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How to count bytes FAQ

We've got a lot of questions asking how to count the bytes in different situations. This question is here to put them all in one spot. General questions How to count "interactive" answers and flags ...
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Things to avoid when writing challenges

If there is something that you find annoying / counterproductive / unfair / detrimental / no longer funny in challenges (question posts), describe it in an answer here, and propose a recommended ...
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Definitive policy about answers not meeting the challenge specification

This question has been asked so often, I have no idea what our actual policy is: Almost-correct answers Should answers that break the rules be deleted? Should we flag and delete Not an Answer posts? ...
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Things to consider when creating a challenge

There's a lot to remember to include when writing a challenge for this site. What are some things that are easy to forget? Return to FAQ index
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Default for Code Golf: Input/Output methods

It looks like we have a consensus that we want certain defaults for the format which answers are expected in for code-golf. On that poll, the question arose twice, which input/output formats should be ...
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Interpretation of Truthy/Falsey

Quite a few code-golf questions require output to be "truthy or falsey". This is possibly confusing as these terms can possibly mean different things to different people, and especially in different ...
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How does the Sandbox work? How do I use it?

Link to sandbox I've noticed some people here talking about a "proposed question sandbox." Where is the sandbox? Why should I use the sandbox? How does the sandbox work? What should we do with ...
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Where should non-challenge questions go?

I have a question about programming puzzles or code golf, and it's not a challenge for others to solve. Where should I post it? Return to FAQ index
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Template For Challenges

What format is generally good for questions? Is there a good template I can use? Return to FAQ index
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How can I incorporate good-looking mathematical exposition into my question/answer?

How can I incorporate good-looking mathematical exposition into my question/answer? Return to FAQ index
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Community FAQ for Programming Puzzles & Code Golf

Community FAQ For the Programming Puzzles & Code Golf site For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Posting Challenges/Solutions How can I incorporate good-looking ...
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Loopholes that are forbidden by default

There are a number of standard loopholes which experienced question-setters seek to explicitly close. However, inexperienced question-setters may unintentionally leave them open, or respondents may ...
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What makes winning criteria “objective”?

The FAQ says (in part) All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have [... an] objective primary winning criterion, so that it is possible to indisputably ...
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What details should always be given for a code golf task?

Related: For Code Golf, how do you deal with languages without a traditional print/echo statements? Related: What programming language should we consider for the code-golf solution ? Related: Use of ...