- How do we close questions without an objective validity criterion?
- Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests
- Would "render the Mona Lisa in 1000 bytes" be on topic here?
We, as a community, still seem to be very divided on the concept of popularity-contest graphical-output challenges ... I'm not speaking about PopCons in general, just those that are specifically related to graphical output or artistic flair.
I had thought that we had this sorted out a few months ago, and came to the conclusion that challenges need an objective validity criterion in order to be allowed on this site -- that's where the "Guidelines..." Meta post linked above has, but unfortunately there's nothing close to consensus on that post, and most answers don't actually answer the question -- but given the reaction to Helka's recent "Cracked Soil" challenge, it seems that's not the case.
However ... just take a peek at the below ...
Relevant challenges that were closed:
- https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/69232/paint-the-mona-lisa-in-1kb-of-code (deleted question, so you'll need privileges)
- Make the pattern from composition notebooks
- Tweetable Mathematical Art
- What time is it again?
- Warhol these pictures
Relevant challenges that were allowed:
- American Gothic in the palette of Mona Lisa: Rearrange the pixels
- Computer Generated Cracked Soil
- Computer Generated Textured Wall Paint
- Images with all colors
- Draw random black-and-white forest
- Generate Realistic Maps
- Paint by Numbers (using programming, not numbers)
- Patch the Image
- Force an Average on an Image
- MS Paint is underrated
Relevant challenges that were re-done to not be a PopCon, after pushback from the community:
- Paint Starry Night, objectively, in 1kB of code (the resultant challenge after the Mona Lisa one, above, was closed)
Given all of the above, and the fact that this is still a very divisive topic, and the fact that we as site do not like subjectiveness, the question I'm posting to Meta is this:
What, definitively, constitutes an objective validity criterion when formulating a subjective artistic merit graphical-output popularity-contest challenge?