I was looking for a code golf question (first question I answered on SO) and I noticed it had disappeared from "answers" in my profile. I searched for it, with no results, then I found it by looking at the badge I got for that answer, but I got this page: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/437/what-is-your-solution-to-the-fizzbuzz-problem/2981194#2981194

I think this is strange because it had a zillion answers (many were instructive answers, others good examples of a code-golfer's wet dreams, others both) and it was there for years. So I doubt it was removed for moderation or by the author.


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Okay, here's what 10k rep users and up can see:

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SO is growing out of this kind of question--programmers.SE is the more appropriate site for code golf questions now. Code golf isn't on-topic for Programmers.SE anymore - we have a dedicated site.

As for Jeff deleting it, I can't see anything in the history that suggests any of the obvious reasons for such an action. Perhaps he'll pop in with some info.

As per comments on this answer, I'm re-opening the question as wiki. Until next week, at which point JA will come up with a different solution for code golf questions.

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    Actually Code Golf was also removed from Programmers scope. They don't have a home at the moment as far as I am aware. Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 14:29
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    You need to keep with the times, Will! Jeff Atwood declared that Code Golf is better on Stack Overflow, and inappropriate for Programmers. Note that this deletion happened before said announcement, though.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 14:30
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    @Diago damn Programmers annoys the hell outta me. I'm thinking of not migrating there anymore, as whatever I think PSE is about is never correct.
    – user1228
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 14:43
  • thanks everybody! things are (just a lil bit) clearer now :-) I'm a newbie, but as far as I understand, wouldnt migrating "misplaced" question be better than deleting them? Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 15:54
  • @Mattia If human judgement wasn't required, it would all be handled automatically. Unfortunately it is, which means decisions are always vulnerable to the failings of human judgement.
    – user1228
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 17:31
  • @Will Nice one! Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 17:54

This is not Code Golf. Code Golf is "provide the smallest solution".

This question is just "provide any solution in any language, the more LOLZ the better".

In short, a waste of time.

I'm not sure where it belongs, but not any site in our network.

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