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Closing old question as duplicate of a new one

What is our policy regarding closing an old challenge as a duplicate of a new one? I know this happens on other sites (at least SO), if the newer question is generally better or usually if it gathers ...
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Should we disallow non-observable requirements?

One of the more recent things to avoid that's coming up a lot is the use of non-observable requirements. The most common incarnations of this are things like "no hardcoding", "implement this algorithm"...
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How could the default close reasons be improved?

One of the more popular suggestions from We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it? was to improve the wording of the close reasons or maybe change some of them altogether. We've ...
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Disallowing Explicit Exclusion of Languages

We've had discussion on a related topic before, where the general consensus is that challenges should be language-agnostic by default, but specific-language challenges were also acceptable within ...
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Objective computational challenges without "code"

I recently posed a question about attempting to ruin Lepton's attempt to compress a JPEG. I've done other file-format-type questions before, to generate a WAV, defeat LZMA compression, etc, in part ...
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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

I recently revisited the following classic challenge: Showcase your language one vote at a time. The gist of the challenge is as follows: An answer is a set of program snippets, each with a unique ...
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Too trivial Close Vote

Can we get a "Too trivial" close vote for questions that would force very similar answers? For example this one: Ration your integers and feed the people After the edit the question allowed only for ...
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Ability to Solve Own Challenge as a Requirement

Should the following be the sole reason to close a question? Should it be a supporting reason, or the reason that tips you over the edge if you were on the fence about closing a question? User ...
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Questions that ask for artifacts or witnesses

(Sorry this is long. I tried to gather many examples, and honestly I would have liked to include more.) Background The code-challenge tag captures many different kinds of creative challenges that ...
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Valid Reasons to Close Questions

Currently, we have the following official reasons to close a question: Duplicate Off topic due to: General Programming Question No objective winning criterion Belongs on another site Unclear what ...
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How do we close questions without an objective validity criterion?

Answering the election questionnaire got me thinking: in addition to having an objective winning criterion, all challenges also need an objective validity criterion — there's no point in comparing ...
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Challenge closed as duplicate that's clearly different

I posted Draw the Olympic Games logo, which is clearly a code-golf question requiring users to post a solution that outputs ascii-art. chubakueno posted Olympic Games Logo - Free Style Edition, which ...
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What should we do about posts that are copied from external sources?

A recent challenge has been posted on the main site. A user discovered that it was copied word-to-word from an external source, and that challenge has been closed as off-topic, with this reason: "...
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Adding a "Too Narrow" close option

For multiple recent questions, people have wanted to close a question because the question was too narrow - not enough variety of potential answers to make it interesting. Those questions were: Sign ...
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I can't understand why my quesiton was closed

I can't understand why my question was closed: Rotate An Integer Array with an O(n) algorithm It was previously put "on hold", then I edited my question to meet the requirements. But then it was ...
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