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Migration paths to other sites

The Golden Rule of migration, of course: Don't Migrate Crap
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Why are alternative solutions not welcome?

The site's name is Code Review for a reason. We review the code in question by pointing out mistakes, bugs, edge cases, etc. with an explanation. Just dumping some alternative implementation without ...
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Can I put my code on a third party site and link to the site in my question?

No. Because there's a reason we require your code to be embedded in the question:
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I've observed many toy/homework questions

Code Review is not like other Stack Exchange sites. Other sites create a 'corpus' of reference questions and answers to problems experienced by people in those specific subject areas. This difference ...
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How should we deal with askers fixing off-topic questions when an answer has been posted?

Answers to off-topic questions are already invalid One way to look at this is to say that if a question is invalid, it should be closed and not answered. Answering an invalid question sends exactly ...
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Is code ever clean enough? - Can there be too many follow-up questions?

The problem is not the number of follow-up questions. The problem is the rate of posting them. If you post a follow-up once a week, probably nobody will even notice. As long as it's well done, for ...
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Policy regarding "flooding" Code Review with questions

To be completely clear: homework[1] [2] and coding challenges are on-topic. Issues with tags should be edited, it's rare to get questions with perfect tags - I get them wrong all the time too. This ...
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Punny/Playful Titles Policy

A pun is only a pun if it relates to something meaningful. Something like: "The trip to the arctic was so cool" is only funny because there's two meanings to the word. The same has to be true with a ...
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Is there a limit to the number of answers a user can post to one single question?

<moderator-hat> The first thing that comes to mind is "this user is trying to somehow abuse the system to farm upvotes, badges, and reputation score." ...
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Should votes to close a question as containing broken code be paired with a comment?

Yes I am a comment lover. Comments helps a lot. Especially when it's not crystal clear for everybody that the code is not working as intended. Sometimes it's even good if two or more users ...
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Why are alternative solutions not welcome?

Why are alternative solutions not welcome? They are. Note the text: You have presented an alternative solution, but haven't reviewed the code. The problem is not that it shows an alternative ...
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Old messy questions

We should just leave them alone There is no good solution to these mixed-bag questions with code in varying states. If there was an easy solution, we would have done it already. As it stands, my ...
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Is code ever clean enough? - Can there be too many follow-up questions?

The only logical point at which a follow-on process becomes too much, is when the code becomes a duplicate of previously posted code. Follow-On questions are important on this site, they add a lot of ...
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Removing leading white space in question code blocks

In general you shouldn't be editing code in the question, but instead reviewing it. But there are at least two cases where it's fine to make an exception: Where the poster has fumbled the formatting. ...
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What are our answer editing guidelines?

The Edit Review queue is notorious for people making mistakes in the process. The problem is almost entirely related to the fact that answer edits are much rarer than question edits. Code Review has ...
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Alternate solution - what counts as an insightful observation?

The problem starts with the question, which is barely on topic and would be a better fit on Stack Overflow. That said, a comparison between your original answer and Reinderien's seems to illustrate ...
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Project Euler Solutions

In regards to what https://projecteuler.net/ says about posting answers: As a note, all of this content is only available in the About page and only to registered users. First, there's this: ...
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Is code ever clean enough? - Can there be too many follow-up questions?

On the same day? Depends on the substance of the question and of the answers received, but as a general rule of thumb I'd say... one... but that can't be carved in stone: it depends™. There simply ...
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Commenting on faulty code

Comments are for that exact purpose - pointing out issues that need clarification in the question, or otherwise need to be addressed. Editing the code is not an option on Code Review. If it was a ...
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Can I include problem statements when posting exercise solutions to Code Review?

You can, and you should, so that reviewers can better understand and contextualize your code. But that doesn't always mean that you should copy & paste the problem statement verbatim. All ...
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Should we improve the code to be reviewed in an edit?

This specific case is a bit unusual in that the edit was "suggested" by a user with the same username as the original author. Note also that the original author's account is unregistered, which ...
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What is the appropriate length of a Code Review question?

There is no actual limit for posted code, aside from a few limiting factors: Character Limit. All SE-Posts are limited to 30k characters (including markdown) Contrary to the usual network-wide ...
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Is code ever clean enough? - Can there be too many follow-up questions?

Thought I'll chime in here as the other answerer in the downvoted revision 5 question... To be frank, I was hesitant about answering that revision initially, as I do not know if another answer is ...
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Is code ever clean enough? - Can there be too many follow-up questions?

Can there be too many follow-up questions? Considering that some follow-up questions can get massively down-voted, I think the answer is Yes, there can be too many follow-ups (at least in a certain ...
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Migration paths to other sites

For migrating to Stack Overflow, there are some good guidelines at What topics can I ask about here?. Quoting, specifically: Stack Overflow is for professional and enthusiast programmers, people who ...
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Should we censor rude language in comments/strings of posted code?

Language in Posts and editing profanities generally For this section, let's assume that profanity was not forbidden Stack Exchange is a site for users starting at the age of 13 (16 in EU). It's also ...
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Is it allowed to edit code if there is no answer?

Sure you can edit your question/code if there are no answers. Just don't place alternative code-junks without adding the comperative-review tag. Replacing the code in question is fine without ...
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Old Meta questions about policies we have since changed

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 ...
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Selfie code-only answers as an offsite link

Yes - change the policy - but must be a revision link where possible The post can be edited to include an off-site link, but, where possible, the link must point to the revision of code that's in the ...

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