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Should Puzzling SE help set Play SE in motion?

I have a concept for a Stack Exchange similar to Puzzling, but much more casual, and it doesn't really have a home. I am wondering if Puzzling SE would be a good community to get it off the ground ...
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What should we do with old [open-ended] puzzles?

Open-ended puzzles are off-topic The above-linked question ended: With that being said, I hereby propose that we lock the "good" open-ended puzzles for their historical significance and ...
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Ongoing not-exactly-contests

We already have a policy on questions from ongoing competitions. This meta question is about them; its accepted answer proposes borrowing the policy used on math.SE, which basically says that if a ...
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Why are mathematical question posted on Puzzling SE?

Why are mathematical question posted on Puzzling SE? Is Mathematics SE not good enough? Here are some examples: A circle touches two sides of a triangle and two of its medians A geometric puzzle. ...
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Should we rename [solvability]?

We have a tag solvability, with excerpt: A question about how a puzzle can be solved. However, "solvability" seems to imply that you'd be asking about whether a puzzle can be solved. New ...
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Tag I can't find: “insider” puzzle

I just finished checking all Puzzling site tags. I recall a tag that meant that the puzzle involved knowledge about the site itself, and maybe a user, but I didn't see it. Was it deleted? Did I not ...
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A table bug I just encountered

I was trying to make a liar puzzle. This is what it looked like in the preview thing in the edit mode, Then, this is what it looked like in question. Is this a problem with my device or the site?
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Is it better to ask gaming puzzles here?

I have a concept of a puzzle to be related to Minecraft, considering I have quite a huge part in it. Since it is both a topic in the gaming criteria (Arqade) and it is also supposedly some puzzle (...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #52: Polyominoes

This is the twelfth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the fifty-second installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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What to do about [mystery] and [situation]?

I've been doing some tag wiki/excerpt edits recently. While doing so I realized that I really don't know the difference between mystery and situation. Neither do the tag excerpts. situation: A puzzle ...
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If I got a good puzzle, can I post it on Meta if I am question-limited?

Thanks to some advice from my previous meta posts, I finally came up with a good puzzle. As we all know, the question limit isn't removable thanks to the downvotes, and can only be cleared if we put ...
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I'm likely gonna be in a question ban

I want to make another puzzle which would be much better than the first one, but I doubt it would be any better. Since 4 of my questions have been negatively received, I know that I'm going to be put ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #51: Non-rectangular grids

This is the tenth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the fifty-first installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Is providing a way for the solver to verify their answer good practice?

I have an idea for an escape room puzzle (for the FTC) that culminates in a four letter code to "unlock" a "combination lock." Of course, this a virtual medium, but I thought I ...
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Why get downvoted when accepting an answer?

I asked my first 2 questions on this site, and they were fairly just riddle puzzles. For some reason, after I accepted the right answer, downvotes started coming. Why is this so?
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms

This is the ninth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the fiftieth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's topic ...
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My Puzzle has not received Attention after placing two bounties, what should I do about it? [duplicate]

This puzzle, My sister has gone Puzzled again, has not received enough attention after placing two consecutive bounties, both of which were wasted, and now it has got two downvotes. I have two ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage

This is the eighth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-ninth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Is it acceptable to have politically-charged language in an otherwise apolitical puzzle?

Sometimes, creators of questions like to add colour to their puzzle, by adding some attempts to be "edgy" with their language. In most cases, I think we can all agree that its OK to spice up ...
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Best puzzles of 2020 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) 2020? Suggested ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix

This is the seventh installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-eigth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Seriously? Programming?

So I took a look at guidance on closed questions https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions and it says: This question does not appear to be about programming... Um, seriously? ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: Wacky Sudokus

This is the sixth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-seventh installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Are emojis, fonts, etc. allowed in post titles here on PSE?

It has been pretty clear on other sites that eye-catching pixels, like emojis and arbitrary fonts, shouldn't be placed in a post title, and if they were encountered in the title of a post, they should ...
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i.stack.imgur unconditionally shrinks large images

There's a visual puzzle consisting entirely of 1 image that I've originally made for a different community. Because it was locally successful, I thought it would be nice to share it with the world. ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: “Tales From the Cryptic”

This is the fifth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-sixth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Best puzzles of 2020 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 ) 2020? Suggested ...
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Trademarking puzzles or specific words/phrases

This refers to using a TM symbol for puzzles. On this site, there are a few instances where the OPs have decided to use the Trade Mark symbol TM for the type of puzzle they have come up with. For ...
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Already asked Internet Puzzles and answers

Recently a question was posted which is a puzzle by a popular Math teacher. Not to my surprise, answers existed on the net at several different places. I have seen this before also. Reposting puzzles ...
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Is it ok to start a bounty on an entry in a topic challenge?

Today @jafe started a bounty on a question of mine. I am happy that this happened, of course (by the way, a +500 bounty is a lot). The potential problem is that the question is an entry in the 45th ...
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Should math sub-tag excerpts state that [mathematics] should also be used?

We have quite a few sub-tags of mathematics: geometry arithmetic probability combinatorics etc. etc. Now, these tags are useful. They allow filtering based on the specific type of mathematics ...
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Is it compulsory to hide all answers in spoiler blocks?

There seems to be a policy of the site that the important part of answers should be hidden in spoiler blocks. However, I still see answers that are not hidden in spoiler blocks. Most of the answers ...
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Are just plain sudokus allowed?

Is it okay for questions to have just plain sudokus? Or do they have to have a element in them? Because, I don't see any posts with just plain sudokus, but are they allowed?
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Request: Restriction to ask a new question for new users

There are some users who sign up for puzzling but they just ask a question (most probably from ongoing contest, or for spams, or unrelated questions to puzzling etc) and leave the page. Therefore I ...
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Enough reputation, but can't chat?

I just posted a question on PSE, and it got 2 upvotes. So, I get 20 + 1 existing rep. So, naturally, I have enough to talk in chat. But, when I opened The Sphinx's Lair, it says I don't have enough! ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags

This is the fourth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-fifth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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PSA: MathJax is for math

The majority of this post was written by bobble and Deusovi. TL;DR: Use plain text instead of MathJax when possible. When should I use MathJax instead of plain text? Many people browse the Internet ...
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How does the new Markdown table support affect the 'What is a … word/phrase?' puzzles?

Many word-property puzzles are based on the series started by @JLee, and through carefully copying templates by the community, both have a nicely looking LaTeX table and a CSV version. The latter is ...
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What can I do in this pressuring situation?

I posted a well-received puzzle the other day where users needed to find out what word goes into the blank spaces in a few sentences, and the first user to post an answer got it right. I didn't want ...
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An issue with the [affix-riddle] tag wiki

Affix riddles are really versatile; they come in all forms. I have an issue with the tag wiki of the affix-riddle tag. Here is the current description: An affix riddle is a specific type of riddle ...
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Should 'off topic' directions appear in tag wiki excerpts?

Background On Puzzling - as with other sites in the Stack Exchange network - each question tag has its own associated 'tag wiki' page, containing information to explain the use case for each tag, i.e. ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #44: Introduce a new grid deduction genre to the community

This is the third installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-fourth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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When an answer gets accepted, should the *question* be edited into the actual *answer*?

Unlike on other Stack Exchange sites, questions posted in Puzzling Stack Exchange very commonly receive answers where the authors of the answers aren't 100% sure that their solution is correct, as ...
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Ghosted for a few minutes by a Suggested Edit?

Recently, I expanded the Review Queue list and saw a red dot on the Suggested Edits queue (if you don't know, that means that it's not empty), so I clicked on it (naturally). But as I was reviewing, I ...
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What to do if OP insists on their *objectively* wrong answer to their own puzzle?

Recently a user posted a "puzzle" about a specific equation. I tried my best to come up with a solution that objectively solves both parts (which is mathematically sound as far as I can tell)...
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If my question is closed, should I add my answer to my question?

My question was closed as inviting speculative answers. I'm willing to accept that; empirically this was true. I've decided against attempting to modify it to be fit for reopening. In that scenario, ...
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Proposal: define “pattern-spotting questions from other sources” as off-topic

Recently we've been getting multiple questions asking for answers to pattern-spotting questions from external sources. Many of them are in the form of a simple number-sequence (e.g. given some numbers,...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids

This is the second installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-third installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Is my modest english skills a handicap to write on the site?

I'm some new to this stack exchange community. Over the last weeks I've been posting different kinds of problems to my best ability. Some of them had drawings or sketches (the best which I could make ...

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