Great work passing the tests
When I do my own projects, I mostly ask myself “Would I like to use this site?”.
Regarding your site, I would probably read it, maybe I would go to Wikipedia directly, because the user interface is similar (white background, black font color).
I think it’s always a good idea to fork your own old stuff and rework the forks to see the differences and your progress.
"does that count as coding?" is not the best question. I think nobody cares about
"I am a coder", if you are not able to solve problems/create products with your skills. It’s mostly an ego thing.
I think better questions are:
- Am I able to build this from scratch without (a lot of) help?
- Do I feel more able to build stuff after copying this code?
I think the technical implementation is not the hardest part of engineering. It’s a lot about the psychological stuff. Being resilient to frustration. Being able to cope with the stress around it.
If recently wrote a post about concepts vs. implementation regarding CSS, but I think it’s nearly the same with all the engineering.
When you copy code, you copy the implementation details. You mostly don’t read up on the What & Why. Sometimes fixing the How is urgent and necessary. But to learn a craft, I think it’s more about learning the What & Why.