Talk:Turing tarpit

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I removed the stub tag {{compu-prog-stub}} because this article seemed quite sufficient and informative for such a specific topic. I'm a layperson (a pharmacist -- no mathematician!) and I think it's important to remember that all of Wikipedia should be accessible to the layperson. If there's more important info then please add it (editors) but this seems complete as is. ben 17:51, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

Good call. A lot of articles labeled as stubs shouldn't be, and this was a clear-cut case. —Keenan Pepper 18:32, 11 July 2006 (UTC)


Why is Haskell included in "see also" If there is some reason for it to be here it should be specified in the article. Haskell neither strikes me as a Turing Tarpit nor the opposite. (talk) 03:22, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

proposed Esoteric programming language merge[edit]

This doesn't seem desirable. A Turing tarpit is only one type of esoteric language, and shouldn't be shoehorned into the general article. -R. S. Shaw 03:50, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Tarpit or tar pit[edit]

Move the article or change the lead. Bye, Shinobu 06:05, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

Document or delete[edit]

How do we know that this is what the epigram means?? How do we know it's popular enough to warrant mention in a general encyclopaedia? Can we find actual uses of the term?

I keep returning to this article in the hope of finding answers to these questions, but they're not here. I think it's best to supply them or make this article a reference to the epigrams article (if that should be in here). Rp (talk) 15:41, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Richard Lipton gives a very different interpretation of Perlis' quote:[1]

Perlis was famous for many “sayings”. He talked about “one man’s constant is another’s variable,” he coined the term “Turing Tar-pit”. The latter referred, of course, to the fact that just about anything interesting that one wanted to do with computers was undecidable.

Ruud 15:38, 23 June 2012 (UTC)


I would like to propose the PHP framework Symfony as a great example of a Turing tarpit. How do I go about creating a case for this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:06, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

What does "common tasks" mean[edit]

It would be nice to see that link somewhere useful. (talk) 02:33, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Like printing "hello world". Or reading two numbers from input and printing their sum. Try either in Brainfuck and you will understand. -- DevSolar2 (talk) 13:33, 22 February 2017 (UTC)