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I asked a word question that has run away with me?

Easiest WordSearch I've asked a crossword related question thats been on my mind for quite a while. I've made various edits from suggestions in the comments. I don't think I can adjust the question ...
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How can we get more feedback on our Sandbox questions?

Often, I have proposed a question to the sandbox and I never got any feedback on it; sometimes, I never got feedback until I had already posted the question. I want a way to fix this. I want Sandbox ...
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What to do about widely disliked questions that don't technically break any rules?

Sometimes a question is posted that widely disliked (often due to being too easy, or being excessively arbitrary, or playing around in a space that's been mostly comprehensively covered without ...
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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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Should I delete a downvoted question?

Some times ago, I posted a question that is now -3. I got some good answers that helped me (and I accepted one of them), but the -3 score hints that the question is not good. Should I delete it?
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Downvoting Questions on Hold

What is the current community opinion on this action. While certainly a downvoted is a very clear way of leaving direct feedback. I feel that downvoting a question that is already on hold is almost ...
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How could “Crash your favorite compiler” be edited to be on-topic?

I recently found the closed Crash your favorite compiler question and was wondering how a type of question like this could be changed to fit the requirements of a challenge question as outlined in the ...
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Real Coding Skill [duplicate]

Most puzzles and questions asked on CodeGolf are interesting and challenging. However, usually the answers that win are created from pre-fabricated languages designed for golfing code. This seems ...
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Hand-crafting a PDF

Inspired by this answer, I thought an interesting challenge would be to golf a PDF file. PDF files are based on the PostScript language, so I thought this might be acceptable as a programming ...
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Flag question comments for deletion when suggestion is implemented?

Related to Flag comments for deletion when suggestion is implemented?. The above question specifically addresses obsolescence flagging and deletion of comments to answers. What about the same ...
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Tag / challenge type proposal: Size coding [duplicate]

This question and proposal is different from this one, since this proposal includes a scoring mechanism that is vastly different from code-golf. What is size coding? Size coding as a form of ...
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Let's deliberate about [1p5]

Back in April 2011, @dmkcee announced the CodeGolf.SE First Periodic Premier Programming Puzzle Push. This proposal was so promising and interesting that even Jeff Atwood took note! The 1p5 tag was ...
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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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The state of the underhanded tag

I recently looked at the underhanded tag and noticed that all 3 of the newest questions are closed as "Too Broad". From our new rules for popularity contests and the code-trolling tag being off-topic ...
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Can we have a different Put On Hold message?

put on hold as unclear what you're asking by Xxx, Yyy, Zzz 1 hour ago Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, ...
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What should we do about questions that get asked that are already Sandboxed?

So, sometimes, I see questions that are posted in the sandbox, but have been posted in main by another user. For example, this question yielded 242 rep to a user who did not originally post it in the ...
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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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What constitutes programming for the purposes of this site?

According to our Help Center (emphasis mine), Programming Puzzles & Code Golf is for programming contests and challenges. Sounds simple enough, and 99 times out of 100 it is. But there are ...
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What should we do with old challenges no longer on topic?

During discussion of this meta question, it was noted that our current rules are different from our historical rules. As a result some older challenges would be closed as off topic if posted now. ...
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Count question score toward tag badges

Related: Increase reputation awarded for questions It has recently came to my attention that tag badges are only awarded based on answer votes. For a site like Stack Overflow, that makes sense, as ...
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On downvoting questions of users not in the know

Recently, I encountered this question where a user had posted a challenge to make an ArrayList and manipulate it in certain ways, very basically. This poster obviously did not understand the site, ...
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Increase reputation awarded for questions

It has come to my attention that the amount of reputation awarded for questions can be adjusted on a per-site basis. For example, Stack Apps awards +10 reputation for question upvotes. As you probably ...
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Are questions in which no answer is the best allowed?

I have seen things like "This is not about finding the language with the shortest approach for prime testing, this is about finding the shortest approach in every language. Therefore, no answer will ...
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Am I allowed to post a second, better edition of a challenge?

I recently made my first PPCG challenge, Sign that word!. Now that various improvements have been suggested by more experienced users of PPCG, I would like to post a second, improved version of the ...
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Add to Sandbox or How to Ask

Users are constantly asking for clarification of programming puzzles. In an attempt to help new users create good challenges, I asked this question on Meta PPCG: Things to consider when creating a ...
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A Weekly Challenge Competition

I mentioned this in chat a bit ago, and got somewhat varied feedback. I thought I'd go ahead and ask a meta question to gauge the community's overall thoughts. As a few people have noted, our ...
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Should asking for malicious code be on topic?

We're occasionally getting questions which ask people to write harmful code. This used to be big when code trolling was a thing, but it's not limited to that. Every now and then there are underhanded ...
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Is my question THAT similar to be considered duplicated?

Today I have asked a question here on PPCG. The question consisted in a set of wildcards and groups which one should make a string that matches it. The question can be found here: String generator ...
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Golf Practice questions [duplicate]

This is to discuss Golf Practice: Python and the Golf Practice question type it suggests. Some questions that came up: Is this type of question on-topic for PPCG? Is it OK that many of the individual ...
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Click here to find out what this question is about

Code Golf question titles are frequently opaque. The front page (and Hot Network Questions) hence partially degrades to a list of clickable rectangles. When clicking, I more often think "WTF does ...
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The one limiting stat for us still being in beta

Edit: Posted a similar question on Area 51. It seems that there is only one part keeping us in beta: our lack of asked questions. Here's a screenshot of this (as of August 14th): I know this isn't ...
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Standard definitions of terms within specifications

Quite often I find that I am repeating myself when creating a challenge. For example, usually I have to retype the definition of "random" in all of my posts, or I have to specify the same thing about ...
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What should you do in cases where you've got answers, but others think that the question is not a challenge?

See, for example, a question I asked earlier: Write the shortest code to generate a random number between 1 and x. @Oberon said "I'm not a downvoter, but maybe it's because the question isn't much of ...
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What is a spec?

Our FAQ on "on-topic questions" currently states: All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have ... A clear specification of what constitutes a ...
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Are questions about designing code contests on-topic here?

I'm a moderator on Programmers, and we just received a question asking for advice and feedback about a code contest the poster is designing: Would This Work As A New Obfuscated C Code Contest? ...
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Do “How do I get from problem to algorithm?” questions have a place on CodeGolf.SE?

We've seen several migrations from Stack Overflow recently (including one that was eventually un-migrated), and it is clear that not everyone on Stack Overflow understands the fairly restrictive rules ...
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Page 23 is empty

I'm sorry for nitpicking, but when navigating to 'Questions' one can browse up to page 23. However, page 23 is plainly empty: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions?page=23&sort=newest Is ...
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Is there a way to easily find questions that aren't code golf?

I found this question from January, but the top voted idea doesn't seem to have been implemented. In this time between the end of school and starting work, I would love to get some solutions to ...
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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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Making the FAQ more precise.

After asking this question, I got a downvote promptly. A user told me in the comments, that this page is for programming challenges and not for questions about how to be better in such challenges. I ...
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Rep points for questions [duplicate]

Right now we're using the standard +5/-2 for questions and +10/-2 for answers. However, this site is different from the trilogy and most other SE sites: coming up with a question generally takes more ...