I am thinking specifically of questions like these two 2048 puzzles, this chess puzzle, and this Sudoku puzzle. They are all asking for an absolute, a single absolute case. I do believe we should have a tag for such questions. My question for meta is: what should we call this tag?

My suggestions are:

  1. These problems are asking for either a minimum or maximum number of solutions/pieces/moves, etc.
  2. This is perhaps slightly more general, and could apply better to questions such as this question about river-crossing puzzles.

Edit: I think this discussion is far less relevant than the one over here.


I think is a bad name for this tag, since it's also the name of a solving technique.


I really don't see what this tag is supposed to convey. Tags are supposed to indicate what the question is about — most tag names should be valid filler in “this question is about ____”.

Why would anyone subscribe to the tag (or whatever you want to call it? Why would anyone ignore that tag? Why would it be useful for searches (“I want a single absolute case” wouldn't be a good reason, since this case could be mentioned as part of a thread that isn't focused on that absolute case)?

Read the death of meta tags. Although your proposal isn't exactly a “meta tag”, it shares the same problems. It isn't useful to classify questions.

  • $\begingroup$ I guess it is similar to those meta-tags, but not entirely. In the respect that it has to be able to stand on its own, how are the "solutions" or "tips" tags valid? $\endgroup$
    – Xynariz
    May 21 '14 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Xynariz tips is a horrible tag, it's completely meaningless. I've submitted edits to remove it. solutions is not necessarily bad — it means that the question is about solving as opposed to setting a puzzle. $\endgroup$ May 21 '14 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ That's fine, but why did you leave the comment on this unrelated question? Are you claiming that tips is a bad tag? If so, I won't disagree with you - I approved your edits. But, by definition, solutions is also a meta tag (it can't stand alone on a question). I suppose we could have required tags (enforced by software ideally, us far less ideally) that every question have Solutions, Puzzle-Creation, or something.... $\endgroup$
    – Xynariz
    May 21 '14 at 19:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Xynariz I hadn't noticed the tips tag before. You seemed to be using its existence as an argument — well, it shouldn't exist. solutions is more ambiguous: it can't stand on its own, but it does categorize the topic of the question (whereas tips only categorizes the formulation of the question, and very subjectively at that). $\endgroup$ May 21 '14 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, now I see why you talked about tips. (I wasn't thinking.) I used tips as an example of existing tags describing types of problems. In my opinion, if one should exist, many should. As I mentioned in the last comment, I think such tags should either be required or non-existent. Does that make more sense? $\endgroup$
    – Xynariz
    May 21 '14 at 19:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Xynariz tips doesn't describe a type of problem. I think solutions requires a discussion of its own. $\endgroup$ May 21 '14 at 20:08

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