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What assumptions about the file system layout can be made?

At times, it may be advantageous for a solution to a challenge to make certain assumptions about, for example, the directory from which it is run. For example, a bash script that compiles and runs a ...
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Should obfuscated JavaScript be allowed?

I had posted an "obfuscated rickroll in Greasemonkey" challenge, which I have deleted in response to Mike Bethany's comment that answers to the question would be of primary use to "spammers." In ...
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Brainfuck challenges?

EDIT: Clarified my point after seeing dmckee's answer. I just discovered brainfuck and find it really amusing. It seems to me that it is a perfect material for programming puzzles (especially code-...
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Are baseline submissions serious contenders?

One of PPCG's oldest rules, mentioned in What topics can I ask about here?, is that all answers to challenge questions must: Be a serious contender for the winning criteria in use. For example, an ...
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Can I ask a question seeking feature requests for a golfing language?

I noticed an old question, An improved version of GolfScript, which asked, as a tips question, for people to suggest ways to improve GolfScript. This was a well-received question, but times may have ...
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Where should we put robbers?

Just in case you didn't know already, we have a fairly new type of challenge: cops-and-robbers I enjoy these challenges very much, but I don't know if the current format (cops post answers, robbers ...
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Are bots allowed in The Nineteenth Byte?

People seem to know that active chat bots are prohibited in TNB, but I don't see that written anywhere. Is this indeed so? And if so, are pure listening bots that never speak also prohibited? These ...
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PopCons and Graphical Output

Previously: How do we close questions without an objective validity criterion? Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests Would "render the Mona Lisa in 1000 bytes" be on topic ...
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Defaults for reading several pieces of input

When reading several pieces of input as command-line arguments, it is common practice to read each piece as a different argument. The command-line arguments now provide an array of the input pieces. ...
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What should be the process for updating an established consensus?

There's many cases in which someone has a question about what site policy should be, people come up with suggestions, and one of them becomes highly popular and thus is treated as a rule. So far, ...
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How to count programs in Folders?

Folders is an esoteric programming language without any files at all. Instead, the program is represented by the directory structure instead, so our normal rules for counting the file size of the ...
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Tagging: are we doing it wrong?

I wanted to post this for a while... First off, I think that we're not tagging enough. Currently, we have an average of 2.1 tags per question. I've checked some (thematically) comparable sites, and ...
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How do we treat default output formats such as “ans = …” etc.?

In MATLAB and Octave, the default output looks like this (I guess this is relevant for other languages as well): ...
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Guidelines for integrating unrelated code written by others?

Are there any guidelines on using code written by others for other challenges as a part of an answer to a completely different challenge? It's a bit of a special case, but I'll explain. I'm currently ...
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If we can require a particular domain, can we require a particular path?

Background Following on from this question where it was decided that, as we define languages by their implementation, JavaScript solutions could include a requirement that they be run under a specific ...
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Is presenting a challenge with the intent of using the best answer in an open-source project okay?

First and foremost: I understand that all answers posted on Stack Exchange sites are required to be licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 and that attribution is required. This is less of a licensing question ...
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Dumping the output as an answer

Sometimes, on kolmogorov-complexity challenges with a constant output, we get extremely boring answers that make absolutely no effort to compress the output whatsoever, and instead just literally dump ...
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What should the policy be on partial answers? [duplicate]

What should our rules be regarding partial answers? For example, answers to code-golf questions that are not yet golfed answers that almost work, but not quite (answers that require a simple bugfix) ...
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What are string literals?

Some questions like Significant Whitespace disallowed string literals. But what are string literals exactly? If I interpret this literally, almost everything in Bash or Tcl are string literals. For ...
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Should we systematically treat code that crashes compilers/interpreters as malicious? [duplicate]

Despite having What qualifies as malicious code?, the consensus seems really unclear on that point, because this question seems to be valid, and that one isn’t. In the current case, please note the ...
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How do we define “deterministic”, and is it required by default?

We seem to have implied restrictions that code submissions should be deterministic, but this doesn't seem to be well-defined or explicitly restricted as a loophole. The closest loophole is this one. ...
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Winning conditions not measurable until question author decides to reveal test data set

This question has an interesting property, in that judging a winner is dependent on unknown data: Recognize handwritten digits This is actually not an uncommon way of things working in puzzle-space. ...
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Challenge closed as duplicate that's clearly different

I posted Draw the Olympic Games logo, which is clearly a code-golf question requiring users to post a solution that outputs ascii-art. chubakueno posted Olympic Games Logo - Free Style Edition, which ...
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“Good” Questions that are Incomplete

Edit I was mistaken about the links being bad in the mp3 challenge. It wasn't playing well with Centos but seems to be fine on Windows. As such, there are no grounds for closing that challenge. The ...
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Are “restricted programming” problems on topic?

I'm not sure if "restricted programming" is the right term for what I'm thinking about. I'm referring to questions of the form: "Complete [some task] in [some specific language] without [some obvious ...
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How do we deal with novel emerging/recurring challenge types?

Recently, there has been a new type of challenge introduced called duct-tape-coding. Fears have been brought up that, like code-trolling, this challenge type may spawn posts that are extremely trivial ...
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On byte count and language preprocessing [duplicate]

Related: Fair size comparison across languages with different source alphabets Scoring non-ASCII languages in code-golf has been long-debated. Since I primarily uses APL for code golf, I have seen ...
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In bash, can I use non-coreutil programs

Since bash scripts (or any other Linux shell scripts) are accepted as a programming language, I wonder what (Linux) programs are accepted as callable from the command line. It seems that it is ...
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When do I have to include things like Java's public static void main

Can someone tell me why sometimes people are including class C{public static void main(String[]a){...}} and sometimes that seems to be not necessary?(https://...
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Introducing FunKiller

I've invented a new language called FunKiller, which is designed to make radiation-hardening challenges trivial and boring. This is the JavaScript interpreter: ...
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Adding a “Too Narrow” close option

For multiple recent questions, people have wanted to close a question because the question was too narrow - not enough variety of potential answers to make it interesting. Those questions were: Sign ...
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Should administrative content hosted on external sites ever be binding?

Should PPCG rules or guidelines or other administrative content be considered "official" when it is not hosted on meta or main? (Note that "PPCG" refers to the entirety of the Programming Puzzles &...
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Why is this non-serious-contender answer still around, despite a “helpful” flag?

As explained in our policy on serious contenders, this answer is not a serious contender because it is deliberately crafted to get a low score (the only way it could win is if there were no other ...
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I can't understand why my quesiton was closed

I can't understand why my question was closed: Rotate An Integer Array with an O(n) algorithm It was previously put "on hold", then I edited my question to meet the requirements. But then it was ...
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Is Brainfuck considered a serious contender

Brainf*** is far from a terse language. A (partially) golfed solution may be 1000's of bytes long. Similar to JSF***, these submissions are often autogenerated and will require significant work to ...

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