Given that the community seems to be in favor of allowing specific puzzles as questions (at least for the time being,) I think we need to give a little thought to how we should think about voting on answers to these.
To be clear: votes are yours to give - I'm hoping we can come up with suggested community guidelines, but no one's going to tell you you have to vote a certain way on any given post.
Guidelines on how to vote on answers for individual brainteasers is complicated a bit by a couple of things:
- Puzzles that are not original have a known, existing answer that many users likely already know; it'd be better if something other than being first drove voting
- Original puzzles which have non-binary criteria ("what solution has the highest percent likelihood of success) may have an unknown best answer
- Sometimes different approaches, requiring different amounts of work can generate the same (correct) solution
- Sometimes the answer is a known truth (most probability problems), and the most interesting part is how simply you can explain why it is the case.
I tossed my thinking below, but really just wanted to open up the conversation.