I say that we should go ahead with this change.
Apart from simply correctly appreciating the massive amount of effort put into writing good challenges, this would also be a very nice added incentive to start writing questions, especially for existing users who now want to earn more rep. :)
PPCG is different from most other sites on Stack Exchange in that it is not a Q+A site; in fact, many questions that ask for help (other than "how to golf in ____") are marked as being not on topic. The thing that makes PPCG unique is that the interaction between question asker and question answerer is important. PPCG is not a site where ...
Yes, but only if downvotes scale to -4
Peter Taylor brought up a very good point in a comment: There are many questions which would change from being worth negative rep to positive rep should this change be implemented without scaling downvotes accordingly.
Currently, downvotes on both questions and answers are worth -2 reputation. I propose that downvotes ...
For a third option, it turns out there is a Unicode character for Flag In Hole (U+26F3). Here's my attempt to render it in pixel art on the standard beta SE favicon template:
And a variant with a ball next to the green:
I think this actually turned out pretty nice. I'm slightly worried about is the potential for future ...
Yes, bring MathJax back
Advantages of having MathJax on Programming Puzzles & Code Golf:
A lot of math, number and number-theory challenges and answers (and not only those!) would benefit from having it back. This is a lot – At the time of writing, about 12.19 percent of the challenges are mathematics-related, not to mention that math is our third most ...
Remove both question and answer requirements
Meta is a great way for new users to ask questions about the site, so there shouldn't be a rep restriction keeping them from doing so.
New users should be able to use the Sandbox, so we should remove the answer requirement as well.
Rep requirements for meta participation make sense on other SE sites. ...
The post character limit should be doubled to the same length as Code Review's.
The two most common reasons for the character limit on other Stack Exchange sites (people posting logs, or their entire source code for people to read through) are invalid when applied to PPCG. There won't be anyone posting logs on a PPCG question for obvious reasons. And ...
I'm late to this party, so I probably won't get many votes.
Upvotes +15, Downvotes -5
For each one challenge, approximately 9.9 solutions are written. It seems obvious to me that challenges are far more valuable to the site than solutions. Make upvotes count for +15.
Fifteen reputation for an upvote will reward poorly written challenges. We have a Sandbox ...
Upvote this if you agree and downvote if you disagree.
Yes, we should rename this site to Programming Contests & Code Golf. Or maybe just Programming Contests.
See other answers for about dropping the "& Code Golf" or not.
Since the flag in hole icon has turned out to be so popular, I thought I should try to draw a larger version of it to replace the larger site icon used in various places like the SE site list. I ended up with two versions, so I figured I'd post both here and let you folks vote on them, just like with the smaller favicons.
Here's the first one, loosely ...
As the author of ;# and the original challenge, I kind of feel obligated to weigh in here. The semicolon-# tag doesn't really add anything to the site, and as demonstrated by my last attempt, all most variations of the original challenge have been done.*
I see no real point in having a language specific tag for every "Implement this language" ...
Upvote this if you agree and downvote if you disagree.
Regardless of the fact that it is "Programming Puzzles", "Programming Tournaments" or "Programming Contests", or something else, we must keep the "& Code Golf" in the name, even if we all do know that code-golf is a type of programming puzzle/contest/tournament.
See other answers for about the ...
Measuring the Strength of the FGITW Effect
Although this answer isn't a suggestion for a solution, it should provide a better understanding of the problem. A proper understanding is necessary to create a solution.
The FGITW effect ("fastest gun in the west" effect) is the phenomenon in which the earliest answers receive the most votes and always stay at ...
Let's keep it as is
We've been Programming Puzzles & Code Golf, otherwise known as CodeGolf.SE, since our inception 5 years ago. Our name doesn't suit us perfectly, but it's part of our identity. And now that we're graduating, we should avoid changing our identity and embrace what we've accomplished as CodeGolf.SE.
That aside, the subdomain name "code ...
self-referential would be strictly weaker than quine. quine should only be used for tasks involving the actual manipulation of the program's source, which is not required for the challenges linked.
While "Output with the same length as the code" could theoretically be done by using a standard extensible quine to get the source, computing the length of ...
I personally support this bot. Vote after reading to indicate if you agree.
The main reasons for disallowing bots that send messages:
they're distracting / obnoxious
they overtake important conversations with clutter
all in all, basically high noise ratio
The thing is, given that it's quite common for people to pop into TNB and ask for feedback on Sandbox ...
The purpose of (most) badges is to encourage a certain behaviour that is deemed good on SE. (There are a few exceptions, like Tumbleweed, and I'm pretty sure they'd go if the badge system was redesigned from scratch today.) I'm not exactly sure what good behaviour your badge idea would encourage.
I see a couple potential issues, but nothing that's a deal breaker.
Some snippets posted here (especially for golf) have insane runtimes, memory needs, etc. At the least, we should encourage users to mention this if what they're posting will use an inordinant amount of time/resources. (they should probably do this anyway, but I see ...
I increased the limit to 65536 to match Code Review. There's an auto flag for very long posts, so a moderator will have an opportunity to delete or edit unnecessarily long posts. As a rule, giant posts are not good for a site. But if someone really needs to post extremely long code, they can.
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 as a valid answer. It's especially important to be clear on I/O formats, guarantees about input values, and edge case behaviour. You may want to post your ...
Add support back, but change the delimiter
I think MathJax would be fine, and see Xcoder's answer for more reasons why. However, the reasons it were disabled still stand:
Messed up regexes, since MathJax can trigger inside code blocks for whatever reason
Odd-looking search results (though in general I think this applies to regexes in search results)
I propose that a purely random default sorting would solve the above problems. It would simply remove the bias towards any kind of answer and would distribute the votes more fairly. Of course, the existing sorting by activity will also remove the bias towards early answers, but the fact that it's deterministic is still problematic.
I am evidently sold on the idea. Here is a modified version in order to bring more thoughts on this.
If this is an answer to a challenge
Be sure to follow the challenge specification. However, please refrain from exploiting obvious loopholes. Answers abusing any of the standard loopholes are considered invalid. If you think a specification is ...