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The PPCG Site design is on its way - help us make it awesome!

The long wait is almost over! You have been eminently patient while we've gotten other site designs finished and then completely redesigned the layout of the network. Now that all of that heavy ...
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Challenge (Solve subset sum quickly if P = NP) incorrectly closed as duplicate [duplicate]

My challenge Solve Subset-Sum in polynomial time (...if P = NP) was closed as a duplicate of Golf the Subset-Sum Problem. But the restricted-complexity aspect of my challenge makes it very different. ...
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Should I accept an answer? [duplicate]

I couldn't find anything related to this on meta, so here goes: I've noticed that we've decided that competitions should be within each language for a code-golf competition to avoid golfing languages ...
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Where timing between outputs matters, does the solution need to account for buffering?

In certain languages (i.e. C), writes to streams like stdout can be buffered by default - what this means is that when one calls functions like ...
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Can I see a list of removed questions?

I see the bottom of vote list good and some good questions removed cuz of low votes. Is there way to see the removed or I have to go through all possible question id?
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Do different ImageMagick tools count as their own languages?

Here is an answer that I made recently: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/181416/70328 A commenter suggested that I could remove convert from my code, and use <...
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“Voidhawk's well-explained answer was the first one here in APL”?

The phrase "Voidhawk's well-explained answer was the first one here in APL" appears in 3 featured questions on PPCG with an active bounty. It seems out of place and I'm not sure what it means. Does ...
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Can we pass properties of the input as parameters? [duplicate]

Some challenges require, for instance, lists as input. A list has a property being its size. Several languages have builtins to get properties such as the size for a list (all golfing language, ...
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Scratch 2.0 is no longer considered a “free” language. Does this retroactively make cops-and-robbers cop answers in Scratch 2.0 non-competitive?

As per this question's answers, Scratch 2.0 is no longer considered a "free" language. As per this question's accepted answer, non-free languages are allowed if marked as non-competing. Scratch 2.0 ...
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Can I repost a challenge with different rules? [duplicate]

Recently, I posted a code-golf question about number sequences. However, as I was looking through the question later, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't this be good as a fastest-algorithm question?" It's ...
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Non-standard command line calls

Note this isn't about command line flags, which already have a consensus here. There was a recent PHP answer involving multiple PHP files. Normally, programs with multiple files are either using one ...
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Is a regex answer valid if it gives the reciprocal of the required output? [duplicate]

This answer gives the reciprocal of the required output, rather than the required output itself. In a simpler challenge this might cut out a significant part of the work, but for this particular ...
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Existence of known score but unknown exact code

Consider the following the challenge: Write a program that accomplishes X task while maximizing the number of distinct characters in your source code. Removing any set of characters from the ...
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What is the community stance on posting a codegolf question just to answer it yourself?

Assuming the question would be considered a good question by the community, what is the community stance on creating a question with the sole purpose of eventually supplying a golfed solution? To ...
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Are esolang design questions on topic?

Say I'm designing a new language for golf or some other esoteric purpose, and I'd like feedback on some design concepts. I feel posting this on SO, Programmers, CS, or pretty much any other site on SE ...
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Should “A Multipurpose Quine” be reopened?

A Multipurpose Quine This challenge was closed for the reason that it was unclear what the challenge was asking. The main reason was that the challenge required all outputted quines to not be ...
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If there is “a winner for every language” in a code golf challenge, does competitiveness matter?

The consistent attitude with regard to the golf language situation is that for every challenge, each language is a category, and subsequently there is a 'winner' for each language. This is also a very ...
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How does the community work? [duplicate]

How does this Programming Puzzles & Code Golf work? Just curious because I don't really know what this is and I want to fined out...
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Best of PPCG 2018 — Call for Categories [duplicate]

Last year we voted for the best posts of 2017 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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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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You have reached your question limit

What? Have a question similar to Home on the Range of Lists. Why cannot this user ask the question? Does that mean that even if the question is posted at Sandbox and well-received that the question ...
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2018: 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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Change the use of the “Game” tag?

I was scrolling through the posts tagged with "Game" and noticed that it involved quite a few code golf competitions. Just for the sake of clarity and ease while searching, I believe that the ...
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Does linter golf require a specific interpreter to be a valid answer for golf?

If someone answers a code-golf challenge in, for example, JavaScript, and as an additional challenge restricts to only code that is approved by http://www.jslint.com/ that answer is valid if an ...
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If we find a programming language in the Library of Babel, can we use it?

The Library of Babel is a huge library with many books. For example, the book titled ",fkwpival.vbfz" defines code golf on page 29 code golf is a type of recreational computer programming ...
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I asked a word question that has run away with me?

Easiest WordSearch I've asked a crossword related question thats been on my mind for quite a while. I've made various edits from suggestions in the comments. I don't think I can adjust the question ...
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What should we do when a language cannot answer a given challenge?

Many challenges, mainly restricted-source, are impossible in some languages. Find an Illegal String is a good example—many languages without syntax errors, such as brainfuck (deleted answer), ...
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Is it permitted for a submission to terminate merely with probability 1?

The question is in the title. I'm interested in submissions that terminate with probability 1 but have unbounded worst case running times. This is related to the question Do programs have to ...
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Post other people's code?

Some people are very good code golfers but for their own reasons do not want to join PPCG. Is it acceptable to post their solutions as answers to challenges? If at all acceptable, I would personally ...
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Can we use theoretically-impossible functions?

Title may be hard to understand, so an example: If a language claim to have a busy beaver function BB:unsigned int -> double, and works fine(always return ...
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kolmogorov-complexity is not as a mathematics problem, score has to be inferior [closed]

kolmogorov-complexity problems are not like mathematics problems The way of see generate from the set of problems tag as kolmogorov-complexity is anti programming... one algorithm in mathematics (...
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Are infinite score allowed by default for “lowest score win”?

Are submissions acceptable if their worst case score is unbounded? I think it worth a default exist
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Kindly explain why it is not impossible to read the minds of users who voted to close a question citing “unclear what you're asking”

The users who voted to close this question Fastest algorithm to output array containing all integers in range excluding duplicate digits have left no clarification as to what is not clear to them at ...
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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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Need contributions to my new Programming Language

My name is Eduardo and I'm a Computer Science student from Brazil, finishing college by the end of this year. My undergraduate thesis is about the programming language JAEL that I'm developing for ...
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What should we do to avoid programming help questions?

A common mistake new users seem to make is posting questions (like this) asking about general programming help which are better suited in StackOverflow. While these questions are being closed, I don't ...
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Do we want to allow [tag:language-identification] questions?

Today we had a question that ask users to identify the language used. We've had one in the past as well. We've never discussed these kinds of questions as far as I can tell, so let me: Do we want ...
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How to score MathNode? [duplicate]

MathNode is a graphical language made by myself with an interpreter currently not publicized, so I'm asking this ahead of time. In MathNode, surprise surprise! You have nodes. These nodes can be ...
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Golfed script length with Unicode (non-ASCII) characters

There are tasks explicitly defined with Unicode. For example, Supreme Sum String To correctly work with a unicode data, a script should be saved as UTF-16 or ...
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Should we start “reviving” older challenges?

Related. Earlier today, AdmBorkBork posted this question on TNB, asking whether or not PPCG was dying. In the following discussion, I have suggested we, as a community, could start "reviving" (for ...
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How to make question clear to users who voted to close without providing feedback as to what is not clear to them?

This question Permutations to the nines is "on hold" listing the reason as "unclear what you're asking". Asked the first two users listed as voting to close what part of the question is not clear to ...
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Can we expect out arguments to be allocated?

According to this consensus in the default allowed inputs thread, functions may output by writing to an out argument. When outputting an array in languages like C/C++, where arrays are pointers to ...
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Is Language of the Month dead?

The Languge of the Month series(?) started in March of this year, for the purpose of "to get more exposure for less-frequently used languages". Until August it seemed to be doing fine enough, though I ...
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Do I need to add code that escapes the control of the regexp symbols?

For example, String subtraction There are answers with a regexp. And there are answers without regexp. But answers with regexp works incorrect when strings contains the regexp control symbols. Yes, ...
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Judging the score of physically constructed electronic logic

How would physically constructed logic be scored? Say, for example, a mixture of resistors, diodes, wires, and 74xx/4000 type ICs. Handmade logic fits the "programming language" criteria, as using ...
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Does a downvote to a view on meta mean disagreement?

If so, when all votes are down we can know what they are against
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Do we have Programming Puzzles where the CodeGolf'ing is not the criteria and actually disallowed?

When I searched with -[code-golf] i did not get interesting results. I am looking for the questions (and as popular as CodeGolf questions) that disallow or not require the Code to be golfed to Bytes. ...
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Interpreter flags for controlling output: considered cheating?

I'm creating a programming language aimed at code golf puzzles. The language has an internal set of tapes, where the computations are saved and then retrieved to the user. At the end of the program, ...
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Asking for help on StackOverflow

I have the shortest answer in my language on a particular challenge at PPCG@StackExchange. I am struggling with a particular part of a program and I want some help. Is it appropriate/allowed/okay to ...
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Offering a bounty in exchange for upvotes

I saw this challenge which makes the following offer: Note: A bounty will be placed on this question once it gets 10 upvotes Although we discourage begging for upvotes, excessive self promotion, ...

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