When I posted this to the Sandbox, I have waited for 21 days before I posted the challenge to main. However, there are still a lot of issues in that post, and someone had found a duplicate. Why are there still so many issues in a Sandboxed post when people would have found more issues in the extended time span?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Picture the sandbox like an enormous storage garage full of trinkets and antiques. It's a stressful thing to clean it out or search for something valuable. \$\endgroup\$
    – mbomb007
    Aug 18, 2019 at 22:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related (possible dupe?) \$\endgroup\$ Aug 20, 2019 at 19:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just about the duplicate, that other challenge unfortunately has a misleading title and doesn't use any keywords like "insert" or "join" or "between" or "intersperse", so it would be hard for a sandbox viewer to find the dupe if they didn't already remember it. \$\endgroup\$
    – xnor
    Aug 20, 2019 at 22:56

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There's really nothing compelling anyone to have a look at the challenges proposed in the sandbox. This is a known issue, unlikely to be solved any time soon.

Your best bet is probably to request feedback in the Nineteenth Byte a few different times during the day and week (to maximise exposure), and especially when a lot of people are active there.

You can also prevent issues by looking at highly voted challenges, and thinking about what makes them good. Trying to solve challenges will also open your eyes for potential issues. You should also have a thorough read through of the Meta posts discussing things to avoid when posting challenges and the tips for writing good code golf questions.


I can't speak for anyone other than myself, but for my part I consider that "challenges" should be challenging, or at least non-trivial. I am therefore not inclined to spend time picking apart trivial questions, which in my view only merit the time necessary to downvote them if they should be posted to main.

In short, more interesting questions are worthy of more attention.

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    \$\begingroup\$ @A__ A challenge going to the HNQ is not a sign of quality. The HNQ is SE wide and its parameters are not designed for our site. Trivial questions game the HNQ but that does not make them good. \$\endgroup\$
    – Wheat Wizard Mod
    Aug 19, 2019 at 14:17

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