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Should we blacklist [popularity-contest]s?

To come back to it after over a year. Should we end the popcon? Keep it Yes, keep it. But why?? Is closing an off-topic question really that hard? If it's off-topic, it's off-topic. If it's a pop-...
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The state of the popularity contest tag

Keep It, but... ...we should definitely update e.g. the tag info. The recent discussions have not been unproductive, and I think we have better guidelines than ever before but at the moment they are ...
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The state of the popularity contest tag

Should the tag be split? I think it's clear that the majority want to see popularity contests continue, but also the majority find problems with most challenges that are posted with this tag. Is ...
trichoplax is on Codidact now's user avatar
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The state of the popularity contest tag

Keep it There's nothing wrong specifically with popularity-contest (indeed it is a good scoring criteria for several popular kinds of challenges, such as image-processing). The main issue is that ...
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Should we blacklist [popularity-contest]s?

A follow up to my last answer This second answer is a bit of a write up of my thoughts after some discussion about my previous answer. Everything I said in the last answer I still believe is true, ...
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Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests

The current state is good for nobody The rules as they apply to pop cons are bizarre. Whether they should be loosened or tightened, either would be better than this strange in-between. All ...
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Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests

Let's not argue over semantics Trying to interpret SE policy and the meaning of objectivity here feels like reading tea leaves. These rules were written for a different situation: questions that are ...
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PopCons and Graphical Output

Popcons have needed to be popular Note: This is simply my perspective on what has been happening, not what should be happening We have a challenge writer, Helka Homba, who is quite popular in our ...
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Updating the [popularity-contest] tag info: suggestions

Notes: If you find any grammar mistakes or formulations that are clumsy, feel free to directly edit. For other suggestions please use the comments. Should certains points be linked to the relevant ...
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Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests

Which challenges are on topic here? First and foremost, the same rules apply to all challenges, whether they are popularity contests or not. These rules are outlined in our help center. They were ...
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PopCons and Graphical Output

Explicit distinction between objective and subjective rules First of all, I do agree with Nathan Merrill's post. I'd like to add following point: When writing down the rules for the challenge, the ...
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Please reopen Tweetable Mathematical Art

Firstly, welcome to the site! We're glad you're enjoying the posts here, and we encourage you to participate yourself! However, Tweetable Mathematical Art is not going to be reopened. As impressive, ...
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Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests

Objectivity gets mixed up with other aspects Several different factors affect whether a popularity contest is welcomed here, not just objectivity. Trying to discuss these factors all at once causes ...
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Please reopen Tweetable Mathematical Art

The lock in place is still correct Tweetable mathematical art is a fun question with some great answers, but it's the only the best example of a category of questions that are bad for our site. There ...
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The state of the popularity contest tag

Keep It Site traffic history for ppcg.se, by month: With a few notable exceptions (for example We're no strangers to code golf, the blip in April 2012), nearly all questions with 50k+ views have ...
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Should we blacklist [popularity-contest]s?

Keep it I like PPCG because it inspires creative solutions I'd never have considered, usually using techniques I didn't know about (or wouldn't have thought of). In code-golf, more often than not ...
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Solution to popularity contest

I do have posted and participated in a bunch of popularity contests and already discused their problems a lot, so I think I may adress some of the issues I've seen, what I agree on and what I do not ...
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Why is this popularity contest given special treatment?

Close it! A very short answer, but I don't think anything else is necessary. There's nothing special about that question, and it should be closed due to the lack of an objective winning criterion. ...
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Guidelines for posting and closing popularity contests

Despite their more subjective nature, popularity contents are not except from the site's rule of objectivity. All popularity contests still need a concrete, objective way to determine whether a ...
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