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Do submissions have to be answered with a programming language?

We've got various answers strewn across meta that tell different stories: On the standard loopholes, we disallow answers that aren't programming languages. This appears to be the most definitive ...
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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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Does Super Mario World count as a programming language? [duplicate]

Some time ago, YouTube user Sethbling has injected code into Super Mario World, and I am planning to make a challenge about it (Making pong, to be exact). But, I should know first if it counts as a ...
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What criteria must a programming language fit? [duplicate]

On the default loopholes there is an answer that forbids making languages that are made specifically for a challenge. This is definitely a good idea. However, there are loopholes even to this. A user ...
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Are automata or state machines a valid choice of language? [duplicate]

I've noticed that some challenges could be solved using automata. For example, this challenge in closing XML tags could be solved using a pushdown automaton. Would such an answer be acceptable? If ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Challenges

This "sandbox" is a place where Code Golf users can get feedback on prospective challenges they wish to post to main. This is useful because writing a clear and fully specified challenge on ...
Sandbox'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 ...
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What programming languages have been created by CGCC users?

Language-creation has become a popular activity on CGCC. A decent portion of answers, especially code-golf answers, are written in languages invented by the community. These are also languages that ...
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Advocate languages to golf in

I'm sure many of you want to attract golfers to compete in your favorite language. Given that it takes time to learn a language for golfing, why choose it over others? What aspects of the language ...
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Installation and testing instructions for specific programming languages

Most of the answers on this site are made using programming languages, that are well known, and easily installable by most of the people. They have well known installers (or are already included) in ...
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Standard definitions of terms within specifications

Quite often I find that I am repeating myself when creating a challenge. For example, usually I have to retype the definition of "random" in all of my posts, or I have to specify the same thing about ...
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Command-line flags on front ends

Our standard policy regarding command-line flags states that one should count the space before the dash (-) too, when there aren't any "free" options, since it ...
Erik the Outgolfer's user avatar
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Programming languages that do not match our default posting criteria

In the What are programming languages? meta post we seem to have come to the consensus put forth by Peter Taylor that: A purported programming language should be accepted as such if and only if ...
Calvin's Hobbies's user avatar
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When is code that requires a REPL acceptable?

Question in brief: For what challenge types and in what circumstances should code that requires a REPL be acceptable in an answer? There seems to be an understanding in chat that code that only works ...
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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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