Do we want code or design reviews on this site?

Code reviews expect considerable effort on the part of readers, more than a typical question. Furthermore, they are very open-ended — “I can't see anything wrong with this code” is a valid, but not that interesting answer (and what about “I can't see anything wrong either”, which is a different answer for every “I”?). Design reviews require less reading effort, but suffer from the same problem with answers.

This has been discussed about Stack Overflow before. The discussions I could find are:

There is now a Code Review Stack Exchange site, but this should not influence our stance of what's acceptable on this site too much.

This meta question was triggered by What else could I lock down for buildbot runs?.

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    "I can't see anything wrong with this code" should always be a comment.
    – tshepang
    Aug 14, 2011 at 10:55

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Personally I think they're too localized -- they can't possibly help anyone except the original asker. They're allowed on Code Review because that's the entire purpose of the site, but I wouldn't expect them to be allowed on any other SE site

  • I disagree that they can't possibly help anyone except the original asker, but I agree with the fact they should be offtopic here, and instead asked on Code Review.
    – tshepang
    Aug 14, 2011 at 10:56
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    +1. I agree with @Tshepang that they are often of iterest to more than the OP or the Code Review site wouldn't have even survived this long. Everybody can benifit from a good review / comment set. However I don't think the question in question should be on-topic as-written and that "too localized" is an acceptable close reason.
    – Caleb
    Aug 15, 2011 at 13:05

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