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CodeLongAndPros

I’d not be writing this if I did not see good reason, and I’ve plenty.

Repl ask, from my epoch (March 15), has been crumbling.

People have been cycle-framingfarming on ask, for one.

How is this even possible, you say?

I shall explain.

I asked a question, "Is repl open source", and explained that I was referring to the backend of Talk, and I got this answer

Well technically yes, repl.it is an open source. You can fork another person's post or repl where you can modify or change the code (but you have to credit the source!) Please mark this as correct if it answered your question!

In reply to this:

Is repl open source?
I don’t mean the tools, or the polyglots image, but moreover, the actual website, IE the markdown transcoder, the CSS…
All the stuff that makes Repls UI/UX tick along.
I was thinking of making a project, but it requires the replit css/htaml.
I know I can get the source with C-C, but that’s not in an easy to consume format

Since, in my opinion, I was clear and concise in what I was asking, it was an attempt to get 5 cycles for a correct answer.
This is but one of the many spam-like answers on repl ask. We’re not at Stackoverflow levels yet, but we’re getting close.

It’s honestly a little ironic.

Now that the preface is done, I’ll start my guide to good answers.

What’s a good answer anyways?

Rule number 0:
Let it be.

If you don’t know how to answer, don’t

Rule number 1:
It’s one that is on the asker’s level.

This means no technical jargon, to an extent.

An bad example is:

You’ve de-sodomized the bi-inductive subatomic field generator? Reverse the polarity of the strong neutron flow to correct for the neutrino leak!

There’s a gem called the Simplewriter.
It limits you to the 1000 most common words. ‘Bad’ words are red. Try to have less than 5 bad words.

Well, that’s number one: keep it on their level.

Rule number 10:

Explain why it works, not how.

I got a question asking about type.

One answer had a lot of code, and some jargon.

I made an analogy, relating types to a house. I’m not sure, since I don’t have real life bash to su to the reader, but I though I made it a bit clearer.

If your code is self explanatory, just explain the theory behind it.

Rule number 11:

Don’t spoon feed.

If someone asks “how do I make an encryption program”, instead of giving source code, give puesdocode.

This will help them learn, and you’ll still supply them with the answer.

They can learn how to translate ideas from, well, an idea, to code.

How to apply these rules.

  • Always follow rule 0
  • Follow rule number 1, unless doing so conflicts with rule 0
  • Follow rule 2, unless you can’t follow 1/0.
  • Follow 3 unless you’ll break 2, 1, or 0
  • Do not cause harm to a human, or though inaction allow a human to come to harm.

These are not official rules, but you can do good by following them.

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k9chelsea2

agreed, I hate it whenever people say "PlEaSe mArK ThIs aS CoRrEcT aNsWer" in a massive header. I agree with evrything here

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CodeLongAndPros

@k9chelsea2
Yeah, and “signatures” are terrible

Please mark this as the answer if it helped.

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k9chelsea2

ikr smh

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octopyBot

@k9chelsea2
lol tbh m2 ikr smh
haha when abreviations are all you speak in

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k9chelsea2

lol

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HahaYes

YES FINALLY.

@josephsantosh
and
@pattanahmed
need to see this

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CodeLongAndPros

@HahaYes
Not blowing a whistle, but they could do well to read this.

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HahaYes
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@CodeLongAndPros
yay you are alive again

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CodeLongAndPros

@HahaYes
I though we went over this

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k9chelsea2

they do need to read this

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octopyBot

@k9chelsea2
especially
@PattanAhmed
. whenever he answers my questions, he'll give me a hope this helps, mark my answer if it does

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HahaYes

@octopyBot
yay evidence

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k9chelsea2

ikr, its annoying (not calling anyone annoying just the please mark this as correct answer bit)

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HahaYes
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octopyBot

@k9chelsea2
even sometimes, when I say it's a neutral answer like give me some good projects or give me some funny insults, he'll still ask me to mark his answers. I bet that's how he got so many cycles.

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octopyBot

@octopyBot
@PattanAhmed
hey my dude! I call you from the depths of repl.it so you can read this!

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HahaYes

@octopyBot
yep, you should tell
@Vandesm14
that

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octopyBot
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HahaYes

@octopyBot
he's a moderator

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octopyBot

@HahaYes
oh lol ok then? well any mod would do, right?

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octopyBot

@octopyBot
omg he has the coolest last name! I would kill to be a vandegrift!!

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k9chelsea2

it is, its also pressuring and demanding that a person marks it as correct answer, "please mark this as the correct answer if this helped" it could help in any way doesn't even have to answer the question if it helps slightly then your under the obligation to mark it

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CodeLongAndPros

@octopyBot
I got 15 notifcation from this thread.

Pings! Pings! Pings! Pings! Lovely Pings! Lovely Pings

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octopyBot

@CodeLongAndPros
haha, once I got 37 from one thread. my friend and some other guy were chatting all night!

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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
Do you have any proof?
I have only answered one of your questions in which you say this is a neutral post.
Click here

While answering your second question that was posted 6 days ago, I haven't known to this kind of weird thing.
But from the day before yesterday Coder100 said that you shouldn't do that...

Please have some proofs before you backbite on someone!

Thanks!

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octopyBot

@PattanAhmed
I do which is that place. also heres another:https://repl.it/talk/ask/HARRY-POTTER-HELP-NEEDED/49561

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CodeLongAndPros

@PattanAhmed
I've more.

1

With my best wishes
Hope this helps
Please mark my answer if this helps

2

Hope this helps
Please mark my answer if this helps

3

Hope this helps
Please mark my answer if this answer

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octopyBot

@PattanAhmed
backbite someone! chill, I am as guilty as anyone else here! also, we do have proof, and it's you who made the mistake! you should be apologizing right now!

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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
And our Mod also said that it is not cycle farming from any of either side...
Check this view on this from here
Thanks!

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octopyBot

@octopyBot
here the q was obviously neutral yet you asked for the cycles!

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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
It's not any kind of Cycle farming...
Dude, you should leave me on my way if you don't have any proof on your posts
Not of someone's

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octopyBot

@PattanAhmed
that's because the person already acknowledged that coder had the right answer. he was just asking after. YOU however, ask before someone even says it's correct.

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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
Send me your post proof!

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octopyBot

@PattanAhmed
I ALREADY SHOWED YOU THAT YOU'RE CYCLE FARMING!

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octopyBot

@PattanAhmed
I ALREADY DID

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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
yes i know that!

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octopyBot
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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
Nope it's cycle farming from your side...
None of the mods think that it's cycle farming
Chill down a little bit

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octopyBot

@PattanAhmed
y? hahayes, k9chealsea, even codeandlongpros thinks this is cycle farming, all accomplished replers! there is no need for mods in this argument, we can all go ask one!

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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
He said after I commented!
He didn't mention in the original post that it is a neutral post.
So, I thought that he will mark my answer so I wrote!

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PattanAhmed

@octopyBot
nope
Mods are powerful than normal users even they are professionals in coding
Mods can ban a person if they thought he is cycle farming

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CodeLongAndPros

@PattanAhmed

What I do is I give the answer:

Chicken biscuits

They'll say:

Thanks for the help [sic]

And if they don't mark it :

If you don't mind, could you mark this as the answer?

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CodeLongAndPros

@PattanAhmed

The police can't stop you from being rude and annoying, but other people can ask them to stop.

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PattanAhmed

@CodeLongAndPros
What do you mean?
Thanks!

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PattanAhmed

@CodeLongAndPros
Y?
Here where I live is opposite here...
Police will stop you from being rude and annoying by applying strict rules on him....

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CodeLongAndPros

@PattanAhmed

You are in a theater, watching Star Trek: First Contact, and you are talking. The police (mods) can't stop you, but everyone else (Me, Octopy, Coder100), ask you to stop. What do you do?

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PattanAhmed

@CodeLongAndPros
Oh!
That's a better way!
Thanks for sharing with me!

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PattanAhmed

@CodeLongAndPros
Will stop!
But this example won't fix here, Sorry
Your example suggests that I am disturbing everyone in the theater.
But in reality here, I am not disturbing here anyone.
I am on my way!
Thanks Somehow!

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CodeLongAndPros

@PattanAhmed
It's a metaphor

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PattanAhmed
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@octopyBot
yessir we are accomplished replers

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HahaYes

@PattanAhmed
Mods aren't always pros. Just saying...

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HahaYes

@PattanAhmed
smh sarcasm

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PattanAhmed

@HahaYes
Oh Ok!

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Bookie0

very enjoyable read, i love how you make it funny!
and the comments are also funny to follow lol

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CodeLongAndPros

@Bookie0
Thanks?

Asimov? Douglas Adams?
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Bookie0

Asimov? Douglas Adams?

just googled it: not sure but it seems like you are trying to write like them in a witty/satirical style of writing?

@CodeLongAndPros

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CodeLongAndPros

@Bookie0
Witty, perhaps. Satire? No.