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I see lately lots of answers like this that use joke “languages” like HQ9+. Should we add a requirement that the language should be sufficiently complex?

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This is just my opinion as a user, not as a moderator.

I think HQ9+ is more or less grandfathered in. Its applicability to most golfing challenges is very limited.

As for new languages, I'd like to see languages that are general-purpose and not tailored specifically for a certain class of programming problems. For example, GolfScript is actually general-purpose and it doesn't have special backdoors that give you a one-character solution to Hello World (for example).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Quines and Hello Worlds come up pretty often. And based on my recent data explorations they are among our most popular tags. As a result HQ9+, however limited, ends up being applicable to a significant number of challenges. \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathan Van Matre Mar 8 '14 at 17:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ Pretty often? That's what flagging for duplicates is for. :-P \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Jester-Young Mar 8 '14 at 17:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ There have been several quine questions lately that neither I nor the community considered duplicates. E.g. the Mandoline/Guillotine Quine, the Meta Quine. Shall we flag all of those off? Is it "seen one quine, seen em all"? \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathan Van Matre Mar 8 '14 at 18:00

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