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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 ...
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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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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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Default for Code Golf: Program, Function or Snippet?

One of the things many (new?) users forget to specify in code-golf challenges is whether the answers should provide a full program or a function (or even just a snippet). For most such things, we have ...
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Which number formats are acceptable in output?

Comments on this loophole meta answer suggest that more than a simple yes or no answer is required. Which number formats are valid for output? Is there a difference between code-golf and other tags? ...
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Template For Challenges

What format is generally good for questions? Is there a good template I can use? Return to FAQ index
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Should function literals be allowed when a function is asked for?

I'm arguing with the poster of this answer. The function literal as is doesn't cause the function to be defined, it has to be assigned to a variable, giving it a name or wrapping it like ...
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Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack Exchange!

What is this site? This is a place to host recreational coding challenges, such as code golf. We are unlike most sites in the Stack Exchange network. We are not a question-answer site, nor are we a ...
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How do I get better at writing questions?

Every time I post a question to the main site, it always seems there is something that I missed when posting it. How do I catch these issues?
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Should there be defaults for tiebreakers in tag wikis?

In the code-golf tag wiki, there are defaults for scoring if not specified (in bytes). Recently I have seen some questions what to do in case of a tie. My proposal is to make this a default in the tag ...
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Suggestions on how to get questions better accepted?

Well, I've only written 2 question so far, both started in the sandbox. the first question The lost pawn problem is (I think) a very interesting question to solve. After fixing all the minor mistakes @...
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Policy on Outputting Irrationals as Fractions

There's consensus that answering with fractions is allowable for decimals that can be expressed as fractions. But what about irrational numbers? Can they be expressed as a rational representation of ...
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Community FAQ for Programming Puzzles & Code Golf

Community FAQ For the Programming Puzzles & Code Golf site For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. General information Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack ...
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Should I always give every minimum detail and specifications about a challenge or we can rely also on intuition?

Regarding my challenge: Help me I'm lost in the ocean! I went to read: What details should always be given for a code golf task? and a question raised in my mind. I hope I can ask that here in ...
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Sandbox instructions for new users

We now have a nifty new info-box to point new users to the Sandbox. Hooray! But when a new user does go to the Sandbox for the first time, the instructions there don't give them much to work from to ...

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