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Definite policy about duplicate answers

Allow duplicate answers I think we shouldn't take action against duplicate submissions, even when the code is identical. We should assume good faith: the second submitter almost surely came up with ...
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Can we revive The Programming Language Quiz?

Revive it, with a different task I would enjoy a Programming Language Quiz Mark II. To keep things interesting, the task should be different. I suggest a task involving simple integer math, which ...
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Reposts of answer-chaining challenges

Yes, under specific circumstances: I think that DJMcMayhem made some really good points as to why we don't like duplicates. I'll address the two he felt were still relevant to answer-chaining: A ...
Nathan Merrill's user avatar
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Is the "duplicate" system too harsh?

To respond specifically to your example: according to your profile, you joined the site about six weeks ago. This is probably only the first or second dupe of that question you've seen. I've seen ...
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Reposts of answer-chaining challenges

Yes, but the reposting of a challenge must be voted on Instead of having a set time limit and max number of reposts, we could have a thread similar to the sandbox where there could be "repost ...
Conor O'Brien's user avatar
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Should we rehash Add A Language To A Polyglot?

I was the original poster of the original challenge, and have had some thoughts about what I'd change if doing it again. (Note: these are only thoughts, not directives or requirements, and it's quite ...
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Could a new "Is it a power of 2?" question escape being closed as a duplicate?

If a new "Powers of 2" question is allowed to stay open, "Completely even" should still be left open. Although in many golfing languages an answer to both questions is the same ...
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Is fibtraction a dupe?

Is the question a dupe? Yes, it is Our standard for whether one question duplicates another is: can answers from one question be copied with minor modifications and be competitive? I'm not going to ...
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We decided to post a new factorial challenge. Should we close the old one as dupe?

No, leave both challenges open As Luis Mendo requested in the comment, here is a copy of my statement for voting. I believe it is not a dupe because the solutions to the existing challenge are not ...
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Should we rehash Add A Language To A Polyglot?

I have long supported making a second run. Due to the answer chaining nature I think the challenge would be very interesting if we pushed it in a different path. However I don't like the proposed ...
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Which questions should get deleted (and how fast)?

tl;dr: Don't worry about it. For off-topic posts such as general programming questions, there's no reason to waste your time and delete votes on posts that will already get Roomba'd automatically. ...
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Could a new "Is it a power of 2?" question escape being closed as a duplicate?

Yes, a new Powers of 2 question should be allowed to stay open.
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Should we close challenges as dupes of closed challenges?

I think this is a special case of a more general question which has come up in the past week in a different guise. I will therefore address the more general question: What should I do with a ...
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Is my question a duplicate even though it doesn't impose a requirement that the original one did?

Maybe! The title of this question is general, so I'll provide a general answer. It applies to the specific challenges mentioned in the question too. Ask yourself this: Does it bring something new ...
Stewie Griffin's user avatar
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Is it acceptable to rerun an old coding challenge as a new thread?

It Depends In general, we handle reposting of challenges on a case by case basis. For this particular instance, I would argue that this KOTH challenge is OK to re-run, provided that someone can't ...
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Would this potential challenge be a duplicate of an existing one?

Yes, it's too similar The standard metric we use here for "Is challenge A a duplicate of challenge B?" is "Can answers from B be trivially ported to answer A?". Most of the answers ...
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Why does Community votes to close as dupe?

The challenge author voted to closed it as a dupe See this MSE post: New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes Essentially, when a user votes to close a question as a duplicate, ...
caird coinheringaahin g's user avatar
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Reposts of answer-chaining challenges

This should not be allowed, but we could lower the threshold for these challenges to be considered a "duplicate". The reason that we don't allow reposts is because the same answers will be ...
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Is "(The other day) I met a bear" a duplicate?

No, it's not a duplicate. In my opinion, we should think of duplicates as challenges which are sufficiently similar to past challenges that very little or nothing is added to the site by having the ...
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Is my question a duplicate even though it doesn't impose a requirement that the original one did?

No, it is not a duplicate. Since I'm the one who hammered it back open, I should definitely explain my thoughts on this. An interactive interpreter is a lot different from a non-interactive one, ...
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Which 'repeated substring' challenge should be closed?

Notably, it's scored on character count instead of byte count. As far as I can tell, this is the only difference. That was an important distinction when the ethos of the site was still that all ...
Peter Taylor's user avatar
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How transitive are Duplicates?

Stay open Closed was closed as a dupe of Old, but New shouldn't be closed as a dupe of Closed, since Closed has been already been closed as a dupe of Old, and New isn't itself a dupe of Old. ...
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Are any of these bracket-fixing challenges duplicate?

1 and 4 are very similar. They both allow only brackets, and they both require the minimum number of additions to make the brackets fully balanced. 4 is newer, but IMO better written with a more ...
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