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Where to find an online testing environment for specific programming languages?

Try It Online Try It Online has been created by Dennis and currently supports the following practical and recreational programming languages. (the snippet loads the current list) ...
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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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How does the Sandbox work? How do I use it?

Where is the sandbox? The sandbox is located on this meta post. Sandboxed challenges are posted as answers to this question. Why should I use the sandbox? You might be thinking, perhaps, why would you ...
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How does the Sandbox work? How do I use it?

How long should I leave a question in the sandbox? In general you should leave a question at least 72 hours to ensure that the people who check it fairly regularly will have a chance to see it and ...
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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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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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How does the Sandbox work? How do I use it?

Template for Challenge Proposals Every proposal should contain several fixed pieces of information, including a title, the tags you intend to use and body of the challenge as you intend to post it on ...
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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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Hey Stack Exchange, how are we doing?

So I guess senpai noticed us. See below for a special note from Grace Note. Congratulations, you're graduating!
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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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Upvoted challenge but no answer

Nothing is wrong with your question. There are questions with a lot more upvotes which haven't received answers in months or years. Your challenge has only been up for a few days, and due to the ...
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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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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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Can I use Meta to vote for the type of my puzzle?

I don't think that's a good idea. Why would you post the question already if no one can actually answer it at that point (since the rules aren't even decided yet)? This is exactly what the sandbox is ...
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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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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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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 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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When do I have to include things like Java's public static void main

Whenever submissions are required to be full programs, Java's standard boilerplate code (i.e. class and main, etc.) is required. ...
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What can we do with "too old to migrate" questions that belong on meta?

Tips for golfing in Perl? does not belong on Meta. This is because Meta is for questions about the site Programming Puzzles & Code Golf, not for questions about Perl. Furthermore, our help ...
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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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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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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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