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For compression-related challenges, should we take steps to level the use of 7-bit and 8-bit character sets? [duplicate]

(Closely related in the original premise, but both the question and its answers go off in a different direction: this meta post.) Something I've noted in many challenges which are fundamentally about ...
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Score Brainfuck as 0.5 bytes per char (because it only uses 8 characters)? [duplicate]

I think that Brainfuck and many other esoteric languages almost never win code-golf, because they take many characters to express things. So, overall, Brainfuck programs are longer in bytes, because ...
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Sub-byte character encodings [duplicate]

What do people think about defining the encoding of a character in a given language as taking place in less than a byte? For example, take Brainfuck. Brainfuck has exactly 8 possibilities per ...
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J and GolfScript suck all the enjoyment out of Code Golf

I have found code-golf a fascinating pastime for several weeks now. However, I’m already losing interest because the contests allow any language, and because of that it is pretty much impossible for ...
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Language Handicap

This question is because my favorite language C++ does not lend itself to code golf. Now I could try and pick up a new scripting language (like golf-script) or brush up on an old favorite (perl), but ...
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Scoring code golf (bytes vs. characters)

The blurb on the code-golf tag specifies "the fewest bytes of source code" (as it should, in my opinion). If a question overrides byte-count as the criterion, using character-count instead, is it ...
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Proposal of new measure for “byte count” in code golf

Byte count is the default winning criterion in code golf. Counting bytes (as opposed to characters) is reasonable, because a language that uses more characters needs more bytes to define them. ...
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How to count bytes in 7 (and other languages that use fractional numbers of bytes)

(See also this question, which is similar, but talks about the situation where the language is normally stored on disk with one command per byte.) This question originally came up in connection with ...
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On byte count and language preprocessing [duplicate]

Related: Fair size comparison across languages with different source alphabets Scoring non-ASCII languages in code-golf has been long-debated. Since I primarily uses APL for code golf, I have seen ...
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Can a language containing very few characters be mapped to only several bits to reduce byte counts? [duplicate]

For example, could I invent a language that contained only two characters (for example 1, and 0) and use it to answer a question (assuming it fulfilled all the necessary site criteria), and then score ...