In a recent comment, rand al'thor suggested creating a tag for puzzles that are difficult to solve without some level of computer literacy. I think this is a good idea.

Here's my proposal for a new tag to cover questions like these. Let me know what you think.

Programming: A puzzle that may be difficult or even impossible to solve without some degree of computer literacy.

  • $\begingroup$ We might alternatively redirect some such puzzles to codegolf.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Mar 26, 2015 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Joffan, only if you want them to be closed. $\endgroup$ Mar 26, 2015 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ @PeterTaylor or migrated, yes. I'm not saying that every such puzzle would have this outcome; only that it is probably suitable for some puzzles. And in fact I support the tag proposal. $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Mar 26, 2015 at 17:57
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    $\begingroup$ +1 from me (naturally!) But involving some degree of computer literacy isn't necessarily the same as requiring knowledge of programming - e.g. it could be related to ASCII codes or suchlike. Maybe the tag could be called something like [computer-knowledge]? I know that doesn't sound very good; can anyone improve it? $\endgroup$ Mar 26, 2015 at 22:32
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps pacoverflow has done the job for us with the computer-puzzle tag created 8 hours ago? $\endgroup$ Mar 26, 2015 at 23:16

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I didn't see this question until just now. I think the tag would be perfect for questions that require computer literacy.

I agree with rand al'thor's comment that a tag wouldn't cover puzzles that require computer literacy but don't involve programming at all.

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    $\begingroup$ I've gone ahead and synonymized programming into computer-puzzle and written a short tag wiki for computer-puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Mar 28, 2015 at 5:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Emrakul It seems the programming tag is synonymous with the computer-literacy tag, not the computer-puzzle tag. Was that a mistake? $\endgroup$ Mar 28, 2015 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ Er... oops. >_> $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Mar 28, 2015 at 6:29

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