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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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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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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 and flags ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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The relationships between question length, views, and votes (and more painful 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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Is Language of the Month dead?

The Languge of the Month series(?) started in March of this year, for the purpose of "to get more exposure for less-frequently used languages". Until August it seemed to be doing fine enough, though I ...
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Are single-program multi-task challenges considered to be the same as multi-part challenges?

We have a consensus here on multi-part challenges, and that they should only be allowed if there is a strong interaction between parts. Now there are challenges that ask for multiple tasks, but only ...
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Abstract Syntax Tree Golfing

I'd like some feedback on an idea for a new type of challenge that I have, namely Abstract Syntax Tree golfing. Code Golfing is a lot of fun. But many of the tricks that get used in a given language ...
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What to do about a fluctuating consensus?

Currently on the defaults for IO this answer is does not have enough positive votes to be instated. At press time it has +11-6 +18-9, defaults are required to have: 5 net votes and at least twice ...
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Why is this question closed?

Write a java code to detect the JVM version was closed in error as part of the underhanded cleanup. It's obvious from the comment thread that it was never really an underhanded question, and that tag ...
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Should I accept an answer to a question I cannot validate?

Based on information in this post I feel I should try and validate all answers to my challenges. That hasn't proved too hard so far which is good, but Dennis's answer here technically wins the ...
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Answering a not-quite-duplicate

I haven't created a duplicate question... and I don't even want it to be necessarily reopened. I'd just like to be able to post an answer (either to it, or to the supposed "original" question) ...
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New Question Type - Packed Program

I've got an idea for a new type of question, but would like some feedback on it. I've tentatively called it Packed Program - but I'm willing to take any suggestions. The idea is that you have a byte ...
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Improve and Expand the KotH Tag

The King of the Hill tag could use a "Suggestions" section to help posters avoid pitfalls that are KotH specific. It could also use a tip on what does NOT constitute a KotH challenge, since I have ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 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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[programming-puzzle]: Isn't it obvious?

The programming-puzzle tag seems a bit useless given we're called 'Programming Puzzles and Code-Golf'. It seems to be used when no other objective winning criteria is used and sometimes used in ...
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Are Mathematica 1, 2, … “major versions” of the same language?

This question is inspired by alephalpha's answer to my question. In the question text it is written: Different major versions of the same language are considered unique. So, your code can be ...
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What are the rules regarding question titles?

One of my recent questions, titled ☁ A Little Cloud ☁, was renamed in an edit to Little Chandler is sad. Draw him a cloud to cheer him up. I don't mind the title change, but I am curious as to the ...
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Statistics on Sandbox Usage

Recently, I've noticed that sandbox usage has increased dramatically compared to what I remember. I've decided to gather some statistics on sandbox usage, which I am posting here in hopes that it is ...
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Are these answers duplicate?

On this challenge, because of the way it is constructed, there aren't many ways to solve the question. A bunch of answers have been called off as duplicate because they directly used a system call (...
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Non-standard command line calls

Note this isn't about command line flags, which already have a consensus here. There was a recent PHP answer involving multiple PHP files. Normally, programs with multiple files are either using one ...
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Are questions about performance a good fit for code golf?

For example I have a running program in Python that solves game X. The performances are good enough for me and I don't feel like I can improve it. Now I am curious to know how much this could still be ...
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Userscript for showing character count

(this is basically just a simplified version of this) I have created a simple userscript that shows a small tab above every code block that tells you its character count. I posted it on Stack Apps, ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...