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This was brought up briefly before, but I'd like to flesh the idea out a bit. I think it would be helpful to have a "Challenges" section here at PM. In my mind, it should be a bit larger in scope than just Golf. The guideline would be to post questions that have specific qualifications, or rules, as to what kind of answer is being asked for. The best place PM currently sports for this is SoPW, and there are a few reasons I feel like SoPW isn't a totally natural place to post questions like this.

The first reason is that SoPW is a section where very 'real world' questions are asked. While that's helpful in a lot of cases, when I want to post a more theoretical question, the usual response is largely, "What are you actually trying to do? There's probably an easier way." I think PM would benefit from a better place to post more theoretical questions.

The second is that there seem to be a fair number of posts related to challenges. Golf is one that we see fairly often, but other kinds of challenges come up from time to time, too. It seems to me that putting them in their own category might foster more attention for posting challenges, which I, at least, would like to see encouraged. In my experience, solving difficult problems has been one of the most effective ways of learning.

The third is the most mundane of the three: grouping. We have sections on PM for different kinds of answers (Snippets, Code, Craft, Meditations), even to specific challenges (Obfuscation). It seems to me like the community would benefit equally from the separation of Perl questions into categories.
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In reply to New Section: Challenges? by strider corinth

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