Questions tagged [popularity-contest]

Questions about the popularity contest challenge type on main. [popularity-contests] are challenges where the winner is decided by the answer with the highest net score (upvotes minus downvotes). Popularity contests are generally discouraged, due to the subjective nature of voting. Do not post popularity contests on meta - they will be closed as off-topic.

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Please reopen Tweetable Mathematical Art

Could you please reopen Tweetable Mathematical Art ? It is such a source of inspiration, of course it will never end and never have a final answer, but that is how art is supposed to be, right?
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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 ...
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