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Thought on language specific challenges

We haven't really talked about specified language challenges. On Stack Overflow, we asked that all code-golf problems be language agnostic, but I don't feel that we are automatically bound by that ...
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2answers
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String input with or without “”?

When challenges require to read a string via STDIN/Console I have seen people interpreting that in mainly two ways. The first one was that you actually just have to type the string as ...
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Easy challenges and Hot Network Questions

I've noticed many challenges getting to the top of Hot Network Questions because they are really easy and get many answers that feed the activity-rewarding hotness formula. In turn, the visibility ...
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What should this site be called now that it has a name?

This post says: This site is now "Code Golf & Coding Challenges" Indeed, this is what it says in our banner too: CODE GOLF & coding challenges But our tour page says: Welcome ...
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6answers
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List input in C and length argument

When dealing with list input in C, as in this question, is it acceptable to add extra argument to indicate the length of the list? It does give advantages because other language needs functions like <...
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1answer
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Can we make use of abandoned sandbox posts?

Over the years a lot of challenges have accumulated in the sandbox(es) which never made it to being posted on main. Some of these were probably abandoned because they were duplicates or had unfixable ...
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3answers
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Answer-dependent questions

Calvin's Hobbies recently posted Evolution of Hello World. The challenge is unique in several ways, but the most revolutionary is that the definition of "valid answer" depends on other answers. This ...
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2answers
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Trigger happy on the duplicate button: do we really consider all song lyric questions “duplicates of the rickroll?”

So, we have this question Work it harder, make it better Put on hold as a duplicate of this question We're no strangers to code golf, you know the rules, and so do I Now there have been many ...
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3answers
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Should we disallow non-observable requirements?

One of the more recent things to avoid that's coming up a lot is the use of non-observable requirements. The most common incarnations of this are things like "no hardcoding", "implement this algorithm"...
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Getting rid of the sandbox directory

I would like to propose to remove the answer directory from the Sandbox. It seems that: It's never up to date. It takes a lot of unnecessary vertical space. I have no indication that anyone is ...
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1answer
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Is “Proof-Golf for proofs in general” on-topic?

I recently submitted a challenge proposal on the Sandbox, which is a kind of proof-golf. Here is the background section copied from the proposal: Compass-and-straightedge construction, a.k.a. ...
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Are theoretically incorrect answers allowed if it's (near) impossible to find incorrect inputs?

The main motivation for my question is hash functions. Let's take an example challenge (although here's a real challenge): Print 42 if the input is "the answer to life the universe and everything", ...
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3answers
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What assumptions about the file system layout can be made?

At times, it may be advantageous for a solution to a challenge to make certain assumptions about, for example, the directory from which it is run. For example, a bash script that compiles and runs a ...
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4answers
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What qualifies as malicious code?

We've decided by community consensus that challenges asking for malicious code are off topic. But the question remains: At what point do we consider code to be malicious? Most of the time it's ...
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Duplicate questions

Now I know that duplicate questions are bad, but because this is a programming puzzles site, should there be a time range after which puzzles can be asked again? Reason one is that new users who ...

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