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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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An experiment into the FGITW phenomenon

Yesterday (probably the day before yesterday in some time zones), I decided to run an experiment on the "Fastest Gun In The West" phenomenon, in which early answers tend to get ...
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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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Should we remove unnecessary restrictions on the factorial challenge?

The Factorial challenge is one of the canonical challenges on our site. Just like "Hello World", "Add two numbers", "Primality test", and "Fibonacci", it ...
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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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Should we open *Largest number printable* to all languages?

Brought to meta on the basis that it's too drastic a change to make unilaterally or on the basis of three people discussing it in the comments of a different question... The issue has been raised by ...
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Should we repost the Kolakoski challenge?

We've got a fairly old challenge about the Kolakoski sequence. Unfortunately, the challenge is fairly restrictive in its I/O requirements: in particular, input has to be taken via command-line ...
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How Can I Make my Question Better?

I recently posted a question, and would like to know what is wrong about it, and how it could have been made better. This is not to get the question back, but rather so that I know what makes a good ...
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Canonical words from chemical element symbols question

The creation of words from chemical element symbols seems to be a popular pastime, judging by the number of questions that are asked about it. Most of them are closed as duplicates: Words from ...
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What's wrong with popularity contest?

Some time ago I asked a question 8 ought to become Infinity, which was closed as "Questions without an objective primary winning criterion are off-topic, as they make it impossible to indisputably ...
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Are these questions about balanced parentheses really duplicates?

I had recently asked a question. It received 13 upvotes and 3 close votes as a duplicate of another question. It's not an exact duplicate, but both Qs are similar. That other question also has exactly ...
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How should my challenge be tagged?

How should I tag Good Old Suffix Vector? I initially tagged it code-golf because it requires code that is as short and possible, and logic because it involves constructing boolean values, and there ...
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What should I do with this question?

I recently posted this challenge on codegolf. The idea was simple : reproduce an hexagonal logo, graphically or in ASCII art. At first i thought it would be good enouth to be interessing, but the lack ...
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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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I don't understand why this is "unclear"

This is the question in question (no pun intended) It was put on hold is unclear. I do not understand what is unclear. I asked a flagger why it was unclear. @Mego: 1) There is no objective winning ...
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What should we do with the "counting to potato" challenge?

A code golf challenge entitled "Counting to Potato" was recently posted that has become somewhat controversial, as it could be taken as offensive to some people. What should be done with this ...
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Should "Code the Huffman!" remain closed as a duplicate of a very old question?

Tl;dr: I think my question on Huffman coding was wrongly closed as duplicate and should be re-opened. Early this week, I had the idea of posting a challenge based on Huffman coding. I found a very ...
El'endia Starman's user avatar
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What's wrong or unclear with this challenge?

This morning I posted a challenge (2k users only). It's back in the sandbox now, visible for anybody and for review. I had this challenge in the sandbox for 5 days before I posted it. With some help ...
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Accepting my first answer, things to consider beyond byte count with a tie on "shortest code wins" question?

My first ever question Find all integer pairs that produce a given Loeschian number was a straightforward code-golf tagged problem. I copied the format from an earlier related question, including the ...
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Would this potential challenge be a duplicate of an existing one?

5 years ago I asked this question. I made it clear that leaving a double h lefter from a "sh" or "SH" becoming "thh" or "Thh" was acceptable. But now I'm older ...
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Is "Polyglot the OEIS!" a dupe of "The versatile integer printer"?

The recent question, Polyglot the OEIS!, has been VTCed as a duplicate of The versatile integer printer, however the community has not reached consensus on whether it is a dupe. Currently, it has ...
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Is "(The other day) I met a bear" a duplicate?

The challenge (The other day) I met a bear is a kolmogorov complexity question about the text of a song. As can be seen by looking at its edit history, it has been closed three times as a duplicate of ...
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Why can't we take input from a variable? [duplicate]

On the default allowed I/O methods, we have come to a consensus that programs may not take input from a predefined variable. However, we have decided that anonymous functions are allowed. In the ...
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Why is this question closed?

Write a java code to detect the JVM version was closed in error as part of the underhanded cleanup. It's obvious from the comment thread that it was never really an underhanded question, and that tag ...
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Closure Guidance : Why was my question closed

I recently asked the question in code golf, I have followed the standard template : I have provided : Sample input Sample output Sample code & rules what else this community need in order to ...
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Should I edit a challenge to make it more interesting, if it makes several existing answers no longer optimal?

Specifically this one. Dennis pointed out that the rule that input cannot be an array of lines makes the challenge worse, and I agree with him now. However, the challenge already has several answers, ...
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http -> https has caused issues with a specific challenge

Take a look at this challenge: Print This Question ↓ It asks to print the exact contents of the question. Cool, right? There's even a comment by ETH saying "Let this be a reminder not to edit this ...
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What should I do with my fastest code challenge?

So I've vastly overestimated the processing it would take to find domino tilings of a rectangle and wrote up a challenge that has gotten a little weird. First of all, the execution times are really ...
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How to handle Wireworld duplicate?

I've just closed Shortest Wireworld as a duplicate of Simulate the Wireworld cellular automaton. However, this is one of those lose-lose situations: Leave the new question open: answers to two ...
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"Good" Questions that are Incomplete

Edit I was mistaken about the links being bad in the mp3 challenge. It wasn't playing well with Centos but seems to be fine on Windows. As such, there are no grounds for closing that challenge. The ...
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What to do with the "favorite code golf" question?

The question in question. What should we do with it? It's clearly not a "proper" question for the Stack Exchange network (highly opinion-based and a "big list"), but it's CW and nobody's had a ...
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What exactly is the Criteria for a Function? [duplicate]

I got the idea for this question after reading an answer by Martin Ender here. It more-or-less says: Functions in stack-based languages can leave the output on the stack. This question is also similar ...
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Can I repost someone else's closed question after fixing the issue?

A day or two ago, the following question was posted: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/28620/a-program-to-transliterate-l33t-words-to-regular-english-words It was about translating ...
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Historical lock for "Language idea for golfing purposes"?

Language idea for golfing purposes is a very interesting question with very interesting answers. While retagging the two non-closed questions tagged golfing-language per Retire [golfing-language]?, ...
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What are the "Notices" in this question's revision history?

As I was looking through the revision history on this question, I saw some strange things I haven't seen before. Here is a "transcript" of sorts (ignoring edits): Question Unprotected by ...
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Can I redo my Code Golf?

The Farfallino Alphabet Hello everyone. Because of my cough cough dumbness cough cough I edited my code golf following many complaints in comments and downvotes, thus invalidating like every ...
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Upvoted challenge but no answer

I'm confused by my question Fix the Meeesesessessesseesseessedessed upp teeexexextext. I get 7 upvotes but no answer. It is well defined, too, as Martin Buettner has fixed it during sandboxing. What's ...
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Borderline malicious code?

I'm not sure if this counts as writing malicious code. What does the community think?
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Is my challenge too difficult? How do I get people to answer it?

My first question, Find all integer pairs that produce a given Loeschian number, received 20 upvotes and 14 answers. I currently have one complicated challenge sandboxed, and I recently posted a third ...
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What makes this question unclear?

A few days ago, I asked this question after leaving it in the sandbox for a bit. It got closed as "unclear what you're asking", because I didn't notice something that needed clarification in the ...
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Preserving Antiquine for Antiquity

This question clearly has problems, as highlighted in the comments, but seems to be an interesting idea. Maybe we could have some suggestions on ways to improve it so the idea isn't lost?
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Could we get some feedback on what needs to improve in this question?

This question has a few downvotes but no explanation yet. Although it's beyond me to answer it, I like that it exists and I'm looking forward to seeing answers to it. Could we discuss what about it is ...
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13 close votes, 8 downvotes, and still no meta post on the restricted square challenge

I think this question needs some discussion. The close/reopen cycle and the mix of up and downvotes suggests strong opinions on both sides. Can we have them presented and discussed?
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Reopen my question that has several correct answers

Shortest Konami Code I have this question and for some reason it was closed as unclear what I was asking for a second time. I fixed it the first time and it become open. Several correct answers were ...
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Feedback for closed questions

I just posted a question available here: Print out a valid pokemon team! , which got closed due to lack of details. I do understand that at first, my question was somewhat unclear, as mentioned by ...
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Is it not OK to reuse a strategy?

For this question I wrote a small script to compress a string by replacing substrings that occur a lot with single characters that aren't already in the string (inspired by the ES6 answer), and posted ...
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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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What's the deal with these two "tips for creating a golfing language" questions?

We currently have two questions asking for tips about golfing languages: Tips for making a golfing language (posted in 2017) is closed for lack of focus, with +10/-3 and no answers Tips for Creating/...
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Should "A Multipurpose Quine" be reopened?

A Multipurpose Quine This challenge was closed for the reason that it was unclear what the challenge was asking. The main reason was that the challenge required all outputted quines to not be ...
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