Linked Questions

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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 ...
127 votes
116 answers

Default for Code Golf: Input/Output methods

It looks like we have a consensus that we want certain defaults for the format which answers are expected in for code-golf. On that poll, the question arose twice, which input/output formats should be ...
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3 answers

Byte compression in scores

I am asking this because Vyxal, and mainly Vyxal has a compression algorithm to shave bytes off. I think of this as a bit unfair, so I would like to propose the following: If a programming language ...
-1 votes
1 answer

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 ...
37 votes
15 answers

New users' guides to golfing rules in specific languages

What are the most important rules a first-time golfer in a given language should know? For instance, how do golfed programs usually take input and output? Each language should have a single CW answer ...
2 votes
1 answer

In bash, can I use non-coreutil programs

Since bash scripts (or any other Linux shell scripts) are accepted as a programming language, I wonder what (Linux) programs are accepted as callable from the command line. It seems that it is ...
10 votes
5 answers

Ruleset for RGS's Golfing Showdown - competition is over!

RGS RGS stands for RGS's Golfing Showdown, a golfing competition. The competition has ended, final leaderboard at the end of this post! 1 - The format The RGS will be a virtual golfing competition ...
5 votes
1 answer

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 "...
60 votes
6 answers

What are programming languages? [duplicate]

Often, answers to questions asking for "programs" or talking about "programming languages" utilize things like sed, awk, … in ...
53 votes
0 answers

How to count bytes FAQ

We've got a lot of questions asking how to count the bytes in different situations. This question is here to put them all in one spot. General questions How to count "interactive" answers ...
5 votes
0 answers

Non-standard command line calls

Note this isn't about command line flags, which already have a consensus here. There was a recent PHP answer involving multiple PHP files. Normally, programs with multiple files are either using one ...
7 votes
2 answers

Interpreter flags for controlling output: considered cheating?

I'm creating a programming language aimed at code golf puzzles. The language has an internal set of tapes, where the computations are saved and then retrieved to the user. At the end of the program, ...
3 votes
2 answers

Default / Recommended Ruling on counting Implementation-Variants of Languages as different?

In my most recent challenge, which was scored by number of languages in a polyglot the following question came up: Do different [..] implementations of the same language count as different ...
15 votes
3 answers

Can a C submission be in the form of a macro defined by command line argument?

In this question, the current C solution is f(n){n=n?:1;} Obviously this command line is shorter by 2 bytes: -Df(n)=n?:1 ...
2 votes
1 answer

Rust Golfing Crates

So, i have started creating a golfing library for Rust, as i saw some questions about it here, with some pretty good response. The usual requirement, was usually including the include statement in the ...

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