Questions tagged [popularity-contest]

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Should we blacklist [popularity-contest]s?

34 out of the last 50 pop-cons were closed (that's from about the middle of 2015). Should we retire popularity-contest?
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Solution to popularity contest [duplicate]

This is my solution to the popularity contest problem. Have a meta post about making a good popularity contest. Popularity contests after being posted must set a time period of a minimum of one day ...
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Why is this popularity contest given special treatment?

I was looking at this question, and noticed while it does lay out its task rather clearly it doesn't really state what the winning criteria is. I scrolled down to the tags expecting that it was a code-...
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Good examples of popularity contest challenges

popularity-contest is a hard tag to create questions for. Its hard balance between vagueness and broadness. What are some good examples that other challenges should seek to emulate?
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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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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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Updating the [popularity-contest] tag info: suggestions

The current tag info of the popularity-contest is outdated and needs to be replaced/improved as we now have much clearer notions of what a pop-con is compared to the time of creation. From the recent ...
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The state of the popularity contest tag

Recently, there's been a strong push against popularity-contest challenges. This post sums up the general feelings of the community pretty well, in my opinion. Even when challenge authors do ...
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Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests

In light of the controversy sparked by this question, I think we need to create a general "rule of thumb" policy on how objective a popularity-contest needs to be in order to be on-topic. The main ...
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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

We have lots of tips for golfing in specific languages, but what about other types of challenge? Has anyone wondered how to improve their popularity-contest answers? What general tips do you have ...
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Proposing new winning criterion tag: Voter-judged

I'm stepping into a hornet's nest here. Popularity contests have been controversial. Some detractors believe that non-objective winning criteria are simply unacceptable. Others are OK with ...
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Has underhanded been getting too much like code-trolling?

Some time after the Great code-trolling Purge, a huge wave of popularity-contest underhanded questions emerged. Are some of the underhanded questions too broad and hence facing similar issues to ...