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Sandbox for Proposed Challenges

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where Code Golf users can get feedback on prospective challenges they wish to post to the main page. This is useful because writing a clear and fully ...
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38answers
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Things to avoid when writing challenges

If there is something that you find annoying / counterproductive / unfair / detrimental / no longer funny in challenges (question posts), describe it in an answer here, and propose a recommended ...
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6answers
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What makes winning criteria “objective”?

The FAQ says (in part) All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have [... an] objective primary winning criterion, so that it is possible to indisputably ...
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5answers
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Should “Showcase your language one vote at a time” be unlocked and reopened?

The current second highest-voted PPCG question, Showcase your language one vote at a time, was recently put on hold for being too broad and locked as historically significant for reasons explained ...
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3answers
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What does the puzzle tag mean?

A certain (currently on hold) question was retagged from code-golf to puzzle with the reason given Because the challenge is asking for the smallest possible solution, this is a [puzzle] I was ...
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4answers
161 views

What to do about the Schlafi question (and are time consuming pure programming puzzles on topic?)

So, recently this question (on which I have the only answer) has been bumped and as a result I have noticed several upvotes coming in on my answer. Today I received some downvotes, and as a result ...
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1answer
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Cryptography Attack: On Topic?

I'm thinking of creating a challenge involving attacking a cryptographic function. The challenge would be to take the specified function which would ostensibly offer ...
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2answers
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“Too broad” close reason applied to “restricted source” puzzle

After posting a rather specific, narrow, restrictive, one-language (well... one group of languages: POSIX-ey shells) puzzle, thats been "closed as too broad", commentators then offered explanations ...
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1answer
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Code challenge & [closed]

I see new users treat "code-challenge" as "it's hard to solve, but once done you win", but "code-challenge" here seems to mean "you need to optimize, but it's hard to put such an scoring way in one ...
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1answer
95 views

When should I give hints for a challenge?

If a challenge is difficult, when is it suitable to hint? (I don't think early is good, it breaks other's thought)