A number of times now I have posted challenges where a rectangular block of text is the submission requirement. These are usually challenges.

Examples: (other users surely have some too)
Sierpinskified Code
Code that runs the Game of Life on itself
Write a Rectangular Program that Outputs the Number of Times it was Rotated

The area of the submitted text block (width times height, excluding the newlines) is the score for these challenges. The smallest area winning.

Tagging them is not entirely accurate since the byte/character count of the text blocks is not the score unless you remove the newlines (many times I have noticed answers with incorrect score calculations). Tagging them may be technically more accurate, but the challenge is still about minizing the amount of code, which is why I've tagged some .

Could we benefit ftom a new tag that indicates this "text-block scoring"?

(I personally have no strong feelings either way.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ We might as well just have a tag ch-allenge :P \$\endgroup\$
    – Sp3000
    Feb 26, 2015 at 3:32

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This would be unnecessary. We should tag them as since that's what they essentially are.

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 No need for [code-golf-minus-newlines]. I think [code-golf][source-layout] conveys the message pretty well. \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Feb 26, 2015 at 3:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ Agreed. We don't use a separate tag for "code golf but don't count whitespace" either. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 26, 2015 at 8:33


We would benefit. (We'd still need to name the tag of course.)



This would be unnecessary. But we should tag them as and be sure to explain that the smallest area wins.


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