I'm referring to the following question:

The else statement replacement in the fewest bytes?

The winner is the one with most votes, probably the most creative. Plus, the more the bytes, the less your chance of winning. The score formula is: score = votes * 10 - bytes, so the more bytes you use, the less your score.

Highest score wins.

IIRC, and are mutually exclusive. Not so sure about .


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With the scoring rules as written, I would tag it with only.

From the code challenge tag wiki (emphasis mine):

The most common problem specific to a code challenge is that its winning criterion is highly subjective (i.e. each answer is equally valid) or that multiple, conflicting winning criteria exist.

In addition, the code golf tag wiki excerpt says:

A competition which scores on a mixture of source length and some other criterion should be tagged [code-challenge] instead.

You can see several examples of this sort of criteria by browsing the code challenge tag. For example:

What's my name? Produce the name of the language indirectly

When does (x == x+2)?

Implement ROT-47... in ROT-47

Convert number to comma separated number

Arbitrary Base Conversion

All have some degree of subjectivity in addition to the other criteria. In some cases, votes are simply used as tie-breakers. In others, there seem to be no criteria at all, and the tag was edited in by someone later because it lacked one.

To be honest, could be considered a bit of a mess, but it's useful to have something to fall back on when none of the other tags fit quite right.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The purpose of code-challenge is to be a catch-all for unusual objective winning criteria. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 23, 2014 at 10:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor I'd argue that "objective" could be removed from the tag wiki, based on the way the tag is actually used (and edited in by high-rep users and mods). See edit. \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Apr 23, 2014 at 13:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looking at those examples I see one pop-con which somehow avoided being closed despite predating popularity-contest by over a year; one question with no winning criteria; one example of how code-challenge is supposed to be used; and two more questions with no winning criteria. With the exception of the one which uses it correctly, they're all at least 18 months old. I think that it would be better to close the ones without criteria rather than to change the tag to accommodate them. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 23, 2014 at 14:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you suggest a replacement that would fit mixed subjective/objective criteria, or is it your opinion that it is never appropriate? \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Apr 23, 2014 at 14:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ To answer the direct question, I favour the original scope of the site, which is still reflected in the help pages (objective criteria only), and while it's possibly too late to row back on pop-con, I'm not in favour of splintering it into hybrids. To answer a more general question, as I said in my answer, KISS. Having a secondary criterion for a pure tie-breaker is sometimes sensible, but I don't see much argument for weighted mixtures of criteria. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 23, 2014 at 15:43

There isn't a winning criterion tag which fits.

Given that the weight given to votes is far greater than that given to objective criteria, is the closest, but I think it would be better to KISS and change the criterion to either be objective or subjective.


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