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Should we reopen the "Tips for golfing in Befunge 93" question?

Edit 'Tips for Befunge 98' to be general Befunge tips I think the solution for this would be to merge the two versions into one 'language' as far as tips are concerned. This is how it is normally ...
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On "golf this for me" tips questions

Enforce standards for these questions I think a lot of the problem is that golf-this-for-me tips questions aren't held to the site's usual standards of clarity, completeness, and objectiveness. I know ...
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Tips for writing good code golf questions

Golf your own question Actually write code that solves your question. Nope, don't just say you can do it. Write the code to the spec, and use it to generate or check your test cases. That way, if ...
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Tips for writing [proof-golf] questions

Build off of people's existing understanding I think one of the big improvements I made between my first and second question was picking something that most people are already intimately familiar ...
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Tips for writing good code golf questions

Check your scoring method If you choose to score in something other than just characters or bytes, make sure the formula actually does what you want it to do. For example, you might have a ...
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Tips for writing good code golf questions

Beware Brute Force Say you have a question to find an example of something or an optimal something. Are you OK with code that just iterates over all the possibilities? It's easy to forget about ...
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Tips for writing [proof-golf] questions

Choose the right size of proof On thing I think is important is that when designing a question you choose a proof that is the right size. A proof that is too small will only have an optimal answer ...
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Tips for writing good code golf questions

Cover your ground with test cases You should include test cases in your question so that someone can check if their program is correct (with high probability) by whether it gets all the test cases ...
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Tips for writing good code golf questions

Specify input and output restrictions Sometimes, in a code golf question, you will want answers to take input in a specific form, and return it in a specific form. Other times, the requirements are ...
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What's the deal with these two "tips for creating a golfing language" questions?

Don't do anything The first was closed because it doesn't come anywhere near close enough to the standards we require on a question's scope. It asks 4 questions at once, and answers could literally be ...
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Answering a tip for golfing in a specific version of a language

Post a separate golfing tips question for Dotty, and rename it later if necessary This has been done for Javascript when ES6 was introduced. Also there's Raku (formerly Perl 6) which diverged from ...
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What answer-chaining scoring criteria promote collaboration?

Second-to-last answer This is (to my knowledge) basically the "standard" for answer-chaining. Essentially, the overall goal of answer chaining is to make the chain as long as possible, but ...
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VBA Immediate window Byte count

?; doesn't add a space to the end of the line. When you select all text in the immediate window, it visualises the line-break by adding a bit of space to the end, ...
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Tips for writing good code golf questions

Seek Inspiration in Everyday Life I have done this with very successful results. For example this question was inspired by looking at a multiple-choice test and seeing when I answered the same letter ...
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