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Some clarification on JavaScript code golf solutions

I always try to use JavaScript when posting a code golf solution, but there are a few things I'm wondering: It is said that global variables are allowed. However, what if the code can therefore only ...
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Is there a way to easily find questions that aren't code golf?

I found this question from January, but the top voted idea doesn't seem to have been implemented. In this time between the end of school and starting work, I would love to get some solutions to ...
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Announcing the CodeGolf.SE First Periodic Premier Programming Puzzle Push

This Programming Push has ended ::sigh:: But we may do another in a few weeks or months, and your high quality contributions are always welcome. Whereas The site has suffered from low traffic for ...
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How easy is too easy?

Recent example: Code Golf for a^b mod n. Is there a policy I'm missing about what's too easy? If not... Should questions I personally dub too easy be... Ignored and left for interested users? ...
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New contest type proposal.

I'd like to suggest that to date we have missed a class (or maybe two) of programming puzzles. ai-player would indicate a game played against a defined (but initially unknown) input or against a ...
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Counting Newlines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Line break formats and character numbers Do we count newlines in code-golf? I know newlines are almost redundant in code-golf, but imagine it's a language requirement. How ...
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On GolfScript and language bigotry

I'd like to receive people's opinions on languages "designed for golfing", such as GolfScript and FlogScript. However, since there are no FlogScript submissions on the site as of current writing, this ...
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Are “one line” problems distinct from code golf, and if so what rules apply?

How to write a single-line password generator asks for a solution in "one line". It seems to me that this is potentially a different class of challenge from code-golf, and for the nonce I've tagged ...
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Can code-golf answers be too slow?

This answer is a fairly extreme example. For the largest input it would create an array with 1.048576e+26 elements which is not going to fit in RAM anytime soon (maybe not even physically possible). ...
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Will golf and puzzle questions migrate here from SO?

As far as I remember, one of (unstrict, as we can see) Area51 rules was that we will not create sites, witch may took part of SO's audience. For example, by this rule Ruby.stackexchange was declined. ...
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Is “cleverness” valid as the sole criteria for a puzzle?

This question was migrated in this morning. It was asked about a year ago on Stack Overflow, as a sort of alternative to the then-established Code Golf niche. If you've never had a chance to read ...
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Shebangs; yes or no?

It's only ~20 chars but in code golf, they all count. I guess whether shebangs should be included could be up to the individual question askers, but I think we need some kind of convention. ...
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Tab characters in code golf answers

This answer made me realise we should standardise on how to distinguish literal tabs in code from space characters. This becomes crucial in optimising the length of Python code, where 1xtab and ...
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Why was my challenge not interesting?

In the interest of upping the quality of challenges I may post in the future, I would like to hear your opinions and comments on the challenge I posted two weeks ago: Turn 2D boolean array into (...
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What's our policy on tags?

There are a lot of questions now that could be tagged: "sudoku", "sorting", "maze" etc. Should we tag them? What is the current policy on tagging? Tag everything that appears thrice or more? Tag at-...
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Should we enforce the SO golfing rules here?

As noted, the quality of many questions on Code Golf SE leaves a lot to be desired. dmckee mentioned about the SO golfing rules that have made golf contests in SO much more successful. I think we ...
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Resolving number of characters and languages

Certain languages can do things with fewer characters/functions than others. How does this factor into the code golf process? Isn't this a bit too subjective when measuring how quickly a problem is ...
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Why my question is migrated to stack-overflow ?

Hello I want know the reason for which my question is migrated to stack-overflow? If this is not considered as a code-golf I will like to cite few example where compression in without standard library ...
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What should be the rules for questions on this site

This answer on MSO contains a list of rules that code golf challenges on Stackoverflow should follow. I think it would be a good idea to discuss which of those rules we want to adopt for this site. ...
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Answering your own Question [duplicate]

What is the etiquette of answering your own question. If you already know the optimum solution to a question, how long do you give others before posting the answer?
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How to avoid executing malicious obfuscated code?

On a related thread to this question, what steps can one take to avoid executing obfuscated malicious code (in the unlikely case someone sees fit to post some in a solution. Is it best to just avoid ...
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Should obfuscated JavaScript be allowed?

I had posted an "obfuscated rickroll in Greasemonkey" challenge, which I have deleted in response to Mike Bethany's comment that answers to the question would be of primary use to "spammers." In ...
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Non-puzzle, but more meta-ish questions about code-golf that aren't about using the site

My impression is that meta sites are for questions about using the site. I asked this question to test out a meta-ish type question that was not a puzzle itself, but not about how to use the site ...
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Tag proposal: kolmogorov-complexity

The Kolmogorov complexity of a string is the size of the smallest code fragment that produces it. Kolmogorov complexity is undecidable and infeasible to compute. Code golfing is the task of ...
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Nothing but golf?

It seems the actual challenges and puzzles are few and far between, and most of them are mislabeled anyway (anything that adds least amount of code chars as part of the problem should be labeled golf)....
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When to accept answers [duplicate]

What guidelines should we have for accepting answers? See our page on area51 This site is different to other SE sites, because it's almost never clear that the best answer won't be improved upon. ...
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Can I ask a regex question? I want it to be short.

I asked a regex question over at SO. Someone answered with a ruby solution. I'm pretty sure it can be done with GNU tools. I remembered seeing all the cool things here when snooping around area51. Is ...
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Multiple answers from the same person to a question

Recently, when answering this question, I devised two solutions, each with a different approach. Now my doubt, and the point of this question, is whether I should've posted both solutions under a same ...
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Is the number of characters really all this site is about?

So, code golf is about writing solutions in the smallest amount characters. But, my question is more around the overall goal of the site. Is it really just about number of characters or about ...
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Are questions from Google Code Jam, TopCoder, etc. on-topic?

The original proposal is for "Code Golf and Programming Puzzles". I think this suggests that discussion of questions from programming contests should indeed be on-topic---as long as they're not ...
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How to go with up/downvotes for answers on golf or other challenges?

This still poses a bit of a problem for me so far and I have experimented a bit (apologies to those I downvoted in those experiments). On Stack Overflow it's pretty clear what warrants an up- or ...
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What should the policy be on questions currently being used for recruiting?

Companies sometimes hold mini programming contests in order to select potential employees based on the answers they give. We've already had 2 questions (this and this) of this type. Clearly some of ...
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A Modest Proposal: the [popularity-contest] tag

Over at this question, the OP doesn't want to use an objective winning criterion like code brevity, but instead wants to accept the highest-voted answer. To me, that smells like a popularity contest. ...
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Should the programming language be Turing-Complete? [duplicate]

The question appeared on chat. For the Hello, world! problem Uryyb, jbeyq! is a solution in rot13, but rot13 is not a general purpose language. Should these ...
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Presolving Golf Questions

I notice some users are posting questions where they are immediately posting a long-standing (or just extremely well golfed) solution to the problem. On StackOverflow posting your own questions has ...
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Why was I downvoted?

I don't care about the rep, and I know that downvotes can be somewhat random and sometimes undeserved, but In the early stages of a site, it's easy to go against the rules without knowing, so I would ...
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Picking an answer

This is one area where I'm having trouble envisioning how this site is supposed to work as an SE. I suppose wrt the golfing there's an objective criteria--least characters. But for puzzles there's ...
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Golf versus non-golf questions

This question raised the issue of questions that do not make mention of being golf questions. Sometimes answerers assume it's a golfing question and golf it, leading others to follow suit and then a ...
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Moderator nominations

According to this post, three temp moderators will be selected in about 2 weeks. Who would like to nominate themselves?
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Is [code-challenge] necessary?

Isn't code-challenge going to be applicable to all questions? Therefore, shouldn't we delete it and related tags?
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Should character counts be mandatory?

In code golfing questions it is tedious to copy-paste everyone's solution to see how long it is. Should having character counts for each submission be mandatory? There are various examples of this ...
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Code golf answers that aren't golfing attempts

This answer clearly wasn't golfed, but is still a valid solution to the problem. How should we handle such answers? Should we down-vote them for being long? Should a mod delete them for being off-...
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Should golf questions be a CW and why?

I thought CW was for making only 1 answer per language, but on SO I saw again and again, that question had two or more answers of the same language. Should we keep CW-checkbox tradition? If it needs ...
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Auto CW limit (number of answers)

It would seem to me that with code golf, it will be much easier for legit questions to reach the auto conversion to Community Wiki due to the number of answers (multiple languages, multiple attempts ...

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