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Sandbox for Proposed Challenges

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where Code Golf users can get feedback on prospective challenges they wish to post to the main page. This is useful because writing a clear and fully ...
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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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Do golfing languages support arbitrary-length integers?

During a conversation in my proposed challenge in sandbox, there had been some objections about requirments in the challenge. I want to entirely ban a usage of floating-point numbers in the challenge,...
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Ruleset for RGS's Golfing Showdown

Following the feedback on this meta-post and some more feedback I got through chat, I am writing this post to lay down all the rules for the RGS I will be hosting. RGS RGS stands for RGS's Golfing ...
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Golfing Class of a language

I feel like we may have enough data on this site to meaningfully break programming languages into classes. What I mean by classes is akin to Go's ranking system: If a player can win 90% of even ...
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Best of PPCG 2019 — Call for Categories

Last year we voted for the best posts of 2018 and rewarded them with bounties and challenges. I think it's a great way to reward and draw attention to some of the best content the community has ...
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Do golfing languages support rational number arithmetic?

I proposed this code golf on sandbox: Integer Logarithm Take \$a \in ℤ_{>1}\$ and \$b \in ℤ_+\$ as inputs. Write a function \$f\$ that: $$ f(a,b) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} ...
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Are all golfing languages friendly to Unicode?

I'm going to make a challenge involving Mahjong Tiles (U+1F000 – U+1F02F, though I'm going to use only U+1F000 – U+1F021). ...
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Why do we have objective winning criteria?

2 years ago, we discussed dropping the objective winning criterion requirement. No consensus was really reached. I'd really like to start that conversation again, as I feel like it is hindering our ...
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What should we do against the downvote flood in the sandbox?

In the last 3 or 4 weeks there are quite a lot of sandbox proposals being downvoted. A quick count in the first page reveals that 12 proposals are at -1 and 2 are at -2, and some of the -1s are ...
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What programming languages have been created by PPCG users?

Language-creation has become a popular activity on PPCG. 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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Is asking for a bounded time complexity allowed?

Say, if someone asks for a code-golf like this: Test primality under polynomial time Given a positive integer, test whether it is prime. Rules The algorithm must have polynomial ...
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Creating a multiple-challenge competition

I wanted to create a golfing competition that would be split in n different challenges, each posted with k days in between one ...
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Consensus on another user posting another answer in the same language

Should another user post another answer, instead of commenting, in a language that already has answers from somebody else, in the following circumstances? It is a modified version of the current ...
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What makes winning criteria “objective”?

The FAQ says (in part) All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have [... an] objective primary winning criterion, so that it is possible to indisputably ...
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New Code-Golf metric: Atomic-Code-Golf

I posted this on the Puzzle Lab chat, but it didn't get much response (except for Gareth...thanks Gareth!). Thus, I'm posting it here. Please feel free to chat on the Puzzle Lab if you have input ...
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Winning Criteria vs Valid Criteria

Winning criteria determine which submission wins. For example, the following are winning criteria. The submission with the fastest code on any reasonable desktop machine wins. Valid criteria ...
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What's the Future of CGCC?

As of recently, we've lost 3 of our 4 moderators. This means we only have 1 moderator left. Also, several people are expressing their concerns that things are dying around here. With the recent mess ...
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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 is too many sandboxed challenges?

I am very enthusiastic about this community (but I am very very young here) and I really want to contribute with new challenges. On the other hand, I don't want to "clog" the sandbox with challenges ...
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How does one calculate bytes for a solution to a Code Golf scenario? [duplicate]

I am new to Code Golf, and would like to start answering questions/scenarios posted on this Stack Exchange Site. I have seen many scenarios posted before, and have come up with solutions for said ...
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Should we consider planning a move off StackExchange?

Should we consider planning to move Code Golf to our own site outside the Stack Exchange network? Reasons to consider leaving This post was spurred by recent events, but it's been in my mind for a ...
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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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Can I use here my own language for code-golfing?

Can I golf in my own programming language here? I ask it 'cause there is no online way to check it out.
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Standard New User Welcome Messages

What is the best message to notify a new user with an issue with their post (via a comment) while posting a(n)... Challenge (unclear specs/questionable) Challenge (duplicate) Challenge (off-topic) ...
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Ight Imma Head Out

Rise and Fall of Communities Over the years, I've been part of many growing online (and offline) communities, usually in some kind of advocate and/or moderation capacity (I'm just a room owner here). ...
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Can you allow ASCII-only and Unicode answers in the one challenge?

I have a question that is intended to allow Unicode input. No-one has posted an answer yet but someone has asked if it can be ASCII input only. That could drastically change which languages were ...
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Things to avoid when writing challenges

If there is something that you find annoying / counterproductive / unfair / detrimental / no longer funny in challenges (question posts), describe it in an answer here, and propose a recommended ...
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2019: 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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Existence of known score but unknown exact code

Consider the following the challenge: Write a program that accomplishes X task while maximizing the number of distinct characters in your source code. Removing any set of characters from the ...
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We should make a list of 'basic', 'moderate', and 'expert' challenges

Somewhat related to this question on creating tags regarding difficulty To any duplicate/down voters, see this commment When I first came to this site, I had no idea on how anything worked, and I ...
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What are the relationships between programming languages created by PPCG users

Prompted by this. We already know which languages were created by PPCG users. Clearly language authors are inspired by each other and by existing practical languages. What are these relationships? ...
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Should the Info Box Link to the Active Sorted Sandbox?

The link to the sandbox in the info box is nice, but I was wondering if it might be better to link to change the target of the link from ...
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Is it ok to share Coding Game puzzle solution for golf improvement?

I want to share my golfed code of puzzle available on Coding Game, but is it OK to share it on CodeGolf SE ? Other's code is available only by completing the puzzle, but I use those puzzle to train ...
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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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Is the “no MetaGolfScript” rule somehow formalized?

A disadvantage of the "default rules as answers" is that the rules don't have a common, organizing, "formal" thought behind them. I'm talking about this one here. I understand it as applying to "...
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Reopen or repost?

Which choice is better: re-posting a closed challenge with 4 downvotes, or reopen the closed challenge? The only problem seen in this challenge (at least by me) is that the spec is too unclear. If ...
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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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Are transpiler languages allowed?

I recently created a simple little language that transpiles Brainfuck into a format that is half the size of its input. It can be used to compress and decompress Brainfuck programs. Provided I ...
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When should rule changes count?

Related: When is it allowable to change the rules? As noted in the linked meta post above, it's typically particularly frowned upon to significantly change the rules of a challenge after posting it. ...
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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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Secret Santa's Sandbox

AKA: The Regifting of the White Elephants Note - I'm not sure this is on-topic or not on meta, but it seems to be as good a place as any. Comment if you disagree. I have a few challenges that I ...
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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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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had an election last year, and has recently seen their moderator team reduced by two. As such, by request of the remaining two moderators on the team, and to find replacements ...
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How can I encourage voting for non-golf languages? [duplicate]

I don't like golf languages, and I vote on solutions using them only if the solution has some extraordinary feature (like abusing a bug in the interpreter). How can I encourage people to vote this ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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What is the point of unicode gibberish?

It's been a few years since I came back into this forum to play some code golf and I am seeing a flood of unicode only "languages" where large operations are hidden in a single unicode character and ...
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I'm stepping down

It's been an honor to serve as your moderator for the past four years. I would like to continue to do so, but after witnessing how Stack Exchange treats their volunteers, I decided that I'm no longer ...

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