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Mathematical aspects of ciphers: Ask on here or on Math.SE?

Crossposted on Math.SE Meta. As of posting, it is at [+1/-0] and has 12 views and 0 answers after 1 hour. I have a question about a cipher called the "Prime Multiplication Cipher" which is a ...
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Why is this cipher puzzle question so poorly received? (bmf kgf dc yufy ckd yb crysn)

Question: bmf kgf dc yufy ckd yb crysn This question currently sits at [+5/-4] at the time of posting. (+46 rep. awarded) Overview of the puzzle: Friend gave OP (@theooofsof2023) a cipher and some ...
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Where to go to get feedback on questions before posting

I would like to get feedback on the questions I post here before posting them, so that I can tweak the difficulty and make the questions more fun to solve. What is the best way to go about this? I ...
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What's the etiquette on remaking old puzzles?

So recently I posted this puzzle, which was a puzzle meant to give the intended solution to my first puzzle, which I had posted just over 5 months ago. Currently, not counting my first puzzlenote 1 or ...
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Best puzzles of 2023 Q4 (October - December)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the fourth quarter (October/November/December) 2023? Suggested ...
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Answers to underspecified [formation-of-numbers] puzzles

Puzzles of the form "Make X using the digits [list of digits] and the operators [list of operators]" are on-topic (and unpopular among some). They fall under the tag formation-of-numbers. ...
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Searching for my comments with score 5 or more

I recently received the PUNDIT badge (Leave 10 comments with score of 5 or more.) Is there a way I can use the PSE search facility to find these comments?
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Is there a way to search for "easy" puzzles

We have a weekly lunch-and-learn / culture building type meeting in which we always start off with a puzzle to get people engaged. The puzzles we present are relatively simple, like the one with fox ...
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Best puzzles of 2023 Q3 (July - September)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the third quarter (July/August/September) 2023? Suggested guidelines ...
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Is a never-ending logic challenge viable for this site and where should I ask for more feedback before posting a question?

Following my research interests, I am working out a challenge that is like an infinite tournament or competitive game to find short proofs (includes ongoing potential bounties and a wall of fame). ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Making the [connections-puzzle] tag more relevant?

I've been curating the connections-puzzle tag recently, predominantly to remove instances of it that have been used with connect-wall puzzles, since this isn't the intended usage (mainly on my own ...
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How can a low-rep user remove an accidental downvote?

During a workout my phone interpreted the motions of my body as prompts and I ended up downvoting an answer to this question. The time limit had passed for me to undo the downvote. On other sites I ...
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Do we want to opt-in to a banner in the answer-box warning that AI-generated answers are not allowed?

Context We can now get an anti-AI-use banner in the answer box. It would look like this: Puzzling SE's current AI-answer policy is, in brief, no using AI to generate answers except for limited you'll-...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - how does this affect our [imgur-maze]s?

Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice Since 2010, Imgur has provided image hosting services to Stack Exchange, but that hosting contract with Imgur comes to ...
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can't unfollow a post

I'm following this question. When I click "Following" to unfollow it, I get a notification that I'm no longer following it. But that's a lie: I still get notifications from it, and if I ...
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Shouldn't this question be closed?

So on October 9th, this puzzle by nomad.lw was posted. It currently has 3 upvotes at the time of me asking this question. I have a partial answer on said question (originally posted Oct 11 at 17:50 ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #16: Restricted Title: xkcd 2000-2500

This is the sixteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Restricted Title: xkcd 2000-2500" (suggested by Lukas Rotter)...
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Puzzling Advent Calendar - 2023

Previous years: 2021, 2022 There will be a Christmas-themed puzzle every day between the 1st and 24th of December, where the accepted answer will be rewarded with a bounty. To make this work, we need ...
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Seemingly missing a notification. Is this a bug?

The following is one of my questions on PSE: Additions to menagerie were strange but appreciated Yesterday user Alaiko posted a comment to this question. Also yesterday user caPNCApn edited his ...
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Should this math question be migrated to Math Stack Exchange?

Should the following question be migrated to Math Stack Exchange: McCarthy’s Inequality for $\alpha > 1$
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Peter winkler releases his book for free . Can we post all the questions here?

https://math.dartmouth.edu/ Mr. Peter Winkler has released his book for free on the above site. Can we discuss most/ all of the puzzles from the book here ?
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Previously published puzzles where provided answers appear to be incorrect or the puzzle appears to be unsolvable

Puzzles available online or in books often come with provided answers that are unsatisfactory in some way. The social aspect of Puzzling SE means it provides a good home for such questions to be re-...
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Can I award a second bounty to an answer that I have previously awarded a bounty?

If I have offered a bounty and awarded it to an answer, can I subsequently offer a second bounty and award it to the answer that I awarded my first bounty to? My rationale is to increase the net ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #15: Multi Puzzle — two (or more) puzzles in one

This is the fifteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Multi Puzzle — two (or more) puzzles in one" (suggested by ...
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Can I ask about tools for collaborating with others?

My Dad and I sometimes collaborate on solving crosswords. This is a bit difficult when we're not in the same place, unless one of us goes to the trouble of printing a copy. I'd like to ask about tools ...
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Is it rude to wait until precise answer is given?

If an answer that is very close to what the puzzle maker has in mind has been given, but the answer is not quite there still, what is the best way to proceed?: Wait until the 100% correct answer is ...
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Is it okay to ask for help in a hard Google human verification puzzle?

It okay to ask for help to solve a hard Google human verification puzzle (Captcha)? Simple example:
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Solving Cicada 3301

I found this video about Cicada 3301 puzzles fascinating! Was anyone from this community involved in solving these? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZfKfkuYwyM
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Is it on topic to ask for the creation of a puzzle with some specific parameters? [duplicate]

I would like to ask the following question: I'm trying to make maths interesting for my six year old son. Therefore I have bought a box, within which I can put prizes. I will lock the box with a 4 ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!

This is the fourteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Think inside the (very small) box!" (suggested by Stiv) and ...
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Puzzles with solution related to Puzzling itself

I recently solved a puzzle with solution very closely related to Puzzling: I recall seeing puzzles (a long time ago) whose solutions refer to Puzzling itself or the act of solving puzzles. But I for ...
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Best puzzles of 2023 Q2 (April - June)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the second quarter ( April / May / June ) 2023? Suggested guidelines ...
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Let's not be too trigger-happy about closing original puzzles for lack of attribution

I just came across this riddle in the Reopen Votes review queue, having previously seen it in the Close Votes review queue where I was apparently the only person to vote to leave it open. It seems ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #13: Variety Slitherlinks

This is the thirteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Variety Slitherlinks" (suggested by sarsaparilla) and will ...
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Is changing an OP’s sentence to become a hint hidden in a spoiler appropriate?

I am thinking about editing the following question: Say What Puzzle from Magazine In particular, I am considering changing the following sentence: The answer is two words, each containing 8 letters. ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #12: mobile-friendly puzzles

This is the twelfth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "mobile-friendly puzzles" (suggested by Amoz) and will span ...
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Offering a bounty after accepting an answer

Suppose a user posts a question, gets an answer and then accepts that answer. Later on a new answer from another user is posted and the user posing the question wishes to accept both answers. Since ...
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Best puzzles of 2023 Q1 (January - March)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the first quarter ( January / February / March ) 2023? Suggested ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #11: Now in 3D

This is the eleventh installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Now in 3D" (suggested by Jafe) and will span from the 1st of ...
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Feature request : SO should automatically delete Chat-GPT answers

I tried to copy an answer from Chat-GPT and paste it in https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/a/120888 SO was not able to detect it as a Chat-GPT answer. Why this feature is not implemented yet?
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Why are many of the progressive/Raven's matrices discussed here so much harder than those in official IQ tests?

I would humbly say that on the WAIS or Mensa Norway test my performance in the matrices was pretty good. The latter, however, (because of the time limit) felt much harder. On some puzzles I found ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #10: Möbius Strips, Klein Bottles, and other unusual topological surfaces

This is the tenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Möbius Strips, Klein Bottles, and other unusual topological surfaces&...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #9: Game/Quiz Shows

This is the ninth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Game/Quiz Shows" (suggested by HTM) and will span from the 1st ...
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To what extent can you "use the site" to create a puzzle?

I was thinking about different puzzles that could be made in such a way that they use features of the Puzzling Stack Exchange site. For example, creating a new tag that could serve as the key for a ...
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Have picture based questions increased after ChatGPT?

I'm seeing too much increase of picture-based questions after ChatGPT. Is there any data available to prove this?
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Can you partially answer a question with a work-in-progress? [duplicate]

Suppose there's a long, difficult post that has many steps and parts to it. Would you be allowed to post a "partial" answer, including everything that you've solved so far, and edit it as ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #8: Cellular Automata

This is the eighth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Cellular Automata" (suggested by melfnt) and will span from the ...
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How can an upvote be undone after 15 minutes without the post change?

I posted this question A question involving dead cats several months ago, and it received one upvote around that time. It was last edited several months ago, and any vote should be locked in after 5 ...
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/help/on-topic links to meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com instead of puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com

Most types of puzzles are on-topic here. You can read specific guidelines for puzzle types here That link is: http://meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/3142/list-examples-of-things-you-think-...
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