Alex A.
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Standard New User Welcome Messages
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I always start by welcoming the new user. It's best to make users feel welcome in the community and not to sound hostile. I also always recommend the Sandbox (especially now that there's no rep limit)....

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I'm stepping down
41 votes

If I hadn't resigned a year and a half ago, I'd be doing it now. In my time as a moderator you were an inspiration to me, Dennis. I'm sure your decision was not made lightly, and I think what you've ...

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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Alex A. A new-ish user posts a well-posed challenge that quickly gets many answers. An hour later, they edit in a restriction that invalidates most of the existing answers. An experienced user ...

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Should we have additional room owners?
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I don't think it's necessary. As it stands, there are many moderators who are active in The Nineteenth Byte besides those of PPCG. These users have been entrusted to uphold the standards of the Stack ...

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Introducing a New Golf Language
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21 votes

First of all, welcome to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf! I'm thrilled you've joined our community. There's no registration process for using a new language--just start using it! It's generally a ...

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Add a tag for reinventing-the-wheel?
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No I don't think such a tag is necessary, nor would it be a good idea. At what point is a task considered common? For example, is implementing a fast Fourier transform common? Perhaps for some it is, ...

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What causes an edit to deviate from the original intent of the post?
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3 votes

What Timmy said in his comment is exactly right: this edit should be rejected since we're not sure exactly what the original intent was. I can't speak for the other user who voted to reject the ...

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Who are you? Why are you here? And more introspection
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Who are you? Hi there! I'm Alex. I'm a moderator pro tempore an elected moderator on this site. Why are you here? What brought me here Once upon a time I was working on a project for my job that ...

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Leaderboard Snippet
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Feature request: Column rearrangement In my opinion, the per-language results should be on the left since we emphasize competition within each language. It would simply be a swapping of the current ...

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Free privileges with "Graduation Userscript"
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8 votes

Vote breakdowns are trivially exposed to userscripts (you can even get them from Stack Exchange Data Explorer) but without such a script you're limited by privilege reputation thresholds. You don't ...

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Where to ask questions proposed competition
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7 votes

Welcome to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf! For that we have the Sandbox for Proposed Challenges. You post your challenge idea as an answer to that post and the community can provide feedback ...

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I'd like to say a [word] or two about this tag
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17 votes

I agree, word should become natural-language. We could either retag the current 26 challenges bearing that tag (not all at once) or make word a synonym of natural-language. I propose we do the latter. ...

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Edits of default scoring units in answers
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You're free to format your header as you like. Many people prefer having "bytes" in there (myself included), but there's nothing that says you have to do that. Suggested edits that just try to add ...

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How should we handle answers that predate standard loopholes?
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Flag and delete them The standards of quality should apply retroactively to all content on the site, just as we've been doing with challenges. Just because an answer is old shouldn't exempt it from ...

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Should we burninate the [code-shuffleboard] tag?
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Tags denoting challenge types should only be removed if that challenge type is deemed off topic by community consensus, and there aren't too many to retag. In this case we have #2 but not #1. If we'...

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On scoring builtin functions
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Since feersum edited his answer and the edit conflicts with the common interpretation of the text (which is how we've been doing things since that answer was posted), I'll repost the text of his ...

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Let's remove [tag:math]!
24 votes

Let's keep it. Though it encompasses a wide variety of challenges, I do think it adds a level of context not readily available with separate tags like number-theory, arithmetic, or what have you. ...

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(When) do my mod tools go away?
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6 votes

Yes, the privilege thresholds increase when sites get custom designs. See Congratulations, you're graduating!. So if you still have about 2000 reputation when we get a design, you'll still have ...

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Does it actually make fun using golf-focused languages for golf type questions?
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Is it fun to use golfing languages? That depends on whether you like to use golfing languages. Not sure? Try it and find out. As is evidence by their prevalence on the site, a lot of people do like ...

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2016 Community Moderator Election Results
30 votes

Thank you so much, everyone! And very special thanks to: Chris Jester-Young, gnibbler, and dmckee for their invaluable contributions to the site, particularly in its formative years. We wouldn't be ...

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Change the stackexhange subdomain to "ppcg.stackexchange.com" and let the original redirect
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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. ...

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What should "JavaScript" be defined as?
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I can see how this might be a tempting idea, but I think it will cause more problems than it will solve, particularly because we define languages by their implementations, not by their specifications. ...

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Golfing Class of a language
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K-means clustering by code length Note: This is just a first-pass attempt with a very simple method. There are certainly better ways to approach this but at least this is a start. My approach here ...

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How Can I Make my Question Better?
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10 votes

Welcome to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf! I'm delighted that you've joined our community. Making a challenge is difficult and we have a lot of not-so-obvious guidelines about what makes them ...

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When is the best time to post a challenge for optimal views?
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When is best for views? As it turns out, it doesn't matter all that much. Consider this plot: The mean number of views is slightly higher on Mondays and Wednesdays but things are pretty consistent ...

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Flag question comments for deletion when suggestion is implemented?
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Yes, I'd say go ahead and flag them. We like to see attribution for improvements on answers, such as golfing suggestions, but I don't think this carries over to questions. The comments on questions ...

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When is a (new) language-specific tag appropriate?
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On existing tags Language-specific tags are useful in two scenarios: Challenges involving parsing, interpreting, or outputting code in a specific language, as is the case with many challenges ...

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Historical lock for "Language idea for golfing purposes"?
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2 votes

The question is off topic per the meta consensus and isn't notable enough to warrant a historical lock. The moderators discussed the best course of action and decided to simply delete the question.

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Let's deliberate about [1p5]
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18 votes

Retire it but leave it be As it stands, only 4 challenges bear that tag. It wouldn't be a huge endeavor to retag them. However, the 1p5 tag itself obviously has notable historical significance for ...

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Are multi-language submissions allowed?
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3 votes

Regarding I/O Programs don't need to read specifically from STDIN since not all languages have a concept of STDIN. That's why we say that a program can read from STDIN or the language's closest ...

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