By "mass-producible puzzles", I refer to puzzles that are instances of a generic template. The most commonly-known examples are crosswords, Sudoku, word-finds, fill-in-the-blanks, etc.
I'd actually prefer to append this question to the above one, but the site's content mechanisms aren't conducive to it.
Consider the following types of MPP that comprise dozens of smaller puzzles, all of which can be answered independently:
Rebus puzzles are puzzles where words and symbols are arranged in such a way that a literal description of them matches a well-known term, expression, or idiom. For example, drawing a large letter 'C' through the word "blouse" would be interpreted as "see-through blouse". A female symbol ♀ placed under the word "standing" would be interpreted as "misunderstanding" (Miss. under standing).
Syllable match puzzles are puzzles where a grid of images is shown, each of which has an interpretation as a single-syllable word, and the objective is to combine the syllables into longer words fitting with some theme. For example,
encodes the names of numerous dog breeds. (pea + ken + knees = Pekingese; husk + key = Husky, etc.)
Bumper stumpers are puzzles where an sequence of letters, numbers, and symbols must be converted to an expression/phrase, or else a phrase/expression must be converted to a sequence of letters, etc. with some maximum length. For example, the clue
u4cnmt6swould yield an answer "You foresee an empty success.", while the clue "I force heaven to be ecstasy." (8 characters) would yield an answer
Word chain puzzles are puzzles where a source word must be converted to a target word via a series of unknown intermediate words, usually by changing one letter at a time and rearranging. For example, the clue
INADVERTENT > _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ > RENOMINATED
is solved by
DETERMINANT, which shares 10 out of 11 letters with both source and target words.
More generally, I'm interested in the suitability of puzzles with numerous small, independent answers, and about how to go about requesting answers for such puzzles.
For example, suppose a question presents an MPP of one of the above varieties with 20 independent "mini-puzzles". Which of the following would be good and/or appropriate ways to request answers?
Post an answer when you've correctly solved all clues.
Post the answers to any 5 clues or fewer.
Post the answer to such and such metapuzzle (which can only be solved when the majority of the mini-puzzles are solved, each yielding a clue).
Post the answers to as many or as few clues as you like.
My strong preference is option #2: asking for n answers or fewer, so that no one puzzler comes along and solves the whole works in one shot, spreading the glory around a bit. It also encourages puzzlers who can't solve all the mini-puzzles to provide the answers for the mini-puzzles they can solve. However, some might see this as contrary to the SE format, where answers are typically expected to be complete and integral.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Existing guidelines?