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Cast your vote for “Best of CGCC 2019!”

Final phase You have chosen the categories and the nominees for 2019, now it is time to pick the winners! Each of the seven categories is represented by an answer to this question, and each of these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Declined flag on a comment that was fully implemented in an answer

Recently I flagged this comment as no longer needed, since it was fully implemented in an my answer. Furthermore, I thanked the user helped my shortening my answer. After reading this post, I was ...
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How to tag “smallest compiled output” challenges?

I was working on this challenge when I realised I'd misinterpreted the rules; it wasn't code-golf, unlike most challenges are. Rather, it was asking for the compiled output of the program to be as ...
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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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How is my challenge unclear?

Last night, I asked a question here. It immediately received two downvotes and a close vote as unclear without explanation. I inquired as to the reason that it was unclear, both on the question ...
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Duplication rules for Kolmogorov complexity challenges

While some challenges tagged kolmogorov-complexity can succeed brilliantly, like my own first challenge which got me halfway to the rep cap and STILL remains my highest-scoring post network-wide, most ...
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Can we use Languages/Environments where the answer is computed automatically?

In this question, I found an answer that required no work, as the act of representing the input computed the output, on an extant, non-hypothetical system. Is this legit? It seemed a lot like using a ...
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Adding tags to bounties?

For a while now, most bounties on our site are rewards for existing answers. As a consequence, it's pretty hard to spot any bounty that would fall into the 'Draw attention' or 'Bonus / Side challenge' ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 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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Feed Filter: A TNB Userscript

Inspired by a conversation about annoying quirks with the chat feeds (such as New Main Posts), Feed Filter is a simple userscript I made to introduce a few features/fixes to the feeds in The ...
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Language of the Month for September 2020: R

In accordance with our meta agreement to restart the Language of the Month with the top-voted nomination from the old nominations list, we have a new featured language! Throughout September 2020, our ...
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Should I upvote an answer based on how much it was improved?

Should I hold how much an answer's score increased/decreased (depending on the winning criterion) as an indicator of how good it is and whether or not I should upvote it? I used to see answers golfed ...
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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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Newer users can't view vote counts, therefore cannot view current site consensus

So recently I've been reading through some policy recently, and besides there being a whole lot of them, I've noticed a problem. As I have less than 1k rep on the main community, I'm not an ...
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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 counts as “output” in SQL? [duplicate]

Some of the site's questions rule that something must (or must not) be printed to the output. My question is, in the case of SQL, what really is the output? The ...
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What contributions has PPCG made to the fields of math or computer science?

Most of the content on PPCG involves clever applications of existing algorithms, or just-fast-enough-to-pass solutions to problems that supercomputers have found millions of answers/digits/etc to ...
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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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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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Loopholes that are forbidden by default

There are a number of standard loopholes which experienced question-setters seek to explicitly close. However, inexperienced question-setters may unintentionally leave them open, or respondents may ...
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Discussion on the upcoming moderator elections (Sep 2020)

We are scheduled for a moderator election on Sep 14, 2020. A Community Interest Check by SE last November gauged interest in holding and running for January elections for the spots of the two (now ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Code Golf is scheduled for an election next week, September 14th ...
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How to get reputation to post on the meta?

I'm sorry for posting here instead of on the meta but I'm not allowed to post on the meta. I need 5 reputation here to post in the sandbox. How am I supposed to get that if I am supposed to post in ...
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Scoring Desmos equations

The Desmos graphing calculator, commonly referred to as just Desmos1, has been used for a number of answers, by me as well as others. However, scoring (as well as I/O, but that's for another post) ...
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Answering a tip for golfing in a specific version of a language

Phrased generally, my question is: Given a language "The Summer" and an experimental branch of it "The Fall", should I answer a "Tips for golfing in The Summer" question ...
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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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Nominations for Language of the Month [duplicate]

We've decided that we like the idea of a "Language of the Month" event. The main idea is to get more exposure for less-frequently used languages, and to have fun learning and golfing them together. ...
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Can we do some tag spring cleaning?

Looking at the last 3 pages of tags (sorted by popular), we can see a whole bunch of tags which are used on 5 questions or less. All of the questions with 0 questions (page 9 and some on page 8) are ...
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Does U+007F contribute to a byte count?

U+007F, though it is not a C0 control character, Unicode still considers it as a control character. It is the deleted character. If one mis-punched a character into a punched tape, one would turn it ...
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Can we do anything with the showcase?

The showcase is intended to, and was, a place to show and see new languages. In fact, it motivated me to learn ><>. But now, it's pretty much dead AFAIK. New languages keep coming in, but ...
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We decided to post a new factorial challenge. Should we close the old one as dupe?

The existing factorial challenge has some restrictions on the domain, performance, and banning built-ins. I opened a meta question about it a week ago, and as per the meta consensus, we decided to ...
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Reviving Language of the Month: Pick up where we left off, or start over?

Language of the Month was fun. Then it died. Now there's interest in bringing it back! I had assumed that we would just go back to the original nominations thread and pick the top-voted answer as LotM ...
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How can I retroactively deal with rules that turned out to make a challenge uninteresting?

I created a couple challenges recently which I was hoping would be pretty interesting, but turned into something significantly less interesting due to an oversight or regrettable rule. In De-...
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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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