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Questions about what sort of questions are appropriate for CGCC.

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Why is a language identification challenge off-topic in CGCC?

NOTE: not dupe of this because all are different answers. Back to start Some questions like this are obviously off-topic, but some what sees on-topic but not on this site (CGCC)? Like: “ What ...
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Questions that ask for artifacts or witnesses

(Sorry this is long. I tried to gather many examples, and honestly I would have liked to include more.) Background The code-challenge tag captures many different kinds of creative challenges that ...
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What's the PPCG policy on originality of content?

I recently closed this post as off-topic because "it is not clear and it does not appear to be your own content". In case the post ever gets deleted, <2k users can see the image here. While I now ...
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Core Wars and similar programming challenges on PPCG?

Core War is a game about two or more programs written in an abstract assembly language (REDCODE) dueling/jousting/fighting. The goal of it is to get the enemy program to have no more running threads. ...
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Is a "tips for fastest code" question on-topic?

I'm noticing that the tips tag is dominated by code-golfing questions (e.g. the hundreds (exaggeration) of tips for golfing in {language X} questions), but our site ...
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Is this question off-topic?

I have an idea for a question and am wondering if it would be classed as off-topic here. It is a programming puzzle/challenge but doesn't require anyone to submit a program and it's not the program ...
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The broken window of "Produce the number 2014 without any numbers in your source code"

Produce the number 2014 without any numbers in your source code is our highest-voted question. It regularly inspires newcomers to pose similar challenges, which get heavily downvoted with the poster ...
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Are challenges that may not be solvable on-topic for PPCG?

Consider the following example challenge: Given a set of integers, output a truthy value if there is a non-empty subset whose sum equals 0, or a falsey value if no such subset exists. Solutions ...
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What changes should we make to the showcase before and after unlocking and reopening it?

We've reached consensus! We'll make an exception and unlock and reopen the Showcase of Languages thread. In this (hopefully final) meta posts, we have to decide what this exception will cover, i.e., ...
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Making an exception for the "Showcase of Languages"

Comparing the vote tallies on Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant before and after the Showcase of Languages was closed and locked leads me to the following conclusion. ...
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Should "Showcase your language one vote at a time" be unlocked and reopened?

The current second highest-voted PPCG question, Showcase your language one vote at a time, was recently put on hold for being too broad and locked as historically significant for reasons explained ...
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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

I recently revisited the following classic challenge: Showcase your language one vote at a time. The gist of the challenge is as follows: An answer is a set of program snippets, each with a unique ...
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Are questions targeting non-standard computer platforms allowed/wanted?

My question is related to this one. Are questions/challenges explicitly targeting non-standard computing platforms such as FPGAs allowed? If yes: Are they wanted or welcome here or are they ...
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Should challenges that give unfair advantages to certain users be off-topic?

Consider the following two challenges: This Sandboxed challenge gives an unfair advantage to users who have been around longer and contributed more towards collaborative golfing efforts. The original ...
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Objective computational challenges without "code"

I recently posed a question about attempting to ruin Lepton's attempt to compress a JPEG. I've done other file-format-type questions before, to generate a WAV, defeat LZMA compression, etc, in part ...
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Question about a quine in a specific language

If I am interested in asking a question about quining in a specific language, would this be allowed? I am curious as to whether or not its even possible to write such a quine in a certain language.
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Unspoken challenge rules

The barrier for entry for new users to write challenges is too high. I think there's a problem with how we are closing challenges. There are only two reasons we can close a challenge as "off-topic": ...
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Should questions about challenge-writing be on topic?

In light of this recent question on main (now migrated to meta), here is a question I've been meaning to bring up for a while: should we broaden our scope to allow questions about challenge writing? ...
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Should multi-part challenges be allowed?

We occasionally have challenges which consist of multiple separate subchallenges, whose individual scores are simply combined at the end. These are often known as "golf courses". While these are often ...
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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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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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Code kata should be added to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf

The idea of Programming Puzzles & Code Golf is excellent. Putting-out challenges, submitting your take on the solution, receiving feedback. But it seems to be mainly code golf, and this then just ...
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Do we need the [algorithm-advice] tag?

There's a tag algorithm-advice which is currently being used three times. All three questions were asking for help with solving a programming challenge found elsewhere. We usually consider that to be ...
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Are pure programming puzzles on topic?

The tag wiki for programming puzzle says: A programming puzzle includes a goal, a partially completed program, and rules outlining how the program can be modified. The program is specifically ...
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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 editor golf on-topic?

We've recently received a Vim golf question that's sparked a bit of controversy as to whether Vim golf, or "editor golf" in general, is on-topic here. Should Vim, Emacs, or editor golf in general be ...
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Answer-dependent questions

Calvin's Hobbies recently posted Evolution of Hello World. The challenge is unique in several ways, but the most revolutionary is that the definition of "valid answer" depends on other answers. This ...
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Could there be a way to have obfuscation challenges?

Obfuscating things can be incredibly fun: ...
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Should we consider dropping or modifying the "objective winning criteria" requirement?

Where as The site has stableized (not to stay stagnated) with fairly low activity. There have been from time to time questions that do not meet the requirements in our FAQ but do draw much attention ...
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Isn't there some way to have "just-for-fun" questions?

I can understand the need to keep things under control and nip problem trends in the bud based on the experience at SO and other graduated sites. While [tips] questions strain the discussion/list ...
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Would the "What is your solution to the FizzBuzz problem" question belong here?

Would the FizzBuzz question belong here?
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Is "cleverness" valid as the sole criteria for a puzzle?

This question was migrated in this morning. It was asked about a year ago on Stack Overflow, as a sort of alternative to the then-established Code Golf niche. If you've never had a chance to read ...
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Site title and domain

The area51 proposal was titled "Code Golf & Programming Challenges" and the discussion on area51 even nudged towards making it just "Programming Challenges" so that it has wider scope. Yet the ...
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Are questions from Google Code Jam, TopCoder, etc. on-topic?

The original proposal is for "Code Golf and Programming Puzzles". I think this suggests that discussion of questions from programming contests should indeed be on-topic---as long as they're not ...
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