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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Post quickly Thanks to the Fastest Gun in the West Effect, answers posted soon after the question tend to get more upvotes than ones posted later. Moreover, the higher-voted your answer is, the more ...
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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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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Readability Round here, we're all used to fiendishly obfuscated code-golf answers. While sacrificing readability is perfectly acceptable to squeeze one more byte out of a code-golf answer, it really ...
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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Use pretty pictures It sounds silly, but pictures are eye-catching. For example, many of the highest-voted answers to Calvin's Language Showcase Challenge feature images. However, don't include ...
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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Something Different Quite often the answers follow the same format/approach. Doing something which demonstrates thinking outside the square and attacks the question from a different angle will garner ...
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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 ...
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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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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Explain your work This tip is for the more complex popularity contests where your approach to the problem is important. It's one thing to have an answer that works wonders, but people are going to ...
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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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Has underhanded been getting too much like code-trolling?

Short answer: yes, and the tag wiki is partly to blame. Longer answer: although underhanded doesn't inherently hit Too Broad in the same way as code-trolling, it does suffer to an extent from a lack ...
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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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Proposing new winning criterion tag: Voter-judged

While I believe there is room for improvement as far as popularity-contest goes, I'm not convinced this is the answer. There are already popcons that give subjective voting criteria, such as good/bad ...
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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Add a cow to your answer ...
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Proposing new winning criterion tag: Voter-judged

I'm not really your target audience, but it sounds to me like you're trying to split pop-con into two tags which function roughly as "good pop-con" and "bad pop-con". I don't think that's your ...
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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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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Spread the common sense Try to come up with some very simple and obvious basic ideas (the implementation isn't necessarily easy), where others aren't very sure about it really works, and they aren't ...
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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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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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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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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests

Humor Research has shown that the amount of humor in a post is positively correlated with the number of upvotes. Therefore, adding humor is a guaranteed method to get the popular vote.
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Proposing new winning criterion tag: Voter-judged

This sounds like a good idea to me. There is power in the name of a thing. "Voter-judged" has better connotations than "Popularity-contest" and is more correct for the use to which we're putting it. ...
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