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Skillmon
Since from time to time the more ducky people of the TeX community like to have a small fun-contest (example: https://topanswers.xyz/tex?q=533) I think it would be nice to have a new question type for this.

The CodeGolf.TA community has the question type "Code Golf" for new questions which is nicely displayed on the question list similar to the Meta questions.

I'd like to have the question type "Contest" in TeX.TA in addition to the other types ("Question", "Meta Question", and "Blog Post").
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Jack Douglas
This suggestion has obviously been well received so we've added the new question type 'Contest' and made the linked question have that type:

@@@ answer 583

As a trial to demonstrate the feature, we've applied the option to have a minimum number of stars before answers are allowed (the answer already posted isn't affected, only new answers).

If you like that we can keep it, if not we'll remove it and (optionally) prevent voting on contest questions at all again.

We could also implement an *upper* limit so that further voting on the question isn't allowed once it has 'launched'.

I think one important bit of information that I don't have is: "how hard is it to post a good contest, and how much do you want to reward those that do" — on Code Golf, posting good challenges is apparently quite a lot harder than answering them.
Add a new question type "Contest"
CarLaTeX replying to Jack Douglas
I'd keep it, it seems sensible
samcarter replying to Skillmon
I think currently it requires 5 stars to launch a contest, so between 2 to 5 users given our current levels. This looks like a reasonable value for the current number of users. 
Skillmon replying to Jack Douglas
I'd say leave it in, but perhaps don't set the bar too high. However I don't have a strong opinion about that. Some consensus from the others would be good (@samcarter , @CarLaTeX , @marmot, @all)
Jack Douglas replying to Skillmon
so shall we remove the question 'launch' minimum stars (and question stars altogether for contests)?
Skillmon
@Jack Thank you very much. For us those contests are usually of creative nature, very unlike the ones on Code Golf which have to be solvable in an objective manner. On TeX.SE we had those contests very seldom and, afaik, didn't have issues with contest-spam.
marmot replying to Skillmon
Yes. The hibernation contests typically end no later than May. ;-)
Skillmon replying to marmot
That's a good idea.
CarLaTeX
Approved!
marmot
It is a very good idea, Maybe allow for contests that are open for a limited time only, and contents that are open indefinitely.
samcarter
@Skillmon Wonderful idea!