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Language Handicap
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I have thought about this before, and I am not convinced that there is a good/fair way to represent handicaps between different languages. There can only be one winner (accepted answer) on SE, so I ...

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Do any of you golf for a living?
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Sort of Some low cost micros have very resource constrained. eg PIC10F200 Program Memory (KB) 0.375 RAM Bytes 16 While I'm not actually using any quite that small - even larger chips can run ...

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J and GolfScript suck all the enjoyment out of Code Golf
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On SO we often faced Python and Ruby being beaten time and time again by Perl, sometimes only by a few chars and those Perl answers would get an astronomical number of votes, while the others were ...

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How to go with up/downvotes for answers on golf or other challenges?
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It's supposed to be about fun, isn't it? Don't stress too much about points - many of us were doing these on SO as CW questions for ages afterall. Downvotes are only -2 anyway, so don't hurt too much....

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What should the policy be on questions currently being used for recruiting?
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Absolutely they should be posted here. Some of the questions are quite fun, and if the companies are smart, they will come over here and see how much better our answers are :) One day they might ...

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Tips for providing high-quality answers in popularity contests
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Add a cow to your answer __________________________ < Add a cow to your answer > -------------------------- \ ^__^ \ (oo)\_______ (__)\ )\/\ ...

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Multiple answers from the same person to a question
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I've used multiple answers many times when doing different languages. Less often for different algorithms, but I do not hesitate to do so if I believe both/all answers are interesting enough. Nobody ...

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What should be the rules for questions on this site
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Don't ask trivial code-golfs and then complain when people give you trivial answers. There are several "languages" that can print "Hello World" with one character, so why do we keep seeing questions ...

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On GolfScript and language bigotry
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On SO, I believe that golfscript answers are generally discriminated against by not getting upvotes. Perl answers that are longer often get 2 or 3 times as many votes. Personally I think that the ...

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What should the policy on improving or incorporating other people's solutions be?
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If I copy the code into my editor and change it round a bit, I credit the author of the original idea. If it is too similar, I'll probably just post a comment, but if it takes a significant effort to ...

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Is tagging a question with only [code-golf] acceptable? Should the tag be blacklisted?
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There's now a very good reason to use the code-golf tag It has special significance to Nathan's user script, which every serious golfer should check out

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How should we deal with chameleon questions
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I'm not sure we can do anything much with the stackexchange format. Stackoverflow has the same problem. Sometimes you get a downvote, so you go look and see that your 2 year old answer doesn't match ...

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Where to find an online testing environment for specific programming languages?
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alwaysdata.com has a free 10MB account and supports multiple versions of at least these PHP Python 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1 Ruby 1.8.6, 1.8.7, 1.9.2 Perl 5.10 Java Lua 5.1 OCaml Erlang ...

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What is code golf?
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4 votes

In the game of golf, you win by minimising the number of strokes to complete the game. In code-golf, each character is equivalent to a stroke in golf, so you win by using the smallest number of bytes. ...

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What happened to the question about tetris in 140 bytes?
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It was deleted by the user who asked it. Here is the text from the question. Salvage away I want to see if anyone can beat this: http://www.i-programmer.info/news/167-javascript/3799-tetris-in-140-...

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Should we enforce the SO golfing rules here?
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I'm far more likely to answer a question if it is clearly written and has some test cases. Signs of a good code-golf Lots of answers Lots of languages Test cases Can write a non-golfed solution in 5-...

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Should the programming language be Turing-Complete?
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I don't think we need to over regulate here. The answer does slip past 2 of the 3 conditions already imposed by the question. The simple fix is to ask slightly harder questions. Probably it's a ...

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Tags regarding difficulty
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It is very subjective, but perhaps it can be managed by the community Someone tags a problem as "hard" Someone comments "I think it's really medium difficulty" If that comment gets a bunch of votes ...

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Should users edit rules or just suggest them?
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Once you post anything on a stack exchange site, you don't really "own" it anymore - you just get to keep any internet points it generates. It's really a case of giving due respect to the author. We (...

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Thought on language specific challenges
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I think restricting questions to a particular language has never worked that well. For a site this size, you're likely to get very few answers at all. For language agnostic questions, you'll often ...

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Is the Chrome UserScript still recommended?
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3 votes

This procedure seems to be a workaround Download the script from here (Save Link As...) Now visit this url chrome://chrome/extensions/ Drag the script from Downloads and drop in the window.

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Why is this question marked community wiki?
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Too many answers :( Why made community wiki?

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Should character counts be mandatory?
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I think it's really important to include a character count. There have been many occasions with tight races between perl/python/ruby etc. And it's nice to be able to quickly check if you are still in ...

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COBOL for Golf - how to count characters
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For triforce I passed -free -x to cobc. I don't think I counted those command line parameters toward my answer, but the usual convention is to add them to the character count

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Where to find an online testing environment for specific programming languages?
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I had that problem with pi-day golf on SO, the winning solution used the BSD variant of dc. Luckily I was able to confirm the answer on my silenceisdefeat.com which cost me $1. Seems to be dead now ...

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Is [code-challenge] necessary?
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The area51 brief said something like code-golf and programming puzzles. I think there will probably be some nice programming puzzles that aren't really fun to golf, but then how to choose a correct ...

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is it better to post one answer or two?
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Absolutely post separate answers for different languages. https://stackoverflow.com/a/2407914/174728 https://stackoverflow.com/a/2406987/174728 https://stackoverflow.com/a/2408571/174728 https://...

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Counting Newlines
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In some languages they work just like whitespace, so you could replace all the spaces with newlines. As far as I know they are usually counted

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More answers than up votes
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No idea, I hardly ever upvote questions, so I guess they have to be extraordinary for me :) I've also upticked questions that I don't have time to answer right then, but intend to come back to. To ...

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Picking an answer
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The lasers golf happened before I started golfing on SO. The accepted perl answer has since been beaten in Python, Ruby and Golfscript but LiraNuna always accepted the shortest answer 1 week after the ...

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