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We've written a new Chatiquette, and we want your feedback!

Update: the new Chatiquette has been instated. We are still interested in hearing feedback, so feel free to continue to give feedback here. As previously noted, the current Chatiquette for The ...
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Suspecting cheating at competitions

Once in a while, a new user posts an immaculately-written challenge with test cases formatted like 1 ≤ m ≤ 10000 1 ≤ n ≤ 100 SAMPLE INPUT 10 9 8 SAMPLE OUTPUT 1 Maybe they say they'...
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Cluttering the Sandbox with Edits

A few times I have noticed that, to reduce clutter, people have taken it upon themselves to reduce the body of sandbox posts in bulk. While, I don't disagree with the practice of decluttering, by ...
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Strike-through previous character counts

I often notice posts which contain strike-through versions of previous character counts, like this: Perl (123 111 chars) I don't see this practice mentioned anywhere in the FAQs, nor here on meta. ...
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How to Handle Mass Edit Events

This isn't to call anyone out or criticise the actions of anyone. This is to get a clear understanding of general guidelines of mass edits. Every now and again, links to online interpreters will ...
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What's our policy on "reposting" older answers with newer versions?

On occasion, especially with a couple of specific, inactive users, I'll craft a Jelly answer identical to an existing answer, except for a few byte-saving substitutions that have been added to the ...
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When is it allowable to change the rules? [duplicate]

Questions frequently need tweaking to the rules, even after going through the sandbox. However, rule changes that break previously valid answers are annoying to the answerer (at least from the ...
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How to deal with questions that do not explain their winning criterion?

Recently there's been a bit of a discussion in chat about this challenge. It was put into the close vote queue as unclear, with the main reason being that it didn't state the winning criterion in the ...
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Tips for ungolfing code

I recently posted a Java golf that massively abuses for loop syntax to save a few characters. However, this makes it almost impossible to ungolf without changing ...
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Why the mixed response?

I recently posted my first puzzle and was received with mixed responses. I know that the puzzle itself may look trivial, and in a way it is, but I think it's presented correctly, the objective is ...
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Are parts of challenges allowed to be posted on their own?

Suppose there is a challenge that is rather hard, and has few answers. Is it OK to post a new challenge that is actually a part of the bigger and harder challenge? Of course, attributing the original ...
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