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At the end of each year, our nemesis friendly neighbours at Code Review vote for the best questions and answers from that year. I think that is a great tradition we should steal adopt here as well, because it allows us to showcase some of the amazing content we've created and potentially reward the authors.

2015 has already ended, but I don't see a problem with determining the winners a few weeks into the new year.

To start, we need categories. That's what this post is for! Each answer should contain a category for a challenge or answer to be rewarded. The top-voted categories will then receive separate nomination posts to find the actual winners. (I don't want to put a fixed number of categories here, because I can't anticipate how many proposals we'll get. Something between 5 and 10 seems reasonable.)

Winners will be rewarded with bounties where applicable (that is, for answer categories). For question categories I'm happy to take suggestions for rewards. Maybe our supreme challenge writers like Calvin's Hobbies and Zgarb might volunteer to post a challenge related to the author?

If you're willing to reward the winner of a category yourself (by offering your own rep for the bounty), please mention that in the category proposal.

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    \$\begingroup\$ So now we know that you visit Code Review throws tomato. \$\endgroup\$ – Fatalize Jan 4 '16 at 14:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ How would awarding a bounty for the winner of a category work? AIUI there aren't bounties on meta. I suppose that for answer categories the bounty could go directly to the answer, but for question categories? \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 4 '16 at 14:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor That's what I meant. Winning answers will get bounties. For winning challenges we need to sort out something else. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 15:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Fatalize Truth is, I do, but only their meta to check this question. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 15:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ To some extent, even without a reward, a winner is likely to see more views and votes on their question than otherwise. I still like the idea of thinking up ways to reward questions too though. \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 17:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ It just occurred to me that it might make more sense for people to offer their rep for bounties independently of specific categories in case they win those categories themselves. So anyone who is willing to give up some of their rep for this, let me know, and we'll sort out how we split up the categories once we have the winners. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 17:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner I wouldn't worry too much about that. If I offer 50 rep as a reward for thingiest answer, and then my answer wins, I get the same rep in both of the following cases: 1. I give my 50 rep elsewhere and receive someone else's 50 rep for my answer, or 2. We do nothing (the award is just not given, so I don't gain 50 but also don't lose 50). I still get the prestige of being announced thingiest answer here. \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 17:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @trichoplax That's a good point. It would probably still be fairer to the generous people offering their rep if the bounties were split up evenly between them at the end. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 17:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also, actually giving the bounties would have the additional effect of drawing attention to that answer for 7 days. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 17:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ The drawing attention point is a good one - that changes my mind. \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 17:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sounds like we need to decide how rep will be split between awards too. Can a generous donor choose for 500 to go to just one award that they consider more important, or will it end up split evenly between all the awards? \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 17:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @trichoplax ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ that's why I think it would be simpler to just get a pool of people who want to offer their rep and work it out between those people in chat. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 17:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ That works... :) \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 17:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are we allowed to have awards for people that are not specific to a particular challenge or question? I see some of Ampora's suggestions are in that category. \$\endgroup\$ – geokavel Jan 5 '16 at 1:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @geokavel sure, why not, as long as the category is somehow related to the content produced by that user. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 7:45

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Educational: Best answer containing interesting and/or deep mathematical (or other) material.

I will offer a 200 reputation bounty for the winner of this category.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Bet you the winner will be xnor/Peter Taylor \$\endgroup\$ – Rɪᴋᴇʀ Jan 4 '16 at 16:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RikerW Probably, or Dennis. Though my work on pies would also be in the running :P \$\endgroup\$ – Mego Jan 4 '16 at 21:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RikerW I'm putting my money on Ell. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 7 '16 at 15:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner wat? \$\endgroup\$ – Rɪᴋᴇʀ Jan 7 '16 at 16:34
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Less is more: Best challenge with a simple but novel problem and a concise and clear spec.

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Most Above-and-Beyond Answer

Every once and a while, an answer takes the challenge to the extreme. This prize will be awarded to an answer which went far beyond the expectations of the challenge. This could include

  • a code golf answer that brute-forced/proved the shortest program in some language
  • a graphical-output popcon answer of extreme size and quality
  • a KOTH answer of high complexity which absolutely dominated the competition
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    \$\begingroup\$ I will offer a 100 reputation bounty for the winner of this category. \$\endgroup\$ – randomra Jan 4 '16 at 16:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ I've already got a particular answer of Martin's in mind... \$\endgroup\$ – El'endia Starman Jan 5 '16 at 1:49
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Best Newcomer (challenge): Best challenge by a user who had not posted a challenge before 2015 (this is basically equivalent to Best Newcomer but for challenges instead of answers).

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'll offer to create a challenge that features the winner of this category in some way (as bounties can't be awarded to challenges). \$\endgroup\$ – Zgarb Jan 8 '16 at 16:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ As suggested in chat, we might want to rename the "best newcomer" categories to "Rookie of the Year". \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 8 '16 at 16:05
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Labour of love: for a great challenge that took immense amounts of preparation on the part of the challenge author.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Labour of love? \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 20:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @trichoplax thank you, I'm going with that. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 21:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ I assume such thing like Best test case collection in a question not worth a separate award and will be included in this, right? \$\endgroup\$ – manatwork Jan 5 '16 at 11:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @manatwork I'd say make a separate answer and let the votes decide. I don't think good test cases necessarily take a lot of effort. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 16:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @manatwork Peter added it as a separate category \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 17:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ To make the bounty prizes even more disproportionate, I'm up for putting 500 on the winner of this category (or some other category if this one fails to make it) \$\endgroup\$ – Sp3000 Jan 8 '16 at 13:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sp3000 Where would you award the bounty? Or do you mean you'd put the bounty up for an answer to that challenge? \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 8 '16 at 13:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner Assuming the author has answered something I was hoping to award it to an answer they wrote, but is that a bad idea? \$\endgroup\$ – Sp3000 Jan 8 '16 at 13:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sp3000 I don't think it's a great idea unless that answer is deserving 500 rep in itself (although of course, there's nothing stopping you from doing it anyway). That said, I think a bounty for an answer to that challenge is also a reward for the challenge author, because it draws some more attention (and probably upvotes) to that challenge, as well as new answers (hopefully). \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 8 '16 at 13:45
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Team Effort: Answer that involved the cooperation of many people.

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Right tool: Best answer using a special ability of a language.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'd support this if "best" was clarified to mean most interesting or imaginative or clever, not raw golfing effectiveness. \$\endgroup\$ – xnor Jan 4 '16 at 21:56
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Showcase of Most Promising New Golfing Language

There seem to be quite a few of these new languages that have popped up in the last year.

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Persistent: Best answer where a user has dramatically improved his/her original answer, sometimes multiple times in a row.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Crossed out 44 is still 44 :( \$\endgroup\$ – Mego Jan 7 '16 at 8:21
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Best Newcomer (answer): Best answer by a user who had not posted an answer before 2015. (Idea taken from Code Review.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just to avoid ambiguity, the current wording means a prolific 2014 question asker who posts their first answer in 2015 would be eligible for nomination. I don't see this as a bad thing. \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 17:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @trichoplax I think that's totally fine (same for the opposite cateogory). \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 17:13
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Don't push me out of the box!
An answer that uses a very clever algorithm that nobody had thought of before.

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Silver lining: Answer with the most clever abuse of an interpreter bug undocumented feature.

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14
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Against the odds

Best answer in a non-golfing language that is as short or shorter than golfing-language answers. Defining "golfing" vs "non-golfing" language may be tricky in some cases, but I think its clear in most cases.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Similar to meta.codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/7925/8478 \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 20:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'd be sad if this went to an answer that won simply by the language having the perfect built-in to solve the challenge. Can that be ruled out? \$\endgroup\$ – xnor Jan 4 '16 at 21:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are there any? Beating Pyth with CJam is an achievement, but I can't think of any examples of beating either with C or Python. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 4 '16 at 21:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor A trivial example. This may well be disqualified on the grounds that xnor lays out. I think there are others though. \$\endgroup\$ – Digital Trauma Jan 4 '16 at 22:37
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Emperor of the Hill: Best KotH in terms of planning, clear specification, and novelty.

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    \$\begingroup\$ "King of the Hill King"... \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 12:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner Yup. \$\endgroup\$ – Addison Crump Jan 5 '16 at 12:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ Emperor of the Hill? \$\endgroup\$ – Timwi Jan 5 '16 at 16:37
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Rookie of the year

The winner of this category will have regularly posted high-quality questions and/or answers since they joined the site, which must have occurred in 2015.


As a newcomer myself, I would be willing to offer a 100-rep bounty to an answer that the winner of this award as posted.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure this adds much to the separate challenge/answer newcomer categories. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 16:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would think that the difference between them is that the previous "Newcomer" categories are for specific questions/answers; this one is for someone who posts many high-quality questions/answers. \$\endgroup\$ – Arcturus Jan 4 '16 at 16:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ Oh right, I had sort of thought of those as user-specific rather than post-specific as well, but you're right they are more about posts. In that case, I definitely support this. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 16:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks @TimmyD for the better title idea. \$\endgroup\$ – Arcturus Jan 8 '16 at 16:23
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It's Alive

Best answer in a difficult to program in language, such as Malbolge, Hexagony, or Fission.

I will offer a 200 rep bounty for this category

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    \$\begingroup\$ Wow, Hexagony and Fission in one sentence with Malbolge. :D \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 4 '16 at 21:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Looking at you Funciton... \$\endgroup\$ – Fatalize Jan 5 '16 at 9:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was thinking Shakespeare... \$\endgroup\$ – J Atkin Jan 5 '16 at 15:33
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Phoenix

Most dramatic improvement in a question. For example, a question that was closed and then edited to become hugely successful.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that sometimes questions get closed for good reasons, reopened when they shouldn't be, then mega-upvoted because they end up in the HNQ. That may be viewed as success when in fact it's a detriment to the overall quality of the site. \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. Jan 4 '16 at 18:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexA. this is very true. I wouldn't want a question to be awarded this based purely on a report being run, but I'd still like to see it awarded as a result of being nominated and discussed on meta. \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 19:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ (Note that being previously closed need not be a prerequisite for being nominated for this award.) \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 4 '16 at 19:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Alright, that makes sense. \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. Jan 4 '16 at 20:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexA. an obvious nomination for this would be codegolf.stackexchange.com/q/24401/15599 (though it's over a year old.) I'm pretty sure the question enhances the site, though the original version was so broad that the final, narrower version is essentially a different question (though just a few words were changed.) Popcons are high risk, so we'd surely see a lot of them in this category. \$\endgroup\$ – Level River St Jan 8 '16 at 1:04
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Trickiest: The answer that uses the most subtle technique(s) to golf code.

Ideally, the trick(s) should be hard for an experienced use of the language to spot, and lead to the shortest code in that language.

The tricks may be using language features as intended - what's important is that they are unintuitive.

I will offer a 200 rep bounty for this category

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'll offer 100 of my own rep. \$\endgroup\$ – lirtosiast Jan 6 '16 at 1:54
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Abusive: An answer that cleverly uses a certain feature of the given language in a way that was clearly not intended.

@ThomasKwa mentioned that this obviously only applies for . Does it? I cannot think of any other type of challenge right now, but if there is one, I'd like to leave it open for that one too.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does this differ from silver lining in that it abuses a feature rather than a bug? (If so, +1 to both) \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 5 '16 at 2:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ I had "official" features in mind: Everything should work the way it is documented, but the usage of a certain feature is not what it was intended for. Fictional example: Solving a system of equations using a sound processing function. \$\endgroup\$ – flawr Jan 5 '16 at 10:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think this should mention something about being used in golfing. \$\endgroup\$ – lirtosiast Jan 6 '16 at 1:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't see why popcons or CnRs can't have good instances of language abuse, so I'm up for the "keep it open" option. \$\endgroup\$ – Sp3000 Jan 7 '16 at 13:11
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Best answer to a difficult challenge

Some questions on this site are difficult programming challenges even without the golfing aspect. When golfing a challenge where one does not see an immediate, clear path to the solution to start with, one must first pick an approach, write a solution, and then continuously consider new approaches while golfing it down.

This award will go to an answer which, due to the difficulty of the challenge, has great necessary complexity—and is excellently golfed. Both the approach used and micro-optimization will be considered.

To give an idea of the length, the answer should be about 250+ bytes of non-data code in languages like Python, or about 60+ bytes in a golfing language like Pyth—but, of course, to a challenge in which an inexpert golfer's solution wouldn't be anywhere near that short. Languages designed to be long/difficult to program in most likely not be considered.

A better title is appreciated.

I'll offer 350 rep to the winner.

I think this is sufficiently different from Most Above-and-Beyond Answer.

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Most Impractical: Best answer where in the interest of saving characters, the runtime will encounter Universe heat-death issues, or requires more storage space than atoms available.

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Green Jersey

For the question with the best set of test cases. As a minimum requirement they should cover corner cases and unintuitive cases, and ideally they should do so elegantly.


I did think about a name invoking the Ashes, but a cricket reference is probably too obscure for people from non-cricket-playing countries. I also considered something along the lines of the idiom "the proof is in the pudding". The current WIP title combines the green of a successfully passed test suite with a Tour de France reference.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The title makes me thing of the Master's Tournament's green jacket, from golf. \$\endgroup\$ – isaacg Jan 5 '16 at 23:45
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Jack of all trades

User who posts answers with detailed explanations in many languages, allowing those not versed in the language to understand what is going on

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    \$\begingroup\$ That user being Martin Büttner? :P \$\endgroup\$ – ETHproductions Jan 8 '16 at 13:16
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Golden Oldie

Best answer in a language that has been around for 40 years or more.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The language would be most likely APL. \$\endgroup\$ – jimmy23013 Jan 5 '16 at 0:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jimmy23013 possibly. Others that immediately spring to mind in no particular order: c, dc, cobol, sed \$\endgroup\$ – Digital Trauma Jan 5 '16 at 0:59
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Meta World Peace: For the person who has done the most to advance the development of this site through contributions (questions and/or answers) to Meta.

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Pro tip: best answer to any general question. That is, candidates should be drawn from "Tips for golfing in X" questions (as opposed to specific "how do I shorten this piece of code" questions).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ 238 candidates with the restriction. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 6 '16 at 10:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ I petition to change the name to "Tip Top" or some variation thereof. \$\endgroup\$ – Mego Jan 7 '16 at 8:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ Pro tip is a more Internetty name. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 7 '16 at 20:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor I like that too. Currently it doesn't look like this one is gonna make the top 10 though. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 7 '16 at 20:34
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Necromancer: similar but not identical to the badge of the same name. Best answer posted in 2015 to a challenge from before 2014.

(The gap of a full year is to exclude answers to challenges which were posted just before New Year's and answered just after it.)

Since almost all tips answers fall into this category, the tag is excluded from this. I have added a separate category for those.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The gap required for the badge is just 60 days. I think it would be an improvement to follow the badge, so that an answer in August to a question in February would still count. I haven't done a data.SE query, but I suspect that opening it up like that would increase the number of candidates from very few to a reasonable number. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 5 '16 at 16:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor There were 296 Necromancers awarded in 2015. There would be additional candidates for this category that never reached a score of 5. I think that's a lot more candidates than we need. And I figured with the absolute date requirements it would be easier to find possible candidates. (I'm also happy to change the name to avoid confusion if you've got a better idea.) \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 16:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ (And I suppose votes on either your or my comment will show whether people would rather have a 60-day limit or a 1-year limit.) \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 16:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Your criterion gives [756 results] before filtering out tips. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 5 '16 at 20:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor And after? ;) \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 20:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ 648 \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 5 '16 at 21:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor I think that's more than enough? \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Jan 5 '16 at 21:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. If we can assume that anything worthwhile would be on at least +2, that reduces it to 160 answers to look at, which is still quite a lot, but hopefully that won't be necessary because people will self-nominate. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor Jan 5 '16 at 21:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you don't like the name you could change it to Palaeontologist or maybe Archaeologist. \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 6 '16 at 3:03
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Graduate of the Peter Taylor academy: For a highly-rated question that went through many revisions in Sandbox.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ IMO Labor of Love is better. \$\endgroup\$ – lirtosiast Jan 6 '16 at 3:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Thomas I just think we're trying to encourage certain behaviors, and using the Sandbox is one of them. \$\endgroup\$ – geokavel Jan 6 '16 at 3:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ That's a good point. If there were a way to award users who provide feedback on the Sandbox, I'd definitely do that. \$\endgroup\$ – lirtosiast Jan 6 '16 at 3:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasKwa you could suggest that as another category... \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 6 '16 at 3:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @trichoplax the problem is the title of this answer already gives a suggestion of who would win. \$\endgroup\$ – geokavel Jan 6 '16 at 3:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @geokavel I agree - and I think it would be well deserved :) \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 6 '16 at 4:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ I love the title on this \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. Jan 8 '16 at 1:21
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Best title

Borrowed from the Code Review categories.

"Best" can be measured as a combination of things:

  • Descriptive
  • Intriguing
  • Funny
  • Any more we can think of...
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  • \$\begingroup\$ Oops, well it was a new one so it won't be missed. \$\endgroup\$ – J Atkin Jan 4 '16 at 21:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've already got a challenge in mind \$\endgroup\$ – ev3commander Jan 5 '16 at 20:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ That makes 2 of you... \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Jan 5 '16 at 23:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ "Can be taken out of context" \$\endgroup\$ – Conor O'Brien Jan 6 '16 at 2:48
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Per-language awards

These are the most commonly used languages on PPCG in 2015. The top 9:

  • Python: 1946 answers
  • Javascript: 1285
  • CJam: 1164
  • Pyth: 1037
  • Ruby: 648
  • Perl: 618
  • Haskell: 535
  • C: 497
  • Mathematica: 483

Each language has unique golfing tricks. Therefore, I will give 100 rep for the best overall Python answer, and 50 rep for the best overall answer in each of the other eight languages. Answers should be judged based on quality, effort, and the showcase of a language's features. This award is not restricted to : answers to every type of challenge are eligible.

This complements Jack of All Trades.

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