When I think of a riddle, I think of the questions between Gollum and Bilbo in The Hobbit, or the classic riddle of The Sphynx. With that in mind, I might define a riddle as "A description or set of clues that indicate a single noun." This meta question has a slightly different definition, maybe one that subsumes my own. Unfortunately, there's not an official description for that tag like there are for other.

It seems like most of the questions with the tag are actually s and not riddles, by either definition. It's one of the more popular tags; I suspect people use it because they don't want to bother choosing a more accurate one. In any case, this meta question seems to think we should not allow riddle challenge questions.

So the tag is unclear, probably gets misused (but not for lack of a better tag), and is generally unwelcome, should we get rid of it? If not, what should we use it for? I suppose it's valuable if it's paired with a -like tag, but I'm not sure how valuable that is in the face of the problems with it. If we are keeping it, should we be editing or closing questions that don't have another tag?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's no longer relevant. There is now a well-written tag description for the [riddle] tag, and after a LOT of meta discussion, it was made clear that good riddles are on topic. $\endgroup$ Apr 26 '15 at 20:28
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    $\begingroup$ I think it would be better to status-decline it. While the suggestion to burninate is no longer reasonable, the question of scope is still relevant and could be worth discussing. $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Apr 26 '15 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ Just because the discussion is obsolete doesn't mean it's off-topic. No action need be taken here. $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Apr 27 '15 at 4:10

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