I have not been following code golf for very long. Obviously some languages produce naturally more concise code than others (i.e. due the language features offered, whether operators are punctuation or words, type inference, boilerplate code required, &c.).
Has anyone yet proposed the notion of a language handicap so that it is, to some degree, possible to compare solutions across languages?
The handicap could work by taking the shortest solution in each language across a set of the historical problems and calculating the average difference, in characters, in program length from the absolute shortest solution.
Answer submitters could then include both the absolute character count and the handicap-adjusted count (handicap-adjusted = actual-characters - language-handicap).