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I asked a word question that has run away with me?

Easiest WordSearch I've asked a crossword related question thats been on my mind for quite a while. I've made various edits from suggestions in the comments. I don't think I can adjust the question ...
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Examples of Questions that don't involve “Fewest bytes in x Language”

I am trying to come up with a workable question but every question I have looked at so far has been one where the winning answer is "fewest bytes in your language". By "fewest bytes in x language", I ...
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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 I edit a challenge to make it more interesting, if it makes several existing answers no longer optimal?

Specifically this one. Dennis pointed out that the rule that input cannot be an array of lines makes the challenge worse, and I agree with him now. However, the challenge already has several answers, ...
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Can we encourage more users to post challenges?

Recently, the challenge rate on PPCG has dropped. I haven't looked through the numbers all the way back, but we once had 9.9 questions per day. The number of questions per day is of course not the ...
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Tips for writing [proof-golf] questions

As you may know a few days ago I asked you guys to prove (-a) × (-a) = a × a in as few steps as possible and it seems to have been more of a success than I had ever imagined. We've had a lot of fun ...
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What exactly should be the format for the test cases? [closed]

Working on my latest challenge, I realized that I don't know what is the optimal way of providing/formatting the test cases. So the question is, what is the best way for a challenger to provide test ...
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A question about language specific tasks

I made a language called Lost. As a fun programming exercise I tasked myself with making a program that would output the digits 0-9 all with equal probability. This was a difficult task, however I ...
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Is it wrong to ask for an answer that is not source code?

Consider king-of-the-hill challenges. Significant effort on the part of the challenge presenter goes into collecting the code entries and massaging them into a runnable state (language versions, ...
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Would I be allowed to use this language? [duplicate]

The language Today I was thinking about brainfuck, there are only 8 instructions (+-,.[]<>) these could fit in side 3 bits. So in 3 bytes (24 bits) there could fit 8 instructions. But with normal ...
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Is it OK to post restricted challenges where only some people may participate?

Recently a Friendly Challenge was posted on Code Review Meta where PPCG challenged Code Review. The post on Code Review Meta says: I am planning on hosting a King of the Hill challenge Programming ...
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is an entirely cooperative koth on topic?

I'm planning a challenge, in which players submit a bot (one per player), as in a koth. however, none of the submitted bots play against each other, instead they play against an npc force of alien ...
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How long can a challenge specification be?

Recently I had the idea to create a KotH challenge based on a card game (played with regular 52 cards). I then began drafting the rules of the game and the interface method. The thing is, I was taken ...
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What to do about mathematical concepts with different definitions?

You must be wondering, why is this a so important subject? Well, take the example where a challenge asks you to take a "natural number" as input. What's a natural number? A non-negative integer, or a ...
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Does the OP have to explicitly state the winning criteria?

If a challenge is tagged with code-golf or fastest-code, do you really have to say that that is the winning criteria in the question? It seems pretty obvious, just by looking at the tags, right? After ...
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Challenges that invite non-competing answers

Although we have consensus on the Definitive policy about answers not meeting the challenge specification, it is aimed at answers rather than challenges. I had assumed that would imply that a ...
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Good examples of popularity contest challenges

popularity-contest is a hard tag to create questions for. Its hard balance between vagueness and broadness. What are some good examples that other challenges should seek to emulate?
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Should we repost a challenge because of a changed consensus?

Golf you a quine for great good! is a great example, since it was posted before the quine consensus was made. That means it's cluttered with answers not following it. Should we repost challenges ...
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Can I ask about improving golfing on some code

I have answered a challenge and the code ended up being longer than expected. I'm also pretty sure there is still room for golfing the code but I can't see it at the moment. Is it okay to ask a ...
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What outputs should I allow for decision problems?

I'm looking for opinions on what outputs to allow as the Yes and No outputs on decision-problem challenges. The goal isn't to make a policy, but to help with a decision I often have to make when ...
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Can I post a challenge that is the same as an existing challenge but with different criteria? [duplicate]

Let's say I find an awesome challenge here, but I can make a different challenge out of it by changing the criteria significantly. Is it poor form to post a new challenge with a completely different ...
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Must a question have an answer?

I have designed some mechanisms that makes private properties in a class to be inaccessible from other contexts using whatever methods. I want to know if it is really inaccessible given any code. Can ...
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Do I ask question to explain the given snippet here?

I am having some code snippets with me. I want clear explanations about that snippets. Shall I ask these kind of questions in this Programming Puzzle community? If not where do I ask such questions?
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The smallest Android app in the world

I am interested in understanding what is the smallest Android app possible that the OS will allow to be installed. It need not have any function or interface (or even any executable code) - it just ...
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What are the guidelines for formulating a Cops and Robbers style challenge?

I've been slowly forming in my head a question for a Cops and Robbers style code challenge, and it occurred to me that I actually don't really know the general details of how they're set out... Is ...
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Question about a quine in a specific language

If I am interested in asking a question about quining in a specific language, would this be allowed? I am curious as to whether or not its even possible to write such a quine in a certain language.
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How should challenge authors be rewarded for creating exemplary challenges?

Over on Puzzling.SE, the community there has been discussing various ways to reward puzzle authors for creating exemplary puzzles. Given that we're like Puzzling.SE in that we're not a Q&A site, ...
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Can I set a challenge using Box-256?

Re-edited for further clarify: http://box-256.com/ is an on-line game in which one codes in a form of assembly to solve the puzzles presented on there. Can we ask questions on this site which are ...
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On-topic to ask for help with an pre-existing code golf challenge from another site?

There is a code golf challenge on a foreign (not related to Stack Exchange) site with which I have a problem. The challenge is designed for Python 3 and has a length limit of 150 characters. I ...
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What language should I use for a single language KOTH?

I'm working on a KOTH contest, and it is a little bit more on the complicated side. Each bot is expected to keep track of a lot of state. For example, move history, position in the board, position of ...
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When is the best time to post a challenge for optimal views?

I've posted a few challenges before in PPCG, and, judging by the minimal view counts I've been getting (especially recently), I'd say I've been posting them at the wrong time. Is there an objectively ...
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Would “Tips for optimization in XXX” be on-topic on main

So we already have questions of the type "Tips for Golfing in XXX" and these are accepted as on-topic. My question is would any question of the type "Tips for [time/memory/any]-optimization [in ...
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Rep requirement for asking

There's always some question or another on hold with a few downvotes on main, and they are usually created by users with 1 reputation. So if there was a small reputation requirement (eg 10) for making ...
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Is PP&CG the right place to ask my question?

Is Programming Puzzles & Code Golf the right place to ask my question: Which programming or description language has the most / least reserved words? The question will have rules to limit the ...
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Do I have to verify all answers?

I have an idea about a code-golf challenge. Will I need to verify/test every answer submitted ? Will I need to run code submitted to be sure that the answer meets the requirements ?
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How can I ask a question scored by complexity?

I want to post a challenge where the scoring is based on complexity but I don't know a) how to define this and b) how well it would be received. As an example, say the FPU (Floating Point Unit) has ...
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What makes a sequence an interesting golf challenge?

We have lots of challenges tagged sequence. What types of sequences make for interesting golf challenges? How can we assess whether a given sequence is worth writing a challenge about? I understand ...
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What constitutes programming for the purposes of this site?

According to our Help Center (emphasis mine), Programming Puzzles & Code Golf is for programming contests and challenges. Sounds simple enough, and 99 times out of 100 it is. But there are ...
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Would “render the Mona Lisa in 1000 bytes” be on topic here?

This is a question about what counts as too far towards an art contest. If I asked the question "render the Mona Lisa in 1000 bytes" on the main site, would it be on topic? Assume the question ...
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Code kata should be added to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf

The idea of Programming Puzzles & Code Golf is excellent. Putting-out challenges, submitting your take on the solution, receiving feedback. But it seems to be mainly code golf, and this then just ...
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How to take multiline input?

I'm going to post a challenge that requires taking a multiple line string as input. What's the best way to go about this? I don't want any languages to be excluded because they can't take input in a ...
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Which is better - a catalog Q, or a shortest code Q?

I had the same doubt as specified here (which is why I haven't accepted any answers yet). Reading it told me that both kinds of questions are accepted: Catalog question - Users attempt to find the ...
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Would this be eligible on code golf (to know before writing a contest in Sandbox)?

A while ago I ended up on a StackOverflow question which I believe could fit under fastest-code category as it's all about killing the idea a C program could beat anything else in speed (here the main ...
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Are Sizecoding Questions On Topic?

This conversation popped up in chat at one point. There is a subtle (yet important) distinction between code golfing and sizecoding: code golfing is an attempt to reduce the human readable source ...
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Ethics of posting if you're a bad programmer

I'm not a great (or, really, that good of a) programmer, but I enjoy reading other people's challenges, and thought I'd try my hand at submitting a few challenges myself. However, I don't see myself ...
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Is there a question format for longest non-repeating code?

I've only recently started getting involved on Code Golf, so excuse my ignorance, but is there a format for longest possible way to achieve a challenge request? Either by runtime or by code length. ...
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Can I ask a question seeking feature requests for a golfing language?

I noticed an old question, An improved version of GolfScript, which asked, as a tips question, for people to suggest ways to improve GolfScript. This was a well-received question, but times may have ...
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Am I allowed to post a second, better edition of a challenge?

I recently made my first PPCG challenge, Sign that word!. Now that various improvements have been suggested by more experienced users of PPCG, I would like to post a second, improved version of the ...
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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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Should solution “catalogs” be on topic here?

Our benevolent mod Martin recently sandboxed a challenge for golfing "Hello, World!", as we do not yet have such a challenge on this site. It seems that Martin intends for it to be more of a catalog ...