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### Google Earth Challenges - Should we keep them?

Background Welp, @Conifers has come up with a great idea: Google Earth Challenge. It received pretty good feedback, and therefore the OP went on to post more of them. @athin went on to post a ...
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A while ago, consensus was reached that open-ended puzzles are no longer welcome on our site. That means, if a question has no absolute "best possible" answer, so that any answer could conceivably be ...
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### Why do questions sometimes not appear immediately on the site after asking?

I saw that sometimes when I ask a new question it does not appear on the site immediately. It takes sometimes at least 2-3 minutes before appearing but still got a view. I keep on refreshing the ...
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### Are puzzles that overthink their answers appropriate?

I wasn't quite sure how to phrase this, but I stumbled on this puzzle and was surprised to see the amount of thought going into it. The answer - that suspect 3 must have done it because the murder ...
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I have forgotten the answer to one of my puzzles. What do I do? I find it quite remarkable that a similar post doesn't already exist here.
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### Partial Answers and “List-of-Clues” puzzles

Puzzling is unique across the SE network for allowing "partial answers" -- that is, answers that aren't full answers to the questions, but just make some progress towards answering it. But recently, I'...
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I was working on this puzzle which has 10 clues leading to a single final answer: A puzzle with 10 pieces - 2 days to complete Over a day had passed with no activity so I posted an "answer" which ...
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### Let's write a proper “Read Me First”

Our site has a lot of rules. One might even say, an awful lot. It would be a very good idea to list the most relevant of them in one place somewhere (the tour seems like a decent option) so that we ...
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### Using images from elsewhere on the web

On PSE it is common for users to create puzzles using photographs or pictures taken from elsewhere on the web (e.g. here and here). Now, I like and enjoy this style of puzzle - it challenges your ...
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### Why are IQ test questions received so badly on this website?

I have a question about my Puzzling Stack Exchange post: IQ test matrix: Can you solve it and justify your answer? I have asked a question about a Raven progressive matrix from an online IQ test and ...
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### Posting a mini-puzzle for a hint for another puzzle

I created a $Word^{TM}$ kind of puzzle, and while trying to create a hint, I ended up with a mini-puzzle. Is it ok if I post it as a new question, to make it available not just for the people ...
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### Use of profanity

This is a question about the use of profanity on the site. I am sure this must have been specified somewhere else. Obviously, abuse is not allowed. But profanity/cuss words can be used cleverly. I ...
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### Are variations on puzzles with an accepted answer acceptable despite the hints they may give?

Assume a puzzle $A$ has an accepted answer. It gives you an idea for another puzzle $B$, in which you would, in fairness, include a sentence like "this was inspired from puzzle $A$". Then of course ...
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### What's the difference between the tags [arithmetic] and [calculation-puzzle]?

I was seeking into tags until I found these tags: calculation-puzzle which states "A puzzle that involves numerical calculations, such as multiplication and addition." arithmetic which states: "...
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### Description for “this looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere” assumes you can vote to re-open

I saw a question closed as this: "This looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere. For content you did not create yourself, proper attribution is required. If you have permission to repost this, ...
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### Little Lost Robot Discussion

I asked this question recently. There were many answers, and it was accused of being too broad. I've been over the comments and the answers a few times, now. I'm not claiming it is perfect by any ...
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### Why was my answer severely downvoted?

I posted this answer and it did okay at first, but later, it started to get a whole bunch of downvotes! This is now deleted so only certain viewers will be able to see it but what did I do wrong here? ...
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### Would it be better to break the Grand Grid puzzles into multiple questions?

The first one was put into a single question because all the component challenges are related and are all required to solve it. But is it better to divide them up? Note that the first one was easier ...
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I immediately got downvoted twice and am still downvoted 40 minutes later. I'm new so if anyone can let me know what I am doing wrong I would appreciate it. The Grand Grid I
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### When does a (grid) puzzle genre have its own tag?

So I just realized there is a tag for nonogram. More browsing, there are tags minesweeper, mastermind, slitherlink, and other genres of grid puzzles (a.k.a grid-deduction) as well. Hmm.. There is ...
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### Are puzzle suggestions on topic?

I've looked at the Help Center but I am still unsure about this one: Is a question that asks for suggestions on puzzles of a specific kind on topic here? As an example, the question I have in ...
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### Is there a way to generate interest in old questions?

I'm new to Puzzling Stack Exchange and have found I can learn a lot by reading old puzzles and seeing how they were solved. I took an interest in one and posted an answer which was different to the ...
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### Change 'graph-theory' tag name

We have a graph-theory tag which covers puzzles involving graphs, for example: Step into the Octagram but calling it 'graph-theory' is a bit prententious for a site called 'Puzzling'. May I ...
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### Generalist Countdown

Since we are a relatively young site in the Stack Exchange network, we haven't been able to enjoy any Generalist badges at all. It's not that we don't have people that would qualify (we do), but that ...
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### Should we change the [no-computers] tag to [no-brute-force]?

Usually when I see no-computers, it's used to deter people from using brute force. In my time here, I have only seen this tag used to exclude brute-forcing a solution with a computer. However, the ...
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### Beginner: I'm finding most puzzles very difficult, if not downright obscure

Is this site more for a specific niche of people, or can anyone participate in solving the kinds of puzzles I've come across? Most seem to make very obscure references and wordplay that's inaccessible ...
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### Congratulations Gareth! and the end of an era

Change is afoot! In the list of all users ranked by reputation. I've been #1 in that list, the highest-reputation user on Puzzling SE, since early 2015. But it seems the time has finally come to give ...
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### What is the difference between situation tag and lateral-thinking tag?

When looking through the two tags descriptions and related questions, to me they seem to fall under the same category. They both set up a seemingly normal situation with some twist that requires ...
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### Are questions about solution uniqueness or construction on topic?

Most of the questions on the main site are actual puzzles where the answers are guesses to those riddles, puzzles, rebus' etc. I've become interested in certain puzzles, such as battleships, ...
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### Vote limit doesn't apply to comments

Earlier today I hit the 40-vote mark after going on a voting spree (I'd already gotten Vox Populi once). But I noticed that I could still vote on comments. How to reproduce: Vote the max 40 times in ...
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### Is it acceptable to post puzzles from one's own book?

Last year I published a book of puzzles. I co-own the copyright of the book. Many of the puzzles are adapted from other sources (including some chestnuts) and some are original. I'd enjoy posting ...
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This question is in reference to a question by @JohnS (SafeCracker #3 - We've Been Blocked). Honestly, I don't think it should have been marked as too broad just because there are a couple possible ...
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### Add a visual indication in the question list that a question is locked

When a question is a duplicate, or on hold, you can see a sign, e.g. [on hold], next to the title in the list of questions, so that you don't waste your time ...
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### Best puzzles of 2019 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 ) 2019? Suggested ...
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### The end of open-ended puzzles

Consensus has been reached. I say this on Rubio's authority - the contents of this post are considered to be a part of the definition of this site's scope. So, I posted this open-ended puzzle a ...
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### logical-deduction vs logic-theory

What's the difference between the tags logical-deduction and logic-theory? Are they both needed? And if they are, wouldn't it ...
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### How do i edit a post

I have not been here for a while, so i am unsure if it is just something that is happening in the past couple of hours or what. But i am unable to edit the post. I get "Page not found" when i click on ...
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### Color of own messages in chat rooms using Puzzling's theme is too similar to others' messages

I chat on several rooms throughout the network. Most rooms I chat on for most sites show one's own messages in a very different color from others' messages, such as blue on non-designed sites and ...
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### Chess game viewer in PSE like Chess SE [duplicate]

I know that not all puzzles on the PSE are that of chess, but I feel that a chess board viewer, such as that on the Chess Stack Exchange, should be put in for the benefit of us here that do do chess ...
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### Overuse of poor math questions, what can we do?

So I've been noticing ... lazy math puzzles. I thought it was just a fad, but clearly not .Now, I'm not trying to judge, but a lot of these questions are just in this weird gray zone where they're not ...
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### Is my flag in limbo now?

Earlier today (yesterday in UTC), I flagged this puzzle as "in need of moderator intervention", because it seemed spam-ish, and yet didn't look blatantly off-topic. Other users disagreed, and it has ...
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### Is it acceptable for one user to have multiple answers to a questions?

When I answer a puzzle and am told that I've given an incorrect answer, I usually edit my answer if I want to try again. However, I saw a comment recently (can't remember where) that suggested that ...
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### <Tag> does not exist on this site

I am attempting to add "Poem" in my watched Tag. It shows in suggestion also. On selecting that suggestion and clicking Add, gives me error that "Poem does not exist on this site". If the tag does ...
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### Why doesn't Puzzling have a twitter?

According to employee JNat, Puzzling does not have a Twitter: unfortunately Puzzling does not have a twitter account Why not? Many of the other SE sites I'm a part of have Twitter, though ...
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### Was the reputation requirement for review tasks changed?

I can't access review tasks anymore: Is this a bug? Was the rep required for tasks changed? The tab works fine on Chess.SE
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### Will it ever be possible to add friends?

It would be neat if we could add other users who we like as friends. Or, at least a follow and reciprocal follow option. In this way cool users we could either make real-life friends or we could ...
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Is that a new mode to write your comments in some encoding? For example, on this question I noticed that there are encoded comments on both answers, both in Rot13(which the commenters state before the ...