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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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What should count as “not an answer” here? [duplicate]

Lately, I've seen a bunch of poor answers flagged as "not an answer" (NAA) in the flag review list. Such flags seem to be controversial, even among reviewers. For example, at the moment: this ...
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Duplicate questions

Now I know that duplicate questions are bad, but because this is a programming puzzles site, should there be a time range after which puzzles can be asked again? Reason one is that new users who ...
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Tag Synonyms For New Redundant Tags

I recently noticed the code-generation tag, which is a redundant with metagolf. I'd suggest that code-generation is a synonym of metagolf, but don't have the rep to do so. Since there's only one ...
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Delete all code-trolling questions

The code-trolling tag has brought nothing but poorly conceived "challenges" to this site and the new users it has brought are posting poor knock-offs of an already poor idea. The quality of questions ...
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JavaScript Standards for IO

When it comes to JavaScript code-golf, there tends to be two schools of thought regarding IO (specifically printing). Some golfers will use functions such as alert,...
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Our favicon is ugly and asymmetric. Let's fix it! [duplicate]

The favicon for this site has ugly and asymmetric corners: Compared to the corresponding icons for other beta SE sites, which only have one pixel cut off from each corner, I find the upper corners ...
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Code-rigmarole - Hangman

This is a new puzzle where users will work together to implement a hangman game. Users will each post a statement of code, then wait for three other users to enter their statements OR for 10 minutes ...
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Are two questions duplicates if they have different scoring rules?

My question Just Another Polyglot Hacker! was marked as a duplicate of Write a polyglot that prints the language's name. Now, our scoring rules are completely different. Why are they considered ...
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lambda brainfuck and virtual machines [closed]

I've been playing with some ideas for a challenge to poke fun at java virtual machines and was pondering a brainfuck virtual machine (three bit bus!) and I got to wondering if there are any brainfuck ...
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What is a spec?

Our FAQ on "on-topic questions" currently states: All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have ... A clear specification of what constitutes a ...
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Is code trolling getting out of control?

I don't have anything against code-trolling. I think it's a creative idea and a nice break from other, more serious, questions. But I also think it's going a little bit out of hand. I'm beginning to ...
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Moderation: a call to action

Let me just say this bluntly: we need to do more moderation. Some facts: For a while, I was the only user with any active delete votes. (I posted a message in chat to rectify this, which helped a ...
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Code-troll rules [duplicate]

This is a discussion about the rules. Actual rules can be found in https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/tags/code-trolling/info The first ever question with code-trolling tag (I need a program where ...
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Statistics on Sandbox Usage

Recently, I've noticed that sandbox usage has increased dramatically compared to what I remember. I've decided to gather some statistics on sandbox usage, which I am posting here in hopes that it is ...
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Anything But Golf

So I'v been hanging around a little while now And I have noticed that there are very few non golf questions. I can only remember three. I asked one (Irrational Number). One has been closed. Now ...
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Improved quoting of code

The markdown parser mangles code inside <pre> tags and white space. this becomes quite apparent when posting code that is sensitive to white space, such as self printing code. I made a little one ...
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Posting unsolved mathematical problems

Challenges like this are a little difficult to judge because they're effectively asking us to write a program that solves an unsolved mathematical problem. Until such a time as there is verified proof ...
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When is it appropriate to edit someone else's question?

In connection with this question which is now "on hold", there is the message "If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question or leave a comment." ...
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Should we establish rules/etiquette for posting non-winning answers?

I'm as guilty (perhaps even more so) as the next person of this, and perhaps that's why I feel this question needs to be asked. Often times, I'll come across a question which already has some answers ...
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Proposed tag synonyms

I don't know whether people with the rep to vote on tag synonyms get notifications on proposal, or whether they have to look manually, so this is a notification that I've proposed two synonyms to ...
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How do I know if my flags are being looked at, when no judgement is being issued?

I have a flag that is still labeled as "active" over two weeks after I submitted it. (Submitted on 2013-11-22.) I wouldn't think that any single moderator - let alone the whole moderator team - on any ...
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Offering functions

I imagined a golf Challenge which seemed pretty interesting to me. But to make it doable, I'd like to offer one or several functions to challengers. For exemple: Function 1 Input: Integer a; id ...
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Do we want Hats?

Is it too late to dredge-up the necessary interest in WinterBash? From other meta-sites, I think we've just got one day to show some interest!
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Where's everybody hanging out? [closed]

The chat room for this site is kinda dead. I'm guessing it's because everyone who would be chatting on this site is probably already in one or more rooms elsewhere in the SE network. So, where is ...
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How can I score a code golf challenge, with added complexity?

I've had a couple challenges in mind that are somewhat along the lines of: Do x in as many ways as possible, with as little code as possible. However, I'm having a hard time settling on how to ...
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I'm a Sage developer

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Sage developer. I'm preparing a patch that affects the Dancing Links interface in Sage. The scores of some of my solutions past and future will be impacted ...
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Can we make our answers more useful?

The overall goal of StackExchange is to help improve the Internet by building a community where information can be shared in a format that is useful to the world at large. Sure, this site is generally ...
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Plagiarism, and posting stuff you didn't create yourself

I got to review an edit today that wanted to add a citation to an answer. Said answer was a verbatim copy of a program from another website, without citing it. I went and checked it out and it was ...
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Can we restrict golfing questions to a particular language? [duplicate]

If I have a golfing challenge, but I want it done in a specific language, can I specify that? Does this go against the general spirit of golfing to restrict people in the languages which they can use? ...
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Can and should we include the Competitive Programming?

There is a Competitive Programming proposal at Area51. As far as I can understand it, the proposal is about getting better at competive programming, a superset of codegolf. So basically this kind of ...
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What to do if there're two answers with the shortest code?

On my Code Golf "Converting a string to lower-case (without built-in to-lower functions!)", there're two answers with the same character count (10 characters), and they're both the answer with the ...
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Golfing in Scratch

Scratch is a visual programming language, meant for teaching kids how to program. It's completely absent from this site, which, I think, is worth fixing. I have no specific challenge in mind. A ...
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Can I wrangle this into a suitable question?

You may have heard of the C++ Business Card Ray Tracer. http://fabiensanglard.net/rayTracing_back_of_business_card/index.php There is a follow up in Go. (Using gently unfortunate language, because ...
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Userscript for showing character count

(this is basically just a simplified version of this) I have created a simple userscript that shows a small tab above every code block that tells you its character count. I posted it on Stack Apps, ...
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How should we deal with chameleon questions

Many answers get invalidated by an edited question. One of the reasons might be that I look for loopholes and exploit them. Examples: Shortest program whose concatenated program+output is a ...
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Is there a way to auto-insert the revision number into the text of a post?

I've written a function that facilitates abbreviated system names in postscript code. And I'd like to "host" the code in an answer to the Postscript tips question. Is there a way to auto-insert the ...
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Compilation battle

Hello guys (and girls). I wanted to ask a question which looks like this: "Write the shortest program which prints 'Hello World', which compiling time exceeds one second." Problem is that ...
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Why are people being so hateful with the down votes?

The three newest questions are all in negative territory. I am new here and it does not seem very friendly. In a high traffic site I can see the luxury of being negative occasionally but please be ...
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Are questions about how to further golf a program on-topic here?

Based on the FAQ, I know I should limit my questions to specific challenges that have an "objective winning criterion." This leads me to assume that questions like those I'm asking about are not. ...
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How to Make Code Golf More Enjoyable: Winners by Language?

So, I was reading the related question here, when I went off on a tangent. The point of the given post, as I read it, is that certain languages like GolfScript, K, and some other extremely-high level ...
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What do you think about my ideas for site improvement?

I think that there are a lot of things that we can do to improve this site very easily. 1. A Better Community Sandbox One major inefficiency is the fact that there is a very low level of successful "...
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To what extent are external libraries/modules allowed? [duplicate]

Consider a simple code where the coder imports an external library/module to solve a particular problem. In most cases it will be a built-in library, no problem. But what if someone creates his/her ...
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How is “code golf” compatible with “practical”? [duplicate]

The Code Golf FAQ says, "You should only ask practical, answerable questions". "Answerable" I get, but isn't code golf by its nature impractical, but fun? Aside from the ...
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Where's the puzzles?

I've seen lots of code-golf and code-challenge questions, and few code-bowling and code-curling ones that didn't go over so well. What types of puzzles are there? Why aren't we seeing them?
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(How) Are we going to get out of beta?

Our Area 51 Page shows the number of questions as the biggest issue, with number of visits as also less than ideal. Can we do something about this? What?!
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Can we enforce a time limit?

By time limit, I mean the OP should include one, such that (s)he will sooner or later accept the winning answer, provided there is at least one valid answer. It doesn't have to be a fixed time. ...
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Encourage hexadecimal over base64 for binary submissions?

I'm seeing a lot of binary-code submissions in base64 encoding. Wouldn't Hex be better, from a presentation point of view? I can read hex, I can't read base64.
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Do golfers not wear funny hats?

How come we're not part of the Winter Bash? Do golfers not wear funny hats?