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Can I ever answer with a language invented after the challenge was posted? [duplicate]

A common rule here on PPCG is that programming languages invented after a challenge was posted cannot be used to answer that challenge. (I've had trouble finding a specific meta post that addresses ...
Calvin's Hobbies's user avatar
19 votes
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Can I win with a version of a language that didn't exist when the challenge was posted? [duplicate]

This is a follow up to Can I ever answer with a language invented after the challenge was posted? It seems to be well established that you can post answers using a new language, but you can't win. ...
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What's the policy on interpreter bugs? [duplicate]

Sometimes there are bugs in interpreters that make them unable to run programs that are valid by the specification of the language, or make them work incorrectly. This will break programs using those ...
PurkkaKoodari's user avatar
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Old Languages with new implementations [duplicate]

I was hoping to answer a question using a particular cellular automaton that was defined 17 years ago (before the question was asked) but for which I am unable to find a free interpreter on the ...
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The Validity of a Custom, General-Purpose Language [duplicate]

I am currently writing and maintaining a new general-purpose language, named CSASM. I seem to have forgotten the rules surrounding languages such as this one. Hence, it would be preferable to have ...
absoluteAquarian's user avatar
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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 ...
11 votes
4 answers

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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15 votes
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A proposal on command line flags [duplicate]

I've been thinking about command line flags for a while, and I think that we should stop adding them to our byte counts. And instead consider different invocations to be different languages. Now ...
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Answers still marked as "non-competing"

The community has decided that answers in newer languages can now compete in code-golf (they were previously required to be marked as non-competing). However, now and then I will still come across an ...
Esolanging Fruit's user avatar
23 votes
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Should we start "reviving" older challenges?

Related. Earlier today, AdmBorkBork posted this question on TNB, asking whether or not PPCG was dying. In the following discussion, I have suggested we, as a community, could start "reviving" (for ...
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If we find a programming language in the Library of Babel, can we use it?

The Library of Babel is a huge library with many books. For example, the book titled ",fkwpival.vbfz" defines code golf on page 29 code golf is a type of recreational computer programming ...
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CGCC Blog Post #2: The history of PPCG and CGCC

We recently turned 10 years old. Unfortunately, we didn't really realise and therefore didn't really celebrate or even mark the occasion. But, it got me thinking about the history of the site, and now ...
caird coinheringaahin g's user avatar
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Challenges that invite non-competing answers

Although we have consensus on the Definitive policy about answers not meeting the challenge specification, it is aimed at answers rather than challenges. I had assumed that would imply that a ...
trichoplax is on Codidact now's user avatar
5 votes
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Is the "no MetaGolfScript" rule somehow formalized?

A disadvantage of the "default rules as answers" is that the rules don't have a common, organizing, "formal" thought behind them. I'm talking about this one here. I understand it as applying to "...
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Are transpiler languages allowed?

I recently created a simple little language that transpiles Brainfuck into a format that is half the size of its input. It can be used to compress and decompress Brainfuck programs. Provided I ...
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