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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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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 1y 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...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 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 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 sing...

9 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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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. 2022 (current year) 2021 2020

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭  ·  last activity 8d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by luap42‭  ·  edited 2y 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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y 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...

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

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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...

8 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by luap42‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by deleted user

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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&amp;A sites. We aim to welcome beginners and experts alike and to empower communities of l...

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

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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 2y ago by Zerotime‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mithical‭

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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 7mo ago by Josh Hyatt‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Derek Elkins‭

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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 2y ago by Peter Cooper Jr.‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Logician‭

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Can "last activity" provide more context on what 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&amp;A thread and links to the...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by fedorqui‭

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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 2y ago by mbomb007‭  ·  edited 2y ago by luap42‭

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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 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭

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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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 ...

4 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by deleted user

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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 11mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Alexei‭

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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 1y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Moshi‭

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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 1y ago by luap42‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y 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 2y ago by dmckee‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by luap42‭

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Which communities have shown interest?

QPixel is not Codidact, yet, and so we're not yet trying to "build all the things" (communities). But some communities on SE seem eager to move even to a temporary site, and one already has. Whic...

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

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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 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 17d 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 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by luap42‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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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 7mo ago by r~~‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by r~~‭

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

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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 10mo ago by Trilarion‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  edited 1y 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 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 1y ago by luap42‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Alexei‭

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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 4mo ago by MrHug‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by Derek Elkins‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭

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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 2y ago by paulocoghi‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Codidact marketing for community posts

In the last few months the Codidact team has opened several pages across various social media platforms (see the bottom of this post for a list). Up until now the admins have occasionally shared po...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Sigma‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Sigma‭

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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...

6 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Trilarion‭

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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 2y ago by Zerotime‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by ploni‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Clicking outside of notification popup does not close it

I know that notifications will be revamped in the future, but this is small and quite a nuisance. If you click on Notifications icon, the notification list pops up. Directly dismissing it by clicki...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 8d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Can we get a queue for pending suggested edits?

Right now, you have to actually be there to notice there is an edit waiting to be approved, meaning suggestions on old posts often get overlooked (especially since there are so few actually able to...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 7d ago by Quasímodo‭

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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 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y 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 2y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Community-promoted network posts have arrived

We've had a number of requests for a "Hot Network Questions"-like feature, promoting good content from around the network. That's more complex than it sounds on the surface, because there's no easy...

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

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How should staff deal with posts critical of themselves that they want deleted?

Recently, we had a question asked about priorities of the 'community team'1. The poster then self-answered (which is fine). This answer then got deleted2 and a different user asked a question about...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithrandir24601‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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What will become of reputation?

For a while now, the reputation topic has (re-)surfaced repeatedly with the the Codidact team taking a slight stance to remove reputation in the long run. Everytime this was mentioned, there were a...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Zerotime‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Bootstrapping: who can speak for a community?

Our initial communities will almost certainly be groups of users from SE communities. A mature community should choose its own moderators and those are the people who can speak for the community w...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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No visible explanation of why too long edited comments are rejected

If you try to edit an comment and submit it with more than 500 characters, the site rejects your edit (500 error) but there is no visible explanation.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by curiousdannii‭  ·  edited 1y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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