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A sandbox is a place where you can post proposed challenges for others to review.

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Sandbox for Proposed Challenges

This "sandbox" is a place where Code Golf users can get feedback on prospective challenges they wish to post to main. This is useful because writing a clear and fully specified challenge on ...
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Introducing the PPCG Sandbox Viewer™

The sandbox post is really just a question which we use as a system to review posts (which is great and all), but wouldn't it be great if there could be like a dedicated review queue for Sandbox Post? ...
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We need to talk about the Sandbox

Warning: this post will contain things that people don't want to hear. But it needs to happen. Now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business. The Sandbox was a brilliant idea. It ...
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The problem with sandboxes, and a proposed solution

The Problem The sandbox will be a problem when we graduate (hopefully soon!) As it is already, the people who look through the sandbox regularly are very little in number. What happens when we ...
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Sandbox good for its own subdomain?

Edit 2: See Grace Note's answer. Edit: Answers may be allowed, so that question-specific sandboxes would be actually on topic, such as attempted for Stack Exchange Quine. It could also enable people ...
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Secret Santa's Sandbox

AKA: The Regifting of the White Elephants Note - I'm not sure this is on-topic or not on meta, but it seems to be as good a place as any. Comment if you disagree. I have a few challenges that I have ...
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Community is being Overprotective of the Sandbox

Recently @Community♦︎ has been constantly protecting our beloved Sandbox. Our rep threshold for meta has been decreased specifically to grant new users access to the Sandbox so they can post their ...
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How does the Sandbox work? How do I use it?

Link to sandbox I've noticed some people here talking about a "proposed question sandbox." Where is the sandbox? Why should I use the sandbox? How does the sandbox work? What should we do with ...
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Should we remove the reputation requirement for answering on meta?

I've been made aware that it's possible to lower the reputation threshold required to ask or answer questions on a per-site meta. A very common complaint about the sandbox is that new users, who are ...
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Sandbox instructions for new users

We now have a nifty new info-box to point new users to the Sandbox. Hooray! But when a new user does go to the Sandbox for the first time, the instructions there don't give them much to work from to ...
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Announcing Advent of Code Golf 2021! (+ Event challenge sandbox)

Originally from caird coinheringaahing's idea, I thought about how we could do it this year with such a short time before December, and I decided to gather some ideas from previous AoC events. (There'...
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Users with 1 rep aren't able to post answers on Meta

Despite our help page claiming you only need 1 reputation to participate in Meta, multiple users have reported being unable to post answers on Meta, despite being supposed to be (screenshot of a ...
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Announcing Code Golf Advent Calendar 2022! (+ Event challenge sandbox)

Following last year's event, we're doing Advent of Code Golf Code Golf Advent Calendar 20221! On each day between Dec 1st and Dec 25th (inclusive), a new challenge will be posted at UTC midnight2. It ...
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An info box to point new users to The Sandbox

So along with site graduation, one new option we have is an info box on the sidebar. For example, you can see what these look like on Law or Judaism Stack Exchange (directly above the "featured on ...
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Getting rid of the sandbox directory

I would like to propose to remove the answer directory from the Sandbox. It seems that: It's never up to date. It takes a lot of unnecessary vertical space. I have no indication that anyone is ...
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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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Can we get a "magic link" to the Sandbox?

One of the more popular comments on our site goes something like this: Hi, and welcome to PPCG! Your challenge was closed because it's a bit unclear/broad/whatever as it is now. I would recommend ...
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Should every question be sandboxed?

A while ago I started a bit of a personal experiment and stopped using the sandbox for most of my questions. I think this experiment has given me a new perspective on the sandbox, that I would like ...
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Should the Info Box Link to the Active Sorted Sandbox?

The link to the sandbox in the info box is nice, but I was wondering if it might be better to link to change the target of the link from ...
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Is The Sandbox Effective?

This is a poll to find out the general concensus on the effectiveness of our Sandbox for Proposed Challenges. To participate, up-vote exactly one of the answers below. There are only "Yes" and "No" ...
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Linking to the sandbox

Why do people keep posting a link to the sandbox below their question? Isn't the sandbox supposed to serve the OP as a way of getting feedback on a challenge? It seems like a lot of people are ...
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Cluttering the Sandbox with Edits

A few times I have noticed that, to reduce clutter, people have taken it upon themselves to reduce the body of sandbox posts in bulk. While, I don't disagree with the practice of decluttering, by ...
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How can we get new users to use the sandbox properly?

The problem Often, when we get new users, this happens: they post their first few challenges, which receive negative feedback they are instructed to use the sandbox, which they do not long after (...
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Advent of code golf?

Every year, during December, our cousin site, Advent of Code goes live, hosting a coding challenge every day from the 1st of December to the 24th of December. There have been various attempts for ...
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Can I invent a language to solve a problem that's in the Sandbox?

We have rules about answering challenges with a language that was invented after the challenge was posted. Can I invent a language to easily solve a challenge that's currently in the Sandbox and then ...
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Can we make use of abandoned sandbox posts?

Over the years a lot of challenges have accumulated in the sandbox(es) which never made it to being posted on main. Some of these were probably abandoned because they were duplicates or had unfixable ...
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How should sandbox retirement be handled (if at all)?

In a similar vein to my previous meta post, we're going to have to deal with having the sandbox on meta. And currently, the sandbox situation is a bit... messy. Here's a simple plan (or, at least, ...
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Introducing The Guild of Reviewers - Better Sandbox Feedback

(Thanks to Redwolf Programs for the name!) In a recent discussion about the info box and linking to the Sandbox for new users to use it before attempting to post their first challenge, we noted that ...
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Can I make a Sandbox meta post instead of using the normal Sandbox?

My next challenge will rely heavily on Stack Snippets and http://api.stackexchange.com/ to gather data from the answers (similar to this or this). I want to Sandbox it to iron out any kinks, but none ...
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We Have a Messy Sandbox

It may be just me, but it seems kind of bothersome that we have 500-odd undeleted answers in the Sandbox. Many of them have already been posted for real but not edited to reflect that. More (I think ...
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Are we still deleting sandbox posts?

The Sandbox currently says: When you think your challenge is ready for the public, go ahead and post it, and replace the post here with a link to the challenge and delete the sandbox post. (Emphasis ...
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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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Why isn't the Sandbox Community Wiki?

We all know and love the Sandbox. It's one of our best features. But in the body of the Sandbox, I noticed this: This is a community-maintained list of the most active Sandbox submissions, sorted ...
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How can new users use the Sandbox? [duplicate]

Related: How are new users supposed to participate on this site? In most StackExchange sites, new users are encouraged to ask questions. On this site, we encourage running questions through the ...
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How to move questions from the Sandbox

We've recently noted that our questions per day stat has gone down. We recently had somebody propose a renewal of the Weekly Challenges, but as I posted there, I don't think it's the right solution. ...
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We Have a Messy Sandbox - Follow Up

In We Have a Messy Sandbox the consensus was that the best way to clean our Sandbox is to delete posted challenges but keep abandoned ones. The consensus also seemed to be that: These deleted posts ...
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A simple userscript for collapsing sandbox answers

Description As it appears the sandbox on meta is here to stay, I've written a very simple userscript that will allow you to collapse sandbox answers to reduce clutter. (This may be able to be ...
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Issues with Sandbox Clutter

The Sandbox for Proposed Challenges is a great way for people to get feedback on challenges and make sure they are not duplicates, are clear, and are ready for posting before they post it to the main ...
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Could the body of the Sandbox question serve as a directory to all of the answers?

I feel like one of the main difficulties of having a massive sandbox is the difficulty of seeing all of the posts in the sandbox. There are 63 answers in the XIV sandbox and 66 in the XII sandbox, ...
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Code Golf Jeopardy

I'm considering doing an original challenge that (at of right now) consists of golfed solutions in the languages C, Python, <...
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What should we do against the downvote flood in the sandbox?

In the last 3 or 4 weeks there are quite a lot of sandbox proposals being downvoted. A quick count in the first page reveals that 12 proposals are at -1 and 2 are at -2, and some of the -1s are ...
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Should the Sandbox be a featured meta post?

It always was, and I'm assuming it has just dropped off, so this is just to draw attention to that...
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Community Moderator Removing Sandbox featured tag

If you look in the sandbox edit history there seems to be a long chain of edits where the community moderator removes the featured tag, and a trusted moderator replaces it. This is similar to the ...
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Test a question

The sandbox is a helpful feature[citation needed] but often I have a question that I feel needs to be tested before it can be asked. This is usually the case with a cops-and-robbers question or ...
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How do I get enough people to notice my sandbox post?

In the previous sandboxes, it was suggested that if you had 3 upvotes on your sandbox submission, it was ready to go. I have written a few sandbox posts recently. Of these, all have been commented on ...
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Revamp the sandbox system?

The Proposed Question Sandboxes aren't really working. As per this question, we should move them to the main site. This is just a suggestion for how we might go about this. Create a special tag, ...
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4 options for the sandbox: Main or Meta & Community Wiki or not

Following Peter Taylor's comments that pointed out that this question (now deleted) is not giving meaningful voting results with only 2 options, here are all 4 options as answers so that I'm no longer ...
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Should I delete my sandbox answers after posting the challenge? [duplicate]

After posting a question that had gone through sandbox, people typically remove the body of their sandbox submission and replace it with a link to the final challenge. This makes sense to help reduce ...
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Zero (neither positive or negative) attention to challenge proposal in sandbox - what to do?

A challenge proposal I posted into the sandbox has received zero attention (no votes, no comments). Should I: just post it on the main site and hope for the best? do an edit to bump the question up ...
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Can we remove the old sandbox links?

At some point we decided to just have one global Sandbox. I think this is fine, I'm just concerned about all the links to old sandboxes that may confuse users, new and old alike. When I'm not logged ...
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