Somewhat related to this question on creating tags regarding difficulty
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When I first came to this site, I had no idea on how anything worked, and I wasn't that great at golfing, I only knew python and I had never used it for anything like this. I can only assume this is how most new users feel. If they come to the homepage and see mostly difficult challenges, most likely they won't come back. I say we should have a running list on meta of basic, moderate, and expert challenges. Obviously this is subjective. This can just be a suggested difficulty rating.
- For instance, Add two numbers, Don't google 'google', and Fibonacci Sequence could all go under basic, since these challenges require little to no thought in most programming languages. There are certainly notable exceptions, but for standard golfing/everyday languages, these are extremely simple.
- Challenges to go under the moderate list could be Find number of ones to get a number using + and *, Can you outgolf Bill Gates?, and When do I get my sandwich?
- Finally, the expert list could contain such challenges like Build a digital clock in Conway's Game of Life, Regex that only matches itself, and Upgoat or Downgoat?
Basically they would be sorted based on amount of time required to answer in a reasonable language
These lists would just be for reference so people who are new to the site can find challenges to suit them, they often wouldn't know what to search for to get an easier challenge. It could maybe be linked to when a new user makes a first post.
What are your opinions on this? Improvements? Let me know.