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How do I make my solution un-private?

In this problem, I accidentally made my solution private. How do I make it public?

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3 years ago

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A better question would be: why do we even have the option of keeping our solutions private?

Why would anyone want to take some time to write a solution, but keep it hidden? Mursalin Habib · 3 years ago

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@Mursalin Habib haha maybe for self-documentation? :P like you want to write one to remind yourself of how you have solved it but don't want to share because of messy presentation (or because you're unsure)? Happy Melodies · 3 years ago

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@Mursalin Habib Exactly! I have never been able to think of a valid reason. The first time I saw that button, I've been wondering about its purpose up till now. Yuxuan Seah · 3 years ago

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@Mursalin Habib Yesterday I brought up that problem in the moderators chat. I suggested to get rid of the button entirely. So far no reply though. Daniel Liu · 3 years ago

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@Daniel Liu Hm I don't know about entirely. The button has its uses. We just need a button to make the solution PUBLIC once we keep it private. John Muradeli · 3 years ago

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@Mursalin Habib totaly agree Mardokay Mosazghi · 3 years ago

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That is a VERY good question. How? Michael Mendrin · 3 years ago

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Yes I would also like to know Mardokay Mosazghi · 3 years ago

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It can be unbelievably annoying when you click the wrong thing and suddenly your 200-line solution is gone and you don't have the option to rewrite it... D: Finn Hulse · 3 years ago

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I made this same mistake and got so mad that I deleted the problem, hahah. Trevor Arashiro · 3 years ago

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When we first introduced solutions, there was a demand for private solution feature, as people wanted control and didn't want to feel that their thoughts were "exposed", especially if their solutions turned out to be wrong. It sounds like the community opinion has changed, and that this feature is no longer relevant.

I'm going to conduct an informal poll, for what you feel is the best approach. Please vote up / down on the approach that you like, in the comments below. Calvin Lin Staff · 3 years ago

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@Calvin Lin Ability to convert private solutions to public solutions, and vice versa.

Vote up this comment if you like this ability, and it is something that you will use often.
Vote down this comment if you don't like this ability. E.g. You don't want your comments on solutions (esp incorrect ones) to be hidden away if the author decides to make it private. Calvin Lin Staff · 3 years ago

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@Calvin Lin Can you make my answer public here Pranjal Jain · 2 years, 10 months ago

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@Calvin Lin Well, considering that the ability to convert a private solution to a public one doesn't mean one cannot choose to go public right away, then this solution is bi-partisan and makes both sides happy :)

I say we go for the first solution. After all, some people will still want private solutions (I do, sometimes, for reasons of my own). Let's not think between apples and apples and oranges: let's just pick apples and oranges.

Whatever the results may be, thanks for your consideration.

:) John Muradeli · 3 years ago

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@Calvin Lin No private solutions.

Vote up this comment if you want all submitted solutions to be publicly available.
Vote down this comment if you still want the feature of private solutions. Calvin Lin Staff · 3 years ago

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