My next challenge will rely heavily on Stack Snippets and http://api.stackexchange.com/ to gather data from the answers (similar to this or this).

I want to Sandbox it to iron out any kinks, but none of the data gathering will work if I answer in the normal Sandbox because answers can't have answers.

Could I (or anyone in this situation) make an entire question on Meta that is the Sandboxed challenge? Then I can add some answers and make sure the Stack Snippet works. I would delete it after I post the real challenge.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Self-deletion might be problematic if anyone else adds an answer, but I guess you could flag it for mod deletion in that case. \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Mar 13, 2015 at 15:41

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If it's a temporary thing, I don't mind. It's probably not ideal, because we don't want to clutter meta with stuff like this, but I also don't see a good alternative. For past challenges (like the one you've linked), I've usually written my snippets based on similar existing questions, but knowing you I doubt that there is such a thing as a "similar existing question". ;)

(And I guess the votes on this answer will tell you if people agree with me or not. ;))

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, I have been using other questions, but having a few answers that actually work with my snippet is necessary for thorough testing. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 13, 2015 at 15:45

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