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Is there a maximum length for a code block/Why all the links instead of code?

I'm excitedly working-up an answer to this question: Emulate an Intel 8086 CPU . But even though there are several answers, there's no smorgasboard of goodies to steal from like many other older ...
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Should we consider dropping or modifying the "objective winning criteria" requirement?

Where as The site has stableized (not to stay stagnated) with fairly low activity. There have been from time to time questions that do not meet the requirements in our FAQ but do draw much attention ...
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Isn't there some way to have "just-for-fun" questions?

I can understand the need to keep things under control and nip problem trends in the bud based on the experience at SO and other graduated sites. While [tips] questions strain the discussion/list ...
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Fair size comparison across languages with different source alphabets

For fair comparison of codegolf solutions in languages with different source alphabets, there should be a common unit of information. Most sizes here are expressed in "characters" or "bytes", but not ...
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Write a code golf problem in which script languages are at a major disadvantage

While C and similar languages provide beautiful and entertaining (and very hard) possibilities for golfing and obfuscation, most code-golf problems on this site ...
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Should I change the accepted answer?

On my question Implement hyperexponentiation/tetration without the use of '^' asked a few months ago I accepted an answer with 18 characters, which, at the time of selection, was the shortest ...
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Question Series/Beta Status

According to the Area51 site for CG, we need some help to get out of beta. Currently, the site averages 1.4-1.5 questions per day, quite far from the necessary 15. In an effort to help, I'm ...
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Voting in "We're no strangers to code golf"

Congratulations to Polynomial for the most visited codegolf.SE question ever! I think it would be interesting to take a look at how the votes went there. We want votes and answer quality to match, so ...
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Would "CSS challenge" questions be appropriate for this site?

It's a common mantra among web developers that "Avoid JS wherever possible" and "don't use tables for layout". Yet every now and then I come across a layout that I want to implement, but cannot do so ...
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Tag Synonym Suggestions

Since I don't have the reputation required yet, does some moderator agree with these linkages? arithmetic = math? text = string? Anyone else, please feel free to add your own!
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Wiki Cleanup - Rejects/Approvals

I saw some unfilled wiki entries for some of the tags on the CG site, so I figured I'd fill them in. For this, I simply copy-and-pasted the info from the SO tags. Some of my suggestions were approved ...
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Stack Overflow Worldwide Meetups 2012: You're invited!

We're having a Stack Overflow meetup to get together with fellow programming, web, and other technology enthusiasts. But not all of our programmers and technology enthusiasts live on Stack Overflow, ...
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what is difference between code golfer and code fu? [closed]

I am working around to stick with this site bit i am not able to understand what question should ask here and what exactly code golfers and code fu means and main difference I know this very silly and ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Use BZIP2(sourceCode) size instead of Code-Minifiers and Character-Counts?

how about adapting the rules of Code Golf to replace less code-characters are better rules (=> code minifiers) with: the smaller BZIP2(sourcecode) the better? I claim the true intent of character ...
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What happened to the question about tetris in 140 bytes?

There was a question about implementing Tetris in under 140 bytes, which I can not find. I started working on a solution a few hours ago, and now that it's working, I can't find it. Was it closed ...
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Making minimal modifications to fix code

This is bugging the hell out of me. I could have sworn I had seen the challenge here: http://golf.shinh.org/all.rb a while back, but I've just gone through all 500 of those challenges and none of them ...
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Appropriate for code-bowling?

https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=code-bowling Note that StackOverflow has a few code bowling questions. Code bowling: Code-Bowling is a challenge for writing the most obscure, unoptimized, ...
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The "How To Ask" page is misleading

The "How To Ask" page linked from the Ask Question page appears to have been copied wholesale from SO. It is very Q&A centric: We’d love to help you. But not every question on Code Golf gets ...
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Image output and tagging

We currently have ascii-art and graphical-output tags. There doesn't seem to be any tag which is unambiguously for challenges which involve output in an image file format, so they sometimes get put in ...
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Close questions early!

Questions without winning criterion should be closed early (as 'not constructive', better, if possible, with an own category: Missing winning criterion. Else, people start working on CG-solutions, and ...
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Remove number of characters from answers, if it's not a CG-question

I like to encourage people, to remove the number of characters from answers, given for questions, which are not code golf. Example: Here is a recent question which isn't a codegolf, which has 8 ...
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FAQ update ideas

I'm trying to solicit ideas on a couple of items where I think a FAQ update is appropriate: Amend FAQ to state that language-agnostic is the default Is using external decompression legitimate golfing ...
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Is using external decompression legitimate golfing?

The 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics challenge has several solutions of the form "Use an external decompression utility on this file to create a solution.language file, then execute the decompressed file." ...
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Is a code golfing library legitimate? [duplicate]

My read on the current state of meta.CG opinion is that the use of libraries is acceptable and that the library call should count in the character count: Use of built-in functions and libraries in ...
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Let's pick an icon for codegolf.SE? [duplicate]

This 'beta' icon for codegolf.SE is pretty lame. So, in order to create a framework for my own proposal (I dare you to do better!), I ask "What's a good icon for Programming Puzzles and Code-Golf?"
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What is the licence of submitted code?

Is there a default licence applied to code included in an answer, and if so, what is it?
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Announcing the CodeGolf.SE Second Periodic Premier Programming Puzzle Push

Whereas The site has suffered from low traffic for weeks We've been in beta for 271 days and our numbers are marginal Too many recent question have been both too easy and poorly specified Users have ...
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Are questions about designing code contests on-topic here?

I'm a moderator on Programmers, and we just received a question asking for advice and feedback about a code contest the poster is designing: Would This Work As A New Obfuscated C Code Contest? ...
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Edits to other people's answers

Related to a previous question, but sufficiently different that I think it merits its own discussion. Now that I've hit 2000 rep I have access to some mod tools, which include the ability to approve ...
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FAQ/code-challenge don't seem to match actual code challenge questions

The code-challenge blurb states: A code challenge is a competition for creative ways to solve a programming puzzle for an objective criterion other than code size. The FAQ states: All ...
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New Code-Golf metric: Atomic-Code-Golf

I posted this on the Puzzle Lab chat, but it didn't get much response (except for Gareth...thanks Gareth!). Thus, I'm posting it here. Please feel free to chat on the Puzzle Lab if you have input ...
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We need more discipline and downvotes

When I take the time to test solutions of competitors, I sometimes find failing answers, which not even solve the examples. I don't want to discuss a certain question and its solutions, but we all ...
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What language is this - often used on code golf

I've seen a couple of questions which use a language which has the following chracters: <>-+.[] What language is that?
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comparing fastest code

To compare solutions on performance, we should form a kind of template, what to specify or how to specify the question. I realized, when trying to solve fast line drawing algorithm, that it is not ...
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should imports/includes count in golf [duplicate]

follow the title mainly I'm asking this so I know whether to count all the import declarations that are required for the code to run successfully (especially when the import/include is required in ...
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New puzzle type: code-shuffleboard

Before I discovered that code golf was "a thing", I'd played against myself quite a bit. Often, I'd get down to 104 characters, say, and crank on it until I could get it to 100. But, if I can't get ...
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Do "How do I get from problem to algorithm?" questions have a place on CodeGolf.SE?

We've seen several migrations from Stack Overflow recently (including one that was eventually un-migrated), and it is clear that not everyone on Stack Overflow understands the fairly restrictive rules ...
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Brainfuck challenges?

EDIT: Clarified my point after seeing dmckee's answer. I just discovered brainfuck and find it really amusing. It seems to me that it is a perfect material for programming puzzles (especially code-...
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Should question proposers be expected to have a coded answer before they propose?

All too often I look at questions proposed here and I think: "The proposer clearly doesn't have a running solution to this question." Should we make it an expectation that before posting a question, ...
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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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Define new languages?

Can I define some new languages, to be used in future code golfs? For example, CG-VB.NET would be a language which is equivalent to itself as VB.NET code, but wrapped in: ...
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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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Help us come up with rules who should be rewarded with an iPad2 for making the site great

dmckee has recently started the "1P5" to improve the quality of posts, the quantity of (good!) posts, and the motivation of users on this site. We (Stack Exchange Inc.) think that this is a really ...
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What makes winning criteria "objective"?

The FAQ says (in part) All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have [... an] objective primary winning criterion, so that it is possible to indisputably ...
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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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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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Would the "What is your solution to the FizzBuzz problem" question belong here?

Would the FizzBuzz question belong here?
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J and GolfScript suck all the enjoyment out of Code Golf

I have found code-golf a fascinating pastime for several weeks now. However, I’m already losing interest because the contests allow any language, and because of that it is pretty much impossible for ...