On my code golf challenge, there are two tie 24 Bytes answers.

The first one (Excel) is great because of the creativity put into it and the second one (MATL) is just skill I think and each one should win the "prize".

They both posted their answers on the same day - actually only 3,5 h apart from each other.

As this question has asked the same question bevor, I can't get anything out of it as the only two answers (which are from the same user) are the complete opposite of each other.


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Most people who post challenges never accept an answer, so people are more likely to compete in the challenge. (I personally don't see how the accepted mark would change which challenges you do/don't look at though, tbh.. But I can understand the reasoning of not accepting any answers at all.)

I myself accept answers after a few weeks however (and update when a shorter one is posted later on), so I can relate to your question. I have a few challenges where two or three answers have the same byte-count. Those I personally left without an accepted mark. And I sometimes check to see if anyone made a golf to their answer and there is now a single shortest one.
Most people who accept answers on challenges like us would accept the earliest one. So in the case of your challenge, the answers were posted at:

  • Excel: October 1st, 2018 at 18:51:27
  • MATL: October 1st, 2018 at 15:38:39

So in this case, the MATL answer would get the accepted check.

Alternatively, although I think your rep is currently to low for this feature, you could offer both answers a 50-bytes bounty to show your appreciation.

Whatever you choose is up to you. The general consent is to not accept challenges, and if you do, to accept the shortest one (and earliest posted in case of a tie), as the accepted answer in your linked meta-post also states:

If no tie-breakers are specified, or all specified tie-breakers are exhausted, the earliest answer wins. When determining which answer was earlier, the timestamp of the first valid edit which gave the current score counts.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks mate, may I take your path of waiting for the chosen one who pass them both. But what is curious to me is the second response from @Martin Enders on the linked question: In the case of popularity contests, if there is a tie, the latest answer wins. What does popularity contests means - is it connected to code-golf? \$\endgroup\$
    – Hille
    May 10, 2019 at 10:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Hille In the past there were [popularity-contest] challenges as win-condition, where the answer with the most upvotes, thus most popular, would win. Those aren't really on-topic anymore in the current meta however, and most pop-con (as well as code-bowling) would usually be closed today. \$\endgroup\$ May 10, 2019 at 11:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ Didn't know that those existed, but interesting to see all the different tags. Thanks again (ignoring the fact that 'thanks' is not desired) \$\endgroup\$
    – Hille
    May 10, 2019 at 11:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ One additional reason that I prefer not accepting an answer is so that people can sort by oldest or by active without the tick overriding the sort order. \$\endgroup\$ May 12, 2019 at 16:49

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