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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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Language of the Month for June 2021: Red

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout June 2021, our Language of the Month will be: Red What's a ...
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Issues with Sandbox Clutter

The Sandbox for Proposed Challenges is a great way for people to get feedback on challenges and make sure they are not duplicates, are clear, and are ready for posting before they post it to the main ...
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New First-Time Asker Dialog

If you open a new private/incognito window, navigate to CGCC (https://codegolf.stackexchange.com), and click "Ask Question", you should encounter a dialogue that looks like this: This fits ...
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Can I license my controller for a KotH under the GNU GPL v3?

I've just finished making a controller for a KotH challenge, and I wanted to know: Can I use it for the KotH and license it under the GNU GPL v3, or does it have to be licensed with the MIT License to ...
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Nominations for Language of the Month, 2021 edition

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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Standard definitions of terms within specifications

Quite often I find that I am repeating myself when creating a challenge. For example, usually I have to retype the definition of "random" in all of my posts, or I have to specify the same thing about ...
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How is “code golf” compatible with “practical”? [duplicate]

The Code Golf FAQ says, "You should only ask practical, answerable questions". "Answerable" I get, but isn't code golf by its nature impractical, but fun? Aside from the ...
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Let's decide what kind of non-challenge questions we want once and for all

4 reopen votes and 1 delete vote is a strange thing to see. It's also slightly worrying that we have so little consensus on this matter. So let's bring the community together. What kind of non-...
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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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Is it acceptable to use an external API doc in a challenge?

So, I'm working on an environment for an upcoming challenge, and I've written a fairly extensive API document for entries to interact with the game. I'm thinking at this stage that the API doc itself ...
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Challenges with an oracle

There are many ideas of code-golf challenges out there that are abandoned because a part of them are just too hard to implement with a reasonable amount of effort. For instance, requiring to parse ...
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Should we have even even more room owners for The Nineteenth Byte?

4 years ago, we voted on and appointed additional room owners for The Nineteenth Byte. That was the most recent time TNB has had new room owners. Currently, only 2 of the room owners are able to be ...
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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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Leaderboard function

I know nothing about the way the site works etc., but how cool and convenient would it be to have a simple wrapper to add a leaderboard for the question, like here and here? That functionality would ...
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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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Is it a [question] or a [challenge]?

Both of these tags are active on Meta: challenges and questions One has 17 questions, the other 44. One has no tag wiki, the other does. They both, more or less, ask about questions on the main site. ...
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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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How could the bounty reasons be improved? [duplicate]

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 bounty reasons or maybe change some of them altogether. We've ...
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Removing unnecessary bounty templates - final consensus

EDIT - seems like this change is a bit harder than I initially thought. I'll still collect ideas and we might look to get this changed in the future, but it's not a high priority. This is now at +7/0 ...
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Let's improve the leaderboard snippet [duplicate]

The leaderboard snippet could use some improvements. Improvements usually fall into three categories: Formatting & CSS - make it look better Functionality - stuff it should do Misc - everything ...
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You haven't voted on questions in a while

There does not appear to be a dupe for this. I am not sure of the exact calculations that trigger this notification but seeing as some questions get dozens of answers my voting on questions is very ...
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Should we add more warnings/notifications before letting a new user post?

I believe we've come to the point where 25-50% of the questions posted are posted by new users and almost always do not follow the rules (duplicate, no winning condition). Whenever you look at the ...
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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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Should we update our ask question page?

About ten months ago, we got a new ask question page. This adds a few features: A custom modal that appears when a user asks their first question: Custom warnings in the "review" pane of ...
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Tour page summary - we're not a Q&A site

Here's what our Tour page says right now: Code Golf Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for programming puzzle enthusiasts and code golfers. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack ...
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Should we change the question on the Tour page?

The Tour is a page shown to new users, intended as a quick introduction to the site. As part of this, there's an example question shown to the user: The current question, Triangle Area Side Side Side,...
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Clarifying “serious contender” in the help center

The help center says: All solutions to challenges should: Correctly implement the required specification. Be a serious contender for the winning criteria in use. For example, an entry to ...
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Let's rewrite the help center's on-topic page

Related: A Better Help Center Our current help center is lacking in a number of ways (see the linked post for more details). Therefore, this is a Community Wiki post meant for collaboratively editing ...
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A Better Help Center

This question is somewhat in response to The one limiting stat for us still being in beta where the consensus seemed to be that question quality was the main issue. I definitely agree. I believe that ...
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Inaccurate tour [duplicate]

The introductory tour to the site has a bunch of inaccurate description copied from the standard template. Among the oddities are Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. We're not ...
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Can we have a different Put On Hold message?

put on hold as unclear what you're asking by Xxx, Yyy, Zzz 1 hour ago Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s ...
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Line break formats and character numbers [duplicate]

I've recently saw someone, who says that their code is 350 characters long. Problem It can vary depending on platform. Code length compared across various platforms Windows: 371 characters ...
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Is the Chrome UserScript still recommended?

If I recall correctly, the chrome user script used to be recommended in the About/FAQ pages somewhere, but I can't find it anymore. I know that UserScripts must be installed from the Chrome Web Store ...
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How do I know if my flags are being looked at, when no judgement is being issued?

I have a flag that is still labeled as "active" over two weeks after I submitted it. (Submitted on 2013-11-22.) I wouldn't think that any single moderator - let alone the whole moderator team - on any ...
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Moderation: a call to action

Let me just say this bluntly: we need to do more moderation. Some facts: For a while, I was the only user with any active delete votes. (I posted a message in chat to rectify this, which helped a ...
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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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Adopt (and reopen!) SO's closed code-golf questions?

Our site budded from StackOverflow as an outlet for code-golf questions when the need for reigning-in the focus of SO became apparent. [<-this is all guesswork, am I right?] This has left a ...
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Which answer to a code-golf question has the smallest score?

Find the smallest prime from a substring has the answer with the negative score -18 due to 50 points bonus for languages without prime-related functions. A score ...
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Difficulty Level of Questions

I found general consensus in the Code Golf chat that unchallenging questions are detrimental to the site. If this is incorrect, stop reading and provide a voice for the worth of such questions. If the ...
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If a question is deleted, should posters keep reputation gained?

As discussed in What should our policy on insults, vulgarity, profanity, and other possibly offensive material be? , a very popular question has just been deleted. Like other users, I noticed a ...
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voting popularity contest

I recently noticed that on many popularity contests the earlier answers get more upvotes than the ones that were submitted later. This effect is - I think - amplified by arranging the answers so that ...
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Do we need the [color] tag?

While reviewing suggested edits, I came across this one for the color tag's tag wiki. After looking further into the tag, I found that it did not have a tag wiki beforehand, and there are only three ...
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Is there a sandbox or “unpublished” option for answers that are being developed? [duplicate]

While working on a code snipped for a recent question, I found that due to the self-referential nature of the answer, it would have been helpful to have a sandbox or test area for answers that aren't ...
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Could PPCG benefit from a new sorting mode for answers?

The default sorting for answers (by votes) seems somewhat inappropriate here on PPCG. In any case it tends to put early answers over late answers, because once a few are there, few people scroll to ...
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Sort answer chaining questions by newest by default [duplicate]

answer-chaining-tagged questions should be sorted newest to oldest by default. It is disorienting to see them out of order because they are sorted highest to lowest votes. Agreed?
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A Standard HTML, CSS and JavaScript Parser/Interpreter

Perhaps, HTML, CSS and JavaScript have the most number of interpreters. Every browser is an interpreter of them. And each interpreter varies significantly in terms of implementation of certain aspects ...
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Proposals for alleviating API strain

Problem With a recent influx of stack-exchange-api challenges, the poor old API has been taking a bit of a hammering and some of us are finding ourselves hitting the throttle limit and being blocked ...
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Can we retire the Sandbox?

It's been asked before, it's been rejected before and now I'm bringing it up again. I have a love/hate relationship with the Sandbox. I've voiced complaints before but I now have an idea that might ...
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Stop replacing my tabs with four spaces

Typing Literal Tab Characters I do not know how feasible this is, for the developers, but I do believe, that at least on this site, it may make more sense to stop expanding tabs into four spaces. ...

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