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How to request clarifications when the challenge poster has left the site?

Recently, I began to attempt to answer this highly upvoted and answered question, before realising that, by taking the length of the input as an input would allow me to greatly reduce my code. However,...
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Can I redo the Solve Rubik's Cube challenge?

The challenge Solve Rubik's cube has a lot of flaws: Arbitrary limits: (say, max. 5 seconds on your machine and less than 1000 moves) Cumbersome input format: The input is in the format ...
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How should a challenge allow floating point imprecision to be ignored?

I wrote a challenge about sampling a probability distribution: Sample the Pareto Distribution This probability distribution is defined over the real numbers. However, submissions do not have access ...
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Can we revive The Programming Language Quiz?

The Programming Language Quiz was a Cops and Robbers challenge posted 2 years ago, where users were challenged to create obfuscated Hello, World! programs, and others tried to identify the language(s) ...
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Does everything have to be original? [duplicate]

Many kolmogorov challenges are closed as duplicates of the Rickroll challenge. ascii-art challenges are closed as duplicates of various other challenges that are somewhat similar. code-golf challenges ...
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Should question/challenge titles always be in English?

There's some dispute over this challenge's title. The author originally created it as "Многочлены Чебышёва". A user edited it to "Chebyshev Polynomials" (an imperfect translation, but the translation ...
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Default / Recommended Ruling on counting Implementation-Variants of Languages as different?

In my most recent challenge, which was scored by number of languages in a polyglot the following question came up: Do different [..] implementations of the same language count as different ...
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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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Who has the final say on a challenge?

For the mod election questionnaire, I asked about a hypothetical situation: A new-ish user posts a well-posed challenge that quickly gets many answers. An hour later, they edit in a restriction ...
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Suspecting cheating at competitions

Once in a while, a new user posts an immaculately-written challenge with test cases formatted like 1 ≤ m ≤ 10000 1 ≤ n ≤ 100 SAMPLE INPUT 10 9 8 SAMPLE OUTPUT 1 Maybe they say they'...
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Second iteration of a challenge

I wrote a challenge, I was concerned it would need some fine tuning, but was not able to get anyone on board to help me test. So I posted it to the main and it turned out while it was pretty fun it ...
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Announcing the PPCG Challenge-Writing Competition!

Most of us, I'm sure, come to this site either to solve delightfully tricky programming puzzles, or to see what insane golfs other members of our community have written. However, now we ackgnowledge ...
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Reposts of answer-chaining challenges

The reason that we don't allow reposts is because the same answers will be copied from the first challenge and the original can still be answered. But what about answer-chaining challenges? Those are ...
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How can I use a list of English words in a challenge?

I would like to make a challenge that involves English words. Because we want all challenges to be self-contained, I'd have to stuff the huge file into a code block, and let people copy-paste it to ...
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Is a double popularity contest a bad idea?

I have an Idea for a set of four challenges. The first round is a double popularity contest. Specifically two questions each linking each other with identical requirements but different judging ...
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If a challenge gives a reference implementation, do we have to ban the language the reference is written in?

I recently stumbled upon this challenge where the OP gives a non-golfed reference implementation in C++. This makes it a no-brainer to solve the challenge with C++ by just golfing the reference. Is ...
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Accepting answers in challenges

In any code-golf question, there is the possibility that the OP wants to accept an answer that is not the shortest. I have not heard of it being possible for mods to change the accepted answer. ...