I've just closed Shortest Wireworld as a duplicate of Simulate the Wireworld cellular automaton. However, this is one of those lose-lose situations:

  • Leave the new question open: answers to two essentially identical questions are split between them, or answers to the older one are reposted.
  • Close the new question: no-one can post answers to either, because the previous question was already closed.

I think that the best solution is to edit the older question and reopen it. Does anyone object to me removing the last paragraph:

I will pick the winner as a combination of shortest code, usability, speed, and prettiness. I don't really care too much about prettiness, but usability is pretty important. Just make sure that you keep the code short. Good luck!

and then voting to reopen?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Check out my recent edit. I think it can be reopened now. \$\endgroup\$
    – PhiNotPi
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 15:06

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Since all the existing answers are already golfing their code, I think it's fine to turn this into a regular code golf. However, PhiNotPi is still active, so maybe he just wants to fix it himself.

There is also a third option (which I'd consider if the original author is no longer active, and the specs match up exactly): merging the old question into the new, which would move all answers over and replace the old question with a note linking to the new.

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    \$\begingroup\$ If merging, would it open up the use of languages created after the fist question, but before the second? \$\endgroup\$
    – Maltysen
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 7:00

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