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Feb
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comment Why “Fork me on GitHub”?
Um. No. For that there are 'star' and 'watch' for repos as well as 'follow' for users. The point of forks is to encourage a specific kind of action –sending contributions upstream– not just make it social.
Feb
14
comment Why “Fork me on GitHub”?
This answer is self-contradictory. You rightly suggest that they are trying to encourage collaboration. The point of such a link is not to give people a place to download your project, the point is to get them involved in developing it. They could download a zip or clone it if they just wanted a copy for themselves, but if they want their copy to have a path established to contribute back to the upstream project that is done through having a fork that the upstream can pull your contributions in from.
Feb
6
comment Why is it hard to make a Java program 'appear native'?
You should touch on the fact that emulating a native "look and feel" is a moving target. Just when you put work into catching up, the native widgets get a makover. Pretty soon you have not one but a dozen moving versions depending on OS and version.
Dec
27
comment Why would you use vi/vim
@blesh Then the "developers you see using vim" are clearly newbies. I can switch between any combination of tabs, folds, split panes, or buffers that can be any combination of different files or different views on the same file as easily and quickly as switching tabs on a browser or graphical editor. Content can be shuffled around between them, diffed, patched against each other and managed in any sort of sets. Admittedly it takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you do there isn't a contest. As for the other things you mention vim (and its nemesis emacs) have them all in spades.
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In what sense, if any, have you seen votes on questions be a reliable indicator of suitableness for this site? How do you propose to handle "bikeshed" questions?
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revised Alternative to simplexml_load_string() function
This site is not a place to have people write software for you, it for conceptual issues not "give me the codez".
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22
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answered Alternative to simplexml_load_string() function
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comment What is each time through a loop called?
Pass is also confusing because in some languages it's used specifically to mean skipping an iteration.
Jun
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comment Why would you use vi/vim
@T. Markle: You haven't scratched the surface yet. Vim does auto-completion, has integrated documentation both of itself and of the languages we write code with. I can instantly get documentation for the function under the cursor in almost any programming language. And the benefits don't only kick in for "lots of repetitive tasks", they are effective for even the most basic operations. There is a holy war between vim and emacs, but nobody really contests that these editors are far more powerful and capable than any of their graphic counterparts.
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