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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 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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How does Codidact avoid repeating Stack Exchange's mistakes?

I received an important question in private email, and I'm bringing it here so we can improve on the answer I sent. This won't be the last time we get this question; let's develop a clear, effecti...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 11d ago by meta guy‭

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Happy Birthday, Codidact!

It feels like we celebrated Codidact’s first birthday only yesterday and that Codidact was founded just a few days ago, but here we are. Codidact is now officially two years old! [1] Two years ago...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Threaded comments are here!

From our earliest discussions of what the Codidact platform would be, we've known that we had to tackle comments. Comments are very important for giving feedback and asking for clarifications. So...

15 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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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How should we approach a programming site or sites?

We have a suggestion for a site for professional coding, and software engineering and computer science also have some interest, and there are overlapping suggestions for cloud technologies and sin...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Codidact turns one; let's party (email for prizes sent)

Update (2020-12-29): I've sent emails to everyone who is eligible to get a t-shirt or stickers. I'm sorry that it took a while, but you know, life happens. It's been an interesting year so far and ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by luap42‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Abilities update is here!

U P D A T E: It looks like some changes have gone missing after the rollout; we're working on adding them back right now. See this answer for more information. We have deployed the new abilit...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by luap42‭

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How can we improve community proposals?

Now that we've seen several community proposals, some of which succeeded and some of which have run into hurdles, I want to look at how we're managing and tracking proposals. While there will alwa...

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How to financially support the Codidact project?

The main Codidact page tells us that: Our goal is to build an open-source platform for community-driven Q&A sites. We aim to welcome beginners and experts alike and to empower communities of l...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mithical‭

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Suggestion for allowing to mark answers as "accepted", "outdated" or "dangerous"

Currently, it is possible to upvote and downvote answers. That's likely enough in most situations, but there are some cases where you might want to have more than one way to react to a post. For ex...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by luap42‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Downvoting Response Delays

I asked a question to the Software Development Codidact site here. I monitored it closely for several hours in case there was a quick response. A day later I found a couple comments waiting for me ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Josh Hyatt‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Derek Elkins‭

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Unique favicons for each site

Could each site have its own favicon? When I have too many tabs open and can't read the page titles, it'll help me distinguish the different sites.

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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How is Codidact financed?

With the network constantly but surely growing, I wondered how Codidact is financed. I think that this question is highly relevant as it's emphasised that Codidact is run for the community from the...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Zerotime‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mithical‭

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Editing Thread Titles

(Originally brought up at https://meta.codidact.com/comments/thread/3359#comment-11064) Can we allow thread starters to edit the title of a comment? This could be useful in cases like, for example...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Quintec‭  ·  edited 8mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Should we be able to tag answers?

On some of our communities, it would be helpful to be able to label answers systematically: On Code Golf, by language. On Software Development, Power Users, or Linux Systems, by specific ...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by trichoplax‭

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How do I suggest edits to the tag wiki?

On the page for the Edit Tags ability, it lists a part of the requirement as To earn this ability, you need to have roughly a 97.5% approval rate for suggested edits to either the detailed tag w...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Moshi‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by Moshi‭

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Can "last activity" provide more context on what it was that happened?

Currently (November 2020), the list of questions displays a "last activity" under each one of them. It refers, obviously, to when and who made the last action in the Q&A thread and links to the...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by fedorqui‭  ·  edited 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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How should Codidact "advertise" and gain community members?

This came up a bit in my post to try to get a TRPG site going, but I think it's really a broader issue, not just to starting new communities but also to the ones that are already launched. Just ho...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Peter Cooper Jr.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Logician‭

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Can we please stop linkifying random strings that happen to look like domain names?

Currently, strings that look like some subset of fully qualified domain names are automatically turned into links to the corresponding http:// resource. So, for example, example.com becomes a link ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Moshi‭

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Codidact's policy regarding posts, user names and profiles with political content

Does Codidact have any policy against using political content in posts, user names or user profiles? I'm not talking about questions about political content, which should obviously be fine given t...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Alexei‭

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New communities: Music, Physics

We have launched two new communities, Music and Physics. As new communities with no data imports, they are blank or nearly-blank canvases now. We'd like to have some content before we advertise t...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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What, another meta? What's this site for?

Codidact Meta is for questions about the instance that we will host. You can also request changes and report bugs in the software platform that runs it, though you're also welcome to use GitHub. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭

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Community dropdown and profile information

I was looking for a way to see what communities I have posted in, or am a "member" of, and I didn't find it. It would be really helpful to have a dropdown like SE does, where I can click a button ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mbomb007‭  ·  edited 3y ago by luap42‭

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More answer feedback -- Reactions are coming to Codidact

A bit over a year ago, I proposed to add a “reactions” like feature on Codidact, which would allow marking answers as “accepted”, “outdated” or “dangerous”, providing more detailed feedback to user...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by luap42‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Alexei‭

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What are the bus factors of Codidact?

The purpose of this post is to draw attention to possibly low bus factors and to maybe lead to a more failsafe organization structure by just asking for information. What are the bus factors for t...

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

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Using QPixel in education

Two years ago I asked this question on Meta Stack Exchange about using SO in education. Having used SO for Teams actively for two years, my university now takes issue with the pricing model used by...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by MrHug‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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It is possible to close a question as duplicate to itself.

I wanted to close one of my own meta posts as duplicate, but accidentally pasted the URL to the question I was closing. The site accepted that the post got closed as duplicate to itself. In my opi...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Introducing the Vote Summary

We have added a summary of votes received (i.e. votes on own posts) to user profiles. You can access it by going to the Vote Summary tab. The summary is available publicly: The votes are aggrega...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by luap42‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Which communities have shown interest?

Historical note: When this post was written, we planned to use the QPixel software as a stopgap while building a new Codidact platform from scratch. That's not what we ended up doing. Since early ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Transferring my questions and answers from StackOverflow and other SE sites

Is it acceptable if I "transfer" my questions and answers from StackOverflow and other SE sites to their respective sites on Codidact? I do not want to go back to SE sites, never more in my life, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by paulocoghi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Could "last activity" link to where it happened (e.g. specific answer)?

On a list of questions or posts, each entry has a "last activity" indicator showing who last changed it and when. Would it be possible to have "last activity" be a link to the post that changed? ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Deleted posts should be accessible to the creator *or* there should be a warning

I started writing an answer on Scientific Speculation and accidentally submitted it in a very incomplete state. Then my toddler came by and started making it hard to work on the stub. So, using my ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by dmckee‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by luap42‭

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Drafting the Codidact Arbitration & Review Panel [duplicate]

Since Codidact was founded, we have had one rule leading our path every step of the way. It's the rule that community comes first. That the Codidact "staff" shouldn’t overrule the community, but co...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by luap42‭  ·  closed as duplicate 3y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Allow discarding of drafts

Currently, when editing a post the system will automatically save a draft for you after a short period of inactivity. This draft will then be loaded again if you leave the page and return, even if ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ploni‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Cancelling a comment.

Can there be an option to cancel writing a comment; AFAIK, the only way to do that now is to refresh the page, which is annoying to do (especially when feeling lazy).

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Closing Articles

I noticed that there isn't a way to close Article type posts. While some of the close reasons might not be very applicable to Articles, I think that at least the off-topic, outdated, and duplicate...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to grow all of our communities?

As most have noticed, there's been a discussion raised on all the community metas about how to grow that particular community. It's a good question and I do believe they should be answered on commu...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Comment notifications should render mentioned users' names

I received a notification for a comment that includes an @-mention of myself, but instead of rendering my username, it looks like this: Clearly a username would be better than an ID here, right?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by r~~‭  ·  edited 2y ago by r~~‭

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How should we approach our (non-developer) software community proposals?

We have some software (but not software-development) proposals: "Superuser-like" community for software applications office suites Linux Are these three separate, distinct commu...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Wicket‭

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Always display who asked a question in question lists

Basically, I'd ideally want something like "asked 3 days ago by A, last activity 1 day ago by B". Having just the person without the question creation date would be significantly less useful but...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Derek Elkins‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭

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Cancelation prompt is unintuitive

After hitting the "Cancel" button when writing or editing a post, a prompt shows up that says Any unsaved changes will be lost. Are you sure? [Okay] [Cancel] Hitting [Okay] will kick you out...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Moshi‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Is it possible to accept an answer? How to accept an answer? [duplicate]

Is it possible to accept an answer? How can I do that?

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  closed as duplicate 3y ago by manassehkatz‭

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New search options

The team has made some improvements to search, including the following new options (taken from the search help): filtering by user If you want to search for posts written by a particular user...

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

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Tag updates, including tag hierarchies

We have just pushed some updates related to tags. You will now see a "tags" link in the category bar (next to "posts"), which leads to a searchable list of all tags. Selecting an individual tag t...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 3y ago by pnuts‭

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Post action links that cannot be used should be hidden

When I'm signed in, I see a set of post action links such as the following (this is from a question): Permalink | History | Suggest edit | Close | Delete | Flag The "Suggest edit" changes to ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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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Let's improve how we handle duplicates

Currently, marking a question as a duplicate is part of question closure. Duplicates are a little different from other close reasons, though -- often the question itself is clear, complete, and o...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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What html tags can we use in posts?

So, I finally got around to looking at the second Review Panel draft, and was surprised by the ability to make collapsible sections in posts. From the comments, I wasn't the only one. Whoa, whoa, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Can comment input fields be vertically scalable?

Everytime I write longer comments and exceed a certain amount of characters, the input field for comments becomes scrollable. However, the scrolling makes it very hard for me to find specific passa...

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