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Sandbox for Proposed Challenges

This "sandbox" is a place where Code Golf users can get feedback on prospective challenges they wish to post to main. This is useful because writing a clear and fully specified challenge on ...
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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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Community Ads for 2021

We're almost halfway through 2021, and in case you missed it, Community Promotion Ads are gonna be a bit different this time! TL;DR: submit and vote for ad proposals before August 2nd! What are ...
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The many users of CGCC

What are the stories behind your username and avatar? Some users' usernames and/or their avatars have a significance behind them. What about yours?
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What should we write about on our blog?

We're currently waiting on a solid consensus on how to host a blog, but while we wait, we should collect ideas for what blog posts should discuss. Suggest your ideas here. Below, submit one topic per ...
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CGCC Blog #1: Are golfing languages good or bad for the site?

Welcome to the first CGCC Blog post! After 7 years, and three attempts, we've finally started a site blog, for posts and topics that the community here on CGCC is likely to find interesting. If you'd ...
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Do we want new challenges auto posted in chat?

Our chatroom The Nineteenth Byte currently has 3 message feeds. For example, when there is a new meta post, it is automatically posted in chat. Do we want to have new questions from the main page be ...
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Feed Filter: A TNB Userscript

Inspired by a conversation about annoying quirks with the chat feeds (such as New Main Posts), Feed Filter is a simple userscript I made to introduce a few features/fixes to the feeds in The ...
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I‏s‏ p‏i‏p‏e‏ f‏r‏e‏e‏?‏ [closed]

Consider question Take integers a and b, output c and d ...
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List of bounties with no deadline

This is a list of unofficial, deadline-less (hence not searchable) bounties offered by users on various challenges on the main site. Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that the user will award the ...
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Introducing Biweekly Mini Golf!

In order to grow our community and its chat room, The Nineteenth Byte, we decided here to start a new monthly biweekly chat event: Biweekly Mini Golf! During this event, a number of previously drafted ...
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New First-Time Asker Dialog

(I have cut down the post body to make the request clearer for reviewers; you can view the revision history for the original question.) The current modal that appears for someone asking for the first ...
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Please don't lock the Community Ads after August 2nd

This may be more on topic for MSE, I might move it there if so. For now, I believe this is directly applicable to us The Community Ads for 2021 post was posted earlier today, in a trial run of the new ...
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Site title and domain

The area51 proposal was titled "Code Golf & Programming Challenges" and the discussion on area51 even nudged towards making it just "Programming Challenges" so that it has wider scope. Yet the ...
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Can the “How to Answer” pop-up disregard the association bonus?

We now have a custom “How to Answer” pop-up (yay!). However, this pop-up isn't shown to users who come here with the association bonus from other SE sites. In general, this behaviour makes sense: the ...
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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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Language of the Month for June 2021: Red

In accordance with our meta agreement, since one candidate received more votes than the others, we have a new featured language! Throughout June 2021, our Language of the Month will be: Red What's a ...
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Nominations for Language of the Month, 2021 edition

We've decided to revive the Language of the Month event. We've also decided to start a new post for nominations. (You can see the old nominations post here.) So let's get to nominating! Procedure A ...
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Should new challenges on Codidact be posted into The Nineteenth Byte?

Codidact is a related network of sites to Stack Exchange, created in the aftermath of behaviour by Stack Exchange in late 2019, in an effort to create a better Q&A network. One of the sites in ...
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Odd rectangle under reputation in meta profile

There is an odd grey rectangle under the reputation on meta profile page. And it almost overlaps with label about top percentage just bellow it: If I open profile page on the main site, I see nothing ...
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Issues with Sandbox Clutter

The Sandbox for Proposed Challenges is a great way for people to get feedback on challenges and make sure they are not duplicates, are clear, and are ready for posting before they post it to the main ...
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Can I license my controller for a KotH under the GNU GPL v3?

I've just finished making a controller for a KotH challenge, and I wanted to know: Can I use it for the KotH and license it under the GNU GPL v3, or does it have to be licensed with the MIT License to ...
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Standard definitions of terms within specifications

Quite often I find that I am repeating myself when creating a challenge. For example, usually I have to retype the definition of "random" in all of my posts, or I have to specify the same thing about ...
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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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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 is “code golf” compatible with “practical”? [duplicate]

The Code Golf FAQ says, "You should only ask practical, answerable questions". "Answerable" I get, but isn't code golf by its nature impractical, but fun? Aside from the ...
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Close reason needs to be reworded

Read this meta post: Let's decide what kind of non-challenge questions we want once and for all Then read this close reason: Questions without an objective primary winning criterion are off-...
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Let's decide what kind of non-challenge questions we want once and for all

4 reopen votes and 1 delete vote is a strange thing to see. It's also slightly worrying that we have so little consensus on this matter. So let's bring the community together. What kind of non-...
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Is it acceptable to use an external API doc in a challenge?

So, I'm working on an environment for an upcoming challenge, and I've written a fairly extensive API document for entries to interact with the game. I'm thinking at this stage that the API doc itself ...
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Tag proposal: [minecraft]

I'm proposing we create a minecraft tag for challenges relating to the game Minecraft. There are currently 15 applicable questions: this, this, and this just to name a few.
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Challenges with an oracle

There are many ideas of code-golf challenges out there that are abandoned because a part of them are just too hard to implement with a reasonable amount of effort. For instance, requiring to parse ...
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Should we have even even more room owners for The Nineteenth Byte?

4 years ago, we voted on and appointed additional room owners for The Nineteenth Byte. That was the most recent time TNB has had new room owners. Currently, only 2 of the room owners are able to be ...
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Can we get a “magic link” to the Sandbox?

One of the more popular comments on our site goes something like this: Hi, and welcome to PPCG! Your challenge was closed because it's a bit unclear/broad/whatever as it is now. I would recommend ...
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Footer “Not the answer you're looking for?” doesn't make much sense

Currently, the footer below the questions and answers reads Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged [...] or ask your own question. In my opinion the text doesn't work ...
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Isn't there some way to have “just-for-fun” questions?

I can understand the need to keep things under control and nip problem trends in the bud based on the experience at SO and other graduated sites. While [tips] questions strain the discussion/list ...
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Leaderboard function

I know nothing about the way the site works etc., but how cool and convenient would it be to have a simple wrapper to add a leaderboard for the question, like here and here? That functionality would ...
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Why is meta full of old questions / why did my question get a trivial edit?

EDIT - this just happened again recently, so read it again if you're confused. This isn't a question, it's just an update to let people know what happened. You may have noticed the meta is suddenly ...
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Is it a [question] or a [challenge]?

Both of these tags are active on Meta: challenges and questions One has 17 questions, the other 44. One has no tag wiki, the other does. They both, more or less, ask about questions on the main site. ...
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The “How To Ask” page is misleading

The "How To Ask" page linked from the Ask Question page appears to have been copied wholesale from SO. It is very Q&A centric: We’d love to help you. But not every question on Code Golf gets ...
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How could the bounty reasons be improved? [duplicate]

One of the more popular suggestions from We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it? was to improve the wording of the bounty reasons or maybe change some of them altogether. We've ...
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Removing unnecessary bounty templates - final consensus

EDIT - seems like this change is a bit harder than I initially thought. I'll still collect ideas and we might look to get this changed in the future, but it's not a high priority. This is now at +7/0 ...
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New tag proposal - anarchy

This is not to be confused with anarchy golf, which it is named after. This tag means that each language has its own leaderboard, and the leaderboard will not only list the answerer, but any editors ...
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Can we get a custom Tour page?

This feature request is related to PPCG not being a Q&A site. The most important part of the onboarding experience for new users (especially those who don't arrive via other sites from the ...
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Let's improve the leaderboard snippet [duplicate]

The leaderboard snippet could use some improvements. Improvements usually fall into three categories: Formatting & CSS - make it look better Functionality - stuff it should do Misc - everything ...
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Add an option to disable upvoting for your post

Note: Martin Ender made a very good point, that votes can act as a reward for e.g. a well-written explanation. I remember thinking in those terms a long time ago, but hadn't thought about it that way ...
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You haven't voted on questions in a while

There does not appear to be a dupe for this. I am not sure of the exact calculations that trigger this notification but seeing as some questions get dozens of answers my voting on questions is very ...
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Should we add more warnings/notifications before letting a new user post?

I believe we've come to the point where 25-50% of the questions posted are posted by new users and almost always do not follow the rules (duplicate, no winning condition). Whenever you look at the ...
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Add an answer “index” feature to questions with more than 5 answers?

Pursuant to my idea for Q:We need something novel to bring in the hordes, I think it would be very useful for all questions with many answers (>5, or so) to have an index of answers. The index line ...
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Count question score toward tag badges

Related: Increase reputation awarded for questions It has recently came to my attention that tag badges are only awarded based on answer votes. For a site like Stack Overflow, that makes sense, as ...
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Can we change the title text of the vote buttons [duplicate]

I just noticed that the title text (displayed on mouse hover) of the up- and downvote buttons are currently "This answer is useful" and "This answer is not useful". While they're useful for most SE ...

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