Apologies if I come across a bit strongly in this post; it's not been a good morning at work xD
I'm just wondering at what point this turns from puzzling.SE into chesspuzzling.SE, as right now, 8 of the 10 most recent questions are chess puzzles.
I'm not saying that I think they're pointless, but it feels like the ones being asked are very low quality. They're all slight variations on a theme:
- How many queens can you fit without threating themselves?
- How many amazons (queen+knight) can you fit without threating themselves?
- How many queens can you fit to threat themselves once each?
- How many queens can you fit to threat themselves twice each? (yes, someone went there)
- How many knights can you fit without threating themselves?
- How many super-knights (!?) can you fit without threating themselves?
It feels like it's just a matter of time until someone gets so lazy they just ask "How many pawns can you fit without threating themselves?" and we just work through the same questions with all the different pieces, maybe adding in some fantasy made-up rubbish like bishops that can move diagonally then slide onto an adjacent square, thus changing colour and my god, what happened to actual puzzles?
We also have completely lazy, no-effort questions like how to force mate with two knights, which can't be done. So someone decided to create yet another me-too chess question without bothering to check that it is known to be impossible.
I don't think I mind things like fitting all pieces on to the board without threating themselves because it's at least using a mix of things, but on the flip side it's the same problem because it's just "do this without threating themselves".
Something like partitioning a chessboard isn't related IMO, because it's asking a puzzling kind of question with a checkerboard pattern, not something specifically chess-related (although it also happens to be impossible).
TLDR: I personally feel like we have too many variations on the same chess question, and not any actual questions coming in that are puzzles.
Are these kind of questions (a) actually stuff we want on the site (b) off-topic [go to chess.SE] or (c) too close to being duplicates of each other?