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What are our specific abbreviations and terms?

See also Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms. Abbreviations marked with a star (*) are chat specific. ATO: Attempt This Online; a website similiar to TIO where newer versions ...
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A proposal to combat Meta Bloatâ„¢: The Big Consensus Freeze

I propose that each commonly-used language have a separate explanation of the rules that most pertain to it, with code examples. I think this is more digestible that a big general FAQ, especially to ...
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How can we attract experienced golfers?

Strive to outgolf For skilled golfers to take us seriously, they need to see us try for the best golf. If someone's already submitted in your favorite language, take it as a challenge to do better. ...
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Don't downvote off topic posts into oblivion

posts that are unintentionally against our on-topic guidelines have no reason to be downvoted. This is false; posts with a score of -4 or lower do not appear on the front page. Making low quality ...
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Let's customise the "How to Answer" pop-up

This was recently changed to the text proposed by coredump. New users who enter the Your Answer box will see:
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I'm new to code golf, what are some things I should know?

I don't really know what's best specifically for you but I'll share my short experience over the past year here. I started out golfing in Java, probably the worst possible language to golf in. ...
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I'm new to code golf, what are some things I should know?

A few thoughts, from a fairly-newbie: Use whatever language you like. Personally, I see every language as competing in its own space. I compete against other JavaScript entries, and to a very small ...
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New users' guides to golfing rules in specific languages

Haskell Basic IO In Haskell, a valid answer is usually a function, unless a full program is required by the challenge. Even if a challenge requires you to output an infinite stream of data (like all ...
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When should challenges be protected?

Other SE sites have questions that already got a satisfying answer, and new answers will likely be thank you posts or other kinds of noise. In these situation, protecting questions is the way to go. ...
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Newbie question about voting

Voting while participating As it's a contest it doesn't make sense to vote for other answers - does it? It is a contest, but I like to think of it as a challenge. And everyone participates ...
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The view from a newcomer (or an unwary traveller)

Hello and Welcome to PPCG! Indeed, while PPCG is somewhat different from the main Stack Overflow site, there is a lot of information about questions that can be found in the Help pages, specifically ...
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what did I do wrong and how can I improve

At a brief glance, some potential reasons are: This looks a lot like a homework question or a coding challenge taking from another site. We don't help with homework Using a challenge from another ...
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Should we have a "Welcome to PPCG" new user post?

Let's do it! This is a great idea! While new users won't necessarily see it on their own, they can be easily linked to it, once it exists. While we currently have a community FAQ, I think it would ...
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Unspoken challenge rules

We need an honest intro for new askers We need a frank explanation of what makes a good challenge. Not something that lists all rules and possibilities, but advice like you'd give a friend who is new ...
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"Be Nice" applies to off-topic questions too

This also applies in Chat Often when a post is off topic on the site people will ping the NewMainPosts message announcing the question, with complaints or generally unwelcoming statements. Just ...
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Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack Exchange!

Answering Unlike most Stack Exchange sites, answers here are typically easier to write than questions. However, there are a few things that every answer needs to include, and a couple of criteria they ...
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Newbie question about voting

Do not vote for code length! Code length is not a good way to determine what to vote for, because it isn't a good indicator of quality. A golflang submission can be thoroughly uninteresting and still ...
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Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack Exchange!

Asking Asking good, high quality challenges is a key aspect of the site. Some users almost exclusively post challenges, and some prefer instead to only answer. However, asking is very different on ...
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New users' guides to golfing rules in specific languages

Python General I/O Your submission should be a program or a function. It should print the output or return it. These example submissions compute the factorial in Python 2: ...
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How can we attract experienced golfers?

Vote. The main mechanism of stackexchange is voting. As @LuisMendo said, if you attract more users in general, you will gradually bring in those more experienced golfers. When you see a good answer ...
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Getting Started

Start with your familiar language You'll find that if you start off with learning a new golfing language right away, you'll find it rather difficult to create competitive solutions. That's completely ...
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Finding questions to answer

I have two answers for you, a simple technical one and a more complex philosophical one: Go to Questions, sort by newest When you sort questions by "active", you get all the questions that most ...
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On "golf this for me" tips questions

Enforce standards for these questions I think a lot of the problem is that golf-this-for-me tips questions aren't held to the site's usual standards of clarity, completeness, and objectiveness. I know ...
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How can we attract experienced golfers?

Long post. I bolded the important parts. Unfortunately, this formatting looks a little swiss cheesey as a result. 1: I feel like I'm going to have to jump through hoops just to be acknowledged I don'...
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I'm new to code golf, what are some things I should know?

Golf for fun, not to win! Post your answer even if someone else has already posted a shorter answer in the same language! Yes, you can learn from other people's answers, but learning by doing is in ...
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Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges Stack Exchange!

Everything Else Despite being primarily for challenges and solutions, there is still a lot more to the site. This post addresses some of the more common questions about aspects of the site aside from ...
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What should we do to avoid programming help questions?

Although we may occasionally get an off topic question from a new user who is genuinely confused by the title or layout of our site, the majority of off topic questions I see appear to be posted ...
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