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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.

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Discussions about community and policies, also sometimes used as catch-all for announcements and other stuff

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Q&A Consider child tags in required tags

Currently, it is possible to set required tags for a category. For example, here on meta it lists as required tags one of: bug, feature-request, discussion or support. For meta, this works pretty ...

0 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Taeir‭

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Q&A Implementing a technical "dictionary/glossary" for non-English languages.

I think this has come up before, maybe tangentially on some specific site (EE.CD ?), but I lost track of the posts/comments. Anyway, I think it would be useful, at least for EE.CD, but I post here...

0 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  edited 10mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Assessing the 5 tag limit

We currently have a limit of 5 tags per question. Should we keep this the same or would any changes be of benefit? For example: Should the limit be higher or lower? Should there be different ...

3 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Q&A 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 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A A way to prohibit creating certain tags.

On EE.CO we have some tags that are utterly useless, but people keep on using them, for example voltage. For non-experts: voltage is one of the main physical quantity used to describe the behavior...

4 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Add safeguards to "mobile sign-in" feature

When you click on the "Mobile Sign-In" button, you are shown a QR code that, when scanned with your phone, opens your browser on the phone and signs you in automatically. Although I can see how th...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by FractionalRadix‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A I can mark my own answer as "Works for me"

The "Works for me" reaction can be added to any answer, even if the reacting user is the author of the answer. For example, here is what an answer looks like if I post the answer and react to it m...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Is there a reason for preventing user profile content being less than 30 characters?

Original GitHub issue: Can't revert to a blank profile GitHub issue raise more recently suggesting greater demand: "Edit Profile" bio must have a minimum of 30 characters When editin...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by trichoplax‭  ·  edited 10mo ago by Taeir‭

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Q&A Is it okay to scrape Codidact for personal tools?

I'd look to use my own tools for browsing Codidact. Examples include: Summarize activity for a proposal I'm interested in, similar to what's described in https://meta.codidact.com/posts/289288/2...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A How to edit a post for small modifications without affecting the visibility of other posts?

Related: Could we have a way to edit without bumping posts? Motivation I usually edit my own posts a lot of times in order to improve them. This put the corresponding post on top of the "main p...

3 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by zetyty‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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Q&A Can we have different favicons for the different communities? [duplicate]

I usually work with dozens of open tabs in my browser and even when using Codidact I have several tabs open pointing maybe at different posts on different communities and/or meta. Having different...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  closed as duplicate 11mo ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Can we have a preview pane for comments?

I just had to reply to a staff member in a comment about some potentially "illegal" HTML code that can be entered in a post. I had to edit the comment about a dozen times because the code I entere...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭

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Q&A What is the relationship between Codidact and TopAnswers?

(Apologies if this is a dupe. I couldn't find a way to search Meta questions.) I joined Codidact after hearing about it on Programming Puzzles & Code Golf (PPCG) Stack Exchange a few years ago,...

2 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by qwr‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭

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Q&A Is there a test community where you can try out Codidact functionality without bothering people?

I'm assessing Codidact Q&A for use by our organisation, so I want to try out features to compare against our list of requirements. I don't want to be posting bogus questions where they're going...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by SuperSheep‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A Why is meta reputation linked to Q&A reputation?

Related: A vote in the meta category for the EE site reflected in my reputation. Is that a bug? Suppose I participate in Meta and Q&A Software Codidact, and a Meta answer of mine is downvote...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by qwr‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Moshi‭

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Q&A Hover text on sorting buttons not available on mobile

The sorting buttons at the top of a category's post list have title text which appears on hovering with a mouse, but this is not available on mobile devices. "Activity", "Age", and "Score" are r...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Adding a dummy tag to improve the process of nuking tags with the "merge trick".

Would it be acceptable to create a dummy tag like merge-into-this-for-nuking-another-tag just to ease the usage of the "merge trick" described here to nuke a tag? Of course the usage would spell i...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Lorenzo Donati‭

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Q&A Can I subscribe to new answers to a specific post?

Can I follow/subscribe to a question so that I'm notified when it has new answers? It looks like a can subscribe to new comments using the "Follow new" button below a post, but I'm more interested...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by da5nsy‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Moshi‭

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Q&A Should we render double hyphen as an em dash?

Some places render "--" (double hyphen) as "—" (em dash). Currently Codidact does not -- so these are left as double hyphens in both the edit preview and a rendered post (like that). Would it be ...

2 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by AdminBee‭

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Q&A Is corporate hosting of private Codidact sites permitted?

I'm reviewing a number of Q&A platforms for use by our internal Software Engineering community. Our implementation of a Q&A platform would ideally be hosted internally or on a private accou...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by SuperSheep‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Let's not allow animated avatars.

The first animated avatar someone has used here (https://cooking.codidact.com/posts/288814) points out that we don't have any rules addressing them. Let's not allow this. This falls into the same...

2 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Comments improvements to indicate assent or dissent with previously posted comments

Often I'm looking over a post and feel that I have what to add as a comment. But as soon as I look at the comments, I find that someone's already written exactly what I would have said. At that poi...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Activity Pub Support

With Stack Exchange's apparent move towards accepting generative AI in the answers, people might be looking for alternatives. I, personally, recommend Codidact to people regularly. I tried to dete...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by fausty‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Canina‭

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Q&A UI question: how should the "post" button behave in restricted categories?

Most of the time, any logged-in user can post a new top-level post (question, article, maybe other types). Categories can restrict this posting access, however. For example, on the Meta blog, onl...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Should there be a forum-like place for the Codidact network?

I would like to propose a place on the Codidact network where one can informally talk with other members of the network in a slower paced setting about off-topic stuff (for example movie recommenda...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Zerotime‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A How is the lifecycle of discussions handled in Codidact Meta?

There are status tags for bugs and feature requests to declare that the lifecycle of a bug and a feature request was completed, but apparently, there isn't something equivalent for discussions. Di...

0 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Wicket‭

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Q&A How to keep displayed usernames unique even if the user account is deleted?

Motivation On Stack Exchange (SE) I could have a really hard time following a discussion in comments between multiple users if one of the users deleted their account or changed their username. He...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by zetyty‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by zetyty‭

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Q&A A feature-request status page

Motivation I have the feeling (obviously biased ;) that some feature requests get forgotten over time. I absolutely do not claim that it is anyone's fault but that they naturally become less visib...

3 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by zetyty‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by zetyty‭

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Q&A New post type: a recap table

Motivation I often want to use a table to: Compare different solutions (for example, solutions addressing a new feature-request). List related posts and duplicates (some topics can be extremel...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by zetyty‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Are the [post] and [posts] tags synonyms?

I noticed that here on Meta, there is both a post tag (2 questions[1], no usage guidelines) and a posts tag (43 questions, with usage guidelines). The questions tagged post look like the would well...

0 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by AdminBee‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A I cannot understand the meaning of some downvotes

In my opinion, downvoting some kinds of posts is meaningless. For example, why should anyone downvote a bug report, like this post? If someone has the same problem, they can upvote the bug report;...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MathPhysics‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Wicket‭

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Q&A 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 12mo ago by Wicket‭

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Q&A Let's improve how we manage proposals for new communities

Related: Incubator (takes all questions that aren't ontopic anywhere else) community We currently use posts in the Site Proposals category to organize proposals for new communities on our networ...

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

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Q&A We need to talk about Abilities

The problem Almost three years ago we introduced Abilities to Codidact as an improved system for granting activity-based permissions, such as allowing users who have made consistently great edit s...

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

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Q&A What's happened to Codidact Collab?

For a while today, I got DNS resolution failures for collab.codidact.org. Now I'm getting a certificate hostname mismatch error; the certificate presented is for catchall-server-default.s449.sures...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Potentially misleading plus symbol with "follow new" link

I like the new "follow new" feature that allows being notified of any new comment threads on a post. However, I think that using a plus symbol (+) next to it could be confusing, as this is often as...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by trichoplax‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Are downvotes needed?

Being on the receiving end of a downvote is not a good experience 99.9% of the time. The countless flavors of downvote abuse are notorious. Even for a third party, there is little value in the sati...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Support subjective scoring

Codidact, like many other sites, relies on the wisdom of the majority. The approach has some well known flaws. One is "tyranny of the majority" which is really just a special case of "what if the m...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A How does displaying users in the "users" tab work?

Hi I'm a new user and just checking out the website interface, please let me know if this is not the right place to ask this question I have a two part question actually How does joining diff...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by cddtacct‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Moshi‭

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Q&A 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 1y ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Q&A 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 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Q&A 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 4y ago by luap42‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Q&A Reconsidering the shorthand for month in search

From the search help: You can use m for minute, h for hour, d for day, w for week, mo for month, and y for year. It seems likely that users would want to use months more often than minutes in...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A Preview text for answers should be the answer's text

When searching, not only questions but also answers come up in the results. However, the information on it is mixed between the question that the answer is on and the answer itself: Title: Que...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Proposal: filters for post lists

Several discussions have touched on the idea of being able to filter the contents of the post list. Whether your goal is to find unanswered questions, hide closed questions, hide ignored tags, or ...

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

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Q&A Notification about a thread on a deleted post

What should be the behaviour when a user posts a reply to a comment in a thread on a post, and then deletes the post? For example, the post may be a question which requires editing before it will b...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by trichoplax‭

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Q&A A place to ask legal questions?

I have a question regarding clarifications on what does and doesn't constitute "price fixing" (in the US), and, while I read the FTC definitions, there're some areas I wanted to ask about. Unfortu...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by ghost-in-the-zsh‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Moshi‭

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Q&A Long list of posts comes first in the user profile

Looking at the user profile on mobile, I noticed that what could be considered the user summary (the avatar, earned abilities, and statistics like number of posts) is all the way at the bottom of t...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Moshi‭

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Q&A Move current password field up in the edit account settings

Currently, the change password form looks like this: Having a form like this might create some problems: Password - is it the new one or the old one? we find out only by checking the other fi...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A License CC BY-SA 3.0 only available on Writing and Outdoors

For 2 communities (Writing and Outdoors) the License drop down list when making a new post shows an option of CC BY-SA 3.0: For all of the other Codidact communities this option is not present. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by trichoplax‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Mithical‭