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Acceptable answer for a code golf

The Code Golf stackexchange tour gives a detailed explanation on, how to ask a Code Golf question. But what about how to answer? I have multiple questions about: How to give an answer?. Neither the ...
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What's a number? [duplicate]

Similar to What's a string? If a challenge says that the input will be “a number”, what data types are acceptable? Obviously, types like int and ...
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Can I change the version of the language in my answer (Python 3 to 2), or do I post a new answer?

I wrote a Python 3 answer. I called it Python 3 in the title; however, it works equally well in Python 2. I discovered that I am able to remove several bytes from the answer, but only if I use Python ...
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Adding a link to Try It Online to existing answers

If I find an old answer whose code I verified works using, say, Try It Online, can I edit that answer and add the link?
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what did I do wrong and how can I improve

why did they put this challenge on hold? How could I have made it clearer? Benjamin has N boxes in his garden with dimension xiyizi each. Because he does not want to let them out and get wet, he ...
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Scratch 2.0 is no longer considered a “free” language. Does this retroactively make cops-and-robbers cop answers in Scratch 2.0 non-competitive?

As per this question's answers, Scratch 2.0 is no longer considered a "free" language. As per this question's accepted answer, non-free languages are allowed if marked as non-competing. Scratch 2.0 ...
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Is a regex answer valid if it gives the reciprocal of the required output? [duplicate]

This answer gives the reciprocal of the required output, rather than the required output itself. In a simpler challenge this might cut out a significant part of the work, but for this particular ...
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Existance of known score but unknown exact code

Consider the following the challenge: Write a program that accomplishes X task while maximizing the number of distinct characters in your source code. Removing any set of characters from the ...
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Does linter golf require a specific interpreter to be a valid answer for golf?

If someone answers a code-golf challenge in, for example, JavaScript, and as an additional challenge restricts to only code that is approved by http://www.jslint.com/ that answer is valid if an ...
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Sorting answers

Some popular challenges have many many answers and often a language is used more than once, so : Is there a way to sort answers so that they appear in the order according to the name of a language OR ...
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What should we do when a language cannot answer a given challenge?

Many challenges, mainly restricted-source, are impossible in some languages. Find an Illegal String is a good example—many languages without syntax errors, such as brainfuck (deleted answer), ...
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Is it permitted for a submission to terminate merely with probability 1?

The question is in the title. I'm interested in submissions that terminate with probability 1 but have unbounded worst case running times. This is related to the question Do programs have to ...
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Post other people's code?

Some people are very good code golfers but for their own reasons do not want to join PPCG. Is it acceptable to post their solutions as answers to challenges? If at all acceptable, I would personally ...
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What's the complexity of my answer?

I've never studied any computer science. So I've always passed over restricted-complexity questions, since I had no way of knowing the complexity of my code. Today, I decided to try and see whether I ...
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Invalid answers in the review queue, but OP hasn't had time to fix it

It happens quite frequently that short answers (Title + Code) appear in the Low Quality review queue, due to the automatic flagging mechanisms. In most cases, the answer "Looks OK". However, there ...
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User disobeying rules?

So last question that I posted. i.e : this, I wanted to ask because a specific new user whom I have warned almost on all answer he has posted (5-6) was not following, yet he keeps answering with ...
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What to do when almost all answers are wrong?

In a recent challenge, almost all answers use an algorithm that yields the wrong results due to floating point errors. The challenge is/was not unclear, but there was no test case that led to the ...
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Is it legal to submit a function that must exist as a method on an object?

For a challenge, I recently submitted the JavaScript solution [].push To be clear, this isn't x=>[].push. The entry itself ...
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Is a proof of impossibility allowed as an answer?

I was thinking of a proof of impossibility for a long-running unanswered question on this site. By a proof of impossibility, what I mean is a proof that no possible answer can solve the challenge. ...
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Is boiler-plate code required for challenges? [duplicate]

When solving a puzzle with an appropriate solution, does the programming language standard boiler-plate source code need to be included: For example, should I include all of this: ...
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What are the standard requirements for answering a [random] challenge?

There are lots of of challenges involving randomness. However, not all languages have a built-in method for randomness. Some languages, like python or most golfing languages make it really easy. You ...
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Getting Started

I've been lurking for quite a while and have realized (after a technical interview) that I'm really out of practice solving problems like what is here. Is there a language that you recommend I start ...
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Are baseline submissions serious contenders?

One of PPCG's oldest rules, mentioned in What topics can I ask about here?, is that all answers to challenge questions must: Be a serious contender for the winning criteria in use. For example, an ...
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Multiple answers in a single post

Is is acceptable to bunch together multiple answers in a CW post just because the challenge is trivial? See e.g. https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/151280/43319.
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Requiring non-builtin answers [duplicate]

Ever since PPCG was created, answers using builtins have been an issue for challenge writers. Sometimes, an interesting challenge can be posted, only for some languages (not necessarily golfing ...
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What should be done about pre-posted Community Wiki answers that serve as a place for combining trivial answers?

Recently there was a challenge and the OP immediately posted a community wiki answer which would serve the purpose of combining trivial answers. Citing the answer: This community answer is for ...
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Command-line flags on front ends

Our standard policy regarding command-line flags states that one should count the space before the dash (-) too, when there aren't any "free" options, since it ...
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Is a transliteration tool enough to grant count as SBCS?

Prompted by this. I'll speak about Dyalog APL here, but this could really apply to any language. Background Dyalog APL has its own SBCS called ⎕AV. For backwards ...
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Can interpreter flags causing major language differences be considered different versions of the language?

I recently (this morning) extended Cubically to have an internal cube of variable size. The cube size is passed via a third interpreter flag (3 for a 3x3x3, ...
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Is a quine that reads a function's source a cheating quine?

So, in the last couple months, I have seen several (especially JavaScript) quines told that they are cheating because they stringify a function. Accordingly, I thought that was the standard - it's ...
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Are modifications to existing languages allowed as submissions? [duplicate]

Say I have a language I'd love to use (like JavaScript for example), but there are tons of little pieces of functionality I'd love to modify built-ins with, like ...
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Stop converting duplicate answers to comments

In case you didn't know, whenever you post the exact same answer as was already posted, it gets converted to a comment. I had no idea before I posted a crack on a cops-and-robbers post that someone ...
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Non-Trivial Answers get too few upvotes

It was recently brought up in chat that people are rewarded for trivial answers sometimes, which makes sense because this site is all about short code, but in other aspects, is bad because some ...
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What to do about BBC micro:bit?

BBC micro:bit is a piece of hardware wich allows to to run code, such as Python or Javascript, that is custom made for the micro:bit chip. However, it in itself is not a programming language. Instead,...
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Let's allow newer languages/versions for older challenges

I've been thinking for a long time that our non-competing policy for newer languages (or language versions) is harmful. Just for context, we currently require all answers which require implementations ...
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Should you answer a competitive question if your answer is not competing / is not competitive?

I'm curious, because some answers seem to be posted regardless of the winning answer. Should non-competitive answers be posted when better answers exist for entries of the same language?
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The secret of upvotes

Okay, I admit the title is a bit cryptic but I couldn't come up with something better. As some of you may have noticed I have started spending a lot more time on code golf answering questions/...
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Is there a new consensus on answer headers?

When answering question before I always used to use the "Heading" option present on the formatting box. This produces the following markdown: ## Heading ## ...
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Do we accept submissions in unimplementable languages?

I recently posted a code-golf answer in Scheme-1. However, the Scheme-1 language cannot be implemented (as it would require the implementation to solve the halting problem). I marked it as non-...
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Metadata for answers?

It would be great to have an option in answers to add metadata. (This would be most useful for questions tagged code-golf, but maybe also other tags?) You would be able to put in the language, the ...
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Why do we score codegolf submissions in “bytes” instead of “chars”?

A single 05AB1E char takes all 8-bits of a byte, whereas BF only has 8 commands, so 3 bits per char, 2.5 BF commands per byte. I'm not suggesting we change the judging rules, but why do we use the ...
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Make it easier to post answers on Sandbox from Mobile App?

Maybe I'm missing something, but is there an easy-ish way to initiate the process of writing an answer in the Sandbox from the mobile app? I noticed the phrase "bottom of the page" in the sandbox ...
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Is Ctrl-C one keystroke or two?

Preliminary question: is it valid to score Excel in keystrokes? I guess it is, but I'm not sure what our policy is. Assuming it is (or, in general, for languages that are scored in keystrokes), does ...
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“Windows” as a programming language?

I was going to give the green tick mark to the winning submission of this challenge, but I am unsure what to do. The shortest submission is this, which claims to use "Windows language", but I doubt ...
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Should stdout be ignored when the program is a function?

My understanding is that, when stdout is used for output, stderr is ignored. Similarly, it would seem that, when a function's return value is used for output, stdout and stderr should be ignored. ...
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Allowing non-free languages in Cops and Robbers challenges when marked as non-competing

Non-free languages are not allowed to participate in Cops and Robbers challenges. And that's a good thing. If you choose an obscure non-free language, no one will be able even to attempt solving it ...
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How might I reward a Robber for an especially good crack?

To keep a concise title I have left out a few details, but here is the dilemma: I have a cops post that has not yet been cracked. I would like to reward the first person to figure out my solution ...
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How should the length of a Commodore 64 BASIC program be measured?

Commodore 64 BASIC has abbreviated forms for most of its keywords, ranging from ? being short for PRINT (common across many ...
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Is it OK to delete old answers?

Since this is not a QA site as such, I don't think there's a whole lot of value in keeping old solutions around for future reference. And for new users to the site, it's a bit like discovering an ...
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Can the “How to Answer” pop-up disregard the association bonus?

We now have a custom “How to Answer” pop-up (yay!). However, this pop-up isn't shown to users who come here with the association bonus from other SE sites. In general, this behaviour makes sense: the ...