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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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I Don't Have Enough Reputation to Comment

Comments requiring reputation is an unfortunate situation, but it is (sadly) necessary to prevent comment spam. There is no manual override; the only way to post comments is to earn the 50 reputation ...
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What's the "accepted answer"?

The accepted answer is the answer that wins the challenge As defined by the objective scoring criterion the challenge writer gave the challenge when it was created. That's it really. If there are ...
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Where to find an online testing environment for specific programming languages?

Attempt This Online Note: I (pxeger) am the author and maintainer of ATO ATO was originally conceived as a replacement for the increasingly out-of-date Try It Online. You can find it at ...
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Does codegolf involve only code size?

There are two different usages of "code golf" here: The tag code-golf is applied to challenges which involve competing to produce the shortest valid source code. More details and a list of challenges ...
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Suggestion/Edit for answers if user "Last seen more than X years ago"

You should post your new answer and link to the original. It perfectly fine, even when the OP is active, to post your golf as a separate answer. You don't need any further reason to do so. A full ...
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7 day chat suspension

Regarding that message You must have no idea what the Nazis were/are or what they have done if you think calling someone a Nazi for deleting chat messages or handing out 30-minute suspensions is even ...
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Chat account suspended?

I have not had any suspensions over 30 minutes in the past month. This isn't true. There was completely no warning about it. You were reminded of our rules and guidelines on multiple occasions, ...
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Can interpreter flags causing major language differences be considered different versions of the language?

Answered in order Yes They are different versions. Maybe It would depend upon the challenge in question. Some specify that major versions (e.g., Python 2 vs Python 3) are considered the same ...
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chat suspension?

Workman or no Workman, you littered TNB with gibberish. One of your posts got flag-deleted, which results in an automatic 30 minute suspension. The suspension will wear off in 10 minutes.
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Does the OP have to explicitly state the winning criteria?

Yes, the winning criterion needs to be specified in the challenge First, tags like code-golf where the winning criterion is obvious in theory. You're right that it's probably not entirely necessary, ...
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Adding a link to Try It Online to existing answers

Technically speaking, you can, as one of the official reasons to edit an answer is to ▶ add related resources or links That being said, here at Code Golf Stack Exchange, we're quite conservative ...
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What is too many sandboxed challenges?

Don't worry about clogging the sandbox In fact, thank you for using it — I wish every new contributor did so! Every once in a while, we have created a new sandbox because the old one simply got too ...
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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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How did I lose 5 reputation on an answer?

A quick glance at your reputation history reveals that your answer was unaccepted (-15) and got an upvote (+10). The sum is the -5 you saw in the notification area.
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Very long chat suspension for harmless joke

We've been over this before. Long-term suspensions are rarely handed out because of a single message. However, you constantly succeed in lowering the signal-to-noise ratio. You have been told several ...
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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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How should my challenge be tagged?

The code-golf tag wiki excerpt says: Code-golf is a competition to solve a particular problem in the fewest bytes of source code. If you want to score by characters instead of bytes, state this ...
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How to participate in image-processing challenges if the language does not support images?

All languages (which support input via an arbitrary stream of bytes) technically support images. An image file (PNG, JPG, GIF, etc.) can simply be processed without builtin image manipulation ...
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Does the OP have to explicitly state the winning criteria?

No, as long as the winning criterion is already clear from the tags Most challenges on PPCG are code-golf. A lot of distraction, duplication, and possibly inconsistency is caused by having to re-...
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Remove noncompeting status from all submissions

Please Don't Correct me if I'm wrong, but how often do really old posts show up on the front page? Unless you keep editing them, not very often. So, now that the new decree has been set in place, let'...
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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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Reopen my question that has several correct answers

Err... no. You should work on improving your challenge first. Your question is quite unclear, and fairly poorly formatted. By marking it as "On Hold", we signify to future users that challenges ...
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Chat Suspensions for Swearing

Different people find different things offensive. While I personally don't mind some mild swearing, others might. Remember that it takes only six users (or less, if one is a mod) out of all SE users ...
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2 downvotes + 1 upvote = 1 more reputation

Reddit karma is +1/-1. Why should SE rep be +10/-2? In short, the voting and reputation structure are optimized for a Q/A site rather than a system that ranks popular opinions. There is asymmetry in ...
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How To Filter Out Code-Golf tagged questions

Searching for posts without code golf You can search for -[code-golf] to find all questions that do not have the code-golf tag. Ignoring code-golf questions always ...
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Undeserved chat suspension

The immediate context: brb changing pants [This was a reply to the image in the question.] (because I drooled all over them, dirty mind) I want that in my mouth It's not clear what happened, ...
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Why aren't candidate vote totals accurate?

If a candidate is at a negative score, the score will display as your vote. So, if you didn't vote, it will display as 0; if you downvoted, -1, and if you upvoted, 1. The same question was asked on ...
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Do answers have to be on one line?

Of course it is acceptable. :) Your answer can span as many lines as you like (in fact, there are many languages used around here where most programs have to span multiple lines). Just add the ...
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