When I searched with -[code-golf] i did not get interesting results. I am looking for the questions (and as popular as CodeGolf questions) that disallow or not require the Code to be golfed to Bytes. Just some programming puzzles offering fun/interesting challenges and solutions in various languages.

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    \$\begingroup\$ code-challenge \$\endgroup\$ – Luis felipe De jesus Munoz Sep 21 '18 at 12:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ The reason you are seeing mostly code-golf challenges is because it fits pretty much any problem. I can say "Write an algorithm to do X", and code-golf is easy to apply, where fastest-code and fastest-algorithm aren't. \$\endgroup\$ – Nathan Merrill Sep 21 '18 at 14:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ Nobody can "disallows" one to golf their code, as long as it's a serious contender. \$\endgroup\$ – user202729 Sep 22 '18 at 1:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ Although it's very difficult to post one that fits the scope and is well received now, in the past there were many popularity contests, many of which have answers with readable, well explained code. It might be worth browsing that tag if you're looking for interesting challenges without strict rules. That does mean some of them have been closed as off topic, but there are still lots of older ones still open to new answers \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Sep 22 '18 at 18:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ A link to non-closed popularity contests highest voted first \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Sep 22 '18 at 19:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Here's a list of all challenge types. \$\endgroup\$ – xnor Sep 22 '18 at 23:40

There are other, active, alternatives

Our on-topic page says (in part):

All challenge questions on this site should have: [...] An objective primary winning criterion, so that it is possible to indisputably decide which entry should win.

This is a fundamental pillar of the site. As a consequence, is by far our most popular winning criterion, with 8359 out of the 9979 total questions marked with that tag. For the most part, this is because the tag is easy to apply, easy to score, and easy to use. It provides easy objectivity, and an easy way to meet that requirement.

However, there certainly are other popular tags:

  • , a tournament-style competition between various bots, with unique scoring per challenge. Especially recently, this tag has become quite popular, with ten challenges in the past two months.
  • , a competitive-programming challenge, where one person tries to obfuscate code in some specified manner, and others try to crack the obfuscation.
  • , pretty much a catch-all for challenges that have uniquely defined scoring criteria.
  • , exactly what it says on the tin.
  • etc.
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