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Welcome to Software Development on Codidact!

Will you help us build our independent community of developers helping developers? We're small and trying to grow. We welcome questions about all aspects of software development, from design to code to QA and more. Got questions? Got answers? Got code you'd like someone to review? Please join us.

Discussions and feedback about the site itself in Q&A format.

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Email alerts for notifications

How can I get an email when I get a notification on Codidact? I missed an answer because I thought I would get an email for it.

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Participate Everywhere ability without meeting the requirements?

I noticed I have the ability Participate Everywhere even though I do not meet the requirements (Having roughly 75% of my posts to be positively received, with a minimum of 5 positively-recieved pos...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Ethan‭  ·  edited 13d ago by meta guy‭

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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...

16 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 14d ago by Kevin Krumwiede‭

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Enabling 2FA should include some recovery codes

After enabling two factor authentication (2FA) for my account I'm only notified It is successfully turned On. I think it should include some recovery codes as well (to be used in case I can't acce...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by lealceldeiro‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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I can't choose any tags when posting a question

The problem described below occurs in Windows 10 and Chrome 87.0.4280.66 (64 bits, JavaScript enabled). I could post this question only in mobile (Chrome/iOS 14.2), where the problem doesn't occur....

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by hkotsubo‭

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Should posting on Meta affect reputation?

When we launched this community, we did not yet have the ability to set different reputation grants for different categories. We've had this for a while but we failed to follow up before now, sorr...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Allow tagging answers with tools and version numbers

TL;DR If we allow answers to be tagged with technologies and version numbers, people can more easily check if an answer is applicable to their technology stack. A few days ago, I had a problem in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by FractionalRadix‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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The way I tried to mark up code did not work. What is the right way to do it?

The way I tried to mark up code did not work. What is the right way to do it? The line break after the first signal is ignored. Some languages use a hash as a comment. Here, it bolds the line, ac...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by TecBrat‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by TecBrat‭

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Suggested special feature: Clinic/case study

We have special features/sections on Codidact, so maybe this is a nice use for them. What if we had a section named something like "clinic" or "case study" or "debugging"? (name suggestions welcom...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Handling common wrong approaches and misguided motivations for basic technique questions

Background This is inspired to some extent by https://software.codidact.com/posts/289597 . I'm trying to provide a large amount of content (gradually!) that novices (mainly to Python) will find u...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Lundin‭

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Should self-answered Q&A use separate answers for different techniques/approaches (even if there's a caveat that applies overall)?

Looking back at my own Q&A How can I build a string from smaller pieces?, the answer is incredibly long. I'm essentially showing five different ways to solve the problem - because they all exis...

2 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Lundin‭

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Are questions about (abstract) algorithms and datastructures considered on-topic?

I just noticed this question about data structures in the Q&A. Although algorithms and data structures are often (part of) a solution to a problem when writing software, this question is const...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by mr Tsjolder‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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Tags are highlighting while my favourite tags is empty

My favourite tags is empty. Although, some tags are highlighting. Usually, I was using another account earlier. I forgot (lost that gmail address) password (I can reset but, I don't want to use tha...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  edited 6mo 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...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by daveola‭  ·  edited 6mo ago by Alexei‭

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What categories could we benefit from having?

So far, existing Meta discussion seems to have at least hinted at the possibility of using separate categories here: To shuffle closed questions out of the way (globally for Codidact) (also) Fo...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Lundin‭

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On self-answered questions, is it inappropriate to mark my own answer "Works for me" immediately?

Would it discourage others from posting answers, if they saw that a question had an answer with a "works for me" indication applied immediately? (More so than just seeing an immediate, comprehensiv...

3 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 ...

7 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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How should I organize material about text encoding in Python into questions?

I want to write one or more self-answered Q&As on the topic of text encoding in Python, to serve as canonicals and preempt future lower-quality questions. I can think of the following things th...

3 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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Tag creation/deletion criteria for Software Development?

Ok so we have fairly lax tagging rules here, as do most Codidact sites. Recently the Electrical Engineering community has started a clean-up of strange and off-topic tags. I wrote this over there: ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Alexei‭

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Do we want a wiki (or similar) alongside Q&A?

In addition to Q&A, Codidact supports another post type, article. Articles can be used for blog posts, wiki pages, and other resources. Articles, like questions, use tags, so searching for a ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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Should we disallow ChatGPT-User crawler (and others) from scraping Software Codidact?

Stack Overflow has recently announced OverflowAI and I think this video summarises pretty well this. The main drawback is that the users are less incentivized to put effort into answering questions...

2 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by mr Tsjolder‭

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How can Q&A sites coexist with LLMs?

New LLMs like ChatGPT are now creating competition with Q&A sites like Codidact and StackOverflow. Moreover, this is parasitic: LLMs get "boosted" by Q&A sites because they can use them for...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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To transfer, or not to, that is the question: whether 'tis nobler to let it stay or to take arms against Stack Overflow's dominance of FAQ canonicals

Some of you may know me from Stack Overflow or the broader network. In light of recent actions by the company, I finally decided to move over to Codidact. I am a subject matter expert on Google App...

5 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Oleg Valter‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Lundin‭

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Are AI prompt engineering questions on topic?

Recently, AI models like ChatGPT have shown themselves capable of generating content and even source code. Just like with human helpers, clear and precise communication is key (especially when aski...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by manassehkatz‭

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Self answered questions about an unclear quickstart

I had problems following the directions of a Google Apps Script API quickstart. I think that the quickstart instructions and code is incomplete. After a while, I finally realized that there was mis...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Alexei‭

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Best practices for posting tabular data

I am trying to find how tabular data is presented in Software Development. So far, I have found one question, How to pivot text?. The question presents tabular data using code blocks, dash to indic...

3 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Wicket‭

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Should I delete my trivial, lack-of-research question?

I asked this trivial question recently: DocuSign eSignature API SDK: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError errors. It turns out, my problem was because I did not do enough research before asking a quest...

3 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by Vanity Slug ❤️‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Wicket‭

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Spreadsheets apps as end user development tool / spreadsheet formulas as a form of funtional programming

I have found Can we migrate office suite related questions to the Power Users community?, apparently, with a score of +7, 3 answers, but it looks like no decision have made so far. Despite not hav...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by LAFK‭

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Merge spreadsheet formula tags into single tag

Codidact's Software Development has multiple tags for spreadsheet formulas: excel-formula libreoffice-calc-formula openoffice-calc-formula sheets-formula It has formula with the tag usage ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by Wicket‭

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Merge [functions] with [function]

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm new here and looking around. I suggest to "merge" functions with function. I don't know how exactly this should be done here. I think the word's singular for...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Why `excel` is set as a child tag of `openoffice-calc`?

I joined Codidact a few days ago. I have looked around to learn the platform features and how things are handled in some communities. I just found that excel is a child tag of openoffice-calc. I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by ArtOfCode‭

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How are software recommendations handled?

How are software recommendations handled on https://software.codidact.com/ ? https://outdoors.codidact.com/ has a "gear recommendations" section, so it seems like Codidact is open to the idea. I s...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Lundin‭

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Are code troubleshooting posts allowed?

I assume "help my code isn't working"/troubleshooting posts - which make up much of SO questions - are allowed. However from reading the FAQ, it's not obvious to me that they are. The "on topic" bu...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by 404‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by joe‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Server error 500 when clicking on suggested edit details

I get an error page with server error 500 when clicking the link to view my suggested edit activity on my activity page. The suggested edit has the status helpful. Error ID 6ca4f8c8-4a0d-425d-8e09...

0 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by riQQ‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 ...

9 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Should we allow SEO related questions?

We have recently received a search engine optimization (SEO) question. Our scope currently does not explicitly include or exclude such questions, so I thought we should clarify this. Possible opt...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Peter Taylor‭

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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 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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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 3y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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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 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 1y ago by ShadowsRanger‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 1y ago by ShadowsRanger‭  ·  edited 1y 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 1y 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 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 3y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 2y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 3y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 1y ago by Can O' Spam‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭