A couple of minutes ago this question of mine was reopened. I initially closed it as unclear because after seeing the answers I feel that what is and isn't acceptable as an IO format is unclear. Specifically I don't know what qualifies as "reasonable" when it comes to string representations of lists. Some string formats that would usually qualify as reasonable completely trivialize the task. It's not clear to me when a string format stops being reasonable, and I don't want to disallow string formats all together. To be clear I don't think the word "reasonable" always makes a challenge unclear. There are plenty of cases where the IO can say "reasonable equivalent" and it's no issue in my opinion. Most challenges there is IO format that's fine and IO format that's cheating and there's not really any murkiness between them. It's just here specifically I believe that there is an issue.
I'd really like to have the question closed so that no new answers come while I figure out what I want and what I mean. I'm not even sure this can be put into objective criteria. But it's not closed, the community reopened it. As I see it I have a few options:
- Leave it alone, allow people to interpret "reasonable" however they feel. Something I feel sort of ruins my challenge.
- Leave it as is until I get my ideas sorted than edit the challenge making some answers invalid.
- Use my mod powers to hammer it closed again.
- Edit the question now to make the un-clarity more obvious, and hope that it gets closed again.
None of these seem at all like good options.
So my question is really what action should I take? Is there something I haven't considered?