Golf you a quine for great good! is a great example, since it was posted before the quine consensus was made. That means it's cluttered with answers not following it. Should we repost challenges containing a lot of answers affected by a consensus change?


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No, We should update the old one

Challenges like the Quine challenge have tons of answers, and most of them are valid. Making a second question would either require all the existing valid answers to be ported over or would likely be largely incomplete.

Neither of these seem like feasible options to me. Porting them over would be difficult because a lot of these are answers were made by users of varying degrees of active, ensuring that we allow every user to keep claim to his or her answer while porting them in a timely fashion seems impossible. Being incomplete is also rather bad because it means that our Quines will be partially split between two questions which can be confusing and annoying. This is the kind of change that I feel we would really regret in only a short while.

I think the more reasonable option is to edit the question to reflect our updated community consensuses and delete the offending answers. This option is not without flaws but I think it is better than both doing nothing and reposting.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What you're saying would pretty much make every consensus retroactive then, while I don't think that's intended. \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 21, 2017 at 11:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @EriktheOutgolfer I don't think we should do this for every or must censuses. Only for large and important questions. We should obviously do so selectively. \$\endgroup\$
    – Wheat Wizard Mod
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 12:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ It strikes me that "golf you a quine…" might plausibly be split into several different questions (given that it's long enough as it is). For example, a "quine without eval equivalents" question would have a large overlap with that one, but would make a useful companion to a separate "quine that uses eval" question. (We already have a separate challenge for error quines.) \$\endgroup\$
    – user62131
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 17:19


I'd say if they contain 20 or more answers not following current non-retroactive consensus that didn't exist back then, we should repost. I'd say that we should wait for 6 months until we repost or re-repost. Note that this does not include retroactive consensus, where old answers are supposed to follow, since then we can just delete them with a notice until they're edited.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The original post could possibly be marked as duplicate for the old answers to still be there, but allow more appropriate answers as well. \$\endgroup\$
    – Neil A.
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 10:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think reposting is a good solution. Then someone else could copy an answer from the first challenge and get credit for it. Or a user might not be active anymore to move their quine. I think it's better to make consensuses retroactive and just update all 20 or more answers. Or perhaps just leave those answers and put a note in them that they don't follow the current consensus. \$\endgroup\$
    – mbomb007
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 14:15

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