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How can I encourage voting for non-golf languages? [duplicate]

I don't like golf languages, and I vote on solutions using them only if the solution has some extraordinary feature (like abusing a bug in the interpreter). How can I encourage people to vote this ...
anatolyg's user avatar
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

It has come up several times recently (more than usual) that PPCG differs from most of the other Stack Exchange sites in that it's not a Q&A site. People don't come here to ask a question because ...
Martin Ender's user avatar
156 votes
17 answers

J and GolfScript suck all the enjoyment out of Code Golf

I have found code-golf a fascinating pastime for several weeks now. However, I’m already losing interest because the contests allow any language, and because of that it is pretty much impossible for ...
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Why I am leaving Code Golf

The contents of this post are solicited opinion that I have been asked by a Code Golf moderator to share with you. I understand "If you don't like it, then GEETTT OOUUTT" applies here, so I have ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

You've graduated... a while ago. This is quite overdue, but let us not wait any longer. We present to you, Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
Grace Note's user avatar
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
JNat's user avatar
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How can we attract experienced golfers?

There are people who have already been golfing for a while on other golfing sites, language-specific forums, local groups, and so on. I think we'd benefit a lot from having them here to contribute ...
xnor's user avatar
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Should we combine answers where the same code works in many different languages?

Take this recent challenge for example. There are many languages where the shortest solution is simply *. Likewise, for other trivial challenges, the same 1-byte ...
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22 votes
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What is happening to PPCG?

Hi Guys & Gals and fellow golfers. I just want to ask a question and hopefully get some meaningful answers. I am a relative newbie on PPCG with a rep of only around 2.5k. That suits me but I am ...
ElPedro's user avatar
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What are some functions that golfing languages tend NOT to have, or do worse than conventional languages?

I'd like to write challenges that encourage people away from golf languages, and into a more competitive space. what are some things that golf languages tend to not do, or do not as well compared to ...
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Language Handicap [duplicate]

This question is because my favorite language C++ does not lend itself to code golf. Now I could try and pick up a new scripting language (like golf-script) or brush up on an old favorite (perl), but ...
Loki Astari's user avatar
11 votes
2 answers

Codegolf rules and boundaries

So last time, I was hanging on codegolf, and came across the question Print the digital root, where one guy replied here with a one-byte code. Of course, it takes advantages of the built-in and ...
Right Leg's user avatar
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How to Make Code Golf More Enjoyable: Winners by Language?

So, I was reading the related question here, when I went off on a tangent. The point of the given post, as I read it, is that certain languages like GolfScript, K, and some other extremely-high level ...
Andrew Gray's user avatar
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Why aren't answers ordered by byte count for code golf challenges?

If the shortest code wins, at least when there is the code-golf tag, why is the list ordered using votes and not code size?
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Code-golf contest is biased towards certain languages

I counted the number of wins in the code-golf contests. Only questions with more than 2 answers and that have a selected answer (marked green) were counted. Here is the result: Do you find this ...
Tr00rle's user avatar
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Metadata for answers?

It would be great to have an option in answers to add metadata. (This would be most useful for questions tagged code-golf, but maybe also other tags?) You would be able to put in the language, the ...
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What is the point of unicode gibberish?

It's been a few years since I came back into this forum to play some code golf and I am seeing a flood of unicode only "languages" where large operations are hidden in a single unicode character and ...
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Closing as Duplicate on Meta

There are some questions about the setup of the site that get asked time and time again on Meta. These include allowing code-golfing languages, language-based handicaps, duplicate-closing on the main ...
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Does it actually make fun using golf-focused languages for golf type questions? [duplicate]

I am a programmer, and know many programming languages, as everyone here does. Those languages have a productive purpose, a real-world application. Python and Ruby have a clean syntax and are good ...
Luis Masuelli's user avatar
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How to remind users to "try not to upvote trivial solutions"

There has been a well-established meta consensus that people should try not to upvote trivial answers, but it is difficult to post reminders of it if it is not included in the OP. The most effective ...
JungHwan Min's user avatar
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Real Coding Skill [duplicate]

Most puzzles and questions asked on CodeGolf are interesting and challenging. However, usually the answers that win are created from pre-fabricated languages designed for golfing code. This seems ...
bacchusbeale's user avatar
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Why are golfing languages allowed?

I'm a bit confused about the use of golfing languages in golfing challenges. In the standard loopholes there is a point about using self-made languages that solve the problem in one symbol. And it's a ...
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Add an option to disable upvoting for your post

Note: Martin Ender made a very good point, that votes can act as a reward for e.g. a well-written explanation. I remember thinking in those terms a long time ago, but hadn't thought about it that way ...
Mitch Schwartz's user avatar