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Comments in lambda submissions

In compiled non-esoteric languages a solution is essentially always either a full program, a method, or a lambda expression. In a full program submission, the use of comments is clearly allowed. It's ...
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Is “Proof-Golf for proofs in general” on-topic?

I recently submitted a challenge proposal on the Sandbox, which is a kind of proof-golf. Here is the background section copied from the proposal: Compass-and-straightedge construction, a.k.a. ...
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What is the consensus on built ins?

Originally on this challenge I banned built in matrix functions but people complained about it. I then removed the ban but there were few interesting answers given and some people complained and said ...
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Explaining a challenge only with test cases and examples

I have a slightly problem. I want to post a challenge (to the sandbox) about building a matrix with X pattern. The problem is that I don't know how to explain it using technical words or ...
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atomic-code-golf tag wiki is misleading

Today I corrected someone who thought that scoring by counting the number of calls to a given function at runtime is atomic-code-golf. Said person pointed me at a quote from the tag wiki: Atomic ...
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Complexity of assembly built-in?

Consider a challenge: Given a positive integer \$n\$, compute \$n^2\$. The solution with the least asymptotic time complexity in terms of \$n\$ wins. fastest-algorithm (let's temporarily ignore ...
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If “fewest instructions” in Assembly is a valid question type

I am trying to figure out how to write a good question. I have found that there are basically 3 2 types of acceptable answers (really only probably 1 as of today): Playing a game. Shortest in x ...
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Examples of Questions that don't involve “Fewest bytes in x Language”

I am trying to come up with a workable question but every question I have looked at so far has been one where the winning answer is "fewest bytes in your language". By "fewest bytes in x language", I ...
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User posting answer of an unavailable tool [duplicate]

I have noticed a user making questionable answers. Here are some examples: In for a bumpy ride Concatenating n with n + 1 Let's design a digit mosaic Print the digital root Simple ASCII Gantt In ...
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Language of the Month for July 2018: Japt

In accordance with our meta agreement to have a Language of the Month, and since the list of nominations had a single highest-voted entry at the beginning of July, we have a new featured language! ...
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What happened to languages like CJam and Pyth?

It's been a while since I've been here, and now it seems that nobody uses CJam or Pyth anymore. New languages have sprung up since then. Has that happened just naturally? Was there a rule change or ...
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“no longer needed” flag on chatty comment declined

I recently flagged a comment as "no longer needed", and the flag got declined. The thing is, the comment wasn't really obsolete, but rather a bit too chatty. I don't want to target the comment here, ...
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Solutions Using Golfing Languages: Should Decomposition Be Required?

There are a number of programming languages that seem to be specifically designed for solving code-golf problems (05AB1E and Jelly immediately come to mind). Should providing a "decomposed" ...
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Large memory support for bottom language

Assuming an algorithm requires an array of 1080 bytes of RAM(maybe not realistic, but theoretically the algorithm work). For languages like Python, [0]*(10**80) ...
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When should I give hints for a challenge?

If a challenge is difficult, when is it suitable to hint? (I don't think early is good, it breaks other's thought)
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What is a list?

The PPCG community seems to be moving towards more general I/O formats. Then, we could generalize our notion of a "list" so that it is not restricted to the built-in list or array constructs. For ...
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Floating Point Input [duplicate]

In this challenge: rounding numbers. Most answers use floating point numbers, which means that many potential input values are impossible due to the limited precision. For example, the inputs ...
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Invalid answers in the review queue, but OP hasn't had time to fix it

It happens quite frequently that short answers (Title + Code) appear in the Low Quality review queue, due to the automatic flagging mechanisms. In most cases, the answer "Looks OK". However, there ...
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User disobeying rules?

So last question that I posted. i.e : this, I wanted to ask because a specific new user whom I have warned almost on all answer he has posted (5-6) was not following, yet he keeps answering with ...
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How strict are we with [restricted-complexity]?

(mostly for restricted-complexity. For fastest-algorithm it's the algorithm that matters, not the code. Answers without code are allowed.) Consider a simple function: (where ...
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Creating challenges from homework.

Recently I've been posting a lot of challenges on the site. This is because I am in a class where the homework are programming challenges (Algorithm Class). Is that OK? or should I stop posting them?...
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Does output count if part of it scrolls off the screen?

Let's consider a QBasic solution to FizzBuzz. The code works correctly, printing the required output from 1 all the way up. The problem is, since there's a lot of ...
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Language of the Month for June 2018: QBasic

In accordance with our meta agreement to have a Language of the Month, and since the list of nominations had a single highest-voted entry at the beginning of June, we have a new featured language! ...
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Interpret BF (question on repost)

Sandbox : link Interpret BrainF**K : This is usually a very common challenge on a lot of sites and on PPCG we also have this Interpret BF. I wanted to know if we could make a repost of that question ...
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Are questions about blockchain systems good questions?

Current handling of Ethereum questions seems inconsistent (Ethereum being the second largest blockchain). This about the recent difference between Shortest code to generate a random ethereum address ...
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Can I redo my Code Golf?

The Farfallino Alphabet Hello everyone. Because of my cough cough dumbness cough cough I edited my code golf following many complaints in comments and downvotes, thus invalidating like every ...
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Is function returned by first invoke of a currying function submission required to be reusable?

As per past discussion, function submissions should be reusable. And, currying function may be a valid submission. Consider a challenge which require 2 inputs x, ...
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“Unanswered in a Language I want to Understand” C&R Challenge Thread

I want to suggest an idea for a non-conventional non-meta post. Can I make a well thought out thread where, as answers, people will post links to questions and name a language? I want a thread for "...
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Code challenge & [closed]

I see new users treat "code-challenge" as "it's hard to solve, but once done you win", but "code-challenge" here seems to mean "you need to optimize, but it's hard to put such an scoring way in one ...
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Are voting opinion-based or rule-based? [closed]

Close vote seems rule-based, but the rule now can't be handled by a computer. What about up/down vote?
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Language of the Month for May 2018: MATL

In accordance with our meta agreement to have a Language of the Month, and since the list of nominations had a single highest-voted entry at the beginning of May, we have a new featured language! ...
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Should we stop accepting answers on meta?

I ask this question because I worry that if an opinion regarding a certain rule holds a majority among users at one point in time, an accepted answer signals that the rule can no longer change to ...
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Is `document.body` reading your source code?

Related to this quine answer. There was this comment: That meta question is not applicable to this answer. document.body is not a function which you've created ...
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Input/Output format, scoring, and the status of The Powder Toy

The Powder Toy is a falling-sand game with enough functionality to be classified as a interesting take on fungeoids. However, there are a few problems with this. Input/Output Programs (simulations) ...
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Quines and newlines

A simple question really: how strict is this community (or how strict does it want to be) about newlines when it comes to quines? For example, is the Python quine ...
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p command in Funge-98 quines

Should the p command be considered cheating in Funge-98 quines? I'm asking because: Unlike the g command it does not read source code, so it doesn't break "No reading source code" rule. But it does ...
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Should the .bss section count against an assembly program's score?

The .bss section is simply a way of saying 'I want this amount of space beforehand' You cannot store extra information in the section, it's entire purpose is preallocating space, and it does not ...
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What to do when almost all answers are wrong?

In a recent challenge, almost all answers use an algorithm that yields the wrong results due to floating point errors. The challenge is/was not unclear, but there was no test case that led to the ...
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Newbie question about voting

Voting while participating As it's a contest it doesn't make sense to vote for other answers - does it? Should I vote for the puzzle? Isn't the participation already a vote? Voting while not ...
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Declined flag on a comment which was copy-pasted into the question's body

Recently, I flagged this comment as no longer needed, since it has been rightfully copy-pasted into the question body. However, the flag got declined along with flags on two other comments which can ...
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Can we remove some useless tags?

I recently had a look through the "new" tags and found that most of them apply to 1 or 2 questions, and aren't really necessary. Can we remove these obsolete tags? For reference, the tags I'm ...
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Function not that directly used allowed? [duplicate]

In this answer, the function is defined as With(Math)f=(a,b,c,d)=>... (1) However, f is not used in the function, so it ...
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Is it legal to submit a function that must exist as a method on an object?

For a challenge, I recently submitted the JavaScript solution [].push To be clear, this isn't x=>[].push. The entry itself ...
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Is a proof of impossibility allowed as an answer?

I was thinking of a proof of impossibility for a long-running unanswered question on this site. By a proof of impossibility, what I mean is a proof that no possible answer can solve the challenge. ...
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It's time for some Spring Cleaning

I'll cut straight to the point here: We must do something about the Sandbox, and soon The Sandbox recently hit 2000 non-deleted answers (5700 total). That's over 2000 potential challenges festering ...
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Can we raise the privilege levels?

PPCG has graduated. Some features for graduated sites come immediately after graduating. However, other features are held off for an indefinite amount of time: The site gets a custom theme, and ...
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Should a member vote to close on a question that they have already answered themselves?

I think the title says it all. If you think a question is a duplicate or should be closed for any other reason, should it be acceptable for you to submit an answer before you vote for it to be closed? ...
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Why do Jelly submissions get to ignore the `Y` atom in the byte count?

For those not familiar, Y in Jelly joins a list of strings (actually a list of lists of characters) with a newline. In plenty of challenges with text output, Jelly ...
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Duplication rules for Kolmogorov complexity challenges

While some challenges tagged kolmogorov-complexity can succeed brilliantly, like my own first challenge which got me halfway to the rep cap and STILL remains my highest-scoring post network-wide, most ...
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How to request clarifications when the challenge poster has left the site?

Recently, I began to attempt to answer this highly upvoted and answered question, before realising that, by taking the length of the input as an input would allow me to greatly reduce my code. However,...

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