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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.

What should I know when coming here from Stack exchange?

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This website seems much like 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 ability to vote was elsewhere, though heavily limited).

As a new member, what should I know at minimum to participate effectively here and is there a good place for finding more extensive information?

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It's worth noting that user privileges are in the middle of a total rework, so things will be changing wrt that relatively soon. ‭Mithical‭ 19 days ago

The help center has some useful information, but may be slightly less useful if you're coming from Stack. ‭Mithical‭ 19 days ago

I’m going to write an answer later (unless someone else is faster than me), but taking the tour should give a summary of the most important differences. Some future changes (towards removing rep, improving comments, ...) are also planned and you might find some hints here on MetaCD, but they aren’t ready yet. ‭luap42‭ 19 days ago

We should create a help topic for this, since many of our users will be coming from (or familiar with) SE. We can use answers here as input for that. For some high-level Codidact philosophy (not nuts and bolts of how things work), see The Codidact Vision. ‭Monica Cellio‭ 19 days ago

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Welcome to Codidact!

This is mostly a Q&A community, as you likely know from Stack Exchange already. However, I only said "mostly", because there are some differences you should know:

Codidact is more community-centered

Community is central to Codidact. In fact, we couldn't exist without communities that want to use our platform. Hence we try to support them as much as we can, while leaving them as much autonomy as possible. Many site features can be customized for communities to provide the best support for their needs.

Furthermore, imposing and enforcing rules is mostly a community business. If a community wants to have strict rules for comments, that's okay. If a community wants relaxed rules, that's okay too. We'll also try to implement features in a way supporting the rules made up by the communities. There are some obvious exceptions, namely our Terms of Service and our lightweight Code of Conduct.

But the community-ness goes much further. The whole software is open-source and can be found on GitHub. We'll eventually found a non-profit organization, which will also have community-elected board seats. There will be a democratically elected and independent review panel for handling appeals against moderator actions and reviewing moderator conduct.

There is more than just Q&A

Codidact started as a Q&A site and is based on a "classical" Q&A software, but there are plans to improve the Q&A format from what we have learned in a decade of using Stack Exchange. Not all of those changes have been implemented yet (as this is a purely volunteer project, time and resources a quite limited in comparison to a commercial platform), but we are working on them and some will be released quite soon.

One thing we want to improve is finding more ways to present useful content. In a classical Q&A site, there are only questions and answers. But for example a Cooking community might want to have a place for users to share recipes. And some sites want to host regular competitions (for example our Writing community).

To mitigate these issues, we have two feature sets in our site:

  • Categories. Categories are broad top-level separators. By default, every community starts with two – Q&A and Meta –, but it's possible to add more categories for specific use cases (for example: Challenges, Recipes, ...).

  • More Post Types. Depending on category and site settings, it's not only possible to post questions (with answers), but it's also sometimes possible to post articles (without answers). We also plan to add more content types, for example something like a "Wiki" post, which can be edited by anyone.

Additionally, some changes to comments are currently being planned and designed. The most important change will likely be, that it is possible to define comment threads.

Voting and Privileges work differently

Voting and privileges are also (going to) working differently.

As you can see, we show up- and downvotes for posts. This is, because we want to give less focus to the total score (upvotes - downvotes), but rather allow uses to evaluate the votes themselves. (Because +100/-90 means something completely different than +10/-0). In the same manner, we also order answers a bit differently – see this help page if you are interested in the math.

One major change, which is almost ready to be published is that we will remove reputation-based privileges and replace it with something we call "abilities". They are more specific, so that you only get those abilites the system has specifically learned to trust you in: For example if you make continuously good edits, you will be able to edit other people's posts without review. Stay tuned for an announcement on this, which will hopefully come soon.

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