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There is an MSO sandbox. However, it requires 10 reputation on MSO, which unsurprisingly, I don't yet have while reporting my first SO bug on MSO. I could find no SO sandbox. So, how should I develop a minimal example of an SO bug for an MSO bug report?

UPDATE: the "10 rep to use the MSO sandbox" restriction has been removed in response to this question. However, it turns out the bug I was reproducing is specific to SO, since the MSO sandbox accepts it. So, I need a solution that lets me test against the SO submission-rejection heuristics directly.

My approach was to create a question on SO. with a title explaining that it was a test question being used to develop a bug report, and that I would delete it soon. Never the less, it quickly received a bunch of down votes, and was eventually closed. One user snidely suggested there was no bug. This was particularly annoying because the bug, when encountered, causes the question to be rejected, and so, by definition, the bug is not present in the versions (edits) of the question I successfully submitted.

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Not relevant to your specific case per Jarrod's comment, but related to your general question: Are bugtest questions okay? –  Pops Apr 30 '12 at 14:02
@PopularDemand: thanks for the reference. I'll link this question in comments over there, as an example where the sandbox approach doesn't work. –  ntc2 Apr 30 '12 at 23:50
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I've unprotected the Sandbox, so you can post answers now.

As you've seen from your Stack Overflow question, it's never proper to create debugging questions/answers there - just confine your research here.

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Thanks! However, it turns that MSO does not use the same heuristic as SO: the MSO sandbox accepts the answer that SO rejects. I will update the question to reflect this. –  ntc2 Apr 29 '12 at 23:37
Yes, Meta doesn't have that "code format check" site setting enabled. I don't think turning it on here is beneficial and we don't currently have a way to apply a site setting to a single post. However, your sandbox post details exactly what SO is rejecting, so we can evaluate it. –  Jarrod Dixon Apr 29 '12 at 23:46
I reported the bug as a separate MSO question before I had sandbox privileges. It would probably be better to evaluate the issue there. –  ntc2 Apr 29 '12 at 23:52
Hey look, an inbox notification! (: –  Rebecca Chernoff May 14 '12 at 22:30
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