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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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Do two solution with same score limit have score order? [closed]

There was problem asking to write n programs a0, a1, a2, ..., an-1, so that running ak outputs a(k+1) mod n, and the score is sum(len(ai))/n2. Lower score the better. Lots of answers just have a ...
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Language of the Month for April 2018: Brain-Flak

In accordance with our meta agreement to have a Language of the Month, and since the list of nominations has a single highest-voted entry as March nears its end, I am pleased to announce the next ...
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A Close-Vote is clearly not a Super-Downvote! What to do with challenges that are wrongly closed but also widely-disliked?

Related: What to do about widely disliked questions that don't technically break any rules? Unspoken challenge rules What does "unclear" mean? We have a lot of widely-disliked ...
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Should I accept an answer to a question I cannot validate?

Based on information in this post I feel I should try and validate all answers to my challenges. That hasn't proved too hard so far which is good, but Dennis's answer here technically wins the ...
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What is the purpose of “header” and “footer” for C++ submissions using TIO?

What are the rules for using c++ in code golf? In TIO, there is a header section and a footer section. Can you put your #includes in the header section? Do you use this template? ...
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Is (consistently) swapping truthy / falsy values allowed in decision-problems?

I couldn't find any consensus on this on meta for a while, and this seems to be particularly helpful when answering decision-problem challenges. Should swapping truthy and falsy be allowed by default, ...
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Rules for “Language Name” to use in a challenge

In my recent challenge, the task is to generate an output including the language name, and then generate an error (in two different languages). Regarding the "language name", I used the following ...
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Definition of a Function in Concatenative Languages

Concatenative languages are languages where juxtaposition of functions represents composition. Programs consist of the primitives in the language combining to form a large function which takes program ...
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What is code length?

An interesting conundrum has arisen in relation to the bonus I offered for APL solutions to An Ant on a Cube. It's an old challenge that requires a "named function", such as a lambda assigned to a ...
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Is boiler-plate code required for challenges? [duplicate]

When solving a puzzle with an appropriate solution, does the programming language standard boiler-plate source code need to be included: For example, should I include all of this: ...
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What are the standard requirements for answering a [random] challenge?

There are lots of of challenges involving randomness. However, not all languages have a built-in method for randomness. Some languages, like python or most golfing languages make it really easy. You ...
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Is it acceptable to answer an old question?

Is it alright to post an answer to an old challenge, in a language that hasn't been posted before? I'm specifically asking about the following question: Link I happened across it, and wanted to post ...
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Standard Loopholes Pertaining to [underhanded]

On our standard loopholes post, there are several different answers that pertain to underhanded questions. Since the underhanded tag has been retired, there is no longer a need for these answers1. I ...
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Are fixed input allowed if the bytes count? [closed]

E.g. requiring to call by f(4), and add 1 to the byte count Or maybe when inputting a choice, require input f`!#%` or ...
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Don't downvote off topic posts into oblivion

Related Occasionally, PPCG gets an off-topic post or two. Usually, these are closed fairly quickly, and the user is informed that this isn't what this site is about. The majority of the time, the ...
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Answers still marked as “non-competing”

The community has decided that answers in newer languages can now compete in code-golf (they were previously required to be marked as non-competing). However, now and then I will still come across an ...
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What to do about down-votes without comments?

I posted a question that received multiple up & down votes within the first few minutes. I assume the first few down-votes were from my question not specifying what I meant by rounding. But after ...
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What exactly is a “byte” here?

Possibly relevant. So I was looking at this answer and was amazed by the compactness and unreadability, when I suddenly thought: "That are an awful lot of non standard characters!" So I get that ...
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What answer-chaining scoring criteria promote collaboration?

I have an answer-chaining question in the sandbox, but I still haven't come up with a winning criterion. What scoring criteria are there for answer-chaining questions that encourage users to ...
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What is the policy on asking questions on ongoing competitions hosted on other sites

This question is closed recently because it is off-topic. It has been commented that we are not supposed to ask questions that may be coming from ongoing contests. While sometimes it is obvious the ...
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What does “unclear” mean?

This topic was closed as unclear. However, all asked problem in the comment that matter seem answered in the first version statement. ...
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Is it OK to ask a fastest-code version of a code-golf question? [duplicate]

I often would like to ask mathematical coding questions in pairs. The first is a code-golf question. That is what is the shortest code that computes a given function? The other is at the other extreme ...
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Tips for launching a language

Having started writing my own golfing language, I noticed there is no tips page for launching a new language. Having seen how many languages have been made by this community, I wondered what advice ...
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Language of the Month for March 2018: Brachylog

In accordance with our meta agreement to have a Language of the Month, and since the list of nominations has a single highest-voted entry as February nears its end, I am pleased to announce the very ...
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Finding questions to answer

I joined PPCG a while ago, and made a few posts, but didn't do much. I find that I have an interesting question that doesn't already have several answers. If I go to the "active" section, most of the ...
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We should make a list of 'basic', 'moderate', and 'expert' challenges

Somewhat related to this question on creating tags regarding difficulty To any duplicate/down voters, see this commment When I first came to this site, I had no idea on how anything worked, and I ...
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Voting to close question if it's unclear for some?

There are cases where a challenge asks for some specific inputs/outputs, for instance an array where each element is a tuple or something similar. This might be perfectly fine and clear in some ...
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Getting Started

I've been lurking for quite a while and have realized (after a technical interview) that I'm really out of practice solving problems like what is here. Is there a language that you recommend I start ...
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A farewell to moderation

If you're new around here, chances are you might not even know who I am. I'm Alex, and I'm a (soon to be ex-) moderator on this site. At first I was a user just like you, enthusiastic about the site, ...
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Should we repost the Kolakoski challenge?

We've got a fairly old challenge about the Kolakoski sequence. Unfortunately, the challenge is fairly restrictive in its I/O requirements: in particular, input has to be taken via command-line ...
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Ethics around improving answers in comments

I often prefer to improve other people' answers instead of writing one of my own (unless mine would be considerably different). To be entirely honest, I do this for petty selfish reasons - to show off ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Programming Puzzles & Code Golf's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — ...
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At what point does the get command (Befunge, ><>, etc) count as reading your own source code?

Related The get command, shared by Befunge and ><>, is a command that pops two values x and y and retrieves a value stored at that cell (its counterpart is the <...
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A contest on multiple platforms with monetary reward

(this question relates to that "real TV" attempt at KOTH challenge) I'd like to submit a game with the following characteristics, and I'd like to discuss whether or not it is acceptable here, and to ...
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What's the PPCG policy on originality of content?

I recently closed this post as off-topic because "it is not clear and it does not appear to be your own content". In case the post ever gets deleted, <2k users can see the image here. While I now ...

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