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Vote for the new TNB Room Owners!

The Nineteenth Byte is getting new room owners. You've had a week (and a couple of hours) for nominations, and now it's time to vote. In alphabetical order, here are the nominees: emanresu A chat ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Challenges

This "sandbox" is a place where Code Golf users can get feedback on prospective challenges they wish to post to main. This is useful because writing a clear and fully specified challenge on ...
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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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Language of the Month for May 2022: Desmos

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout May 2022, our Language of the Month will be: Desmos What's ...
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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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Language nominations for the "Learn You a Lang for Great Good" chat event

We've decided we'd like to give the "Learn You a Lang for Great Good" chat event \${}^*\$ a go. As a brief overview: Every second Wednesday, discussion in The Nineteenth Byte is primarily ...
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What are our specific abbreviations and terms?

Newcomers to codegolf.SE are often compelled to ask what many of our abbreviations and terms mean. Let us list them here so this information always will be easily available. Return to FAQ index
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List of bounties with no deadline

This is a list of unofficial, deadline-less (hence not searchable) bounties offered by users on various challenges on the main site. Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that the user will award the ...
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Nominations for new TNB Room Owners

In response to the increase in off-topic discussion in TNB, we've decided to appoint more ROs. Here's how we'll be deciding the new room owners: For one week (until 14:00UTC, on the 15th of May 2022),...
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Are we still deleting sandbox posts?

The Sandbox currently says: When you think your challenge is ready for the public, go ahead and post it, and replace the post here with a link to the challenge and delete the sandbox post. (Emphasis ...
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Nominations for Language of the Month, Take 2

We've decided to revive the Language of the Month event. We've also decided to start a new post for nominations. (You can see the old nominations post here.) So let's get to nominating! Procedure A ...
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The many users of CGCC

What are the stories behind your username and avatar? Some users' usernames and/or their avatars have a significance behind them. What about yours?
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CGCC Blog Post #2: The history of PPCG and CGCC

We recently turned 10 years old. Unfortunately, we didn't really realise and therefore didn't really celebrate or even mark the occasion. But, it got me thinking about the history of the site, and now ...
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Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack Exchange!

What is this site? This is a place to host recreational coding challenges, such as code golf. We are unlike most sites in the Stack Exchange network. We are not a question-answer site, nor are we a ...
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Byte counting for BASIC style DATA / READ inputs

Background Many BASIC dialects idiomatically use DATA and READ commands to store and read input data from the source code. We ...
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Should we rehash Add A Language To A Polyglot?

Add a language to a polyglot was fun while it lasted. However, it's kinda stagnated due to the difficulty of running all the languages. I propose that we repost this challenge, maybe with stricter ...
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An experiment into the FGITW phenomenon

Yesterday (probably the day before yesterday in some time zones), I decided to run an experiment on the "Fastest Gun In The West" phenomenon, in which early answers tend to get ...
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Using compression tools

Are you allowed to use compression tools (e.g. gzip, xz) in your code? For example, a shell script with: cat script.sh.gz|gzcat|sh (25 bytes) where the content of ...
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Language of the Month for April 2022: Curry

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout April 2022, our Language of the Month will be: Curry What'...
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Introducing the PPCG Sandbox Viewer™

The sandbox post is really just a question which we use as a system to review posts (which is great and all), but wouldn't it be great if there could be like a dedicated review queue for Sandbox Post? ...
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Can We Make 0-NAND OR Gates in [logic-gates] Challenges?

Some logic-gates challenges require you to use only NAND gates to solve a problem. Usually, constructing an OR gate from NAND gates requires 3 NAND gates. However, an OR gate can also be constructed ...
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Should we make a room for TNB's off-topic discussions?

The Nineteenth Byte, CGCC's main chat room, is no stranger to silliness. However, especially recently, I've felt there's been a much larger volume of off-topic conversations. In order to prevent ...
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Is a code golfing library legitimate? [duplicate]

My read on the current state of meta.CG opinion is that the use of libraries is acceptable and that the library call should count in the character count: Use of built-in functions and libraries in ...
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What assumptions can be made about the environment in Scratch?

It seems to be undisputed precedent for Scratch answers that only the code is counted when determining the bytes used for an answer (although, how to come up with the amount of bytes that the code ...
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Language of the Month for March 2022: PARI/GP

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout March 2022, our Language of the Month will be: PARI/GP ...
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Default for Code Golf: Input/Output methods

It looks like we have a consensus that we want certain defaults for the format which answers are expected in for code-golf. On that poll, the question arose twice, which input/output formats should be ...
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What happened to Doorknob?

Before anyone asks this question I'd like to get it out of the way: If I go to the moderators tab, I don't see Doorknob any more: He used to be a moderator here, but now he's not. What happened?
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What programming languages have been created by CGCC users?

Language-creation has become a popular activity on CGCC. A decent portion of answers, especially code-golf answers, are written in languages invented by the community. These are also languages that ...
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Source for bfbrute?

Apologies if this isn't the right thing to post in codegolf meta, but I have no idea where else to post this. A while back, KSab wrote a tool that brute forces Brainfuck code. I'd like to codegolf ...
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What should we do with ast-golf?

The ast-golf tag is a winning criterion where the program with the least AST nodes wins. This seems like a subset of atomic-code-golf, where the program with the least operations by some definition ...
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Functions throwing exceptions: an exception to the rules?

I'm seeking greater clarity around whether we currently allow functions to throw exceptions, and if so, under what circumstances. There seem to be contradictory posts on this topic—several highly ...
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Introducing the New PPCG Leaderboard Widget!

This question previously described a leaderboard snippet which no longer exists. I am leaving this question here for historical purposes. Thank you to all who contributed.
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How should taking in string input be scored in GeoGebra?

I have recently started to use GeoGebra for some code golf challenges involving strings, and have come across a conundrum which I want to ask the meta about, and prompts the more general question of ...
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New Codegolf language: Nibbles [closed]

I'd like to announce Nibbles. My goal was to create something as simple as golfscript but as short as any modern golf language. My hope was that by having few enough instructions, they could be ...
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source for a downloadable dictionary with IPA phonetic transcriptions?

I have an idea for a fun challenge but it will require access to IPA phonetic transcriptions (in English at least). An API that serves up the same would also do, though it would tend to favor ...
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Default policy for output in decision problems

Challenges tagged as decision-problem involve "deciding whether the input meets certain criteria". Although some challenges with this tag involve more than two categories, most involve only ...
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When it is and is not acceptable to edit someone else's post

TL;DR: In what circumstances is it ok (by CGCC and politeness standards) to edit directly a post (be it challenge, answer, sandbox question, etc), assuming the edit is done in good faith? I know ...
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Language of the Month for February 2022: tinylisp

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout February 2022, our Language of the Month will be: tinylisp ...
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How can we get new users to use the sandbox properly?

The problem Often, when we get new users, this happens: they post their first few challenges, which receive negative feedback they are instructed to use the sandbox, which they do not long after (...
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Should we get rid of [new-years]?

The new-years tag's description is: A new year's puzzle is any puzzle that is posted around the first day of any year that has to do with that specific year or calendars in some way. This isn't ...
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Questions with the longest shortest answers?

I'm just curious about any pure code golf questions (ie, not ones that build on other answers, just straight up, solve the problem with fewest bytes) where even the shortest golfed answers (especially ...
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How can new users use the Sandbox? [duplicate]

Related: How are new users supposed to participate on this site? In most StackExchange sites, new users are encouraged to ask questions. On this site, we encourage running questions through the ...
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Golfing Language Based on Excel

The LAMBDA function is going to be released to Excel eventually. This presents an opportunity to create a set of user-defined functions in Excel. If a standard ...
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How to type unicode letters? [closed]

I am looking for a way to type letters with dot only using keyboard (without any applications). For example, an US keyboard with international layout has letters like this ...
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Should graphical-output challenges accept straight up image files by default?

I've often seen some questions tagged graphical-output and kolmogorov-complexity that have some answer being image files, and they are often disagreements in the comments. examples: ...
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The Tag Categorization Project [duplicate]

This is not a question; rather, it is a collection of categories of tags. The purpose of this post is to post information regarding specific categories, such as templates for tag wikis, and also to ...
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Tag proposal [function-class]

I have found myself asking a good deal of questions with a similar theme. I enjoy asking questions in which answers are required to implement a function with a number of characteristics that are well ...
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New tag proposal: decision-problem

Inspired by a question in chat from a new user, I thought it would be a good idea to have a tag for challenges where the output is a truthy value if the input meets certain criteria, and falsey ...
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Tag proposal: [self-scoring]

I'd like to propose self-scoring or a similar tag, but I'd like to get some feedback on whether this is useful and how the tag might work. First the proposal: self-scoring is a scoring criterion ...
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Best of CGCC 2021 - Voting is now open!

Final phase You have chosen the categories and the nominees for CGCC's annual "Best of". Now it is time to pick the winners! Each of the 22 categories is represented by an answer to this ...

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