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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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Should "Code the Huffman!" remain closed as a duplicate of a very old question?

TL;DR: They are duplicates. Close the old one. First, I'd like to clarify that I do think the questions are duplicates. I agree with Peter that a difference in the output format counts as a "minor ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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When can challenges be reused?

Challenges should never be reused. If a challenge has been posted in the past and you think it would be fun to participate in it, participate in the existing challenge. Don't repost an old challenge ...
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Is a popularity contest a duplicate of a code golf (and vice versa)?

The only reason pop-con even exists is because some people couldn't think of a good winning criterion for some of their questions. If a challenge works as a code-golf, it shouldn't be posted as a pop-...
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Duplicates on other SE sites

Let it be. Codegolf questions on SO get deleted apparently at random, so there's no telling how long that one will be there. However, it might be a good idea to link to it from your question and to ...
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Are these questions about balanced parentheses really duplicates?

I don't think either one should be closed. The other one includes a ton of bonuses. While I don't think they are a great idea, they significantly change the challenge. Also, without the bonuses, the ...
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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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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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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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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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Duplicate questions

I'd like to advocate a more flexible policy for closing duplicates. As is, duplicate and near-duplicate questions seem to be closed as a hard rule. Of course, we don't want the same question repeated ...
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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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Duplicates with different restrictions or no restrictions

Regarding a general policy I don't think a general rule on restricted challenges would work very well. It depends a lot on the challenge and the restriction whether it makes a sufficient difference. ...
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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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Closing as Duplicate on Meta

Close only if they would have the same answers For the question https://codegolf.meta.stackexchange.com/q/7887/25180, the answers are supposed to be: Yes, they are drowning us. (But we may want to be ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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