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Feedback for closed questions

I just posted a question available here: Print out a valid pokemon team! , which got closed due to lack of details. I do understand that at first, my question was somewhat unclear, as mentioned by ...
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Code Golf Contest(Idea)

Welcome to the idea of the Code Golf Contest, where many code golfers pit their skills against eachother in a Battle For Dream Island-esque competition! The prize? 300 reputation! The challenges will ...
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What's so great about code-golf. We're in the 2020s and memory isn't an issue. How about code-FormulaOne instead?

The challenging nature of aggressively optimizing for program size has itself long been recognized Wikipedia In the old days, memory was very limited The larger 360 models could have up to 8 MB of ...
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Goodbye PPCG, everybody stay healthy!

I just wanted to say goodbye, I have very little time for code golf lately and I'm losing interest, I don't know if I'll come back soon (if at all). What follows is just my random thoughts in no ...
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Why are some users so quick to jump on a bandwagon?

I've been lurking on this site long before I made my account, and I've seen many cases where people are downvoted simply because they post an answer in the same language as someone else and it happens ...
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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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Omitting trailing closing parentheses in Excel

When golfing in Excel, it is often possible to omit closing parentheses at the end of an expression. Excel will detect this, add the missing closing parentheses and ask if this is what was meant. ...
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Duplicate between the main site and a Sandbox entry

The community has encouraged users to post a proposed challenge to the Sandbox for a few days before posting to the main site, to get feedback in the interest of improving the question and and to iron ...
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Where do good questions go? [closed]

It seems now few questions show enough serious sense, and lots are just random requirements. Where do good ones go, are they dilutioned, deleted or just posted less?
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How to ask for a parser

Refer to this challenge in Sandbox. My major language is Haskell. In Haskell, a parser (type ReadS) is a function that inputs a ...
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How can hash be allowed in a input-testing challenge?

Immagine to have a group of elements \$G\$, and a challenge that requires to output truthy if the input is in \$G\$. I suppose that in traditional programming ...
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May, I ask a question about inputs that give a false positive for my Exact Cover Solution? [closed]

I've been hoping that people on StackExchange can give me ideas on how to come up with an input that would lead to a false positive. I do have a repl link So, may I continue to post my question? I ...
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Is this REST API question way too practical for the site?

I recently had one of the senior developers on my team code up a simple REST API server and client, using SSL, basic authentication, and .NET Core. I was a little shocked to see how much code it took ...
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How do I count C64 BASIC score? [duplicate]

So I recently posted 2 answers on C64 BASIC. I first counted it in characters, but after reading more about how the Commodore 64 works, I decided to start counting it in bytes. But there were ...
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How do I get upvotes for my answers? [closed]

There seems to be a lot of implicit and undocumented tips for getting reputation here. Let's start with answers: how do I get upvotes for my answers? Feel free to post more tips here.
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Are Rubik's Cube fewest move type challenges allowed? [duplicate]

We have atomic-code-golf which lets us have challenges involving things other than byte count. So I wonder if Rubik's Cube fewest move challenge (FMC) type challenges are allowed. I see no objections ...
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Are we allowed to submit an answer which executes a shell command?

Many programming languages support a function which executes a shell command. C has system(), Python has os.system(), and there ...
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Would randomness-based languages be allowed? [duplicate]

I've been thinking about creating a language where it's impossible to create a constant with a known value. Thus, it's impossible to guarantee a program will work 100% of the time (though you'd be ...
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Why did I just get a 3 year old review?

I just did this low quality post review. However I noticed that this answer has had no activity for about 3 years. This is rather odd. The post certainly has not been sitting in the queue for the ...
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CGCC Data Analysis #1: Tags

A few months ago I posted a few interesting bits of research on data from SEDE. It was fairly well-received, so I figured I'd do some more analysis. I might make this a weekly thing. I decided to ...
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How to deal with an accidental chameleon challenge

What happened I was about to post Does base n have any Rotate-Left-Double numbers?. Kevin Cruijssen told me in the sandbox comment that he got a proof that significantly simplifies the problem. I ...
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Any tips for running a low-maintenance KotH?

I'm working on a King of the Hill challenge for some point in the next couple of months. (Sneak Peek) The problem I have is that last time I ran one it was pretty ambitious, and it became a heavy ...
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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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Challenge post-mortems

While to-be-posted challenges get feedback in the Sandbox (ideally), we don't usually reflect on challenges after they have run. And while issues and ambiguities in challenges do get pointed out, we ...
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Why are all the answers here being downvoted?

I noticed that most, if not all of the answers on Vowels up, consonants down are being downvoted. I raised a mod-flag but there's only one mod and I'm guessing they're already stressed with the load ...
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For fastest-code questions are new compiler optimisations as non-competing allowed?

I looked around and it seems that the language is defined by the compiler not operational semantics. In normal code golf new languages are banned because of the loophole of implementing the answer as ...
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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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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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Is it acceptable to rerun an old coding challenge as a new thread?

I ran this challenge a year and a half ago. It was a good time, and I want to run it again, with some additional statistical analysis on my end and some tweaks to the rules to clean up the format a ...
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Policy on answering challenges with cumbersome I/O

We've probably all seen new users ask questions with cumbersome I/O rules, like mandatory taking the input by reading separated lines of STDIN and outputting to STDOUT to give an example. In those ...
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On “golf this for me” tips questions

Sometimes we get tips questions from a first-time contributor asking for help golfing a particular piece of code that they wrote. Often these question don't fare so well. Can we do anything here? ...
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Why hasn't this question been reopened yet?

I asked this question, and it was closed because I did not clarify what I meant by the word "randomly". Now I've clarified it but it is not reopened. What is wrong with it now?
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Is it acceptable to ask for Github Pull Requests for a King of the Hill challenge?

Background: I ran into numerous issues when presenting and running this King of the Hill challenge back in October: Write a bot to play Grid Game - I'm cooking up a new, similar challenge, but taking ...
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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 requirements in the challenge. I want to entirely ban a usage of floating-point numbers in the ...
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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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Ruleset for RGS's Golfing Showdown - competition is over!

RGS RGS stands for RGS's Golfing Showdown, a golfing competition. The competition has ended, final leaderboard at the end of this post! 1 - The format The RGS will be a virtual golfing competition ...
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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 time complexity in ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Best of PPCG 2019 — Call for Categories [duplicate]

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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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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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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