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Ethics of posting if you're a bad programmer

Of course you can! We welcome any and all participation. How you choose to participate is up to you. I went over a year without posting any challenges at all; all of my participation was answers. ...
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When is the best time to post a challenge for optimal views?

When is best for views? As it turns out, it doesn't matter all that much. Consider this plot: The mean number of views is slightly higher on Mondays and Wednesdays but things are pretty consistent ...
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Can I ask a question seeking feature requests for a golfing language?

Stack Exchange is not an issue tracker I haven't voted on this since it was posted, because I wasn't really sure how I feel about it, but now that the Pyth question has been posted, I don't think ...
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What to do about mathematical concepts with different definitions?

The challenge poster must specify the intended definition If such a mathematical ambiguity is spotted, leave a comment and vote/flag to close the challenge as "unclear what you're asking". The ...
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Is it OK to post restricted challenges where only some people may participate?

No There is absolutely no benefit to restricting a question to users of a certain type. This is would only serve to make users who are not allowed to participate unhappy. However, I do think it is ...
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Things to consider when creating a challenge

Here's a list of details and considerations a good challenge writer should be aware of. I try to mentally go over these myself whenever I write a challenge. This list assumes the principal parts of ...
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Can I ask a question seeking feature requests for a golfing language?

Yes, asking for feature requests is still on topic Code golf is a major part of this site. We should continue to welcome questions aimed at improving existing golfing languages for the betterment of ...
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Do I have to verify all answers?

In an ideal world, you would. Practically, you normally can't — a) because of people using proprietary languages, b) because you might get many dozens of answers. Many answers will include a link to ...
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The smallest Android app in the world

Yes, this is on-topic “How do I golf this?” questions are welcome here, and this is essentially one of them: the OP wants to golf the smallest .apk file that Android’s package manager recognizes. If ...
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Should solution "catalogs" be on topic here?

Since we're talking about my sandbox post here, let me make the case for yes, this should be on topic! It's not actually different from a code golf challenge, except I won't accept an answer, and it ...
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Which is better - a catalog Q, or a shortest code Q?

This is a false distinction. On every code golf question, people answer in a variety of languages, striving for the shortest solution in that language. If it were simply a competition for the overall ...
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Would "render the Mona Lisa in 1000 bytes" be on topic here?

Yes But I think popularity-contest might not be ideal. How I would do it is choose some specific image of the Mona Lisa that everyone has to aim for, then give each submission a score based on how ...
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Which is better - a catalog Q, or a shortest code Q?

I'm not a fan of catalogues for the sake of catalogues. A catalogue should have a raison d'être. The original question about catalogues talks about the catalogue nature of challenges corresponding ...
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Is PP&CG the right place to ask my question?

I do not think so. This site is for challenges and contests and your question does not seem to include any kind of challenge. You can fully answer this question yourself just by looking at the docs of ...
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What outputs should I allow for decision problems?

One consistent, and one non-consistent The thing I like about Truthy and Falsy is that often you may do things like output 0 for falsy and everything else for ...
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Does the OP have to explicitly state the winning criteria?

Yes, the winning criterion needs to be specified in the challenge First, tags like code-golf where the winning criterion is obvious in theory. You're right that it's probably not entirely necessary, ...
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How do I get better at writing questions?

Use the sandbox Even for the most experienced challenges writers, catching all open questions and potential issues of a challenge can be difficult. That's what the Sandbox for Proposed Challenges is ...
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Is this an appropriate place for questions about esoteric languages?

I don't think they are on topic here, because where do you draw the line for what counts as an esoteric language? The fastest way to get help with these languages is probably in the PPCG main chat. ...
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What makes a sequence an interesting golf challenge?

Number of approaches I often see that questions which have multiple ways of being solved are more interesting than challenges which have only one exact way to approach the problem. If that's the case, ...
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When is the best time to post a challenge for optimal views?

Fundamentally, there is none I don't have specific data but I can say from experience that a question posted on any day at any hour can become popular, can become a Hot Network Question, you just ...
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How should challenge authors be rewarded for creating exemplary challenges?

I suggested a potential feature request related to this when we were discussing ideas about the fact that we're not a Q&A site. This is of course a suggestion that would require changes to the ...
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Suggestions on how to get questions better accepted?

Just hitting upon a great challenge idea isn't enough. You must consider how you word and structure the specification. In fact, I'd dare to say that the clarity of the specification is more important ...
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Things to consider when creating a challenge

Floating point If your question requires the use of floating point, you will almost certainly need to constrain the input and allow answers to produce whatever output they want for inputs outside the ...
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Code kata should be added to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf

Code Katas are a great idea in general, but I don't see how they fit into this community. The main requirement for every challenge posted here is that it has to have an objective winning criterion. ...
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Do I have to verify all answers?

For code golf, you don't have to verify the answers yourself. Verifying all of them personally could be time-consuming or downright unfeasible (after all, not all languages are free and run on all ...
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Suggestions on how to get questions better accepted?

Keep it Simple Something I've noticed is that questions that are too complicated are less likely to do well. I'm not talking about the difficulty of the solution, I'm talking about the amount of ...
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Am I allowed to post a second, better edition of a challenge?

The generally accepted rule is: Can answers from one question be copied over to the other with little or no modification and still be competitive? If you are unsure, post your revised challenge in ...
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Where should we put robbers?

Create separate challenges I'm not saying this is the solution, but we've just talked about this in chat, and I wanted to make a meta post for this anyway. So this answer will act as a collection of ...
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Are Sizecoding Questions On Topic?

Size coding is on topic; I agree with Peter Taylor that an objective winning criterion can be in theory formed. However, it doesn't seem to have many advantages over code-golf questions, which as @...
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What makes a sequence an interesting golf challenge?

Make sure there's no trivial closed form solution This is probably a corollary of Adnan's answer, but even with sequences that have many definitions and approaches there is often a simple closed form ...
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