Jeff Atwood
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How is this site different from Stack Overflow?
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Did you not read the FAQ at all? About page What topics can I ask about here? As I said on Twitter, this site is about asking Does this code make my ass look fat? In other words, general broad-...

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Is Code Review useful for external users?
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It is pretty clear why this site is useful for CR-users: those who ask for code review may get some points regarding their code, reviewers can see ideas of other reviewers which also stimulates ...

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Should "your code seems fine" answers be acceptable?
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I like LRE's comment so much I am stealing it as an answer: I agree that "this is good code" is a legitimate answer. Indeed we should be pointing people to these rare gems. One thing though, if you ...

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Reviews of code not stored here
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I think it's OK to have "and click here for even more code!" but the relevant core of the code absolutely has to be in the post itself. There's just too many things that can go wrong with having all ...

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"Please review / critique" in question's title
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I agree -- all questions that are present here are default please critique. If there is some subtlety to what is being asked for, it should be explained in the question. Feel free to edit these out ...

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StackOverflow questions being incorrectly sent to Code Review
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It's a process of education. The defining characteristic of a codereview question is that it is working code -- if there are errors or other problems, it's not a fit here. If we only get people to ...

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Why do so many people on CR have a reputation score of 101?
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Correct -- you get +100 bonus reputation on any new site in the Stack Exchange network, so long as you have +200 rep somewhere in the network. Since you start with 1 rep, that means you end up with +...

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Multiple answers and unanswerable questions
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there is really can be multiple correct answers Multiple correct answers is not really a problem; there is always "more than one way to do it". The only time it is a problem is when the # of answers ...

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Textbook questions on Code Review
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My question is whether it is appropriate for users to post solutions to exercises from well-known text books on Code Review It can be, if they are posted with the honest intent of having a working ...

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Growing Code Review, One Idea... :-)
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Sure, you can, as long as people are clear what code review is for -- essentially, functioning, working code that needs to be improved in some subjective, perhaps even aesthetic, way. If the code is ...

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Where do high-level architecture and design questions go?
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They go on https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/ -- the "whiteboard" type programming question. This site is for code reviews, of course.

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Redundant tag: [review]
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This is complete, and I also made it an intrinsic tag for the site.

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Can I ask for a review on a website?
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Generally, no. Per the faq: Make sure you include your code in your question This site is for code reviews, which are hard to do when the code is behind a link somewhere out there on the internet. If ...

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Is asking for a name for one function on-topic?
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It's not great, but I do think it is valid. As someone very much smarter than me once said: There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things. http://www....

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Friendly notifier for review questions with missing code?
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Ok, I updated the How to Ask sidebar panel a bit: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/ask Before: Share code from projects you are working on for peer review. Please specify what ...

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Which is the better fit -- Code Review or Stack Overflow?
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Hmm. The rule of thumb I use for Code Review is: It is working, functional code with no (obvious to the author, anyway) errors You want aesthetic and subjective peer feedback on this working, ...

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What's the purpose of the tag 'code-review-practice'?
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Agreed -- I checked most of them and they were just plain code reviews, the "ambient" tag you'd expect every question on this site to have simply because it exists here! That's the very definition of ...

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Answering your own review
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I think answer will be better, as significant question edits might be disruptive to others who already answered. (trivial or minor question edits are of course always ok)

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Stack Overflow - Code Review Overlap Questions
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As I see it, that particular question was not How can I improve this working code? but Can anyone explain this working code to me. A proper code review question is from someone who already ...

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No replies and expiring bounty
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Indeed it does per https://codereview.stackexchange.com/faq#bounty In any case, you will always give up the amount of reputation specified in the bounty, so if you start a bounty, be sure to follow ...

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Do stylistic questions belong here or on programmers.SE
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Great examples in your post to chew on. A few thoughts. Programmers is less about actual code and more about whiteboarding ideas. So any question with a lot of concrete code (versus mostly code ...

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Lisp symbols not highlighted correctly
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First, make sure the correct language highlighter is being used. If the question is tagged lisp that should be correct, but verify that the code class is correct in Google Chrome inspector. For ...

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Solving wide code
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The only thing I can really think of is making the font smaller for the moment. edit: this is done. It is true that we expect more code here than on, say, Stack Overflow .. but even for a code review,...

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How can we promote our site?
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I think what makes sense for this site is to invite your peers to review your code. I just posted some code I'm not sure about -- I respect you guys' and gals' opinions, can you take a look at it ...

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Can't suggest an edit: "edit" link missing
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It's because they both have pending edits -- and since you don't have enough rep on CR to approve the edits, the edit(0) isn't visible to you. I'll check all the pending edits and approve them now.

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On migrating from SO: how to do this efficiently and appropriately.
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I would certainly prioritize SO questions where there is no error or problem to be solved yet the poster has provided code with the intent of some kind of subjective critique. That's a textbook ...

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FAQ proposal - review can be general
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OK, I didn't see any harm in this, so I edited it into the FAQ. This is something you can do as a diamond mod as well, just click edit there.

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Why does the "welcome" banner on first visit say the site is for game developers?
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Oops, this was wrong. Fixing now.

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Questions containing code with poor formatting or no comments
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We do now have the ability to detect unformatted code; I will turn that on here. Can we detect unformatted code and give specific help?

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Tag based syntax highlighting not working on all tags
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We use Google Prettify https://github.com/google/code-prettify with an extension to hint at certain supported languages based on the question tags: Changes to syntax highlighting what language, ...

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