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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

Stop upvoting trivial solutions It's easy to imagine why a new user would be frustrated when the highest-voted answer is a 3-byte solution in a golfing language with a built-in that nearly solves the ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

What SE could do for us... One of the most popular suggestions from "We're not a Q&A site, but what should be done about it?" is to add software support for answer metadata (mainly scores and ...
Martin Ender's user avatar
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

Don't steer new users into posting challenges The SE interface points first-time users to ask a question. The Ask Question button is bolded and the tour is largely about asking. Answering is more ...
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Should we consider planning a move off StackExchange?

It wouldn't be a move Rather, the new site would be another community (built on the experience of this). Users of the new site would not necessarily be the same we now have on this site. The current ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

As someone who doesn't use golfing languages, I can sympathise to a degree with the users left burnt by golfing langs. You spend time solving a problem in a popular language, post your solution, and ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

Stop accepting trivial solutions Note: As of September 2021, accepted answers aren't pinned to the top anymore. Don't give the green checkmark to the shortest solution when it's shortest by being in ...
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A proposal to combat Meta Bloat™: 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 help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

De-emphasize code-golf And concentrate on other challenges, tricks and hacks with the code where golfing languages are less advantaged. Make PPCG more about Programming Puzzles than about Code Golf.
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

Stop automatically protecting challenges Right now, a question will be automatically protected if it gets three or more deleted answers. This is a good move for Q&A sites, but the nature of PPCG ...
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Should we consider planning a move off StackExchange?

After seeing the updated COC, I'm going to contribute as little as possible. I still sometimes need to find existing answers, but I refuse to contribute answers or content to a website under such ...
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

Collaborative posts with equal rep sharing Occasionally 2 or more people will work together on writing a challenge or a solution. Currently all the reputation goes to the person whose name it is in. ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

For me I joined because it is fun. I spend all day writing readable code and sometimes it's nice to write something just because I can. I have no problems with golfing languages. The shortest code ...
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

Allow the sandbox to be permanently featured Most sites don't have or need a sandbox. Since we have "challenges" instead of "questions" it is very important to have a sandbox and ...
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Should we consider planning a move off StackExchange?

Someone should just post "Replicate CodeGolf" as a challenge and we'll end up with the most efficiently coded online community in the history of the internet.
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

System to Suggest Improvements (golfing help) An important part of this site is suggesting ways to shorten existing answers. However, there isn't a good way to do this. Comments are generally the ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

Bigger, broader challenges expecting some dependencies Not just converting some short input to short output. For example, interfacing with a machine learning framework probably works better with ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

Challenges with Catalogs I think my proposal isn't really supported by the StackExchange website structure. If we could somehow have groups of answers separated by language, that would be pretty ...
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What should we do against the downvote flood in the sandbox?

Organize people to go through the Sandbox and upvote appropriately In all of the downvoted Sandbox posts currently on the front page, it looked like there was a downvote but no upvotes. This means ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

Make an alternative leaderboard Add a new section in the leaderboard snippet showing languages by categories, such as: Widely used languages New trending languages Obscure serious languages Golfing ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

Use Human-Readable Encodings to Present Solutions One of my favorite languages to use here is PostScript, which while not a true golfing language, has the ability to represent most of its operators ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

I don't really consider languages to be competing with each other. Maybe this is partly a cultural shift over the last 4 years because I don't really see this outrage in newer challenges. Maybe people ...
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

Adding a "bytes" sorting order to the solution section of each code-golf challenge The built-in leaderboard function might be too "clumsy" for the people at SE HQ to implement. This might be a ...
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

Include Top Askers in tag wiki side panel Currently the side panel in each tag wiki page shows a list of Top Answerers, which for a Q&A site makes perfect sense. However, here it would be good to ...
trichoplax is on Codidact now's user avatar
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Should we consider planning a move off StackExchange?

Places we might go (Starting a CW answer to track potential places to go. Please add information. --xnor) TopAnswers Has a live code golf site. Non-profit Q&A site being built. Says they'll ...
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We're not a Q&A site. But what should be done about it?

Customize the How To Ask box further We're still getting a bunch of homework questions and interview riddles. I think the phrasing on the How To Ask box could be tweaked to make it abundantly clear ...
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Should PPCG have an official, objective, list of rules?

This is impossible While I think your desire for an easy, definitive list of rules is understandable, this seems impossible to me. Some reasons why: Rules change frequently new languages / new ...
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Should we start "reviving" older challenges?

This answer does not address the primary question of should we?, but rather the subsidiary question of if so, how to do this properly. First, check whether the challenge fits our current ...
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