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Posts by Alexei‭

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Meta Renaming sheets to the more specific google-sheets?

sheets tag sounds a little bit too generic and I feel that it should be replaced with the more specific [google-sheets]. I know that we should avoid using company names as much as possible, but in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 1y ago by Alexei‭

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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 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Estela‭

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

There are multiple reasons why using images of code, error, logs and other text resources used in programming instead of the actual text is strongly not recommended. Shortly put, the question shou...

posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  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 Should we allow UI/UX questions in our community?

Yes I would allow UI/UX questions with some limitations. Examples: on topic - UI/UX questions related to an interface that also involves some programming (e.g. web interfaces) offtopic -...

posted 10mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 10mo ago by Alexei‭

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Q&A How are integers interpreted in contexts that expect a date?

SQL Server uses '1900-01-01' as a "zero-point" in DATEDIFF(dd, 0, some_date): select DATEDIFF(dd, 0, '1900-01-01') --&gt; 0 select DATEDIFF(dd, 0, GETDATE()) --&gt; 44066 days since the "zero-d...

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

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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 Asking software architecture related questions on Software Development community

Context Over the years I had a hard time addressing questions about software architecture like these ones . Soon after posting them, they receive a couple of downvotes and close votes which set the...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by shagie‭

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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 10mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 10mo 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 11mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Alexei‭

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Meta Why did my question get a downvote?

For me the following reasons might lead to downvoting: Posts that are not related to a specific programming issue, but are rather meant to start a discussion. Example Asking for software ...

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

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

There are multiple questions/aspects in your posts, so I will go one by one: Stack Overflow which answers many questions While this is true, for many questions SO has an important drawback. I...

posted 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 Are code troubleshooting posts allowed?

Yes Questions about troubleshooting your non-working code are on-topic, provided that you include enough information for the community to understand the context (SO names this minimal reproducible...

posted 1y ago by Alexei‭

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Q&A Does using an Integer have any speed/performance benefits over a string in JSON

Before doing any performance testing, I think you have already noticed that the payload is significantly smaller by missing those double quotes. However, what I think is more important, especially ...

posted 2y ago by Alexei‭

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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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Q&A How to properly deal with impersonation in a Web application? (security vs. usefulness for tech support)

Context Our team has begun migrating a pretty old internal application and one aspect that got my attention is the impersonation. This is implemented as follows: only administrators are allowed...

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

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Q&A Are there any downsides related to using Maybe or Optional monads instead of nulls?

I have recently stumbled across the Maybe (or Optional) modal usage in .NET Code: example code or this one example article Based on everything I read, there are multiple advantages on relyi...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Derek Elkins‭

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Meta Should we get rid of [formula] tag and use more meaningful tags like [excel-formula] or [google-sheets-formula]?

We currently have quite a few questions tagged with formula. However, [formula] seems so general that I am inclined to replace it to a more specific formula based on the context. Examples: [excel-...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭

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Q&A Which abstraction should I choose for background services and why?

I will provide an answer from a pragmatic perspective, rather than a direct answer to your question. This is particularly important when working on a real project (as opposed to homework). Short an...

posted 2y ago by Alexei‭

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Meta Should we have a Code Review Section / category?

I would definitely allow code review questions (requests) as they are an important part of any professional software developer. A special category might make sense, although a designated special ta...

posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Is it recommended for ASP.NET Web API actions to always include a CancellationToken?

Note: This is basically a question from Stack Overflow that was closed for a very long period of time and I fear it might get closed again as primarily opinion based. I am wondering if my ASP.NET C...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Peter Taylor‭

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Q&A When stored procedures are preferred over application layer code?

A person I used to work with several years ago was hired to rewrite a product using a .NET-based modern tech stack. One of the aspects that stroke me was that he believes that the product should mo...

2 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Derek Elkins‭

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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 ...

5 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭