I only find this description, which is partly recursive: "Code Golf - Stack Exchange is for programming puzzles and code golf". Maybe for native english speakers it is perfectly obvious, but I didn't find a translation for 'code golf'.

Is it the attempt to find the shortest solution?

  • \$\begingroup\$ possible duplicate of How should our FAQ look like?. In particular, see What is a code golf? \$\endgroup\$
    – moinudin
    Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 10:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fine. And why doesn't the FAQ look like that? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 18:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ This site is still in beta and the issues of what should be in the FAQ are still in discussion and development. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 19:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Isn't gnibblers explanation obviously better than what is now written in the faq? I would suggest to put it in there. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 8:09

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In the game of golf, you win by minimising the number of strokes to complete the game.

In code-golf, each character is equivalent to a stroke in golf, so you win by using the smallest number of bytes.

You may even see people using the words "bytes", "characters", and "strokes" interchangeably here.


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