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Closing a more general challenge as a duplicate

Recently there has been a bit of debate as to whether this question is a duplicate of this question. So I though I would bring it to meta where we can have a constructive conversation, not only about ...
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Which 'repeated substring' challenge should be closed?

Right now, there are two challenges, Newer challenge: Check if a string is entirely made of the same substring by ouflak Older challenge: String.prototype....
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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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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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Is my question a duplicate even though it doesn't impose a requirement that the original one did?

I asked a challenge to interpret deadfish here, but it got closed for being a duplicate of a challenge to write an interactive deadfish interpreter here. Is this really a duplicate?
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Can I repost a challenge with different difficulty parameters?

The challenge in question is this one, which is solving a couple 4x4 sliding puzzles (also known as 15 puzzle) with the least amount of moves in a certain time limit. I posted an answer that computes ...
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Can we revive The Programming Language Quiz?

The Programming Language Quiz was a Cops and Robbers challenge posted 2 years ago, where users were challenged to create obfuscated Hello, World! programs, and others tried to identify the language(s) ...
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Does everything have to be original? [duplicate]

Many kolmogorov challenges are closed as duplicates of the Rickroll challenge. ascii-art challenges are closed as duplicates of various other challenges that are somewhat similar. code-golf challenges ...
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Rickroll dupes again: is “First they came” a dupe? [duplicate]

First they came has been dupe-hammered of We're no strangers to code golf, you know the rules, and so do I (the rickroll), and reopened within 14 minutes. The question is: Is it a dupe? Note ...
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Is “Polyglot the OEIS!” a dupe of “The versatile integer printer”?

The recent question, Polyglot the OEIS!, has been VTCed as a duplicate of The versatile integer printer, however the community has not reached consensus on whether it is a dupe. Currently, it has ...
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How transitive are Duplicates?

Suppose I have a closed challenge "Closed" and an old challenge "Old" and want to create a new challenge "New". Closed is closed as a duplicate of Old because entries from Old are competitive in ...
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Should we close challenges as dupes of closed challenges?

So, the question here is, if we find a challenge that is a duplicate, but the challenge it is a duplicate of has been closed as unclear or off-topic, should we still close the new challenge as a ...
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Is fibtraction a dupe?

Recently this question caused a bit of a stir. The admitted goal of the challenge was to replace our old fibonacci question which the op felt was outdated. The question was closed twice by high rep ...
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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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Is “(The other day) I met a bear” a duplicate?

The challenge (The other day) I met a bear is a kolmogorov complexity question about the text of a song. As can be seen by looking at its edit history, it has been closed three times as a duplicate of ...
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Is the “duplicate” system too harsh?

First of all, I personally have no footing against or towards the current system. All though, some points have come to my attention and I wonder what others think about it. Background A large ...
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If a question is closed due to no objective victory criterion, and has many answers already, should duplicates of it be allowed?

I recently came across this question, which is (rightfully) closed as having no victory condition. Most of the existing answers don't aim for any particular goal other than answering the question, so ...
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Reposts of answer-chaining challenges

The reason that we don't allow reposts is because the same answers will be copied from the first challenge and the original can still be answered. But what about answer-chaining challenges? Those are ...
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Definite policy about duplicate answers

Every now and then, we get an answer flag the declares an answer a duplicate of another. So far, I haven't really acted on them – except for leaving a comment if the flagger hadn't done so already – ...
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Is the new showcase a duplicate of the old one?

https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/q/100928/26997 is currently closed as a duplicate of Showcase of Languages, which is currently locked. The reasoning is that once the proposal here is applied to ...
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Should we be flagging so many questions as duplicates? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of questions flagged as duplicated and so blocked recently, some from established members and some from new members. In several cases these have not been exact duplicates but have ...
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Closing one's own question as a dupe

I was curious why does it permit users to close their own question. What is the rational behind this? Is there any reason a user should be allowed to do this?
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Which questions should get deleted (and how fast)?

Note: This question is mainly about closed questions that haven't received any answers. Questions with answers should potentially be treated differently. First the numbers: Duplicate questions: 226 ...
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Are any of these bracket-fixing challenges duplicate?

While collecting a list of all challenges related to balanced strings I found that we have (at least) 4 challenges related to fixing unbalanced strings by adding or removing parentheses/braces/...
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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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Why is this a duplicate?

Recently I asked this question: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/75040/solve-a-quadratic-expression. Seconds after I posted, it was flagged as a duplicate of Resolve quadratic equation, ...
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When can challenges be reused?

I have noticed that some new sandbox posts are being shutdown as duplicates of other much older posts. There is nothing wrong with that. But I think there should be a time limit after which ...
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Closing old questions as duplicates in favour of new ones [duplicate]

This would answer my question, if only it had a real, accepted, useful answer, which is why I ask. I encountered this item in the VTC Review Queue. Essentially, it's a case of a question from 2011 ...
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Duplicates with different restrictions or no restrictions

Long ago, this challenge was posted, with the restriction that no numbers may be used in the source code. Recently, another challenge was posted, this time without any restrictions on the source code....
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Closing as Duplicate on Meta

There are some questions about the setup of the site that get asked time and time again on Meta. These include allowing code-golfing languages, language-based handicaps, duplicate-closing on the main ...
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Are these questions about balanced parentheses really duplicates?

I had recently asked a question. It received 13 upvotes and 3 close votes as a duplicate of another question. It's not an exact duplicate, but both Qs are similar. That other question also has exactly ...
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Should “Code the Huffman!” remain closed as a duplicate of a very old question?

Tl;dr: I think my question on Huffman coding was wrongly closed as duplicate and should be re-opened. Early this week, I had the idea of posting a challenge based on Huffman coding. I found a very ...
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Duplicates on other SE sites

After noticing that our site hasn't had a challenge on the Coin Problem, I recently posted one. However, it was pointed out that the challenge was posted on Stack Overflow back in the day when ...
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Am I allowed to post a second, better edition of a challenge?

I recently made my first PPCG challenge, Sign that word!. Now that various improvements have been suggested by more experienced users of PPCG, I would like to post a second, improved version of the ...
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Wrongly Marked Duplicate - Life can be colorful!

The problem has been resolved. Thanks everyone! I posted this question a few weeks ago and originally it only asked about the Game of Life so it was closed as a duplicate of Shortest Game of Life. I ...
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Is a popularity contest a duplicate of a code golf (and vice versa)?

I've noticed this happening a few times: A challenge that is very similar to an existing code golf challenge is posted as a popularity contest, or the other way around. There seems to be very little ...
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Identifying Duplicate Answers

I have a problem with objectively identifying duplicate entries in my challenges, so usually I just don't even try. Some of them are really obvious, but some of them are not. Some solutions are too ...
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Is this question really duplicate?

Is this question asked by me really duplicate? I think that the duplicate is not the same as the one I asked.
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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 ...