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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta "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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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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Meta 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

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Meta Is there a workaround to highlight code blocks if the language doesn't have syntax highlight enabled?

I've seen that recently two requests to add syntax highlight to some languages were deferred (this and this). According to the status-deferred tag description: "the requested feature will not be i...

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

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Meta How much research effort is expected from the asker by the community?

Simply, there are search engines which you can find answers to your questions. Although there is Stack Overflow which answers many questions. Additionally that there is documentation and there are ...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by meriton‭

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Meta Unfair accusation in a comment and consequent loss of *actual* reputation

I posted an answer here and IIRC received one or two upvotes. Then a user falsely accused me of copy-pasting from Wikipedia without citing my sources. To that accusation I replied here. However...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Lorenzo Donati‭

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Meta Using Software Codidact as a private community within a company

Short version As you probably know SO offers Stack Overflow for Teams as a product for a knowledge management tool for private use (private teams). I am wondering if it is possible for Codidact t...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Canina‭

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Meta Is it correct to downvote answers to bad questions?

Sometimes I see bad questions (e.g Off-Topic questions) but I see perfect high quality answers to it but since the question is Off-Topic, so I think that who answered the question is being a victim...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Meta Should "Hello", "Thank you", "Morning" and similar greetings be removed from posts?

I just started to see greetings in posts like: "Hello", "Thank you", "Morning" and other types of greetings. Should this greetings be removed from posts or we just keep them? Sometimes I think th...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dmckee‭

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Meta Is it correct to ask customer service-related questions?

I didn't find any guidance on On-Topic - Help Center about customer service-related questions. So, I am asking: Is it correct to ask customer service-related questions? Example of customer service...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Meta Drupal tag is not in lowercase

The Drupal tag is not in lowercase, as all other tags are. Is this intended?

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

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Meta Can we migrate office suite related questions to the Power Users community?

Power Users has just been launched and I remember that Software Development has some content related to office suite usage (example). Is it OK to migrate these questions to the Power Users communi...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by FoggyFinder‭

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Meta Etiquette for posting comments

This question featured a quite heated discussion in the comments which led to some of them being removed. This action was discussed here and I have realized that our community lacks a guide about p...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Estela‭

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Meta Do we need more specific up/down vote reasons for Software Development community?

The help center includes a rather generic (it's the same for all communities) article about voting. Recently a user flagged a question asking why it had received so many downvotes. While flagging ...

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

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Meta highlighting code

In this answer, I wrote those line using code system (```). But, in first line it bold sudo. But, in second line it didn't. Why one is highlighting another isn't? I am using Chrome. A relate...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 1y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Meta Is it OK to use abusive content on code?

In SO, I had saw that a person was writing lot of abusive words inside code. Just like, if(a==b){ print("f***") } I had flagged on that post with little bit explanation. The user gave ...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 1y ago by Estela‭