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What do we do with an abandoned challenge that requires the author's participation?

When the author of a challenge makes a commitment to a challenge posted (e.g. "The timing will be done on my machine") but then clearly gives up on the challenge (e.g. by attempting to ...
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How to define a question that will attract "useful" answers?

After some time of programming in Python, I have learned that many tasks, which previously I performed in several lines, could be solved in a much more succinct way by one-liners, e.g. these ones. ...
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(permanently) Make Chat Great Again!

The Sand Trap is now frozen for good. No more golf balls getting stuck in the bunker! This is the last one about freezing The Sand Trap I promise. There might be more about ensuring TNB doesn't go too ...
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Is Chat Great Again?

Last month, I proposed an experiment to freeze The Sand Trap (TST) for 3 weeks, to see whether The Nineetenth Byte can handle being the primary chat room again. And 3 weeks ago, TST was frozen so that ...
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Make Chat Great Again

Edit: The Sand Trap is now frozen unfrozen. Come and discuss the results of the experiment. To quote myself: normal TNB chat rules still apply, obviously, but for general programming things, general ...
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Should AI generated questions and or answers be banned?

Relevant discussion that inspired this question Questions and answers (content) generated by AIs like LLMs (e.g ChatGPT, Google Bard, character.ai) are not prohibited on the StackExchange network by ...
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Do we want a banner warning about our policy on AI generated content?

Since January 10th, sites have been able to request to opt in to have a banner shown on answers reminding answerers on their site's policy regarding AI generated content. This leads to two questions: ...
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Please convert [tag:conversion]

The tag conversion is a bit of an oddball. Its description is "This tag indicates that the challenge involves converting from one format to another", which is extremely vague, and could ...
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How can I know when to stop golfing?

For example, I've spent several days reducing an assembly submission from an initial 456 bytes down to 330 322 bytes. How can I determine when a code golf solution has reached its most compressed or ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Using tio.run, how does this C function return a value?

I'd like to shorten my answer below by applying this tio.run technique from this C example. Here's their C example Code ...
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Can I use my SBCS for Uiua? [duplicate]

I just made a single-byte encoding for Uiua. If you are interested, here is the Pad. According to this answer (which seems to be commonly linked to), An answerer can use whatever encoding they want ...
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How is Subleq code counted?

How are "bytes" counted in Subleq, in which code is a list of integers with no fixed size?
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Why is the site logo a medal?

What does a medal have to do with codes and computers? Is it a reference to the site badges and privileges? Or maybe a reference to the Olympiad awards? Also, why is it between two accolades?
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Meta question: counting bytes [duplicate]

Sorry if this is the wrong way to ask this... Many languages used here have characters outside the ASCII character set, yet the headlines of answers written in such languages often say n bytes, when ...
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Do we need an "I f the sourcecode, you f the input" tag?

A somewhat common pattern in source-layout is to have competitors write a program which does task A (usually cat or printing a constant), but when a transform B is applied to the program the modified ...
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What are our policies about this exotic I/O format about integers?

Please refer to this post on Sandbox. (EDIT: The challenge is posted on main.) Basically, the proposed challenge is about a new numeral system I made. Though the proposal doesn't require the I/O ...
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Byte compression in scores

I am asking this because Vyxal, and mainly Vyxal has a compression algorithm to shave bytes off. I think of this as a bit unfair, so I would like to propose the following: If a programming language ...
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Equivalence between strictly increasing integer sequences and decision problems

I have noticed that sequence questions are often looking at strictly increasing integer sequences. For these types of sequences, the sequence task of outputting the values in the sequence is largely ...
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Is code golf going to be opting into the voting reputation requirement test?

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, there's a question asking for sites to volunteer for a trial of removing reputation requirements for voting. Is that something the Code Golf and Coding Challenges ...
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Code golf wrapped in a puzzle

Puzzle golf (Polf, Pulf, Gozzle, Golfzzle) I would like to propose a challenge involving two SE sites. Code Golf and Puzzling. To solve, one has to decipher the specification riddle, and then golf the ...
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Fast and Golfiest Season 2 Looking for Advice

Season 2 is coming! Season 1 was fun and relatively well-received, but the main problem was that the scoring system is very broken. Hence I'm looking for advice about how to improve the system so that ...
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Is splitting a challenge into multiple categories a good way to have an optional difficulty without bonuses?

Sometimes, in a challenge you might want to create some variations. You might want to encourage some extra constraint or limitation, but don't want to obligate everyone to attempt the extra difficulty,...
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Scoreboard: Searchable, sortable answers with preview

Not sure if this is suitable for the main page so I post it here. Example: Say What You See -> https://hunaphu.github.io/g/q/70837.html Type to filter on a language. Feel free to use it or include ...
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Can the binary representations of argv[n] be used for numeric input?

TL;DR: Is int d = *(int*)argv[1]; allowed to obtain a integer input? A special case of this question: Can numeric input/output be in the form of byte values? This ...
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What counts towards the byte count in a code golf answer?

I use Racket as my primary programming language and have been having fun the past week solving challenges using it. I came across a few answers from other programming languages that use TIO's header ...
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Size in DB ?for opcode submission

If an opcode solution uses but doesn't rely on value of somewhere At the beginning/end of program In the middle of program , then do these count as program size? Example where placed at end: ...
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Can I write sequels to one of my created problems?

I recently wrote up Landmine Number, and I'd like to write more problems in the style of the story of this problem. Is it okay if I continue naming the sequels like LN II, LN III, LN IV? Side question,...
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What is the stance on challenges that are supersets of other challenges?

I have this challenge in the Sandbox at time of writing. I want to add some more requirements that can potentially majorly change how some solutions can work (dakuten, handakuten, small kana). Should ...
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Desmos Active Sliders

The Desmos Graphing Calculator, or Desmos, has sliders, which can run, animating a graph. Also, they can have multiple animation modes: (default) loop forwards an backwards, repeat in one direction, ...
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What’s the point of voting to close for “Needs details or clarity” without telling the author what detail or clarity it needs?

Posting in question Apparently 4 people have voted to close this, but not one of them thought to leave a comment. Let’s say it gets another vote and gets closed. What do you expect the author to do? ...
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Why do I feel like Code Golf is ruining the point of Python?

The Zen of Python ...
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Maximum code-golf length

If we have a code-golf question that we have a golfed answer to in, say, Python, how long does that program have to be for it to not be a good idea to ask that question/for that to be code-golf (if ...
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Event Suggestion: Compression Golf

Most golfing languages that are competitive today use at least one string compression algorithm. My language Fig has a compressor that resembles Jelly's. I use been planning to add a super secret ...
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Can I host a competition in multiple locations?

I'm interested in running a KOTH in the near future. I would like the competition to be open to as many people as possible, however I know some people that are uninterested in posting answers to Stack ...
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Is "parallelize as much as possible" a valid winning criterion?

I'd like to propose a new winning criterion: Parallelize as much as possible. A challenge of this type is to give a code that involves parallelization. Let \$T\$ be the running time when run on a ...
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Tips for language design: still on-topic?

Currently, we have two open questions tagged tips language-design: Tips for storage in a golfing language Tips for Creating/Maintaining a Golfing Language Now that there is a StackExchange site for ...
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I'm in the process of replacing all anonymous imgur images with stack.imgur images, and I need your help

Stack Exchange's image URL migration means that this is out of date and no longer relevant. It has been locked for historical relevance. As stated on Mother Meta, all imgur images not associated with ...
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Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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How do esolangs participate in a challenge about black-box inputs? [duplicate]

Please refer to this challenge on Sandbox. The input is a black-box function, but as someone not knowing much of esolangs and golfing languages, I cannot even imagine how they accept black-box ...
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We can continue code trolling! (NOT A COMMUNITY CONSENSUS)

About 9 years ago, every question about code-trolling was locked and asking new questions about this topic was banned. If you missed this, I created a subreddit for this, and hopefully we can make it ...
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Allow answers to be scored in things other than bytes to stop the log byte madness

On January 4th, 2022, it was decided we would allow scoring in fractional bytes. A decision I mostly agree with. Just to recap, the main reason this is beneficial for the site is: It allows comparing ...
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Could a new "Is it a power of 2?" question escape being closed as a duplicate?

There is an existing challenge Is it a completely even number? which is very similar to Powers of 2, but asks for 1 to be excluded. I think it's a good challenge, and some people agree, but enough ...
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Does the initial `:` in a TI-BASIC program count?

According to this meta post, TI-BASIC is scored in tokens rather than characters, to more accurately reflect the byte count in-memory. On my graphing calculator (TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition), the ...
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Is byte count on TIO valid, specifically for non-ASCII C code?

When I have non-ASCII characters in my C code, TIO counts them as 1 byte. For example, the following C program prints 56 music-related characters on the terminal. Link TIO reports its length as "...
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What is a good ASCII boundary-character for regex unary, and will using that instead of a delimiter affect the perceived legitimacy of my answers?

So far, I have only used comma-delimited unary for my answers taking a list / array as input, since it's the "obvious" choice. That looks like ...
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How to Handle Mass Edit Events

This isn't to call anyone out or criticise the actions of anyone. This is to get a clear understanding of general guidelines of mass edits. Every now and again, links to online interpreters will ...
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Consider supporting Programming Language Design and Implementation on Area 51!

Interested in designing or implementing programming languages, including golfing languages? Or have strong opinions about either? Consider supporting Programming Language Design and Implementation, a ...
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Please Allow the Community to Advertise Relevant Area 51 Proposals on Meta

It's been asked a few times in chat whether or not Code Golf Meta can be used as a means of promoting Area51 site proposals that are relevant to the realm of Code Golf. The answer has always been &...
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Is github.dev acceptable for fastest-code questions?

Are sites like github.dev acceptable to use to time fastest-code questions? They do specify the specs and are free. What about gitpod, repl.it, and others?
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