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Problems I see with locking the Showcase We have practically nowhere else to post what we can post on the showcase. You can always put them in the language's readme on GitHub, but I prefer the showcase because it's a ubiquitous place to post interesting snippets and tutorials. You can find a snippet about pretty much every language there, rather than having ...


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The showcase is part of a unique category of pop-cons that should be on topic. Before I explain this, consider for a second why we banished code-trolling, underhanded and now are considering eliminating popularity-contest: site quality. During the great code trolling apocalypse, Doorknob and Martin made excellent arguments against it that more or less ...


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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 ...


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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.


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In response to the question which Doorknob asks in his answer, Aren't you just reinventing Stack Exchange? I think that he does Chris Jester-Young's suggestion an injustice. It's not reinventing SE so much as making a small extension which turns an existing feature (cross-site migration) into something much more useful. At present we can only use it to ...


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Closing this challenge is pointless even if out-of-scope This challenge is still opened and… …it still receives interesting answers showcasing new languages. I still receive upvotes semi-often on that challenge suggesting that people are still interested in seeing languages snippets and explanations. What closing this challenge would do: Absolutely nothing ...


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I'm Grace Note, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. Originally, I was writing this answer explaining the mechanical issues with this idea. I won't bore with details, though, but in the long run, migration (and especially chain migration) is pretty messy and this would be a mess to implement. Today we had a meeting to discuss something we'd been brewing ...


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The Sandbox really does not belong on Main and should stay on Meta Let me review the arguments made for moving the Sandbox to main (from the question): Users with less than 5 reputation can still use the sandbox. (This is the most convincing argument, in my opinion.) The reputation requirement has been removed. This point is no longer valid. The ...


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No. To have bots that autonomously make edits is annoying, intrusive, and error-prone. If someone wants to have a Stack Snippet, he/she should edit it in manually.


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That's a standard message Certain close messages are standard across all Stack Exchange sites and cannot be changed on a per-site basis. People who vote to close as unclear should specify in comments what exactly is unclear.


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Code Katas are a great idea in general, but I don't see how they fit into this community. The main requirement for every challenge posted here is that it has to have an objective winning criterion. Code Katas are looking for good solutions, whatever that means in the language you're currently using. But that's something you can't really quantify. Whether any ...


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Only the beta communities have this sort of image was once true, but as the number of sites which are graduating has grown, a backlog has built up. The icon will be changed as part of a cohesive design change for the whole site.


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I am divided on the "too trivial" issue, but would find it acceptable if it were worded in a way that is positively constructive to the user receiving it. Too Narrow There are either too few possible ways to answer, or answers would only differ in the language used. It tells users what went wrong. Some users will see this and explore their ...


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Yes. This has been discussed on meta.SE many times over -- it's not a "penalty"; it's simply removing reputation that never should have been there in the first place. You can't see other users' deleted posts by design; they're... well, they're deleted. If your post has a score of +3 or above and it has existed for 2 months or more, you will not lose ...


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AFAIK there is no default syntax highlighting on SO. Instead a default syntax highlighting can be set for each tag. Almost every question on SO has a language-specific tag and those come with the appropriate syntax highlighting. This doesn't really make sense for most challenges on PPCG. Answers are in all sorts of languages, and no single language syntax ...


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No, don't close it, don't lock it If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Unless there are severe quality issues, don't let bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo get in the way of a challenge that many people are clearly entertained by on a site that (I believe) is, at-the-core, about entertainment — about enjoying programming.


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Leaderboards are often custom-made to fit the requirements of a challenge, so it doesn't make sense for there to be a single function to accomplish this task. Martin Büttner made a leaderboard template that you can copy and paste into challenges though.


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Unclear what you're asking means just that: it is unclear what you are asking for in your challenge spec. In almost all cases, further details should be left by the close voters as comments. While bonuses are discouraged, they don't make a challenge unclear, unless the specification of the bonus criteria itself is unclear. A do X without Y challenge doesn't ...


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Perhaps, HTML, CSS and JavaScript have the most number of interpreters. No arguments there. The vast amounts of inconsistencies between different browsers, or even different versions of the same browser, can be anything from mindboggling to infuriating. And since languages are defined on the basis of their implementation, not specification or ...


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I don't think we want all closed questions tagged code-golf from SO. Some will be duplicates (e.g. Fibonacci code golf vs Fibonacci function or sequence) Some are off-topic (e.g. Most interesting and challenging programming tasks or What's the point of Perl golf?) And some are just completely boring (e.g. Code Golf: Shortest python program to convert from ...


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No. Now that the sandbox list is gone (probably for good), there is no reason for sandbox to be a CW as no one would want to edit it that often. Benefits of making Sandbox CW: Lowered threshold of 100 instead of 1000 rep to edit the directory list (which is gone now) Commenting requires 50 rep, so if any new person wanted to edit a proposal, he can anyways ...


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No A homework tag would most definitely not weed out off-topic questions. Instead it would look like evidence that homework questions are on-topic. Clearly my homework question is on-topic. There's even a tag specifically for homework questions! From the help-center: A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of ...


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In this post, I'm speaking as a user, not a moderator. I don't really think this is on-topic here, and I'm also not sure how much use it would be anyway. If this is about creating a repository of esoteric languages, there's no point in reproducing esolangs.org in a place and software that wasn't meant for it. If this is about increasing the popularity of ...


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Make the template a featured meta post status-declined That way it would appear on the right side next to the link to the sandbox. That would make it visible. Anyone who wants it can just click on it, copy, paste, done. Note: Per moderator consensus, we have decided not to move forward with this idea.


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Do not retire the sandbox Retiring the sandbox does not solve a sufficient number of problems to make the work associated with it worthwhile. The only problem that we know that this will fix is viewing the post on the iOS app. However, this is a problem with the app, not the sandbox, and it can easily be viewed in a browser instead in the meantime. The ...


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Searching for [code-golf] is:answer "J" seems to provide good results. And if you want explanations, [code-golf] is:answer "J" "explanation" works. You can also use user: to filter to a specific user by their ID.


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The Sandbox does not belong in Main It does not belong on main because it isn't in the scope of the site. The Sandbox is basically a concentrated and pointed discussion about what makes a good question taken case-by-case. This is the primary reason it belongs in Meta, and all other reasons are largely irrelevant in my opinion. However, there are two ...


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Yes, but try to fix MathJax ASAP Obviously, why have MathJax on meta (and sandbox) if it is really not going to help us on the real site? It provides no help, and can confuse users new to the sandbox. Thus, MathJax only on Meta is a detriment to our site. However, just imagine how great it would be to have MathJax! Now, there are problems with it and this ...


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Comment markdown allows you to escape backticks in inline code. So, `Array(100).fill\`abc\`.join\`|\`` results in Array(100).fill`abc`.join`|`


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