Its no wonder that Stack Overflow has a vast community of great and enthusiastic programmers. Don't you think Stack Overflow should be organizing weekly or monthly programming contests/challenges for added zeal among its users?

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    You think there isn't enough zeal already?
    – Oded
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:26
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    Programmers had a contest and it went really well. :)
    – Oleksi
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:26
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    There are dedicated SE sites for people having enough time and a mind for these games, like CodeGolf. Isn't that enough ? Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:26
  • CodeGolf !! I really wasnt aware of that. Thanks. Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:29
  • The primary goal of most contests is to drive traffic to the smaller SE sites, and SO's doesn't really need more traffic - it's already the go-to site for code questions. Perhaps a contest related to something else, such as answering unanswered questions, or editing/cleaning up the site might work...
    – Rachel
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:29
  • BTW, Saurabh, we'd love to have you on CodeGolf, but please do read our FAQ and look around a bit before you post...our rules catch some people by surprise. ::doffs CodeGolf.SE moderator hat:: Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 21:06

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Doing a code contest is a very different thing from helping programmers solve specific problems in their coding.

I think that SO is best at remaining focused on its task and that those events should be strongly separated or simply the goal of specific SE sites like CodeGolf.

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    +1 for mentioning the Code Golf site. Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 3:16

It looks like this kind of thing would be well-suited for codegolf.stackexchange.com (currently in beta, at the time of this posting).

Below is a brief excerpt from the FAQ:

What kind of questions can I ask here?

Programming Puzzles & Code Golf is for programming puzzles and code golf, anywhere in skill from beginner to expert.

Code golf is a special type of programming puzzle where the shortest correct code submission wins.

  • Code length is usually counted in characters (Unicode code points), though some contests use bytes.
  • In no case is the length counted in terms of number of words, lines, etc.

All questions on this site, whether a programming puzzle or a code golf, should have …

  • An objective primary winning criterion, so that it is possible to indisputably decide which entry should win.
  • A clear specification of what constitutes a correct submission. Test cases are highly encouraged.
  • "Tips for golfing in some language"-type posts are an exception to this rule. Such posts are community wiki and do not collect reputation.
  • These questions are surprisingly hard to write well. Help may be available on the Puzzle Lab chat or the meta Sandbox, and the use of these resources is encouraged.

All answers to standard questions should …

  • Correctly implement the required specification.
  • Be a serious contender for the winning criteria in use. For example, an entry to a code golf contest needs to be golfed (see below), and an entry to a speed contest needs to be fast.

Generally these kind of contests are a way for firms to recruit someone, which gives them a platform on whom(candidates) to bet on. I dont think SO needs this & their way of serving is being a forum and all they need is moderators apart from their core developing team.

  • Not really. Take a look at some of the earlier contests. (Arqade, e.g.)
    – Ry-
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 23:10

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