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What are the rules regarding question titles?

One of my recent questions, titled ☁ A Little Cloud ☁, was renamed in an edit to Little Chandler is sad. Draw him a cloud to cheer him up. I don't mind the title change, but I am curious as to the ...
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Are these answers duplicate?

On this challenge, because of the way it is constructed, there aren't many ways to solve the question. A bunch of answers have been called off as duplicate because they directly used a system call (...
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Non-standard command line calls

Note this isn't about command line flags, which already have a consensus here. There was a recent PHP answer involving multiple PHP files. Normally, programs with multiple files are either using one ...
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Are questions about performance a good fit for code golf?

For example I have a running program in Python that solves game X. The performances are good enough for me and I don't feel like I can improve it. Now I am curious to know how much this could still be ...
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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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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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Why was my challenge not interesting?

In the interest of upping the quality of challenges I may post in the future, I would like to hear your opinions and comments on the challenge I posted two weeks ago: Turn 2D boolean array into (...
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How to handle large, complex challenges and built-ins?

I want to make a complicated code golf challenge (with a time limit ;). In this particular case I want people to golf the Elliptic-Curve Method to factorization. Now there are two issues with ...
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Catalogue of Catalogues

I am currently developing a new language and thought that catalogue questions such as Hello, World! and Golf you a Quine for great good are good challenges that a language should be able to do. ...
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“Prediction” tag

I'm trying to create a new challenge type called prediction. This is a very specific challenge that involves creating functions that try to match a given functions, but under memory constraints that ...
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What happens when this SE site graduates?

Earlier this summer there was a grape in the vine saying this site was going to graduate this Fall and it dawned on me now. What does that even mean? I've read the reputation requirements for some ...
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What methods of input / output are legal for C++ compile-time golfing

I recently played around with C++11 compile-time golfing: Tournament Format Synonyms That is, its a C++ program which runs via templates and computes the answer during compile-time, such that it's ...
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Standard library usage as a limiter, unclear example

I was looking through some contests when I found this one. There was a rather long discussion concerning using boost/asio in a web parsing contest. The post was meant to debunk a long (by golf ...
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Adding language to title of advice questions

There has recently been some confusion with this advice question where people were posting off topic answers in languages other than python. Even though the question was very clear about wanting ...
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By-language challenges

While looking through rosetta-stone, I discovered that there are two types of questions tagged with it: The type intended by the tag: answers with many different answers in different languages. Each ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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Any tips for running a low-maintenance KotH?

I'm working on a King of the Hill challenge for some point in the next couple of months. (Sneak Peek) The problem I have is that last time I ran one it was pretty ambitious, and it became a heavy ...
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Is asking for a bounded time complexity allowed?

Say, if someone asks for a code-golf like this: Test primality under polynomial time Given a positive integer, test whether it is prime. Rules The algorithm must have polynomial ...
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Scratch 2.0 is no longer considered a “free” language. Does this retroactively make cops-and-robbers cop answers in Scratch 2.0 non-competitive?

As per this question's answers, Scratch 2.0 is no longer considered a "free" language. As per this question's accepted answer, non-free languages are allowed if marked as non-competing. Scratch 2.0 ...
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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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List of Good Numeric Scoring Systems

I suggest that we should have a list of scoring functions. When there is only one variable in the score for example: Length of submission (code-golf) Portion of test cases passed (test-battery) ...
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Default for fastest-code or restricted-time challenge

Because it would be hard for newcomers to find and read all of the meta questions about this topic, I suggest having a common post for all of them. It would be easier for moderators to point newcomers ...
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Can machine code be separated into several parts with fixed distance?

Opcode can have JMP command jumping to an address that also mean another instruction: ...
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Mixed input output methods in Brain-Flak and Stack based languages

It seems to be the consensus that it is acceptable in Brain-Flak to decompose a list into a series of arguments when taking input. For example if you are to take the list ...
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Answer-Chaining Tree/Leaderboard Snippet

This thread is devoted to the development of an answer-chaining stack snippet, which was originally used in Evolution of OEIS. By making this snippet available here (following this meta guideline), ...
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The tag [feasibility] and its lack of proper documentation

The tag feasibility is only used in two questions, has no wiki, and the questions are both tagged restricted-sourcejavascriptfeasibility. These questions are asked by 2 different users. Here they are:...
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Changing [tips] to [challenges]

I'm asking this in a general sense, but here is the question where it arose: Mini Space Invaders : (revision history) What we have here is a tips question asking for a shorter equivalent of the ...
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voting popularity contest

I recently noticed that on many popularity contests the earlier answers get more upvotes than the ones that were submitted later. This effect is - I think - amplified by arranging the answers so that ...
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Encourage syntax highlighting in answers

Syntax highlighting is surely a good thing to have in answers here, as it makes the unreadable code more readable. However, many users, especially new users, may not know about it, and even if they ...
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What should you do in cases where you've got answers, but others think that the question is not a challenge?

See, for example, a question I asked earlier: Write the shortest code to generate a random number between 1 and x. @Oberon said "I'm not a downvoter, but maybe it's because the question isn't much of ...
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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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Could we get some feedback on what needs to improve in this question?

This question has a few downvotes but no explanation yet. Although it's beyond me to answer it, I like that it exists and I'm looking forward to seeing answers to it. Could we discuss what about it is ...
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How to deal with an accidental chameleon challenge

What happened I was about to post Does base n have any Rotate-Left-Double numbers?. Kevin Cruijssen told me in the sandbox comment that he got a proof that significantly simplifies the problem. I ...
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Should “A Multipurpose Quine” be reopened?

A Multipurpose Quine This challenge was closed for the reason that it was unclear what the challenge was asking. The main reason was that the challenge required all outputted quines to not be ...
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Answer a question using another question's answer is correct?

In short, I've answered this KotH challenge using the same answer in this other question. This is my answer. It is not entirely copy past since I have to change ...
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Should we re-open “Best Yahtzee score”?

This question was closed as a dupe of this other question by the gold code-golf vote of Leaky Nun. And yes, I'd agree they're mostly dupes of one another. However, the newer question is closer to ...
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Edit grace period

I think the grace period limit of 5 minutes that merges edit events is too long. It is adequate for a site like Stack Overflow, but not for a Code Golf site, as edits are more frequent and each edit ...
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Second iteration of a challenge

I wrote a challenge, I was concerned it would need some fine tuning, but was not able to get anyone on board to help me test. So I posted it to the main and it turned out while it was pretty fun it ...
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Are all busy-beavers copies of *Largest number printable*?

I have noticed that almost all questions with the tag busy-beaver are closed as a duplicate of Largest Number Printable or are attempted to be closed as a duplicate of that post. In Possibility of ...
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Is the interpreter part of the language or a separate language?

As I understand it, for our purposes a language is more or less defined by its implementation. That's one of the reasons why a program like Vim can also be "language". You just count keystrokes ...
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Are visual programming languages. such as Grasshopper, accepted?

Obviously, Grasshopper cannot compete on bytes (files save to rather big binaries with a lot of redundant data). However, in something like a FizzBuzz challenge or a ...
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are pure kolmogorov complexity questions appropriate?

I currently have a few ideas for questions involving kolmogorov complexity, mostly how to output song lyrics in the shortest method (example: Diggy Diggy Hole by the Yogscast, http://yogscast.wikia....
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Atomic Golf COBOL (IBM Enterprise COBOL)

Just to make it clear, Atomic Golf COBOL will not be a competitive golfing language. The longer the shortest answer (80+, the longer the better) the more possible to get close, however, COBOL is very ...
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Programming puzzle asking for “real”, clever solutions OK?

I've got an idea for a new kind of puzzle and would like to ask if it's OK first. It's a bit different than the usual code-golf kind of question. It doesn't ask for the shortest solution, or something ...
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How can we improve the quality of questions/challenges?

I just checked out the site and from the last 10 challenges 4 are downvoted. That doesn't fill me with a great deal of desire to check out the site regularly to see if there is anything worth ...
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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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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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Alternative winning criterions for cops and robbers challenges?

Sometimes the classic CnR winning criterion: Cops If your submission has not been cracked within a week, it is considered safe. The shortest safe submission wins. Robbers The robber ...