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PPCG equivalent to http://stackoverflow.com/jobs

Dyalog's APL team is looking to hire, and we are more interested in golfers than regular programmers, as the former are more likely to have the right mindset. Since codegolf.stackexchange.com/jobs ...
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Trailing Newlines, Spaces, Limited Precision and Language Limitations

I think we should gather a list of all languages that are, by default, allowed to to do things differently on challenges that do not explicitly disallow it. Every question I write it seems that ...
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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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How many winners can a challenge have?

I'm currently writing a challenge which forces people to work in pairs to participate in the challenge. However, this leads to the question, who wins in the pair? I'm thinking about (ideally) having ...
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To what extent the answer is allowed to change the description in the challenge?

PS: Honestly I just proposed my first challenge on PPCG hours ago, so feel free to criticize me. I just had my very first challenge published here and I ran into a problem that some answers are based ...
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Default for fastest-code or restricted-time challenge

Because it would be hard for newcomers to find and read all of the meta questions about this topic, I suggest having a common post for all of them. It would be easier for moderators to point newcomers ...
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Is it OK to delete old answers?

Since this is not a QA site as such, I don't think there's a whole lot of value in keeping old solutions around for future reference. And for new users to the site, it's a bit like discovering an ...
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Is it permitted to upvote only to test submissions?

In order to properly test the submissions to Martin vs Dennis - Round 1, one would need to upvote the current lesserso their reps become equal, and then continue upvoting so the former lesser becomes ...
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Bytecount for code solution

I know I'm probably on thin ice, but I tried an answer in the print "Hello, World!" challenge. I consider it to be 5 bytes total, but the user ais523 pointed out that I had to count the ...
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Defaults for word lists

Some challenges (that I'm currently mulling over with a view to posting) require that the solution produces valid words. Having to embed an entire dictionary in a code-golf entry isn't the point of ...
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Should tags be plural or singular?

As part of The Great Tagging Survey, I've noticed that the pluralisation of our tags is a bit inconsistent. The following lists all tags that refer to some kind of object that is dealt with in the ...
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Voting to close question if it's unclear for some?

There are cases where a challenge asks for some specific inputs/outputs, for instance an array where each element is a tuple or something similar. This might be perfectly fine and clear in some ...
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Answer validility after edits

We all agree that using language features implemented after the question was asked makes the answer non-competing. But what about after an edit to the question? Say Bob posts a question challenge. I ...
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Should stdout be ignored when the program is a function?

My understanding is that, when stdout is used for output, stderr is ignored. Similarly, it would seem that, when a function's return value is used for output, stdout and stderr should be ignored. ...
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Should “Operations with lists” be broken up into individual challenges?

As it stands, Operations on lists is in a bit of a weird place. It could be considered a multi-part challenge with minimal interaction between the subchallenges, which aren't allowed, but is pointed ...
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Necessity of Wrapping Solution into Method/Function

I've noticed that sometimes people using exotic languages like Brainfuck don't ever explicitly wrap a solution into a method/function. While sometimes I see solutions in Java and such where they are ...
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Can we enforce a time limit?

By time limit, I mean the OP should include one, such that (s)he will sooner or later accept the winning answer, provided there is at least one valid answer. It doesn't have to be a fixed time. ...
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Can a language's True/False be used in place of their values in a sequence? [duplicate]

I'm asking this to find a consensus on whether it's okay for an answer to use True or False in place of the language's ...
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Are automata or state machines a valid choice of language? [duplicate]

I've noticed that some challenges could be solved using automata. For example, this challenge in closing XML tags could be solved using a pushdown automaton. Would such an answer be acceptable? If ...
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What's the Java policy with REPL existing? [duplicate]

An extension of When do I have to include things like Java's public static void main. Unless you've (probably) been living under a rock, you (probably) know that Java 9 is (probably) going to ...
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How much support does something need to be policy?

Of fortunately, there is no metametacodegolf, so I will just put my question here. At https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/22646/16842, someone said my question violated a post here, but the post had ...
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“Windows” as a programming language?

I was going to give the green tick mark to the winning submission of this challenge, but I am unsure what to do. The shortest submission is this, which claims to use "Windows language", but I doubt ...
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Is it wrong to ask for an answer that is not source code?

Consider king-of-the-hill challenges. Significant effort on the part of the challenge presenter goes into collecting the code entries and massaging them into a runnable state (language versions, ...
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What happens if I get upvoted but have already reached the daily limit?

The title says it all. I reached my daily limit today and noticed that one of my questions was upvoted after I reached the daily limit. What happens to the reputation? Do I get it tomorrow or is it ...
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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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Are modifications to existing languages allowed as submissions? [duplicate]

Say I have a language I'd love to use (like JavaScript for example), but there are tons of little pieces of functionality I'd love to modify built-ins with, like ...
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Can lambda parameter types be left off if potentially inferable from context? [duplicate]

This Java answer (and this one) uses a lambda that does not explicitly declare its parameter type, but this Scala answer includes a parameter type. in both cases, the type could be inferred when it is ...
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Is “Most Elegant” objective [duplicate]

This comes up in popularity contests all the time. Most elegant as a scoring criteria (or similar). Is a popularity contest objective in and of itself by saying that most votes wins? It is very ...
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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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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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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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