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Community FAQ for Programming Puzzles & Code Golf

Community FAQ For the Programming Puzzles & Code Golf 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I change the accepted answer?

On my question Implement hyperexponentiation/tetration without the use of '^' asked a few months ago I accepted an answer with 18 characters, which, at the time of selection, was the shortest ...
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Please raise or remove CW limits on Code Golf SE site

Please kindly raise or remove CW limits on Code Golf SE site Raise or Remove CW Conversion because of too many edits Raise or Remove CW Conversion because of too many answers Please allow current ...
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Where should non-challenge questions go?

I have a question about programming puzzles or code golf, and it's not a challenge for others to solve. Where should I post it? Return to FAQ index
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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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Chat account suspended?

My chat account has just been suspended for 30 days. I have not had any lasting suspensions over 30 minutes in the past month. There was completely no warning about it. I do not think I posted ...
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Amend FAQ to state that language-agnostic is the default

In the meta question Is [language-agnostic] an appropriate tag the top-voted answer is in favour of eliminating the language-agnostic tag provided that we make it clear that our intent is that all ...
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What's the "accepted answer"?

In the past, I've made noise about what the accepted answer is and whose choice it is, because I feel it's important people accept the answer they wanna accept. I think that linked ideology makes ...
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Is it bad to post drafts answers?

I am considering to post a draft answer AKA "my advance" (obviously warning to the users that it is incomplete and future updates are coming) on this question I think my 90% done answer can help ...
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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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Hey Stack Exchange, how are we doing?

The last time we heard from a Stack Exchange community manager was in March of 2014, when Grace Note came to talk to us about the progress we've made as a site. That was back when code-trolling was a ...
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When is Programming Puzzles & Code Golf getting community ads?

Over 3 months ago, on February 23, 2016, it was announced that this SE site was graduating. That post said that You will soon be able to select your own community ads. Give me a moment to set ...
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Does the OP have to explicitly state the winning criteria?

If a challenge is tagged with code-golf or fastest-code, do you really have to say that that is the winning criteria in the question? It seems pretty obvious, just by looking at the tags, right? After ...
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What does "Standard loopholes apply" mean?

I'm new to PPCG and I've seen a bunch of questions with this line in their requirements: Standard loopholes apply. A quick search on Meta tells me it's a series of restrictions, or disallowed ...
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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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Can interpreter flags causing major language differences be considered different versions of the language?

I recently (this morning) extended Cubically to have an internal cube of variable size. The cube size is passed via a third interpreter flag (3 for a 3x3x3, ...
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Legal to use Pokemon, etc as Themes for Challenges?

In the Golf/Puzzle Lab, I came up with an idea to create a Pokemon Emerald Battle Factory KotH. However, I had some concerns on the legality. The closest thing I could find from Nintendo is the IP ...
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Are multi-language submissions allowed?

I'm not talking about, Here's a part of a solution in CJam, and here's the other half in Javalanguage, you figure it out I'm talking about, my language is really simplistic and can't read more ...
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How do I respond to a suspected sockpuppet situation

I think I have detected a case of sockpuppetry, and have already flagged one of the posts asking for moderator action but this has not occurred. How could we go about fixing this? I've already ...
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Why aren't candidate vote totals accurate?

I was scrolling the Primaries page, and clicked the downvote button on a post, yes? Ok. This Primary entry had 0 votes, then I downvoted, so it has a score of -1. So far, so good. I noticed If I ...
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Attempted Vandalism by Anonymous User

There have been ~9 attempted vandalisms (see the review history if you really want to see them all) of the same kind over the last 23 hours by an anonymous user, presumably the same IP address. Is ...
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Cannot award a bounty during grace period

A bounty of mine expired 11 hours ago and I received an e-mail saying I had a 24-hour grace period during which I could still award the bounty. However, when I go to the respective question, I do not ...
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What is code golf?

I only find this description, which is partly recursive: "Code Golf - Stack Exchange is for programming puzzles and code golf". Maybe for native english speakers it is perfectly obvious, but I didn't ...
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Why is this question marked community wiki?

Anagram Code Golf! Why? No other code golf questions seem to be :( Related: Should golf questions be a CW and why? I don't believe we have any need for CW on this site.   No, golf ...
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Can questions be too hard?

I have an idea for a code-golf question and, in my opinion, I believe that it is quite a difficult problem to code in the first place, let alone to golf. I've seen questions being closed for ...
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Can I ask questions for one language only? [duplicate]

Are challenges for one specific questions okay? Suppose I want to ask for shortest code to plant a memory leak in C++ - would that be okay?
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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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When do I have to include things like Java's public static void main

Can someone tell me why sometimes people are including class C{public static void main(String[]a){...}} and sometimes that seems to be not necessary?(https://...
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What causes an edit to deviate from the original intent of the post?

After seeing that this edit suggestion got rejected because it "deviates from the original intent of the post", I realized that I have no idea why or how an edit could change the sense a post makes. ...
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Obviously chatty comment … flag declined?

Chatty comments don't get more clear-cut than this: @WheatWizard thanks! And yet, somehow… Excuse me for a moment, but… what? The other 14 flags I raised on comments saying "thanks a lot" and ...
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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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Is this question really duplicate?

Is this question asked by me really duplicate? I think that the duplicate is not the same as the one I asked.
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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 ...