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May 15 '14 at 3:17 comment added Doorknob @blunders It's just that the problem with riddles is that you can't objectively decide whether an answer is right or wrong, and the answers are often if not always opinion-based and not verifiable.
May 15 '14 at 3:14 comment added blunders Point is that question may have a single correct answer, but there is no single correct expression of that answer. As such, I don't see how duck typing the correctness of an answer to a riddle is not a valid way to select the best answer; both by OP selection & community votes. I'll think more about the matter and review more of the meta related posts; not attempting to argue, honestly don't understand, and a bit surprised by this view, since I personally feel it will not have a positive impact on the site. Cheers!
May 15 '14 at 3:09 comment added Doorknob @blunders We cannot control what the OP does with the checkmark; it's not our decision and we can't make a policy for it. What answer the OP accepts is irrelevant in discussions about site policy.
May 15 '14 at 3:07 comment added blunders Yes, that's correct, keep forgetting how irrelevant the OP's answer selection is; that is unless you don't know it is.
May 15 '14 at 3:04 comment added Doorknob @blunders The OP can accept an answer as he/she wishes; that's irrelevant.
May 15 '14 at 3:03 comment added blunders So, you're saying "more clever" is never used as a basis for answer selection on SE, nor was it used as a the basis for selecting the "correct" answer in the question I linked to, right?
May 15 '14 at 2:57 comment added Doorknob @blunders Yes, multiple answers can be correct, just like on SO or any other SE site. Answers to riddles cannot be verified as correct. "More clever" is not an objective criterion.
May 15 '14 at 2:54 comment added blunders All of the answers are correct, not just the answer selected; in fact, the OP posted a link to that same visual proof before the selected answer was posted. Returning to the topic, "explicitly don't want riddles because they could have multiple opinion-based answers" - which is to say, the "correct" answer was based on which was more clever, not correct, and I don't see this pattern as a valid reason to ban riddle questions; especially if riddle questions always link to "riddle rules."
May 15 '14 at 2:48 comment added Doorknob @blunders Yes, that answer was correct and can be proven to be correct.
May 15 '14 at 2:44 comment added blunders Your right, "Ignoring the problem does not solve it" - the OP clearly picked the "correct answer" and there was only one correct answer. Really, if filters didn't work SO would be dead.
May 15 '14 at 2:43 comment added Doorknob @blunders Ignoring the problem does not solve it...
May 15 '14 at 2:25 comment added blunders Wow, just add a tag riddles, and filter them out, really not a big deal.
May 15 '14 at 2:17 comment added Doorknob @blunders We don't want the OP to have to come back and say "Hey, yeah, that's what it was! That other one works but it's not it. Oooh, that one's clever! That one doesn't make sense. I like that other one; that could be an alternate solution! Anyway, thanks"
May 15 '14 at 2:11 comment added blunders Since when are puzzles defined as having a single answer? Seems like the duck test applies to what is the best answer.
May 15 '14 at 2:09 comment added Doorknob @blunders Umm... what? I explained why riddles are off-topic in my post.
May 15 '14 at 2:06 comment added blunders Please explain "This question appears to be off-topic because it is a riddle, and does not have a definitive answer"
May 14 '14 at 22:30 history answered Doorknob CC BY-SA 3.0