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How To Filter Out Code-Golf tagged questions

The problem: I am interested on coding challenges and puzzles on this site, but not in Code-Golf. However, code-golf questions appear to be over 95% of the threads on the main forum, and make it very ...
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Are there minimum age requirements for languages?

I'm working on my custom golfing language Hussy.Net, built on top of C#, to address a lot of its pitfalls around verbosity: ...
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Can I use my SBCS for Uiua? [duplicate]

I just made a single-byte encoding for Uiua. If you are interested, here is the Pad. According to this answer (which seems to be commonly linked to), An answerer can use whatever encoding they want ...
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Why was my flag disputed on an invalid joke answer?

A long time ago I posted a cops-and-robbers challenge in which I (perhaps foolishly) permitted unicode solutions but included the following rule: You may use any Unicode characters for these, but ...
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What are our specific abbreviations and terms?

Newcomers to codegolf.SE are often compelled to ask what many of our abbreviations and terms mean. Let us list them here so this information always will be easily available. Return to FAQ index
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Are there specific types of code golf challenges on this site?

I posted a question in hope of starting a shortest code challenge, but it seems to attract lots of downvotes and the only answer tried to help as a programming problem. One comment on the question ...
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A clarification on Vyncode [closed]

This was prompted by the recent meta post about byte compression in scores, as well as other bits of confusion and uncertainty I've seen on the site. If you've been around on the main site in the last ...
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Code golf wrapped in a puzzle

Puzzle golf (Polf, Pulf, Gozzle, Golfzzle) I would like to propose a challenge involving two SE sites. Code Golf and Puzzling. To solve, one has to decipher the specification riddle, and then golf the ...
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Where to find an online testing environment for specific programming languages?

Here is my scenario. I pose a programming puzzle. It might be golf, or might be something else, but I don't specify the language. Some posts a answer that looks really good, but I don't have a ...
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Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack Exchange!

What is this site? This is a place to host recreational coding challenges, such as code golf. We are unlike most sites in the Stack Exchange network. We are not a question-answer site, nor are we a ...
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Find answers in given language

Sorry for a stupid question, but I read How do I search? and didn’t understand: How to find answers in a given (programming) language?
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Community FAQ for Code Golf and Coding Challenges

Community FAQ For the Code Golf and Coding Challenges site For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. General information Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack ...
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What are the winning criteria I can use for my challenge?

I'm writing a challenge, and I'm not sure what possible winning criteria exist. I know about code-golf, but what else is there to use, and how do I score answers with those criteria? Every single ...
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Stack Snippets messing with JS?

I've noticed that my Red vs. Blue Sandbox controller snippet here has stopped working (at least in Chrome). This is incredibly strange because the JSFiddle that is exactly identical is working fine. ...
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Suggestion/Edit for answers if user "Last seen more than X years ago"

I made a suggestion (which was rejected) for this answer but just because of that user "Last seen more than 3 years ago" (at the time of posting this question) I know that it is bad idea to ...
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What's the difference between [source-layout] and [restricted-source]?

Some challenges have restrictions that apply to the program's source code, rather than the program's behaviour. These challenges are generally tagged with restricted-source or source-layout or both. I ...
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Leaderboards (temporarily) not working any more

Edit: never mind, this seems to have been a temporary glitch - they're working fine now. Some of my old questions, such as Paint Starry Night, objectively, in 1kB of code or Write Moby Dick, ...
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For lambdas that is, how should we input them into tio.run?

following this meta codegolf stackexchange post, I've stopped using declarations for lambda functions, but one problem this creates is that since you're only inputting the lambda body and not its ...
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Is OK to post a challenge for a sandbox post with 0 votes but is 1 week old

Is OK to post a challenge for a sandbox post with 0 votes but is 1 week old? I have a lot of sandbox posts with 0 votes that are posted to Main, But this is OK?
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Why does Community votes to close as dupe?

This Question was closed as a dupe by Community and pxeger, but why Community and how did Community know? Revisions
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How to search for questions with least X answers without SEDE?

How do I search for questions with least X answers? I want to search for questions with least 30 answers but I can't.
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What to do when something offensive in chat is edited into something not offensive before it is seen

I went into a chat room, and someone said something offensive to me. So I flagged it as offensive. Almost immediately, the chat message was edited into something nicer. When the 10k-ers came into the ...
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Esoteric programming languages [duplicate]

Are there any restrictions on what programming languages you can use in a challenge, and if you created your own programming language and you wanted to submit it to a code challenge, does there need ...
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Why does Community have an answer here?

Community looks to be very buggy today. However, this appears to be specific to this site - I've been unable to repro this on other sites or their metas. It appears as though Community has an answer ...
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How to "re-propose" someone's abandoned Sandbox draft?

I'm looking at an older draft in the Sandbox that appears to be abandoned by the original poster. I'd like to bring attention to it, and potentially "re-propose" it as a draft that I'd then ...
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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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Can Java lambdas reuse their named arguments to remove type declarations?

From what I have seen so far the usual way of scoring in java is by using lambda expressions. I often see Try it online used for it. My actual question comes now: Can you reuse the name of a named ...
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Template For Challenges

What format is generally good for questions? Is there a good template I can use? Return to FAQ index
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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 would be the preferred way to show data in spreadsheet cells?

Which would be the preferred format for answers involving data in spreadsheets, a table or a picture? Below is an example based on one of my answers. Table A B 1 8 10 2 3 4 10 4 5 2 22 6 7 1 ...
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Do you gain reputation from upvotes from the meta site

I just have a simple question: Do you gain any reputation from the upvotes from the meta-site?
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Stack Exchange API Sandbox [closed]

Following this question, I need a sandbox to try out the StackOverflow API for grabbing code from answers. Please do not post answers to this question. ...
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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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Stack Exchange API Sandbox (dwarf edition) [closed]

Testing ground for the answer importer on this proposed challenge (dwarf edition) https://codegolf.meta.stackexchange.com/a/23556/16824 Please do not answer this question! I am using this question as ...
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Online tool to determine number of bytes for UTF-8 characters?

Is there an online tool that will tell me the number of bytes in a UTF-8 character? Or, if not, how do I determine this? I'm currently trying to determine the number of the bytes for the left and ...
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How can I incorporate good-looking mathematical exposition into my question/answer?

How can I incorporate good-looking mathematical exposition into my question/answer? Return to FAQ index
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Line break formats and character numbers [duplicate]

I've recently saw someone, who says that their code is 350 characters long. Problem It can vary depending on platform. Code length compared across various platforms Windows: 371 characters ...
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Where to put non coding challenges?

I have an idea for a question as shown here https://codegolf.meta.stackexchange.com/a/2322/19894 but it is not really something that has todo with coding, it is more redefine language tokens. Where ...
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Search by language?

There is so much gold on this site, but it's not so easy to find. For example, I'm golfing in J and like to see expert answers to old questions. Currently, I have to open a question, and search for ...
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Link to the main site

OK Maybe I am really dumb and fail to see something obvious, but I am not able to find a link to the main site (i.e. codegolf.stackexchange.com) in the non-mobile view of this meta site. I can find ...
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Why can't I chat, even though having 20 reputations?

I already have 20 reputations (which is the points to get chat) but I can't still chat. Why can't I?
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Tag score not matching combined score of tag answers

I just started using PPCG and I'm off to a good start, almost 400 rep in a week. My best tag is code-golf. But while I was looking at my profile, I saw a bit of a problem. My score for code-golf is ...
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Multiple spaces not showing up in comment code-blocks

I wrote a solution to a code golf challenge that included the string ".... ....". This exact number of dots and spaces was necessary for the solution to work. ...
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Does reputation not dilute question quality? / Help request

I have a new best-in-class solution to a protected question and am unable to post anything because of being a new user. Does this community not see diluted question quality from new users earning ...
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How do we thank people for outstanding work (beyond +1)?

As I understand it, comments should be used to ask questions about the puzzle or the solutions, but not for a "Thank You" note. Sometimes people are very responsive and provide extensive information. ...
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Pointing out bugs without comment privilege

I found a bug in a code golf submission but do not yet have commenting privilege. Is there a polite way for me to let the user know about this bug? The site offers me to "suggest an edit" but I'm not ...
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2 downvotes + 1 upvote = 1 more reputation

This site gives one more reputation to specific -1-voted questions. (This is the formula that I tried myself: ...
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Is there a way to search for all content except my own?

I tried to get all tcl posts that are not from my own authorship https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/search?tab=newest&q=tcl%20-user%3ame using tcl -user:me ...
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How much information can 10k+ users share?

Upon reaching 10k reputation, users have access to the moderator tools, which contains information and stats on: Deleted posts and votes to delete Closed posts and pending votes to close and reopen ...
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Efficiency vs Length [duplicate]

Is there any winning criteria on the site which prioritises faster code instead of shorter code? My curiosity comes from questioning if size is better than efficiency or vice-versa. I know that using ...