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Why do we have objective winning criteria?

Dennis's answer touches upon this, but I wanted to write a separate answer to make it more explicit: Objective scoring is essential to drive competition, and competition inspires creativity. Here is ...
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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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Are pure programming puzzles on topic?

This is, perhaps, a comment prompted by Alex A.'s post, but too long to be one. Why exactly do we need challenges to have a clear winner? To accept an answer, maybe? But only 62% of questions have ...
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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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Are pure programming puzzles on topic?

Yes, they are on topic To address some common reasons why people think they shouldn't be on topic: They don't have a winning criterion. By default, the winning criterion is first posted. Even if ...
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Why do we have objective winning criteria?

It is hard to discuss advantages and disadvantages of such a radical change; it completely changes the scope of the site. Right now, this site holds programming contests, meaning that we don't just ...
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Winning criterion tag request: [minimum-distinct-chars]

Looking at the minimum distinct character challenges linked it does seem like while there are a couple it's not a very well liked scoring criterion on it's own. "Do X but with minimum characters&...
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Is [answer-chaining] a self-contained winning criteria tag?

It depends: If the answer-chaining question is : Scored based off of the chain, then the tag is self-contained. For example, scoring by the last answer (or second to last answer). Scored based off ...
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How to deal with questions that do not explain their winning criterion?

Edit if obvious, close if not ...and by obvious, I more or less mean code-golf, as, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any other criteria tag that’s so universally scored. If a question is ...
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Are pure programming puzzles on topic?

A programming puzzle is on topic only if it has an objective winning criterion Here I would exclude time posted except as a tie breaker after a more meaningful winning criterion. I think it's worth ...
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Proposing new winning criterion tag: Voter-judged

While I believe there is room for improvement as far as popularity-contest goes, I'm not convinced this is the answer. There are already popcons that give subjective voting criteria, such as good/bad ...
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Is Brainfuck considered a serious contender

We had a related discussion a few month ago, and I like the wording of the answer I linked to. A serious contender is a submission which makes a serious effort towards optimizing the submission's ...
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New tag proposal - anarchy

On scoring by ratio to shortest code I like the philosophy here that you're competing relative to your language, but I don't see it working. The idea seems to be based on assumptions from Anarchy ...
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Proposing new winning criterion tag: Voter-judged

I'm not really your target audience, but it sounds to me like you're trying to split pop-con into two tags which function roughly as "good pop-con" and "bad pop-con". I don't think that's your ...
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Is Brainfuck considered a serious contender

TL;DR: You're asking the wrong question. Being "a serious contender" is about the answer, not the language. Code-Golf is not about having the absolute lowest byte-count at all costs and everything ...
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Why is this answer considered non-competitive?

I deleted the answer because it made no effort whatsoever to compress its input. Now that the test case has been revealed, it turns out that trying to compress the input is rather pointless, as even ...
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Winning criteria request: [time-attack]

Probably Not This is rather difficult to accurately measure in our format, and makes the Sandbox practically unusable. Any simple challenge may be done in minutes, making the winners basically whoever ...
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Phrasing a winning criterion to avoid excluding solutions

As a member of the team working on the current solution, I can say that of the proposed winning criteria I've seen, bounding box is generally the best. I'll list each criteria I've seen and their ...
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Challenges with categories of winners

This is a good thing provided the challenges belong in the same post If the challenge is "Output the sum of N numbers, or alternatively their product" that just clutters the solutions of two distinct ...
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Efficiency vs Length

fastest-code/fastest-algorithm fastest-code challenges are, as the tag suggests, about creating the code to complete a task as fast as possible. Challenges with this tag should include the ...
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What are the winning criteria I can use for my challenge?

answer-chaining: Each answer influences how newer answers work. Often ends when there are no new answers in a specific time and the last one wins. See What answer-chaining scoring criteria promote ...
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Are pure programming puzzles on topic?

Yes, pure programming puzzles are on topic. In a programming puzzle, the obvious objective winning condition is simply solving the puzzle. It's indisputably objective, and to differentiate between ...
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What should we do with challenges with unfortunate win conditions?

Communicate your idea to the author via comment or chat ping. Modifying the criteria of a valid challenge against the author's will is not an option in my opinion. (If the challenge is invalid, then ...
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Close questions early!

I agree that we should close early. We are now at a stage where we have more reviewers than things to review (within a 12 hour period), so should vote to close whenever a question is close-worthy. ...
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How many winners can a challenge have?

The rules are specified in the challenges itself As long as it is programming puzzle, and it have objective winning criteria, any rules are fine. That includes allow multiple users to win. I don't ...
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What standard should be used for [code-golf] byte counts?

Code golf answers should be scored in whatever the interpreter can digest. If there's an X bytes file that does what it's supposed to do, you can claim a score of X bytes. UTF-8 doesn't even apply to ...
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