Questions tagged [duplicates]

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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 ...
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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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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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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 portion ...
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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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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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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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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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Can we revive The Programming Language Quiz?

status-completed 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.