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I dislike our current stance on "serious contenders" TL;DR: we don't make it clear enough that answers with self-imposed restrictions are valid From my conversations with moderators, from posts by former moderators and just from my own anecdotal experience, I've realised that our moderators spent a decent chunk of their time deleting "invalid&...


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Yes Non-competing doesn't allow an answer to do what it wants, and not meet the questions specifications. If a question has a specific scoring system, answers whose scores can't be calculated shouldn't be marked non-competing, they should be removed from the question. In short, if I posted an answer to the Hello, World! question that didn't display Hello, ...


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I disagree with your premise that deleting answers is a good thing. While new, active users may benefit from finding more unanswered questions, deleting answers has the same effect as not posting them at all. Established, active users will still see the answers, so they have to choose between posting a near-duplicate of a deleted answer or just ignoring the ...


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My Perspective This is not a complete answer, it's just offering my perspective. It leans towards suggesting action, but I'd rather let other people speak before we are done here. I'm putting it here to not clutter up the post. In my experience as moderator, of the non-serious contenders (which were flagged as such) there are broadly three categories: ...


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I deleted the answer because it made no effort whatsoever to compress its input. Now that the test case has been revealed, it turns out that trying to compress the input is rather pointless, as even the answers with the most sophisticated algorithms can shave off only a handful of bytes, if any. I didn't anticipate that, so my bad. I've undeleted your ...


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1) What are the limits for these kinds of languages? For answers like this, it is pretty clear that when the language is used creatively, it is allowed. That isn't clear to me at all. My (personal) opinion is that the post uses a non-programming language, so creative or not, it isn't valid. I won't delete it unilaterally though. In general, post X wasn't ...


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