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Questions tagged [winning-criteria]

Indicates you are either proposing or asking for clarification on winning criteria.

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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 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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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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Phrasing a winning criterion to avoid excluding solutions

Every so often old challenges are found which no longer meet our requirements, resulting in them being closed. Since there is renewed interest in this question it is in danger of suffering the same ...
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Is [answer-chaining] a self-contained winning criteria tag?

I recently saw that someone had edited an answer chaining question to have code-challenge. At first I balked at that, and after checking the first page of answer-chaining, I confirmed my original ...
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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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Why is this answer considered non-competitive?

A few weeks ago I posted this answer on a challenge. Yesterday it was deleted because "it isn't a serious contender for the winning criteria" despite getting the second best score in the challenge. ...
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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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How many winners can a challenge have?

I'm currently writing a challenge which forces people to work in pairs to participate in the challenge. However, this leads to the question, who wins in the pair? I'm thinking about (ideally) having ...
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Alternative winning criterions for cops and robbers challenges?

Sometimes the classic CnR winning criterion: Cops If your submission has not been cracked within a week, it is considered safe. The shortest safe submission wins. Robbers The robber ...
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Is this combined scoring rule code-golf, popularity-contest, or code-challenge?

This question has an interesting scoring rule. calculate the score by dividing number of bytes by number of votes - lowest score wins. One could argue that code-golf and popularity-contest both ...
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What standard should be used for [code-golf] byte counts? [duplicate]

Some languages, like V and Charcoal use their own character systems. In the meantime, next to all languages support common (one ...
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New contest type proposal: cross-codes [duplicate]

Cross-codes is making a crossword puzzle, but with codes. For example, We have a 10*10 (not constant, this means the size may vary for each contest) grid: ...
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Changing winning criterion in a question

I recently posted a question to codegolf which did not have a well formulated win criterion. However, I did receive some answers to the question. Because the question is on hold due to "off-topic", ...
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Winning criteria request: [time-attack]

We have never had a criteron about time making code. Do we need one? If we do, how do we calculate the time? If not, why not?
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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 ...