In the code-golf tag wiki, there are defaults for scoring if not specified (in bytes). Recently I have seen some questions what to do in case of a tie. My proposal is to make this a default in the tag wiki. The two things I have really seen specified as tie breakers in challenges are:
I don't think we need tag-specific defaults for this, but I would like to propose the following global default:
If no tie-breakers are specified, or all specified tie-breakers are exhausted, the earliest answer wins. When determining which answer was earlier, the timestamp of the first valid edit which gave the current score counts.
It just occurred to me that my suggested default tie breaker doesn't necessarily make sense for popularity contests. Therefore, I'd like to suggest an amendment to the accepted answer, and if this gets a reasonable amount of support I'll edit the accepted answer.
In the case of popularity contests, if there is a tie, the latest answer wins.
This may seem counter-intuitive but my reasoning is this:
- If two answers have the same number of votes, the later answer must have accumulated them more quickly.
- In addition, the later answer also managed to catch up with the earlier one despite the FGITW effect.
Both of these indicate that the latter answer is actually the more the popular of the two.