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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 [duplicate]

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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It's time for me to leave

On October 27th, I decided that the following requirements must be met by November 1st for my continued involvement with the Stack Exchange network: The forced relicensing from CC-BY-SA 3.0 to CC-BY-...
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Is CGCC culture compatible with competitive programming culture?

A few days ago, a post called The puzzle masters behind Facebook's Hacker Cup explain how they craft questions appeared on the Stack Overflow blog and is currently promoted on the sidebar of related ...
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Is playing reverse code golf possible? Will it ever be?

EDIT: people have pointed out I overlooked the existence of code bowling, which is indeed very similar to what I was looking for, though not exactly what I envisioned it to be. I'll leave this ...
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Is using a language limitation to simplify an answer cheating? [duplicate]

This question is mostly in regards to This challenge and the comments My planned answer for a microcontroller language could do one of two things: make a general process to handle any input but will ...
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How can we clearly define “Must work for theoretically large values”?

This doesn't seem immediately like an issue, but I've encountered it once in a challenge already, and recently again in a Sandboxed challenge, and is getting tiring to find the correct wording. For ...
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Zsh: Functions and Math functions

I have been using functions for Zsh submissions for some time. I typically submit the body alone, as the body can be run as a full program with no modification: ...
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What should I do with this question?

I recently posted this challenge on codegolf. The idea was simple : reproduce an hexagonal logo, graphically or in ASCII art. At first i thought it would be good enouth to be interessing, but the lack ...
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How can we improve the quality of questions/challenges?

I just checked out the site and from the last 10 challenges 4 are downvoted. That doesn't fill me with a great deal of desire to check out the site regularly to see if there is anything worth ...
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What to do with a challenge that is a dupe of a sandboxed one?

Currently it seems it is not so clear what happens if person B posts a challenge that is a duplicate of another challenge person A had already sandboxed. While any user contributions on SE are ...
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Graphical-output - trivial solutions [closed]

I found question where author ask about reproduce logo (reproduction do not need to be identical). In one of answer we see solution with low resolution logo picture made by hand This solution indeed ...
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Hard-Coding in “One OEIS after another”

This question is about the rules of One OEIS After Another. A comment was made about hard-coding the values of a particularly difficult sequence, for the sake of keeping the challenge going. Peter ...
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Should a command line argument for increasing memory limits count towards byte/character count?

Most Java interpreters have a predefined memory limit. However, it's a -X setting - an implementation specific setting. With C, the call stack is usually heavily ...
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Do programs need to take input, if it is in the spec? [duplicate]

Recently, there have been some challenges involving the OEIS. Specifically, when given an index as input, the challenge spec involves output the item in the OEIS at that index. However, for constant ...
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When can challenges be reused? If never, then why can't I answer?

According to this meta post we can never recreate old challenges. Of course not, its a duplicate. Makes sense to me. No problems. Except this challenge can no longer be answered with a language newer ...
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Code golf involving GPS?

I planned to ask a code golf involving GPS: What's the current zodiac? Objective: Display the emoji of the zodiac of current time, according to your location. Rules: 1. There's no input....
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Acceptable answer for a code golf

The Code Golf stackexchange tour gives a detailed explanation on, how to ask a Code Golf question. But what about how to answer? I have multiple questions about: How to give an answer?. Neither the ...
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Questions that ask for artifacts or witnesses

(Sorry this is long. I tried to gather many examples, and honestly I would have liked to include more.) Background The code-challenge tag captures many different kinds of creative challenges that ...
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What are programming languages?

Often, answers to questions asking for "programs" or talking about "programming languages" utilize things like sed, awk, … in ...
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Unspoken challenge rules

The barrier for entry for new users to write challenges is too high. I think there's a problem with how we are closing challenges. There are only two reasons we can close a challenge as "off-topic": ...
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What's a number? [duplicate]

Similar to What's a string? If a challenge says that the input will be “a number”, what data types are acceptable? Obviously, types like int and ...
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Closing a more general challenge as a duplicate

Recently there has been a bit of debate as to whether this question is a duplicate of this question. So I though I would bring it to meta where we can have a constructive conversation, not only about ...
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Sandbox instructions for new users

We now have a nifty new info-box to point new users to the Sandbox. Hooray! But when a new user does go to the Sandbox for the first time, the instructions there don't give them much to work from to ...
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Should we close old KoTH challenges as off-topic?

Recently, a number of old king-of-the-hill challenges have popped up in the Close Votes review queue, with users voting to close them as off-topic as their deadline for submissions has passed. ...
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An info box to point new users to The Sandbox

So along with site graduation, one new option we have is an info box on the sidebar. For example, you can see what these look like on Law or Judaism Stack Exchange (directly above the "featured on ...
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Please explain why this page was not sensibly migrated to Meta

I am new to codegolf, but not new to the Stack Exchange Network, so I am puzzled (pun intended). I recently joined this community and immediately searched for tips about how to post good php answers ...
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Self promotion in submissions?

The self promotion problem. It has been solved in the chat (making a boundary between irritating self promotion and honest hope), but have we gotten to consensus about submissions? I've posted a ...
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Ethics of Golfing in Assembly or other extremely uncommon languages

My understanding of code-golf in general is that you're to provide the shortest solution in a given language. However, for most challenges, you could safely pick a language no one really is familiar ...
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It seems the consensus on Scratch is to use scratchblocks2 syntax, but what about “when green flag clicked”?

In many code-golf Scratch submissions, I see when green flag clicked used, when when gf clicked is also valid in scratchblocks2. ...
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Using **kwargs in Python

I am not sure if this question has been asked before, but I was unable to find the answer. My question focuses primarily on Python, but it might be applicable to other languages too. Consider the ...
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Why are there still a lot of issues for a Sandboxed post Sandboxed for a long time?

When I posted this to the Sandbox, I have waited for 21 days before I posted the challenge to main. However, there are still a lot of issues in that post, and someone had found a duplicate. Why are ...

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