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Loopholes that are forbidden by default

There are a number of standard loopholes which experienced question-setters seek to explicitly close. However, inexperienced question-setters may unintentionally leave them open, or respondents may ...
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40answers
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Things to avoid when writing challenges

If there is something that you find annoying / counterproductive / unfair / detrimental / no longer funny in challenges (question posts), describe it in an answer here, and propose a recommended ...
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What are programming languages?

Often, answers to questions asking for "programs" or talking about "programming languages" utilize things like sed, awk, … in ...
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7answers
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A proposal to combat Meta Bloatâ„¢: The Big Consensus Freeze

I believe it's a widely acknowledged problem in this community that the number of meta posts a new user needs to know to figure out all the rules has long got out of hand. We require certain answer ...
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Programming in Minecraft (Redstone) - how to measure program size?

Since programs may be created in vanilla (un-modded) Minecraft using redstone to create logic gates (and more), someone could create such a program for a challenge on this site. How would such an ...
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2answers
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Are Non-Programming golf puzzles allowed?

The name of this Stack Exchange site is "Programming Puzzles and Code golf" but I was wondering if other types of similar golf (not the sport) would be allowed or welcomed for questions. In ...
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5answers
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An info box to point new users to The Sandbox

So along with site graduation, one new option we have is an info box on the sidebar. For example, you can see what these look like on Law or Judaism Stack Exchange (directly above the "featured on ...
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3answers
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Are physical analogs of programming legitimate?

By physical analogs, I mean solutions written via objects in the physical world. Specifically, I am referring to a couple solutions to this challenge (including my own and a couple others). Should ...
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3answers
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Should answers to fixed-output challenges be written in a programming language?

We have a definition of what we consider a valid programming language for answers on PPCG. (If you disagree with this definition, please do so on that other post, and not here.) The one type of ...
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Should PPCG have an official, objective, list of rules?

This is something that's been bothering me for a while, and is really impairing my use of the site. Any competition needs rules in order to be fair, and this has been established repeatedly in Meta ...
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1answer
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What should be the process for updating an established consensus?

There's many cases in which someone has a question about what site policy should be, people come up with suggestions, and one of them becomes highly popular and thus is treated as a rule. So far, ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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1answer
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Answers written in “joke” languages [duplicate]

As an answer to this question, I wrote an answer in the "programming language" 2014 (screenshot). The answer was deleted, accompanied with this note: I'm temporarily removing this post in ...
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2answers
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Should the programming language be Turing-Complete? [duplicate]

The question appeared on chat. For the Hello, world! problem Uryyb, jbeyq! is a solution in rot13, but rot13 is not a general purpose language. Should these ...
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1answer
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Can I answer in a microcontroller programming language?

I study electronics, and from time to time we use microcontrollers and have an emulator program to test the code with inputs and outputs to see the result. Would this form of coding be allowed? If so,...

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