Note that StackOverflow has a few code bowling questions. Code bowling:

Code-Bowling is a challenge for writing the most obscure, unoptimized, horrific and bastardized code possible. Basically, the exact opposite of Code-Golf.

By definition, they don't belong on code-golf because it's an opposite. However they don't belong on StackOverflow either.

What to do? There isn't an area51 site that I can find on it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ "obscure, unoptimized, horrific and bastardized" sounds extremely appropriate for golfed code. \$\endgroup\$ – l0b0 Jul 14 '16 at 8:23

This site is for many kinds of programming puzzles, and code bowling is not automatically excluded.

The great difficulty with is one of finding a "An objective primary winning criterion" as per the FAQ in light of the fact that just throwing bigger identifiers and lots of NOPs doesn't make anyone very happy. I'm not a fan of them and haven't seen one I considered good yet.

We (the moderators) have not been closing them preemptively, but ...

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 If the community likes the question and puts some effort into answers, it's unlikely to be closed. But I don't think I have ever seen a good winning criterion specified for code-bowling \$\endgroup\$ – gnibbler Feb 7 '12 at 0:02

I believe that it is okay to have code-bowling contests here, since this site seems to include other types of challenges, such as king-of-the-hill competitions and fastest-code competitions. Other examples include "Adding without + or -" and "best lossless text compression". I really like the variety in contests because it makes this place more interesting, and more fun.


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