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Should we allow answers generated by ChatGPT?

We got our first (mostly) ChatGPT answer in our community. Also, a question includes an adapted ChatGPT code that does not seem to do the job. StackOverflow has already banned ChatGPT answers and ...

7 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 2d ago by Lundin‭

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Adding a parent to a tag crashes on the server side (500)

Cross posted to Meta: https://meta.codidact.com/questions/278198 If I try to provide a parent to a tag, it crashes with 500. Error Id = 6bd06f30-539d-4b88-8743-eca32a8465cd Tag to edit = htt...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 2d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Should asking about book recommendations directly connected to software development be on-topic?

Context We have recently received a suggestion to allow questions about recommending books directly connected to software development. The way I see this now (pros and cons) Pros: allow more ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 3d ago by Lundin‭

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Why using images for code, errors, logs or similar should be avoided?

I have noticed that virtually any question containing an image of some code or error got a comment asking to replace it with the actual code, error text. Why is it so bad to include an image inste...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 5d ago by ghost-in-the-zsh‭

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Deciding if a concept can be materialized to a tag

Note: this is inspired by the comments on this post and especially this one which mentions: We have tags for languages because people have interest or expertise in languages; likewise frameworks...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by trichoplax‭

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I want to delete my account

I haven't found this website helpful and I wanted to delete my account. But I don't know how to do it. I want this post removed too. Edit: The email I've used is an anonaddy alias and I can't send...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by ShadowsRanger‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by ShadowsRanger‭

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interface and interface-type tags

My most recent question was tagged with interface-type. I had seen the interface tag when I was creating the question, but the usage information says Please avoid using this tag, as it is too g...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Alexei‭

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Can I repost here the answers to questions I get answered elsewhere?

I've thought that since I sometimes ask questions on chats and they are like black holes for information, whenever I get an answer I should post the question and answer here so that other people ha...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by ShadowsRanger‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Closed Question Too Generic, Reason Unhelpful

The reason for closing the question as too generic was that it contained multiple questions, had many possible indistinguishable correct answers, or required extraordinarily long answers. However,...

2 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by ShadowsRanger‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by ShadowsRanger‭

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How can I get a ChatGPT answer checked?

I'm using ChatGPT to answer some questions I don't find answers for online. But there are some answers that I don't know if they are actually correct. How can I get the answer checked by someone he...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by filosoful‭

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Are questions about language design on-topic?

I was chatting with somebody who's involved with a proposal on SE for a site about language design and who is interested in other options too. Some sample questions: What are the tradeoffs b...

2 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Lundin‭

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The size of the code format window is much too small.

When posting a lot of code on the site, the "code format window" is much too small: 1 I'm talking about this thing 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 The scroll bar appears after...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Code block in comments is highlighted only when viewed in the thread's link

Code blocks inside comments are hightlighted only if I'm on the comment's thread page. If I view it on the post itself (after expanding the respective thread), it's not highlighted. Example: in ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How can we grow this community?

Codidact's communities have a lot of great content that is helping people on the Internet. Our communities are small, though, and sustainable communities depend on having lots of active, engaged p...

7 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by young_souvlaki‭

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"Review suggested edit" page doesn't display Markdown source correctly

I recently suggested an edit to an answer. Basically, I formatted some code, adding code fences around it: But at the "Review suggested edit" page, the differences are not clearly displayed. I...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Particpate Everywhere ability with no posts

I noticed I have the ability Participate Everywhere even though I do not have any posts never the fewer ones with upvotes.

2 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by Ethan‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Mithical‭

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Asking and answering FAQ style questions

After spending my time on SO, I found that some of the FAQ style questions were VERY helpful, especially with things such as SQL injection in PHP/MySQL (for example How can I prevent SQL injection ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by Can O' Spam‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Dealing with table tag

This question which is tagged with table tag. I am trying to find a better replacement for it since there are multiple types of tables such as HTML tables or data tables. The question seems to re...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Alexei‭

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Renaming GNU/Linux tag to gnu

I have noticed that we have several questions tagged with GNU/Linux. I would like to rename this tag to gnu to reflect what seems to be the canonical name and also be consistent with tag naming (a...

2 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 6mo ago by Alexei‭

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Reaction comment doesn't appear if previous comment for retracted reaction was deleted

On this answer I just reacted with “works for me” with comment, but then retracted it because of what finally turned out to be a mistake on my end, and deleted also the comment (and thus the commen...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by celtschk‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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The tag [caching] exists twice, shoud we blame caching?

Browsing through the list of tags I saw two with the exact same name, [caching]: One is in https://software.codidact.com/categories/38/tags/4128 and the other in https://software.codidact.co...

0 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by fedorqui‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by Alexei‭

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codidact profile editing requires 30 characters but has no error message

Editing one's profile on codidact is problematic. Evidently it needs to be 30 characters or more, but there's no error message, there's just a red box around the profile post and then the save but...

0 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by daveola‭

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Questions easily answered by studying a beginner-level book

This scenario is not yet a problem for this site, but we will get there, since it's a huge problem for Stack Overflow: Someone just picks up a well-known programming language for the first time. T...

4 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Dirk Herrmann‭

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How do I search for "i++"?

I once wrote this post here: Why can't we mix increment operators like i++ with other operators? When using Codidact search looking for that post, I tried to type i++ in the search but it didn't l...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Should I post a link to the Github repo for code reviews?

Hello. Total noob here and noob to this site. I've written a non-trivial program in Python. Code review didn't take the whole thing (400+ lines of code). Should I post a link to my Github repo ...

2 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by joe‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Lundin‭

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"Software Development" to the exclusion of other programming and scripting?

The site is called "Software Development", and the subtitle on the homepage is "General Q&amp;A about software development -- code, design, process, tools, testing, and more". Am I to understand, t...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Alexei‭

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Software recommendations category

Hello all, I was taking a look at proposed communities and saw the discussion about code reviews that lead to the creation of the category. In the process I remembered of Software Recommendations ...

2 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by nelson777‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Alexei‭

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What is a minimal, reproducible example?

Sometimes when I ask questions here, I get told that I should include a minimal, reproducible example. What is that?

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by klutt‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by klutt‭

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Allow question and answers textareas to be resizable

Many questions and answers on Software might involve a lot of code that typically require more width and/or height to be displayed in a way that is easy to read. Why simply not enforce resize: non...

0 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Alexei‭

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Suggestions for improving the UI regarding comments

See this picture How do you answer in that thread? Hmm, there are two buttons. One says "show more". I click on that and the thread collapse. Is that "more"? Ok, so I click on the thread agai...

0 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by klutt‭

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A cleanup of "What type of questions can I ask here?"

What type of questions can I ask here? has gotten rather cluttered since we have added/removed a lot of things along the way. In particular, I think it is hard to get an idea of what's on-topic by ...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by klutt‭

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Should we allow questions about software quality assurance?

I would like to ask a question about the pros/cons of using a library or more generally a way of assertion of complex data models. This is more related to testing than it is to actual coding, but ...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Should we allow UI/UX questions in our community?

A significant fraction of software developers also needs to make some UI/UX-related decisions. I am wondering if we should such questions in the Software Development community. Based on feedback...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Alexei‭

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Promoting the advantages Codidact Software has over Stack Overflow or similar communities

Note: some of these points are relevant for all communities, but I would like to focus on Software Development for now I am thinking of promoting Software Codidact, but I could not find a single p...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Alexei‭

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How to best ask about algorithmic problems

The question How to efficiently remove every occurrence of one string inside another and discussions in the comments there got me thinking about the best way to ask about algorithmic problems. In p...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Trilarion‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Lundin‭

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How to promote Software Development Codidact on LinkedIn?

I have recently blown off the dust off my LinkedIn profile and I have realized that I have hundreds of connections. An important fraction of all these connections are into software development and ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Question templates for guidance

I am wondering if it makes sense to define a template for questions. This would act as a guideline rather than a strict template to be followed. I have seen this being used for GitHub issues and I...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Enable text-area for comments to be resized

I was wondering if the comment box can be altered? So the text-area can be expanded/re-sized? It's quite frustrating to get to the right text scrolling in such small box whilst it's not interactiv...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by gzi98‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Community feedback: What type of questions can I ask here?

There is a new page What type of questions can I ask here? (found under Help -&gt; Guidance.) I'll quote it as whole below, for convenience. Please give feedback on specific items in the list that ...

15 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Lundin‭

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How can I fill in tag information?

I have noticed that most tags lack any usage information and moreover a more detailed wiki: I would like to add the information for some of these tags, but I do not see how. I assume there is so...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Code Challenges Category (Code Golfing & others)

I was inspired by the contests on Outdoors and Writing, and thought that having some challenges over here would be fun as well. What do you all think about adding a new category where people can po...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Trilarion‭

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Specify framework / library version in the answer

As Stack Exchange (Stack Overflow mostly) is struggling to deal with outdated answers, they came with a proposal that we can learn from: Version labels for answers As already most of the feedback...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Codidactyl game and code - creation process and obfuscation

I am interested in knowing how the recent Codidactyl game and its code were created and obfuscated. See the non-announcement. From other posts, it appears that luap42 and Monica Cellio may have wo...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by mbomb007‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Should we allow questions about installation and configuration of software development tools?

A recent flag for this question suggested that it would be a better fit for the Linux community. There is no motivation provided, but I guess it is related to the fact that most of the question and...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Are general questions (hopefully resulting in comprehensive, 'canonical' answers) in scope

Co I'm a database/desktop dev venturing into programming web apps using Angular and I've been informed 'functional reactive programming' is something I should be aware of. Some other site has a ge...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by mcalex‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Why did my question get a downvote?

Currently, there is no consensus about whether to provide tooltips for the voting buttons (especially the downvote one). However, the community now includes quite a lot of questions that attracted ...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by meriton‭

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Is this a good fit for Code Reviews, and if so, how to best post it?

I've just dived into pygame and written a little game in it, of which I'd like a review (it's my first try of pygame). However I'm not sure if it is a good fit for the site, and if so, how exactly ...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by celtschk‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Peter Taylor‭

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Enable syntax highlighting for D language

According to this answer, Codidact uses highlight.js for syntax highlight, and "support whatever languages are enabled by default in that package". And according to this table (in highlight.js Git...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Anonymous‭

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console.readline tag does not look good to me

The console.readline tag has been created for Q: How to read lines into an array in Bash, which uses a while read loop. That tag is inappropriate because Readline, the console and the read built-...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Alexei‭

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We'd like to add another moderator -- who?

Several months ago we asked for temporary moderators for this community and two people stepped up. One of them later had to step back, leaving Alexei as a sole moderator. Alexei is doing a great ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by hkotsubo‭