I wrote a custom syntax highlighting .vim file that doesn't work. Would posting it and explaining what it's supposed to do be on topic?

What if I was able to write an MCVE?

In either case, would the question be more on topic here, or on SO?

  • Explain what "MCVE" means? Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 21:18
  • @200_success MCVE
    – durron597
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 21:27

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Yes, I believe that such questions should be on-topic, subject to a quality threshold. There needs to be a specific question of what text should and shouldn't be matched, a specific broken example, and enough code to troubleshoot the problem.

Furthermore, the relevant code needs to be embedded in the question itself, not just a link to a third-party site.

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    I would add: remember what M stands for in MCVE: minimal. Remove anything unnecessary from your file before posting. (Very likely you'll debug the problem this way, but that's another thing.)
    – yo'
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 0:26

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