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I recently came across this question, which is (rightfully) closed as having no victory condition. Most of the existing answers don't aim for any particular goal other than answering the question, so reopening the question as would be a bad idea.

However, it's a question that's fairly obvious to ask with a victory condition. Someone tried a while back, asking this . It was almost immediately closed as a duplicate. As such, there's currently nowhere you can go to post answers to the question in question (and it's a fairly obvious question, given how many variants on it have been posted).

My question here is partially about those posts, but mostly about the general case. If a question receives answers, and is rightfully closed for not having an objective victory criterion, should we allow the question to be reposted, specifying a victory criterion, without closing the reposts as duplicates?

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    \$\begingroup\$ In this specific case, it's also important to note that the old challenge was on-topic when it was posted, and closed as off-topic more than a year after the supposed dupe was posted/closed. \$\endgroup\$ – ETHproductions Feb 18 '17 at 22:40
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If a challenge is closed as off-topic, it shouldn't be used as a dupe target. Thus, making an on-topic version of the challenge is perfectly acceptable.

As ETHproductions pointed out:

In this specific case, it's also important to note that the old challenge was on-topic when it was posted, and closed as off-topic more than a year after the supposed dupe was posted/closed.

When the second challenge was posted, the original hadn't been closed as off-topic yet, so it was a valid dupe target. Now that it has been closed, feel free to post a rewrite of it with an objective winning criteria, so long as it meets our current standards (which are much higher than when the original challenge was posted).

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