After reading other posts on meta, I've discovered something that most of you probably already know. What we are as a community is leagues away from the defined intention of the community. Most of what I see (and contribute) on Puzzling is puzzles of every sort. When I look at the definition document:
I see that all of the example questions were about puzzle solving rather than being puzzle solving itself.
We've created a new monster. Should we kill it with fire or nurture it? I love where we're going and most of the community seems to, but I'm not sure if it's even acceptable (with the powers that be) to change these things. If we are going to commit to this change, what are the rules to define it? The community have loosely agreed on some de-facto rules, but we need to unite them in one place to enforce them effectively.
It's great that we're discussing what's acceptable and what isn't, but I think we need to centralize the discussion so that we keep the bigger picture in mind. I'll post a few example rules of questions not allowed under the new format and we should add to them if we agree that the change is happening, but we also need to discuss the overall shift. Who are we?
Rules for creating/posting puzzles:
- Puzzle must contain all information needed to solve it.
- Puzzle's solution must make much more sense than other suggested answers given the puzzle criterion.
- Puzzle must not be abandoned without a solution.
Rules for attempting to solve puzzles:
- Any answer must carry accompanying reasoning.
- Both answer and reasoning must be hidden by spoiler tags.
- The correct solution is less important than the correct reasoning.