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It's time for me to leave

On October 27th, I decided that the following requirements must be met by November 1st for my continued involvement with the Stack Exchange network: The forced relicensing from CC-BY-SA 3.0 to CC-BY-...
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Hanging up my diamond

Well. I never thought I'd be writing this message. I've logged into this site nearly every day for over 5 years. I truly love this community. I've learned so many things from it, and I have made ...
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How to count bytes FAQ

We've got a lot of questions asking how to count the bytes in different situations. This question is here to put them all in one spot. General questions How to count "interactive" answers ...
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The Curious Case Of The Missing Chris Jester-Young, Welcome Martin Büttner!

You arrived to the site today and noticed that something was different; something was gone and something new was in its place, but somewhat out of place, like on the wrong side of the room. You'd had ...
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Introducing a KOTH server!

Note: Due to changes with RedHat's hosting service, the website is currently down. There are some (very) early-stage plans to create a bigger, better version. That being said, if you want to see a ...
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Introducing KoTHComm: A framework for your King of the Hill challenges

I'd like to introduce KoTHComm. I've been working on this for many months now, and I feel like its at a (somewhat) stable point. KoTHComm is a modular framework built to help write King of the Hill ...
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CGCC Blog #1: Are golfing languages good or bad for the site?

Welcome to the first CGCC Blog post! After 7 years, and three attempts, we've finally started a site blog, for posts and topics that the community here on CGCC is likely to find interesting. If you'd ...
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Introducing the PPCG Podcast!

A long time ago, in a chat room far, far away, there was an idea proposed for a PPCG Podcast, featuring members of the site talking about PPCG- and programming-related things. Due to time issues, the ...
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The "How To Ask" page is misleading

The "How To Ask" page linked from the Ask Question page appears to have been copied wholesale from SO. It is very Q&A centric: We’d love to help you. But not every question on Code Golf gets ...
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Sandbox instructions for new users

We now have a nifty new info-box to point new users to the Sandbox. Hooray! But when a new user does go to the Sandbox for the first time, the instructions there don't give them much to work from to ...
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Welcome The Nineteenth Byte's newest room owners!

The votes are in, and the following four members of our community have been elected as room owners of CGCC's main chat room, The Nineteenth Byte. They have been instated effective immediately. ...
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Popularity of questions, based on post time (and the most useless graph ever)

Back when I was new to Code Golf SE (then PPCG), a lot of my questions didn't do too well, and I didn't have the experience to tell whether they were good challenged or not. As such, I would often ...
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A featured meta post to list those we don't have room to feature

Every so often someone requests that another meta post be added to the permanently featured spot on the front page. This is then declined because there would then be less space for hot meta posts, ...
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CGCC Blog Post #5: How to get reputation quick

You've probably seen the privileges list, and you've probably looked at it and found some quite useful stuff (and some complete garbage) that you may not have. So... how do you get reputation? Bounty ...
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Hiatus for Fortnightly Challenges

It's currently not looking good for the fortnightly challenges. Of the last four challenges only one was actually posted. And the current one doesn't seem to be quite on track either. It seems that ...
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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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Correct flag usage on invalid submissions

Recently, a couple of invalid answers have been flagged as NAA. This is somewhat of a duplicate of this answer on our policy, but I want to mention this because it's important that everyone is using ...
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Stack Snippet for Compressing Posts

Sometimes, we need to have posts that can bypass the 30,000 character limit. I have created this Stack Snippet that, given text as input, compresses the text and outputs a Stack Snippet that can be ...
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Why did CGCC get so many views on November 5th?

According to the site analytics tool (for those who have access to it), we got a huge spike in views on November 5th. (where green is new visitors, blue is total visits and orange is total page views)...
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Tip - Explain your arbitrary looking rules

More of a cautionary tale than a question... I posted this question over my lunch hour earlier. (Briefly, generate some type 4 GUIDs using the cryptographic random number generator.) I wanted to ...
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Advent of Code Golf 2021 is over! (Stats, Hall of Fame)

Advent of Code Golf 2021 is over! Thanks to everyone who participated in and/or helped me run the Advent of Code Golf 2021 event. It wouldn't have been so successful without the help of the community. ...
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RIP Glenn Randers-Pehrson

This question jogged my memory that we have an expert in our ranks who might give a brilliant answer to this question - Glenn Randers-Perhson: Coauthor of PNG spec, developer/maintainer of libpng, on ...
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New challenge genre proposal: Memory Golf

Overview Sometimes in the real world, you're in a situation where you need to run a program on a very specialized computer, and you don't care how long it takes to run, but the computer has very ...
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Introducing Biweekly Mini Golf!

In order to grow our community and its chat room, The Nineteenth Byte, we decided here to start a new monthly biweekly chat event: Biweekly Mini Golf! During this event, a number of previously drafted ...
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Java Wrapper for KotH

Description This is a Java wrapper class for communicating with submissions written in other languages. If you decide to use this for a challenge, make your life easier and require submissions to ...
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Introducing The Guild of Reviewers - Better Sandbox Feedback

(Thanks to Redwolf Programs for the name!) In a recent discussion about the info box and linking to the Sandbox for new users to use it before attempting to post their first challenge, we noted that ...
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What's wrong with popularity contest?

Some time ago I asked a question 8 ought to become Infinity, which was closed as "Questions without an objective primary winning criterion are off-topic, as they make it impossible to indisputably ...
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Code trolling is dead. Now what?

Code trolling is officially no more! It has been 141 long days since [code-trolling] was first born. Now, every code trolling question is either locked or deleted. Code trolling is finally gone! ...
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What do we want?

The Community VP has asked what our community needs. I speculate that a lot of people here would tend towards the same kind of answer to that. Feel free to answer this post with suggestions to how we ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Chat Event Announcment: Language Development Workshop

BMG has died. Nearly immediately I proposed the event that henceforth became known as MYAL. After a short discussion to flesh out the details, and the chat event Language Development Workshop was born....
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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CGCC Data Analysis #1: Tags

A few months ago I posted a few interesting bits of research on data from SEDE. It was fairly well-received, so I figured I'd do some more analysis. I might make this a weekly thing. I decided to ...
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May I return more results than specified?

I'm golfing in Lua, which does support such thing as multiple return values like this: ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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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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A golfing snippet!

The Project The golfing snippet serves as a test suite for code-golf solutions. The snippet provides a testbed for golfed code, providing a bytecount, an input field, and an output console. Users can ...
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Code-Trolling now off-topic?

This question has 4 close-votes. The reason is This question appears to be off-topic because it is about code trolling Why? There are some good code-trolling questions out there, some of them even ...
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Isn't there some way to have "just-for-fun" questions?

I can understand the need to keep things under control and nip problem trends in the bud based on the experience at SO and other graduated sites. While [tips] questions strain the discussion/list ...
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CGCC Blog Post #6: My First Impression on Code Golf Stack Exchange

How I got here I saw a few sites of Stack Exchange elsewhere. Exactly where I forgot, but it made the first impression of Stack Overflow to me: they were indeed very sophisticated. I learned about ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Popularity of posts, based on capitalization (no graphs this time)

After this question, I became interested in looking for various relationships in post popularity. While reading through the HNQ list, I noticed that some questions are capitalized in title case, and ...
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Is it acceptable to restrict languages in a King of the Hill?

I am thinking of hosting a king-of-the-hill, but I am reluctant to download all the languages people answer in. Similar to Survival Game - Create Your Wolf, I want to restrict languages. In that ...
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New user script to sort answers by length

Since the new Stack Exchange top bar apparently broke the old user script, I wrote a quick and dirty replacement for it. The only thing my new user script does is what I felt was the most important ...
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Why is meta full of old questions / why did my question get a trivial edit?

EDIT - this just happened again recently, so read it again if you're confused. This isn't a question, it's just an update to let people know what happened. You may have noticed the meta is suddenly ...
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Feed Filter: A TNB Userscript

Inspired by a conversation about annoying quirks with the chat feeds (such as New Main Posts), Feed Filter is a simple userscript I made to introduce a few features/fixes to the feeds in The ...
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VLQ answers - are these still a thing?

Recently I found this answer, which was apparently marked as "Very Low Quality" due to not being ungolfed and hard to explain. Apparently, this was the norm at the time. However, nowadays I see a ...
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The relationships between question length, views, and votes (and more painfully unlabeled graphs)

I recently meta'd some interesting research I'd done relating to the correlation (or lack of) between the time a question is asked and its view count. I got some comments suggesting I look into other ...
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If we can require a particular domain, can we require a particular path?

Background Following on from this question where it was decided that, as we define languages by their implementation, JavaScript solutions could include a requirement that they be run under a specific ...
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The tips tag is currently golf focused. Can this be made explicit one way or the other?

The tag wiki for tips mentions either golfing or programming challenges but then the rest of the wording and examples cover only aspects related to golf or golfing languages. There doesn't ...
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