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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

Problems I see with locking the Showcase We have practically nowhere else to post what we can post on the showcase. You can always put them in the language's readme on GitHub, but I prefer the ...
ETHproductions's user avatar
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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

The showcase is part of a unique category of pop-cons that should be on topic. Before I explain this, consider for a second why we banished code-trolling, underhanded and now are considering ...
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How could the default close reasons be improved?

Alternative phrasing for "Unclear": Please clarify the specification or add additional details to highlight exactly what is required. As currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what qualifies ...
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Should we close old KoTH challenges as off-topic?

I don't think the intention of the "answers must be competitive" rule ever was to close all questions which can't be improved on, nor does requiring closing follow from noticing a question which has ...
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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

Closing this challenge is pointless even if out-of-scope This challenge is still opened and… …it still receives interesting answers showcasing new languages. I still receive upvotes semi-often on that ...
Fatalize's user avatar
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Objective computational challenges without "code"

We should allow computational challenges of all sorts tl;dr: This site is about puzzles based on programming, not puzzles whose solutions are programs. This challenge qualifies. We currently accept ...
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How could the default close reasons be improved?

Replace "Primarily opinion based" with "Needs objective scoring criterion" We currently use a custom reason of "Off-topic" as "Needs objective scoring". That ...
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Should we close old KoTH challenges as off-topic?

Personally, I don't see any need to close old challenges that have ended, as people can still post (non-competitive) answers to them The "(non-competitive)" is a red herring. In a well presented ...
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Should we disallow non-observable requirements?

Only for code golf I think disallowing non-observable requirements is good, but should be limited to pure code golf (without restricted-complexity for instance). As Nathan Merrill points out, many ...
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Should we close old KoTH challenges as off-topic?

Having one of my questions being quickly close-voted for this reason, I think it shouldn't happen. Just because an answer is late to a challenge, I don't think it's bad or invalid. The late answers ...
Rydwolf Programs's user avatar
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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

No, don't close it, don't lock it If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Unless there are severe quality issues, don't let bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo get in the way of a challenge that many people are clearly ...
Calvin's Hobbies's user avatar
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Couldn't there be more specific close reasons?

Unclear what you're asking means just that: it is unclear what you are asking for in your challenge spec. In almost all cases, further details should be left by the close voters as comments. While ...
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For cops and robbers, what if the cops' thread is closed / put on hold?

Close the robbers thread. If a challenge is closed, then no answers can be posted. cops-and-robbers challenges are made of two separate questions. Since we are closing challenges and not questions per ...
Erik the Outgolfer's user avatar
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Kindly explain why it is not impossible to read the minds of users who voted to close a question citing "unclear what you're asking"

It is unclear I wasn't one of the voters, but given the current question state I would also vote to close as unclear. I've read the challenge description several times and I still don't know what it'...
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Should we disallow non-observable requirements?

This is a bad idea. I like the sentiment of challenges being completely observable. I think that we should aim for questions to be as close to observable as possible, but I don't think it would be ...
Nathan Merrill's user avatar
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Why hasn't this question been reopened yet?

Reopening takes time An unfortunate fact is that this site is not as active as it once was. That means accumulating the required reopen votes can take a while. What you can do The things I would ...
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Closing as unclear to give way to another post?

The close reason is simple. You need details and clarity. There is no reason beyond that to close your question. Here's a few things you can improve, to be specific: You require a clear description ...
Razetime's user avatar
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How could the default close reasons be improved?

Rewording for "Duplicate" "This challenge has already been posted. It is either an exact duplicate, or the differences are superficial enough that an answer could be copied with minor ...
Fatalize's user avatar
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How could the default close reasons be improved?

Rewording for "Unclear" "Please clarify the specifications of your challenge. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what a valid answer to your challenge would be. You ...
Fatalize's user avatar
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"Too broad" close reason applied to "restricted source" puzzle

First off, I'm sorry that your first contribution to our site was so poorly received. I hope this doesn't discourage from posting more challenges. Writing good challenges is really hard, especially ...
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Objective computational challenges without "code"

[R]ather than try to do some frankenscore of the program size and the compression size with some arcane mixing rule, a la the LZMA question, I just made the scoring all about the JPEG. Maybe if I ...
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Voting to close question if it's unclear for some?

The situation described sounds like one in which the question needs to spend a few days in the sandbox. Vote to close and comment with a pointer to the sandbox.
Peter Taylor's user avatar
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What should we do about posts that are copied from external sources?

From the network-wide Terms of Service: 3. Subscriber Content You agree that all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually and irrevocably licensed to Stack Exchange under ...
Peter Taylor's user avatar
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"put on hold as unclear what you're asking" is itself unclear

The main reason that I voted to close wasn't because it wasn't unclear, but rather because it was very confusing. I just spent the last 5 minutes reading over the challenge and think that I have ...
caird coinheringaahin g's user avatar
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Add a option to migrate SO

I do not support having a migration path for this. Very rarely are questions here actually suitable for migration. Just close them with the existing off-topic option. If you believe they should be ...
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Proposal to lock the Language Showcase as historically significant

The showcase is too broad As I've said in chat yesterday, I like the showcase, but it is too broad for our site: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for ...
Dennis's user avatar
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"Too broad" close reason applied to "restricted source" puzzle

A hard-and-fast rule of the site is that challenges must have an objective winning criterion. As far as I can tell, your challenge doesn't have one. Oddly, none of the commenters mentioned that, but ...
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