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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?

3 years, 3 months 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?

- 3 years, 3 months ago

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)?

- 3 years, 3 months ago

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.

- 3 years, 3 months ago

Yesterday I brought up that problem in the moderators chat. I suggested to get rid of the button entirely. So far no reply though.

- 3 years, 3 months ago

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.

- 3 years, 3 months ago

totaly agree

- 3 years, 3 months ago

That is a VERY good question. How?

- 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes I would also like to know

- 3 years, 3 months ago

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:

- 3 years, 3 months ago

I made this same mistake and got so mad that I deleted the problem, hahah.

- 3 years, 3 months ago

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.

Staff - 3 years, 3 months ago

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.

Staff - 3 years, 3 months ago

Can you make my answer public here

- 3 years, 1 month ago

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.

:)

- 3 years, 3 months ago

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.

Staff - 3 years, 3 months ago