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Should the sandbox be moved to the main site?

Take a look at https://codegolf.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1067/9498 and the discussion here: How can new users use the Sandbox? In my question How can new users use the Sandbox? , I question whether ...
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Where to post a long explanation / how-to

I recently posted an answer to a challenge. I included a rather lengthy "how it's done" guide with the answer. I want to make the explanation available because I find it interesting and I hope a few ...
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My question (calculate all the squares up to x using only addition and subtraction) has being closed as a duplicate

I'm quite new to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf, and my question Calculate all the squares up to x using only addition and subtraction has been closed as a duplicate, who say it's a duplicate of ...
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How do you mark a question as posted on the sandbox?

I couldn't figure out how to make the needed edits to change my answer status on the sandbox to posted, and I was wondering for future reference.
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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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why is this question migrated here?

https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/21775/how-does-this-obfuscated-javascript-code-work Is not a puzzle and it isn't related in any way to the site. So how come it is migrated from ...
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Length of Sandbox

I was thinking about ways to reduce the size of the sandbox, and I came up with three points that could potentially be addressed. The most upvoted answers rise to the top, and those questions are ...
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'Tips for golfing' questions: on the main site or on meta?

Today someone posted a 'tips for golfing' question. Some people think it should be posted on Meta, and other people think it should be posted on the Main site. So, where should we actually post 'tips ...
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Is [advanced] a meta tag?

Because Meta Tags are now discouraged on SE sites, I don't think that the advanced tag is a good tag. I think it is a meta tag, because: If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s ...
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Un-community wiki questions

As established in Remove Auto CW Limit , the auto-community wiki limit is not 500 answers. However, there are many questions left on the site that are marked community wiki because they have >60 ...
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Should bonuses be allowed for [code-golf] questions?

Prompted by a discussion between Peter Taylor and myself, I'd like to solicit the community's opinion on the following issue: Should awarding score bonuses for extra features disqualify a challenge ...
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COBOL for Golf - how to count characters

Yes. COBOL. I assume that the full power of a compiler implementation may be used... but, COBOL has some historical disadvantages if used for code-golf, at least for compilers which do not support ...
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How can new users use the Sandbox?

Related: How are new users supposed to participate on this site? In most StackExchange sites, new users are encouraged to ask questions. On this site, we encourage running questions through the ...
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Let's think of a creative name for our chatroom

I'm hoping we're nearing the end of beta soon, but even if we aren't, our chatroom name is so bland. "Code Golf." Look at all the creative names others have thought up: "Root Access" for Super User "...
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is it better to post one answer or two?

If I have an answer with two different languages or with the same language but two different versions, is it better to post one answer including both codes or two answers each with one code?
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Why was this comment flag (on a triplicated comment) declined?

This is the declined flag: This was the comment I flagged: Why was this flagged declined with no comment? Does there really have to be three comments that say exactly the same thing? (In fact, I ...
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Untestable languages

What is the general feeling about answer that can't be tested because no compiler or interpreter is available? The accepted answer to this question is a case in point. The question has been raised in ...
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Why do so few people visit the Sandbox

Why do so few users visit the sandbox? I mainly see Jan Dvorak and Peter Taylor helping out with forming the questions. Not that many other people upvote or comment. My last three questions were all ...
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How is this site increasing the internet's signal-to-noise ratio? [duplicate]

Although this site gets some interesting challenge questions. But I don't get, as in how is this site increasing the internet's signal-to-noise ratio? How do you think it would be beneficial to ...
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Is this combined scoring rule code-golf, popularity-contest, or code-challenge?

This question has an interesting scoring rule. calculate the score by dividing number of bytes by number of votes - lowest score wins. One could argue that code-golf and popularity-contest both ...
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Why was the analog clock popularity-contest question deleted?

Why was this question deleted? For those who can't see it, its title was "Analogue Clock with any language". It was closed as a duplicate, but it happens that it is not a duplicate. The question ...
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Rule violations?

This user is suspendend for rule violations. But why? I don't see anything wrong. The user has some downvoted questions, but poor questions should lead to a question ban, not to a suspension. So, why ...
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Add line-height shortener to the ascii-art tag

I found this neat snippet in this answer: $('pre').css('line-height',1) There, Timwi suggests running it in the browser's console to make ascii art look better. It ...
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Having several active sandboxes by tag

Recently the sandbox was split into several distinct questions (here, here and here). For me it feels confusing and we also have the issue that those sandboxes may be handled differently. What if ...
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Where is the rule against new languages specified?

I'm pretty sure I've seen a rule against new languages, especially for code golf, somewhere on this site - probably in the Help Center. However, I'm having a hard time finding it. Does this rule ...
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Why are people in codegolf kinder than stack overflow? [closed]

I'm a new user at codegolf - (7 reputation) So, I just made 2 questions - with 1 that's got much response and people chatting kindly, HOWEVER, people in stack overflow are quite RUDE, giving ...
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Scoring code golf (bytes vs. characters)

The blurb on the code-golf tag specifies "the fewest bytes of source code" (as it should, in my opinion). If a question overrides byte-count as the criterion, using character-count instead, is it ...
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New challenge type: Speed Code

The objective is to create the code as fast as possible. How this could work is the questioner would first post a UTC time and date (in the near future, e.g. 24-48 hours), and possibly a topic. They ...
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Duplicates with different tag [duplicate]

There's been a couple of instances recently of people taking a question that's just been asked and answered and re-asking the question with a different winning criterion. Can we (or should we) close ...
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Why is Programming Puzzles & Code Golf page on SE still in beta?

If we look at the Area 51 page for Programming Puzzles & Code Golf on SE it looks that has all it takes to graduate: Then why is Programming Puzzles & Code Golf page on SE still in beta ?
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This kind of answer : Print(“ a %s by %s box”, n); [duplicate]

I'm starting to be fed up with those kind of answers. Every time someone asks a question, such as "Print a christmas tree", one of the top 3 answers is something along the line of ...
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Adopt (and reopen!) SO's closed code-golf questions?

Our site budded from StackOverflow as an outlet for code-golf questions when the need for reigning-in the focus of SO became apparent. [<-this is all guesswork, am I right?] This has left a ...
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Synonymize [shortest-time] with [fastest-code]

The shortest-time tag seems to mean the same as fastest-code. It only has three questions tagged with it, so a manually retagging would be easy, but just so that someone searching for "time" can ...
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“Best Way” to Version-Control your golf experiments?

Golfing a program (it seems) tends to produce many, many more different versions of a source code file than "normal" programming. I've found that I end up with a directory full of variations that I ...
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Should there be a [restricted-source] tag?

I've noticed lots of questions that restrict the source code in some way. For example, "do xxxxx without using xxxxx characters." Should there be a tag for this? This way these types of questions ...
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Do we really need the [regex-golf] tag?

I've been using search to find questions that don't have a tag for a winning criterion (https://codegolf.meta.stackexchange.com/a/908/3808), and here's the search query I have so far: https://...
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The Tag Categorization Project

This is not a question; rather, it is a collection of categories of tags. The purpose of this post is to post information regarding specific categories, such as templates for tag wikis, and also to ...
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What should the tag wiki excerpts for language-specific tags be?

Usually, language-specific tags have this excerpt: This challenge is intended to utilize the _____ language as a means of solving a problem. However, language-specific challenges are generally ...
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Is an answer valid if it works only at the interactive prompt? [duplicate]

My answer here works only on the interactive Python prompt, which writes output to the screen if not stored in a variable or None. Is such an answer valid?
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New user script to sort answers by length

Since the new Stack Exchange top bar apparently broke the old user script, I wrote a quick and dirty replacement for it. The only thing my new user script does is what I felt was the most important ...
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Challenge closed as duplicate that's clearly different

I posted Draw the Olympic Games logo, which is clearly a code-golf question requiring users to post a solution that outputs ascii-art. chubakueno posted Olympic Games Logo - Free Style Edition, which ...
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An idea for a new genre of challenges: [code-purchasing]

I have an idea for a new genre of questions, code-purchasing questions, and I thought I would run it through meta before giving it a try. The basic idea is that you have to try to solve a problem, ...
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New Question Type - Packed Program

I've got an idea for a new type of question, but would like some feedback on it. I've tentatively called it Packed Program - but I'm willing to take any suggestions. The idea is that you have a byte ...
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Creating new language. Would it be legal?

Today with friend of mine discussed about code golf, I want to ask your opinion about the thing we discussed about. Would it be legal if I create my own programming (actually scripting) language with ...
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Let's commit to graduate

It's already been 1,082 days in beta, and I'd like to see our site graduating sometime in the near future. James Khoury proposed aiming for the 1,337th day since beta started, and I like that idea, ...
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Strike-through previous character counts

I often notice posts which contain strike-through versions of previous character counts, like this: Perl (123 111 chars) I don't see this practice mentioned anywhere in the FAQs, nor here on meta. ...
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I can't understand why my quesiton was closed

I can't understand why my question was closed: Rotate An Integer Array with an O(n) algorithm It was previously put "on hold", then I edited my question to meet the requirements. But then it was ...
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How are new users supposed to participate on this site?

How are new users supposed to start participating on this site? With a reputation of 1 I am unable to answer questions(says I need rep of 5), unable to add a comment to help a question/answer in the ...
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Would Regex Golf challenges be interesting for the site?

I came across the Regex Golf site, which contains regex challenges: there are two columns: "match all of these" and "match none of these" and the intension is to create a regex that's as short as ...
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Where does Programming Puzzles & Code Golf fit in the SE mission?

Don't get me wrong, I love this website. I think it's fun and all but I can't help thinking... How does it correspond to Stack Exchange's mission : What is Stack Exchange? Stack Exchange is a ...

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