one day. So even though you don't get any reputation, you can actually get 200 of it in one day. (The badge is rewarded as if reputation was given as normal, but no reputation is actually given)


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ok I dare to write a self anser, since I just found the relevant text on what is meta: Votes on meta do not affect your reputation; your meta reputation is the same as your reputation on Code Review Stack Exchange (synchronized hourly), though you earn separate badges. You must have 5 reputation to participate on meta. somehow I must have been ...


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There's no option for users to migrate from meta to main, because that only ever happens once in a blue moon - there's theoretically no solid grounds to enable that migration path. The current way to migrate from meta to main, is to custom-flag for moderator attention. Looking at migration stats for meta (are those accessible with 10K privs?), looking at ...


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We recognize that that question is off-topic for Code Review. A moderator has already put a historical lock on it.


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off-topic has 24 questions, scope has 10 questions, and on-topic has 29 questions and no tag wiki. I don't see why we would need more than just one tag for this. They're all about the same thing really, and 9 questions are even tagged with both on-topic and off-topic! site-policy has 69 questions, 13 with on-topic, 10 with off-topic, 5 with both, and 2 ...


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I'm not quite sure about this one. After comparing the questions, I can see some differences: Questions tagged as asking-questions mostly involve asking about whether or not a certain question can be asked here. Questions tagged as questions involve things such as feature requests or anything else about existing questions (which are also not about specific-...


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This applies to all sites, not just CR. I don't know exactly why this is done, but I do know that there are still unobtainable badges listed on Meta.


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Who decides when the status of a "feature-request" question should be assigned? Moderators or employees. Usually that is only done by employees, though. Sometimes when there is preexisting consensus or previous questions about the same feature-request, moderators may tag a question with the appropriate tag, and then close as duplicate. In general the [...


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I think that it is okay to let humor out in our posts to let people know that we aren't all just Code Police that stick to the rules and nothing but the rules. on some posts on Meta, the comments are going to be long because of the question or answer, and it's totally on-topic. I guess the real question we should be asking is, what is Off-Topic for Meta?...


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English Language & Usage calls their tag [on-topic-off-topic]. I think that name is clear and covers everything related to topicality and scope.


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