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Language of the Month for March 2021: Factor

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout March 2021, our Language of the Month, nominated by myself (...
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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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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 ...
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The rise of OEIS challenges

I'm aware that this phenomenon is nothing new, as OEIS Challenges have been around since the beginning of this site. And I also don't think OEIS challenges are necessarily bad. In fact, many of my ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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Language of the Month for February 2021: Whispers

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others*, we have a new featured language! Throughout February 2021, our Language of the Month, nominated by ...
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How can we improve the quality of new users' challenges?

All stats given here are correct at the time of writing. I can't promise that they'll stay exactly correct for a significant amount of time (and they most likely won't), but I'd be surprised if the ...
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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 games ...
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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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Introducing SlimSharp

SlimSharp is a custom variant of C# intended to help with some of the worst pain points when using C# for Code Golf. It's something I've had in the back of my head for a while, and I finally took the ...
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Can Whispers programs ignore a final output line?

This was first asked by Leo in the Whispers chat room: But I have a general question about Whispers submissions: couldn't we avoid counting the final Output line most of the time? We can consider the ...
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Is “A solution wins if there's no strictly better solution in multiple measures” a valid winning criterion?

To cite a recently sandboxed challenge by l4m2: Solution win if there's no strictly better solution, aka. no solution that take less or same amount of items in mapping table, less or same amount of ...
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Threshold for votes in the Sandbox before posting in the main site? [duplicate]

Recently, I posted my first post on the main site for Code Golf, and it was poorly received because I am a newcomer to the site. I was asked to post it in the sandbox, here. As of now, it has one vote,...
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Generate a 3d Object?

There are a variety of languages and frameworks that can be used to output a 3d object, including, but not limited to, codecad. However, many 3d frameworks or game engines could also be used this way. ...
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Can we exclude languages when asking questions? [duplicate]

While code golfing can be fun, there is one thing that ruins it very often (at least for me). And these are Programming Languages, that just take up about 5-10 byte for solving a problem. I myself am ...
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Nominations for Language of the Month, 2020 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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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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What to count in assembly?

Yes, I've checked this post (How are bytes counted in assembly), but I'm asking a different question. I'm asking, if I have an .asm file, an ...
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Best of CGCC 2020 - Call for Categories [duplicate]

Well, 2020's come to an end, and so that means: Best of 2020! In this thread, we'll consolidate the categories for our Best Posts of 2020, and eventually we'll vote on which posts will win for each ...
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Language of the month for January 2021: Scala

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout January 2021, our Language of the Month will be: Scala ...
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Cast your vote for Best of CGCC 2020

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 fourteen categories is represented by an answer to this ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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.
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Default policy for ouput 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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How should answers that time out be judged?

Suppose a challenger submits a code-golf challenge to do a particular task, together with test inputs. (That is, they've determined that, in order to be convinced that the code in an answer correctly ...
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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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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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The Tag Categorization Project

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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Users with 1 rep aren't able to post answers on Meta

Despite our help page claiming you only need 1 reputation to participate in Meta, multiple users have reported being unable to post answers on Meta, despite being supposed to be (screenshot of a ...
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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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A farewell to moderation

If you're new around here, chances are you might not even know who I am. I'm Alex, and I'm a (soon to be ex-) moderator on this site. At first I was a user just like you, enthusiastic about the site, ...
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Language of the month for December 2020: Rust

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout December 2020, our Language of the Month, nominated by ...
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What's our policy on “reposting” older answers with newer versions?

On occasion, especially with a couple of specific, inactive users, I'll craft a Jelly answer identical to an existing answer, except for a few byte-saving substitutions that have been added to the ...
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Proposal for tag: [symmetry]

I have recently asked a question in which I think we need a symmetry tag, which has not been created yet. Here are some questions to which I think the tag would be applied to: The symmetry of months ...
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Are compile-time solutions valid?

I have a couple answers here that work at compile-time and just posted another, and I was wondering if such solutions are allowed. I'm not talking about just proper functions that can run at compile-...
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Why do moderators decline “no longer needed” flags on chatty comments?

I primarily land on Code Golf by visiting links to questions from the Hot Network Questions roster. When I see comments on answers like: Good observation! or Wow, impressive! I tend to flag them ...
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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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What is our consensus on floating point issues?

As far as I can tell, we don't yet have a definitive Meta consensus to the following question: Are answers allowed to work "in theory" but fail in practice due to floating point issues? ...
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Proposal for tag: [infinite-output]

I recently created the infinite-output tag for my newest challenge. After a discussion in chat, there's a bit of disagreement on whether it's needed. Here are some questions I think the tag would ...
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How to deal with questions that do not explain their winning criterion?

Recently there's been a bit of a discussion in chat about this challenge. It was put into the close vote queue as unclear, with the main reason being that it didn't state the winning criterion in the ...
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Language of the month for November 2020: Forth

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout November 2020, our Language of the Month, nominated by ...
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Byte counting policy for library imports in Factor

As this month's LotM (Forth) was not gaining much participation, I guessed it's partly because it's way too low-level, so I was looking into Factor as a modern, high-level alternative to Forth. If it ...
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Best of PPCG 2019 – Now Accepting Nominations!

You have chosen the categories for PPCG's "Best of 2019". We're going with 16 categories this year. Since all you amazing people have offered up a collective total of 16,000 rep in bounties, we can ...
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Regarding CGCC's Best of 2019

The nominations for CGCC's best of 2019 have already been posted here. If it's alright, I can make another post for voting on the nominations and selecting them(I am assuming that selection is done by ...
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When did the biggest meta review feedback vs main site feedback contradiction happen?

As you probably know, there is a Sandbox meta post for users to post potential Code Golf posts. Users can get advice and have their post reviewed with meta votes. I want to know when the biggest meta ...
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Language of the month for October 2020: Husk

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout October 2020, our Language of the Month, nominated by myself,...
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Moderation: Handling flags and deleting answers

Since we have a full moderation team now and the load isn't all on one person, some of you may have noticed that flags are being handled a lot faster now. However, this has resulted in the problem ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Code Golf's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Accepting my first answer, things to consider beyond byte count with a tie on “shortest code wins” question?

My first ever question Find all integer pairs that produce a given Loeschian number was a straightforward code-golf tagged problem. I copied the format from an earlier related question, including the ...

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