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I'm new to code golf, what are some things I should know?

I've never done code golf before, but it looks fun. I have some questions though. Should I learn some golfing languages, or just try some challenges out with the languages I know? (I know C# and ...
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Let's make more ads for our site! (2016 edition)

A couple years back we ran an advertising campaign using community ads on other network sites. For those who might be unaware, community ads are "community-vetted ads that will show up ... in the ...
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Golfing in Scratch

Scratch is a visual programming language, meant for teaching kids how to program. It's completely absent from this site, which, I think, is worth fixing. I have no specific challenge in mind. A ...
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How should Community Wikis be used?

Community Wikis (CWs) seem to be an often misunderstood feature on Stack Exchange in general. For instance, I'm often seeing them used to avoid gaining reputation when the author feels they don't ...
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What are the relationships between programming languages created by PPCG users

Prompted by this. We already know which languages were created by PPCG users. Clearly language authors are inspired by each other and by existing practical languages. What are these relationships? ...
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Language of the Month for March 2018: Brachylog

In accordance with our meta agreement to have a Language of the Month, and since the list of nominations has a single highest-voted entry as February nears its end, I am pleased to announce the very ...
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New "stock theme" roll out

We are rolling out the new "stock theme" to the Stack Exchange network. You all are the lucky first site to get the new theme. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Suggested Edits: Reject Golfing?

Every now and then, I see an edit where somebody does some golfing (most recent). From what I can tell, our standard is to reject those edits as invalid and post a comment saying what was suggested, ...
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Could PPCG benefit from a new sorting mode for answers?

The default sorting for answers (by votes) seems somewhat inappropriate here on PPCG. In any case it tends to put early answers over late answers, because once a few are there, few people scroll to ...
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Is it OK to promote my own posts in chat?

Occasionally I see other users posting links to their own answers or challenges in The Nineteenth Byte. Is this OK? Can I promote my own posts as well?
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Definite policy about duplicate answers

Every now and then, we get an answer flag the declares an answer a duplicate of another. So far, I haven't really acted on them – except for leaving a comment if the flagger hadn't done so already – ...
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Making an exception for the "Showcase of Languages"

Comparing the vote tallies on Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant before and after the Showcase of Languages was closed and locked leads me to the following conclusion. ...
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Let's commit to graduate

It's already been 1,082 days in beta, and I'd like to see our site graduating sometime in the near future. James Khoury proposed aiming for the 1,337th day since beta started, and I like that idea, ...
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Should "Showcase your language one vote at a time" be unlocked and reopened?

The current second highest-voted PPCG question, Showcase your language one vote at a time, was recently put on hold for being too broad and locked as historically significant for reasons explained ...
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Untestable languages

What is the general feeling about answer that can't be tested because no compiler or interpreter is available? The accepted answer to this question is a case in point. The question has been raised in ...
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ASCII Art Output Rules

I know there's a desire on PPCG for challenges to be flexible in terms of what they allow for input and output. However, I think there is an argument to be made that ascii-art is a special case, and ...
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Ight Imma Head Out

Rise and Fall of Communities Over the years, I've been part of many growing online (and offline) communities, usually in some kind of advocate and/or moderation capacity (I'm just a room owner here). ...
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Sandbox instructions for new users

We now have a nifty new info-box to point new users to the Sandbox. Hooray! But when a new user does go to the Sandbox for the first time, the instructions there don't give them much to work from to ...
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Should we change our name?

This site may have been built primarily on code-golf challenges and puzzles that have no winning criteria, but we have evolved away from that. Our name is outdated, and we should rebrand ourselves. ...
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Let's make an ad for our site! (And now vote for our newly posted ads!)

Success! We have officially garnered 48 clicks (more than CR's ad) on ads on Programmers, 9 clicks on Game Development, and a whopping 171 clicks (6 per day) on Theoretical Computer Science! ...
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Cast your vote for “Best of PPCG 2018”!

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 fourteen categories is represented by an answer to this ...
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Can we have MathJax back?

It's been a couple years since PPCG voted against MathJax. Since then, the vote ratio has changed significantly, and most seem to be in favor of MathJax. However, it is status-completed and no change ...
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Announcing Advent of Code Golf 2021! (+ Event challenge sandbox)

Originally from caird coinheringaahing's idea, I thought about how we could do it this year with such a short time before December, and I decided to gather some ideas from previous AoC events. (There'...
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How does this site work?

Hello, I have spent time looking at the StackExchange sites and especially this has seemed quite interesting to me. But I would like you to explain how it works and what it is about. I know how to ...
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Replacement moderator proposal

As some of you know, I've joined Stack Exchange today as a core developer. As such, I'll be stepping down as a moderator. It's been a fun four years, and I'll miss this community a lot. In exiting my ...
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Anything wrong with necro-bumping?

I recently necro-bumped an old challenge from almost 4 years ago. I had an idea to start a similar challenge, but decided to just answer that challenge instead. Is there anything wrong with digging ...
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Reposts of answer-chaining challenges

The reason that we don't allow reposts is because the same answers will be copied from the first challenge and the original can still be answered. But what about answer-chaining challenges? Those are ...
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Is a proof of impossibility allowed as an answer?

I was thinking of a proof of impossibility for a long-running unanswered question on this site. By a proof of impossibility, what I mean is a proof that no possible answer can solve the challenge. ...
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I Don't Have Enough Reputation to Comment

I am not very good at golfing by myself, but once in a while, I come across something small that I notice that could help. These are typically tricks I have found while looking at tips. Some users ...
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Please welcome The Nineteenth Byte's newest room owners!

You've cast your votes and elected the following three members of our community as room owners of our primary chat room, The Nineteenth Byte. They have been appointed, effective immediately. Please ...
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Stop converting duplicate answers to comments

In case you didn't know, whenever you post the exact same answer as was already posted, it gets converted to a comment. I had no idea before I posted a crack on a cops-and-robbers post that someone ...
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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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What counts as a proper quine?

The basic definition of a quine is a program that, when run, produces its own source code as output. There are a number of techniques and a number of way to implement those techniques across a number ...
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Where does Programming Puzzles & Code Golf fit in the SE mission?

Don't get me wrong, I love this website. I think it's fun and all but I can't help thinking... How does it correspond to Stack Exchange's mission : What is Stack Exchange? Stack Exchange is a ...
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Offering a bounty in exchange for upvotes

I saw this challenge which makes the following offer: Note: A bounty will be placed on this question once it gets 10 upvotes Although we discourage begging for upvotes, excessive self promotion, ...
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Code-troll rules [duplicate]

This is a discussion about the rules. Actual rules can be found in https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/tags/code-trolling/info The first ever question with code-trolling tag (I need a program where ...
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The view from a newcomer (or an unwary traveller)

I had a small programming problem, Checking a file contains only null bytes. Having chanced on PPCG a few days before, I thought this could be an interesting place to see various ways someone might go ...
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How should challenge authors be rewarded for creating exemplary challenges?

Over on Puzzling.SE, the community there has been discussing various ways to reward puzzle authors for creating exemplary puzzles. Given that we're like Puzzling.SE in that we're not a Q&A site, ...
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Should question/challenge titles always be in English?

There's some dispute over this challenge's title. The author originally created it as "Многочлены Чебышёва". A user edited it to "Chebyshev Polynomials" (an imperfect translation, ...
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How can we attract experienced golfers?

There are people who have already been golfing for a while on other golfing sites, language-specific forums, local groups, and so on. I think we'd benefit a lot from having them here to contribute ...
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Can I ever answer with a language invented after the challenge was posted? [duplicate]

A common rule here on PPCG is that programming languages invented after a challenge was posted cannot be used to answer that challenge. (I've had trouble finding a specific meta post that addresses ...
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Should we stop being so generous?

Tl;dr: The minor improvements that takes an answer from 44 to 39 are often the most interesting and impressive feat. If you made the improvements, then it should be OK to post it as your answer. ...
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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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Are Non-Programming golf puzzles allowed?

The name of this Stack Exchange site is "Programming Puzzles and Code golf" but I was wondering if other types of similar golf (not the sport) would be allowed or welcomed for questions. In ...
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Do function submissions have to be reusable?

Simple question: if I answer a code golf with a function (for a task which is supposed to terminate), does the function actually have to be reusable? Or could it, say, modify some globals which break ...
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Programming in LabVIEW - how to measure program size?

Inspired by this question, how would a LabVIEW program be scored? As one of the only graphical languages in common use today, LabVIEW is a bit of an outsider. As odd as it is, LabVIEW is a serious ...
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A subtitle for our site name

UPDATE: New site name chosen! This site is now "Code Golf & Coding Challenges" Thank you all so much for participating in this discussion! Following Catija's comment on the site name meta ...
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Users with 1 rep aren't able to post answers on Meta

Despite our help page claiming you only need 1 reputation to participate in Meta, multiple users have reported being unable to post answers on Meta, despite being supposed to be (screenshot of 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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