Recently I suggested having a feed in The Nineteenth Byte for new answers to the Hello, World! challenge. It received some support (as you can tell from the stars), but it was suggested that it be discussed on Meta first.

I see advantages and disadvantages to having this feed, but I'll just state the biggest (in my eyes) of each here:


  • People tend to post an answer to the Hello, World! challenge when revealing a new language. Having a feed would allow the more active members of the community who frequent chat to see these new languages quickly.


  • It was pointed out that it could get annoying if too many answers were posted at once or in quick succession to the challenge as a large number of oneboxes would be posted into The Nineteenth Byte very quickly, possibly disrupting conversation.

There are definitely more pros and cons to this decision, but there's no need to put them all in this post. What does the community think of this?

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    \$\begingroup\$ My view is that feeds are easy to switch off, so finding out if it is annoying by trying it out seems practical \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 23 '18 at 19:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is there a way to add a feed for the answers of a question without having this feed initially post all existing answers to the chat room? This happened when adding a feed for the tips question to the Haskell chat room, though there it was easy to move the ~40 posts to trash. It might be a different story with the >700 answers of the Hello World challenge. \$\endgroup\$ – Laikoni Jan 23 '18 at 19:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Laikoni When I added the feed for the One OEIS after another answers, at around 290 answers, we didn't get 290 new messages pour in. Can you link to the messages being moved? \$\endgroup\$ – caird coinheringaahing Jan 23 '18 at 19:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @cairdcoinheringaahing The feed started here, and a bit further down wizzwizz4 trashed 14 messages. So the feed did not post all old answers, but still some of them. \$\endgroup\$ – Laikoni Jan 23 '18 at 20:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Laikoni Huh, weird. Guess Feeds is just as buggy as the rest of chat. \$\endgroup\$ – caird coinheringaahing Jan 23 '18 at 20:15

Maybe in Another Chatroom?

We should put the feed in either Esoteric Programming Languages, Language Development, or in an entirely new chatroom.

Pros for Esoteric Programming Languages:

  • Most new PPCG languages are esolangs, so the feed would be mostly relevant there.
  • This room is more active than the Language Development one.
  • Language Development seems to focus more on the actual design process, rather than showing off new, finished languages.

Pros for Language Development

  • Not all new PPCG languages are esolangs, and Language Development accepts discussion about esoteric and practical languages.
  • It would stop the chatroom from getting frozen, and promote useful discussions.

Pros for putting the feed in a new chatroom

  • The feed (and the discussion around it like golfing, tips, etc.) might be too much to put in one of the other chatrooms.
  • The discussion involved doesn't quite fit either of the other chatrooms: it's not about developing languages, it's not necessarily general talk about languages, and it's not for esolangs only.
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 for addressing advantages \$\endgroup\$ – Poke Sep 19 '19 at 15:36

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