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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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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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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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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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The Tag Categorization Project

This is not a question; rather, it is a collection of categories of tags. The purpose of this post is to post information regarding specific categories, such as templates for tag wikis, and also to ...
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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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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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Should multi-part challenges be allowed?

We occasionally have challenges which consist of multiple separate subchallenges, whose individual scores are simply combined at the end. These are often known as "golf courses". While these are often ...
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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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Counting bytes for multi-file programs

So far, submissions consisting of multiple files have simply been counted by summing up the scores of the individual files. Also file names aren't counted as long as they are arbitrary. (We do count ...
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"Be Nice" applies to off-topic questions too

For whatever reason, PPCG tends to get a lot of off-topic questions, generally about code-troubleshooting. Maybe it's because our help-center is inaccurate. Or maybe it's simply because we're a large-...
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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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We need a new proper quine definition

Note: In this Meta question, it was determined that the correct thing to do if you think an established consensus has become outdated is to post a new question, even if the question would otherwise be ...
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Should we remove unnecessary restrictions on the factorial challenge?

The Factorial challenge is one of the canonical challenges on our site. Just like "Hello World", "Add two numbers", "Primality test", and "Fibonacci", it ...
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On editing somebody else's off-topic question to make it on-topic without the owner's word

Recently a user joined the site asking a question that was an equivalent of the routinely closed, "hey guys please solve my homework for me". Here's the specific question I'm talking about. An ...

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