Linked Questions

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A proposal to combat Meta Bloat™: The Big Consensus Freeze

I believe it's a widely acknowledged problem in this community that the number of meta posts a new user needs to know to figure out all the rules has long got out of hand. We require certain answer ...
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The state of the popularity contest tag

Recently, there's been a strong push against popularity-contest challenges. This post sums up the general feelings of the community pretty well, in my opinion. Even when challenge authors do ...
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Should we have additional room owners?

Currently our main chatroom, The Nineteenth Byte, has only the 4 PPCG moderators as room owners. Since the chatiquette is not applicable to other Stack Exchange sites, using chat flags for breaches of ...
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Should asking for malicious code be on topic?

We're occasionally getting questions which ask people to write harmful code. This used to be big when code trolling was a thing, but it's not limited to that. Every now and then there are underhanded ...
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What are the policies for threads relating to Facebook Puzzles, Project Euler, UVa, SPOJ, etc.?

Related question. Questions from Facebook Puzzles, Project Euler, UVa, SPOJ, and the like do not expire, unlike Google Code Jam or TopCoder. Therefore, in order to be able to discuss such problems ...
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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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The state of the underhanded tag

I recently looked at the underhanded tag and noticed that all 3 of the newest questions are closed as "Too Broad". From our new rules for popularity contests and the code-trolling tag being off-topic ...
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A Close-Vote is clearly not a Super-Downvote! What to do with challenges that are wrongly closed but also widely-disliked?

Related: What to do about widely disliked questions that don't technically break any rules? Unspoken challenge rules What does "unclear" mean? We have a lot of widely-disliked ...
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What to do about widely disliked questions that don't technically break any rules?

Sometimes a question is posted that widely disliked (often due to being too easy, or being excessively arbitrary, or playing around in a space that's been mostly comprehensively covered without ...
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Should PPCG have an official, objective, list of rules?

This is something that's been bothering me for a while, and is really impairing my use of the site. Any competition needs rules in order to be fair, and this has been established repeatedly in Meta ...
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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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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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Can we vote to close challenges as impossible? [duplicate]

Related reasons but not the same, 2 This challenge is currently in the process of being closed as 'too-narrow', which in this context means "this challenge is too hard/has too many restrictions, and ...