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Welcome to Codidact Meta!

Codidact Meta is the meta-discussion site for the Codidact community network and the Codidact software. Whether you have bug reports or feature requests, support questions or rule discussions that touch the whole network – this is the site for you.

General Q&A about the Codidact instance hosted at codidact.com or the software that runs it.

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What incentives are there currently to edit and moderate? Should there be more?

On Stack Exchange, I spent a significant portion of my time on the site editing posts, because the idea of an SE site as a repository of useful reference information has long appealed to me. Being...

1 answer  ·  posted 15d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 12d ago by trichoplax‭

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Threaded comments are good for discussion but there’s no incentive to clean them up [closed]

I personally am open to the idea of treating comments here exactly as we treat posts. Since they can be quite long, we should be able to vote, suggest edits, etc, as a way of facilitating that Codi...

0 answers  ·  posted 13d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  closed 12d ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Proposal: remove Twitter from profiles

Seeing the option to list a Twitter profile on one's profile leaves a bad taste in my mouth given recent developments on that site. I don't think it deserves to be promoted above other social medi...

3 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by da5nsy‭  ·  edited 12d ago by Andreas‭

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Could we adopt the domain “.cd”?

How would people feel about a network-wide convention of abbreviated URLs having the form, https://<topic>.cd? For example, a shortened URL for a philosophy site would be https://philosophy....

2 answers  ·  posted 15d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  edited 13d ago by meta guy‭

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Can you post a question just to answer it yourself?

Does Codidact allow users to post questions and then immediately answer them?

5 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by 8500 Ward‭  ·  last activity 14d ago by Andreas‭

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Auto-navigate from post preview to post source

I'd like to be able to double-click in a specific location in the preview of the post I'm writing (or editing), and have the site scroll up to the post source (input box), and scroll and move the c...

0 answers  ·  posted 14d ago by Andreas‭

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How do we want to organize the help center?

Jon Ericson raised an interesting point in a recent Meta post: I don't understand how the help page is organized. Oh wait! It's alphabetical by the title of the article. That's why "Advanced for...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 14d ago by Andreas‭

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A refactoring convenience function.

Here is a redraft and elaboration of what this post is about, partially in response to some comments I've received. This post may be about a few different things at once, and may need to be refact...

2 answers  ·  posted 17d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  edited 14d ago by Julius H.‭

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Would there ever be A / B testing?

Would there ever be a scenario where an experimental feature is tried out with a smaller cohort of users in order to observe the resulting dynamics and compare it to the alternative? I mean more t...

2 answers  ·  posted 16d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 14d ago by trichoplax‭

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Alternatives to the news feed taken as a default; the “attention economy”

It is common nowadays for social technology to include a “feed” of some kind, most usually as the landing page upon logging in. One can without difficulty produce some conventional arguments in fav...

1 answer  ·  posted 15d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 14d ago by trichoplax‭

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How should a Codidact public API work?

I'm planning to add a public API to Codidact so people can make applications that read Codidact data automatically. Features and purposes I have my own purposes in mind for this[1], but there are...

2 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 15d ago by trichoplax‭

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Library of Congress classification: class AND subject tags (including sub-tags)

The library of Congress classification system gives items both a single class, and multiple subject tags. This system has some significant benefits. Also, their subject tag system has sub-tags - f...

0 answers  ·  posted 16d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  edited 15d ago by Julius H.‭

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More inherently built-in chatting? [duplicate]

It could be cool to have more accessible chatting for all posts. What if there were a sidebar on every post where there was always a live chat? Unlike SE, you never need to specifically create and ...

0 answers  ·  posted 16d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  closed as duplicate 16d ago by manassehkatz‭

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Extremely high standards for code of conduct? [closed]

This is just a hypothetical idea I’d like to share. I sometimes feel the bar has been set very low in how people conduct themselves on forums, since we are used to places like Reddit, and compared...

0 answers  ·  posted 16d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  closed 16d ago by Mithical‭

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Thoughts on downvotes? Could you be able to hide vote counts in general? [duplicate]

Seeing as Codidact is sort of an opportunity to do things a little differently than Stack Exchange, I was wondering how people feel in general about certain things about Stack Exchange, which we mi...

0 answers  ·  posted 17d ago by Julius H.‭  ·  closed as duplicate 16d ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Make searching posts slightly more easy

I find the search function slightly too hard to find. I mean, it’s just in the menu, but intuitively, I feel like it should be a little more accessible, immediately visible. Also, we would benefit...

0 answers  ·  posted 17d ago by Julius H.‭

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What should I know when coming here from Stack Exchange?

This website seems much like the Stack Exchange family of sites, but I immediately noticed some differences, like being able to comment at once and not being able to vote on this meta (but the abil...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by tommi‭  ·  last activity 19d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Markdown table alignment only renders correctly in preview

Codidact posts support Markdown tables. For example, the following raw text: Column 1 | Column 2 -------- | -------- Data A | Data B Data C | Data D renders as: Column 1 Column ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  edited 21d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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I can close my own question by myself, but not reopen it

I was surprised to find that ordinary user privileges allow me to close my own posts unilaterally. It does seem useful; just now I posted something on Linux Systems and realized it needed some fixe...

2 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 24d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Email, possible scam

This morning I got an email from a name I don't recognize, saying "Nice to bump into you on Codidact. If you remember, we shared a math class or two at MIT. Do you attend reunions? Love to catch up...

0 answers  ·  posted 28d ago by gmcgath‭

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Why do we have "General comments" threads?

Comments below posts are grouped into threads, each of which can have a meaningful name so several different conversations can happen in parallel with less risk of confusion. However, sometimes th...

3 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 30d ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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Recent feature changes to the Codidact software

This site runs on the QPixel software, maintained by Codidact. What progress has been made recently? There will be one answer per year. 2024 (current year) 2023 2022 2021 2020

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Inconsistent tagged question counts

I am looking for existing questions in Power User with the virtual-reality tag. The tag-search page says there are 4 questions, but clicking through to the tag page itself shows none.

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by Michael‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Enhancing community involvement with per-site Help Centers

By my understanding, one of the key features of the Codidact network is that individual communities are more in control of their local policies. In particular, it appears that community moderators ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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User preferences behaviour inconsistent with advice

A preferences problem highlighted in an answer on Software Development Meta appears to have been somewhat fixed, but leaving an inconsistency with the guidance on the preferences page. At the top ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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The posts list for a tag suggests each post has only that tag

Clicking on a tag takes you to a page showing the details of the tag, followed by a list of posts bearing that tag. However, each of these posts is shown with only that tag. All other tags on each ...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How should we phase out the Site Proposals category?

Currently the old Site Proposals category points to the new Proposals community, presumably as a temporary measure until people get used to the new community. This is not ideal, as described in the...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Linking to posts with anchor text is too hard

One place in which I'm finding that more friction at Codidact than I was expecting is creating links to other questions with the question title as the anchor text. I'm going to use https://meta.co...

2 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Can the title of the question be a "clean" link to the question itself?

Sometimes I find myself browsing through the site and want to share a question. If I arrived through a link to an answer, I do not have a good way to "clean" the URL and be able to get the URL of t...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by fedorqui‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Add pending suggested edits to the dashboard

The Dashboard is an easy way to get an overview of the whole network at a glance; on a single page, you can see where there's been new activity that you haven't seen yet, on a category-by-category ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How should we make pending edit suggestions more visible?

Each category header includes an "Edits" link, which is a link to a list of pending suggested edits in the current category. But nothing alerts people with the ability to approve those edits that ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Get rid of minimum character requirements

Various places in Codidact where a user enters text seem to have a minimum character requirement. If you enter fewer characters than that, the system keeps the "submit post" button greyed out, pop...

2 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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New activity grey circle indicators confusingly triggered on Dashboard

It's basically this post, but for the indicator discs on the Dashboard. I click on an "updated" community of interest, but most recent post showing updates was changed months ago. I can't tell if ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Indication that I have flagged a post

When I flag a post for moderator attention, an acknowledgement message appears, but if I revisit the post later there is no indication that I have flagged it. I would find it useful to have an indi...

2 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to convert an answer to comment and include the comments under the answer into the new comment thread?

Is there a way to convert an answer to a comment and include the existing comments under the answer into the new comment thread? There’s no option for it in the convert-to-comment dialog. Is there ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Nick Alexeev‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Andreas‭

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What help pages need to be written?

I've been working on the user help center recently - writing new help pages and improving old ones. You can see the latest changes and suggestions - even the ones that haven't been deployed to the ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Andreas‭

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Flag details vs. comments

When flagging a post as "Needs author's attention", the interface provides a single-line text entry field for "Details?", which does not allow for newlines. Input text scrolls without any clear ind...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Please review a new Accessibility Statement and Accessibility Policy

Here at Codidact, we believe that everyone deserves to have access to information and to be a part of a community. "Everyone" includes people with disabilities, and so that means making our site an...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Mithical‭

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Add search to the Help Center

I'm looking for specific information in the Help Center. (In this case I want to learn more about comments, but I don't think there's an article for them just yet.) One useful tool on many help pag...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Jon Ericson‭

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Wilson score samples with 0 votes

Can the Scoring help page's sample chart start at 0 votes instead of 1? Lots of posts probably have no votes or only up or down votes.

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Michael‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by Mithical‭

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Show score value along with score bar/icon

Show score on the horizontal score bar. When I started browsing first time I didn't know what the horizontal bar with green stripe in it is for. Took a while to figure out it is score. Wouldn't it ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by sheela‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Some things I observed as I started poking around Codidact

I'm a bit hesitant to write this since it's not generally a good idea to walk into a host's house and immediately criticize the way it's laid out. But there really is only one chance to make first ...

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

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How about explicitly inviting new user feedback?

Prompted by comments in this comment thread - I agree that it's often very difficult to get feedback from new users in the meta area of a community, especially one that has custom software on top o...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Jon Ericson‭

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Implement inline spoiler text

It was previously noted that Codidact does not support explicit spoiler tags, although it's possible to hide blocks of text in collapsible sections (using <details> and <summary> HTML)....

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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How are tabs handled in code blocks?

While this question is of particular interest to the technical sites, and especially to Software, it concerns core site functionality. I figured it would be more polite to ask than to make a "sandb...

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

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What community would be appropriate to ask a business question about software development?

The title is the question: What community would be appropriate to ask a business question about software development?

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by TecBrat‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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Trying to use Markdown formatting on detail-section labels causes unexpected centered alignment in preview

I knew that blank lines are needed in certain places when mixing HTML markup with Markdown so that the Markdown will actually be processed. For example: <details> <summary> Gory deta...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How can Codidact be independent from Stack Exchange, when you have same moderators?

Mithical is moderator on AI, Constructed Language, Literature Stack Exchanges. But also Mithical is I'm also part of Codidact’s Community Team, and am on the Board of Directors. Clearly, Mit...

2 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Mark S.‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Lundin‭

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What customizations are available on Codidact?

On Codidact, lots of things can be customized for individual communities. Generally these changes need to be made by admins, but we'll make them on request. But what are all these things? What c...

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

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Can we have the ability to create tags without being linked to a question?

As the title says. Rationale: I'm in the process of giving tags on EE.CD some structure and I feel that sometimes a group of tags could be usefully grouped under a parent which doesn't exist yet. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭