Questions tagged [winning-criteria]

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Why do we have objective winning criteria?

2 years ago, we discussed dropping the objective winning criterion requirement. No consensus was really reached. I'd really like to start that conversation again, as I feel like it is hindering our ...
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What makes winning criteria “objective”?

The FAQ says (in part) All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have [... an] objective primary winning criterion, so that it is possible to indisputably ...
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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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New Code-Golf metric: Atomic-Code-Golf

I posted this on the Puzzle Lab chat, but it didn't get much response (except for Gareth...thanks Gareth!). Thus, I'm posting it here. Please feel free to chat on the Puzzle Lab if you have input ...
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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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Make the criteria tags obligatory

There is this question: Should we consider dropping or modifying the "objective winning criteria" requirement? Instead, think it is better to make the winning criteria tags: atomic-...
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Proposing new winning criterion tag: Voter-judged

I'm stepping into a hornet's nest here. Popularity contests have been controversial. Some detractors believe that non-objective winning criteria are simply unacceptable. Others are OK with ...
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Winning Criteria vs Valid Criteria

Winning criteria determine which submission wins. For example, the following are winning criteria. The submission with the fastest code on any reasonable desktop machine wins. Valid criteria ...
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Close questions early!

Questions without winning criterion should be closed early (as 'not constructive', better, if possible, with an own category: Missing winning criterion. Else, people start working on CG-solutions, and ...
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What should we do with challenges with unfortunate win conditions?

This has now happened three times in recent history: Two-zero-one-five puzzle Stringing a Pearl Necklace How do I get more Klotski in my life? All questions have technically correct and unambiguous ...
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Should the victory condition for a challenge always ensure that it has only a single winner?

Back when I first posted a challenge, it was closed as unclear, on the basis that – despite having an objective victory condition – the victory condition allowed ties. After searching Meta, I can't ...
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Challenges with categories of winners

A challenge must have an objective winning criterion. However, does this have to define a single winner, or is it acceptable for a challenge to have categories of winners? We already encourage people ...
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If a question is closed due to no objective victory criterion, and has many answers already, should duplicates of it be allowed?

I recently came across this question, which is (rightfully) closed as having no victory condition. Most of the existing answers don't aim for any particular goal other than answering the question, so ...
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Is “A solution wins if there's no strictly better solution in multiple measures” a valid winning criterion?

To cite a recently sandboxed challenge by l4m2: Solution win if there's no strictly better solution, aka. no solution that take less or same amount of items in mapping table, less or same amount of ...
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Use BZIP2(sourceCode) size instead of Code-Minifiers and Character-Counts?

how about adapting the rules of Code Golf to replace less code-characters are better rules (=> code minifiers) with: the smaller BZIP2(sourcecode) the better? I claim the true intent of character ...
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Is Brainfuck considered a serious contender

Brainf*** is far from a terse language. A (partially) golfed solution may be 1000's of bytes long. Similar to JSF***, these submissions are often autogenerated and will require significant work to ...