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We need to take an official stance on code trolling

Here's our to-do list for the project: Close all existing code-trolling questions (or maybe re-tag those three I mentioned). status-declined - if locked or deleted, closing might not matter, so we ...
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The problem with sandboxes, and a proposed solution

The Problem The sandbox will be a problem when we graduate (hopefully soon!) As it is already, the people who look through the sandbox regularly are very little in number. What happens when we ...
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What should this site be called now that it's getting a design?

UPDATE: New site name chosen! This site is now "Code Golf & Coding Challenges" Thank you all so much for participating in this discussion! As we're designing the site, we are considering the ...
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Secret Santa's Sandbox

AKA: The Regifting of the White Elephants Note - I'm not sure this is on-topic or not on meta, but it seems to be as good a place as any. Comment if you disagree. I have a few challenges that I have ...
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Community is being Overprotective of the Sandbox

Recently @Community♦︎ has been constantly protecting our beloved Sandbox. Our rep threshold for meta has been decreased specifically to grant new users access to the Sandbox so they can post their ...
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Best of PPCG 2015 — Call for Categories [duplicate]

At the end of each year, our nemesis friendly neighbours at Code Review vote for the best questions and answers from that year. I think that is a great tradition we should steal adopt here as well, ...
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Who are you? Why are you here? And more introspection

Whereas: we are unsure about where exactly we fit into the SE mission others sometimes don't take us seriously the site has been languishing in beta with minimal communication from SE for years we ...
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Let's start a "language-of-the-month" event

Whereas, there are lots of interesting languages out there that might be fun to golf in, and Whereas, many of us are the inventors of said interesting languages, and would like to teach them to ...
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Cast your vote for “Best of PPCG 2016”!

Final phase You have chosen the categories and the nominees for PPCG's annual “Best of”. Now it is time to pick the winners! Each of the ten categories is represented by an answer to this question, ...
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Sandbox good for its own subdomain?

Edit 2: See Grace Note's answer. Edit: Answers may be allowed, so that question-specific sandboxes would be actually on topic, such as attempted for Stack Exchange Quine. It could also enable people ...
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Advocate languages to golf in

I'm sure many of you want to attract golfers to compete in your favorite language. Given that it takes time to learn a language for golfing, why choose it over others? What aspects of the language ...
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Is code trolling getting out of control?

I don't have anything against code-trolling. I think it's a creative idea and a nice break from other, more serious, questions. But I also think it's going a little bit out of hand. I'm beginning to ...
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Non-Trivial Answers get too few upvotes

It was recently brought up in chat that people are rewarded for trivial answers sometimes, which makes sense because this site is all about short code, but in other aspects, is bad because some ...
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CGCC Blog Post #2: The history of PPCG and CGCC

We recently turned 10 years old. Unfortunately, we didn't really realise and therefore didn't really celebrate or even mark the occasion. But, it got me thinking about the history of the site, and now ...
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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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Cast your vote for "Best of PPCG 2015"!

Final phase You have chosen the categories and the nominees for PPCG's first ever "Best of", now it is time to pick the winners! Each of the seven categories is represented by an answer to this ...
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Nominations for Language of the Month [duplicate]

We've decided that we like the idea of a "Language of the Month" event. The main idea is to get more exposure for less-frequently used languages, and to have fun learning and golfing them together. ...
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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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We need a new proper quine definition

Note: In this Meta question, it was determined that the correct thing to do if you think an established consensus has become outdated is to post a new question, even if the question would otherwise be ...
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Here's your site design preview!

Three great discussions and 6-8 weeks later, I'm here to introduce you to your new site design! Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas to the discussion -- there were many great points of ...
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New users' guides to golfing rules in specific languages

What are the most important rules a first-time golfer in a given language should know? For instance, how do golfed programs usually take input and output? Each language should have a single CW answer ...
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Should we increase our post character limit to allow substantial stack snippets?

Calvin's Hobbies posted on Mother Meta about increasing the character limit for posts across the Stack Exchange network. This answer shows that it is possible to increase the limit from the standard ...
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Byte counter snippet

Some people have been linking to off-site resources for counting the length of an answer (mostly https://mothereff.in/byte-counter). Some people also pointed out that it only counts in UTF-8. Well, I ...
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PPCG-specific Mobile App

See a list of feature requests here (On hold) Basically, I was wondering if anyone could develop a mobile app which would serve as a browser for PPCG. Maybe something along the lines of the pre-...
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What's the Future of CGCC?

As of recently, we've lost 3 of our 4 moderators. This means we only have 1 moderator left. Also, several people are expressing their concerns that things are dying around here. With the recent mess ...
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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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Tag Proposal: [Interactive]

I'm proposing a new tag named interactive for challenges that go beyond simple stdin/stdout processing. This would be challenges that require the program to respond to user input in some fashion, ...
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If languages are defined by their implementations, how do we judge answers that can't run on any existing computer?

It's a fairly long-standing principle of PPCG that languages are defined by their implementations; in other words, the language specification is entirely ignored, and we look at the behaviour of an ...
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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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Definitive policy about answers not meeting the challenge specification

This question has been asked so often, I have no idea what our actual policy is: Almost-correct answers Should answers that break the rules be deleted? Should we flag and delete Not an Answer posts? ...
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Nominations for Language of the Month, Take 2

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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Programming in Minecraft (Redstone) - how to measure program size?

Since programs may be created in vanilla (un-modded) Minecraft using redstone to create logic gates (and more), someone could create such a program for a challenge on this site. How would such an ...
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The GOLF CPU framework

Until now fastest-code has been limited to big problems - problems that take seconds if not minutes. This was simply needed to choose a winner fairly despite measurement errors. Often these challenges ...
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Introducing KoTHComm: A framework for your King of the Hill challenges

I'd like to introduce KoTHComm. I've been working on this for many months now, and I feel like its at a (somewhat) stable point. KoTHComm is a modular framework built to help write King of the Hill ...
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Can numeric input/output be in unary?

Some string-based languages (including but not limited to sed, Retina, ///) can't really handle integer arithmetic in decimal (or other normal bases). Therefore, these almost always have to start by ...
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Installation and testing instructions for specific programming languages

Most of the answers on this site are made using programming languages, that are well known, and easily installable by most of the people. They have well known installers (or are already included) in ...
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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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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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What does Code Golf's progress look like right now?

I'm Grace Note, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. We have a process for how sites go about graduating or sticking around in Beta, but as noted in the comments there, Code Golf is one of two ...
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We've written a new Chatiquette, and we want your feedback!

Update: the new Chatiquette has been instated. We are still interested in hearing feedback, so feel free to continue to give feedback here. As previously noted, the current Chatiquette for The ...
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Easy challenges and Hot Network Questions

I've noticed many challenges getting to the top of Hot Network Questions because they are really easy and get many answers that feed the activity-rewarding hotness formula. In turn, the visibility ...
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Introducing the PPCG Podcast!

A long time ago, in a chat room far, far away, there was an idea proposed for a PPCG Podcast, featuring members of the site talking about PPCG- and programming-related things. Due to time issues, the ...
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Cast your vote for “Best of PPCG 2017”!

Final phase You have chosen the categories and the nominees for PPCG's annual “Best of”. Now it is time to pick the winners! Each of the thirteen categories is represented by an answer to this ...
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Should we remove the reputation requirement for answering on meta?

I've been made aware that it's possible to lower the reputation threshold required to ask or answer questions on a per-site meta. A very common complaint about the sandbox is that new users, who are ...
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Let's customise the "How to Answer" pop-up

It was recently suggested in a comment to point at our standard loopholes (and potentially other implicit community rules) next to the Answer text area (similar to the How to ask? sidebar when writing ...
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Unspoken challenge rules

The barrier for entry for new users to write challenges is too high. I think there's a problem with how we are closing challenges. There are only two reasons we can close a challenge as "off-topic": ...
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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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Best of PPCG 2017 — Call for Categories [duplicate]

Last year we voted for the best posts of 2016 and rewarded them with bounties and challenges. I think it's a great way to reward and draw attention to some of the best content the community has ...
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What constitutes a "free" language for cops and robbers?

Recently Isaac proposed that using non-free, i.e. pay-to-use, languages for cops and robbers challenges should be considered a standard loophole. As Dennis stated in a comment, there is some ambiguity ...
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The state of the popularity contest tag

Recently, there's been a strong push against popularity-contest challenges. This post sums up the general feelings of the community pretty well, in my opinion. Even when challenge authors do ...

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