I don't know how much of a question this is, but something I've noticed is that a lot of users spend a lot of time and effort in attempts to provide content to this site.
A lot of times, the solution is obvious to the puzzle-maker, but not the solvers. This leads to discussion about whether lateral thinking is good & if content quality is declining & wtf, technically, is a riddle.
I don't think there's anyone here that doesn't appreciate the effort that puzzle-makers put in to making puzzles. And, I think we all understand the innate frustration when an answer pops up that was way outside the intended scope of the puzzle.
As an example, this prime hidden in plain sight puzzle was produced in a specific way to elicit a specific answer. This is an approach I never would have considered. I did, however, post an answer. My answer generated a lot of discussion in the comments including the puzzle-maker's frustration -
I DO understand the problem and nuisance of ill-defined riddles, I really do, but it is equally annoying to be confronted with "If I tweak and bend every letter, then this is a valid solution as well" requests for each and every riddle.
Perhaps my answer wouldn't have been submitted if a lot of the puzzle discussion in the question's comments was available in the question when I first read it. I understand clarifications pop up and wording evolves, but when it happens in the comments, a user like me, trying to avoid any additional hints/help, will miss them.
I guess my point is, I don't want the frustration that seems to be building on this site to discourage users from making puzzles. This would be the worst thing that could happen here.
I don't mean to use my example as the only example of this to call out this situation in specific, I see it a lot on the puzzles. I see a lot of users defending their question against non-intended answers and a lot of users defending their answers. I hope this is just in the spirit of the site, but I'm worried it will go beyond that.
I want every user here to know that when you take the time and effort to produce content, answers and especially questions, it is appreciated by everyone. Like any SE site, the user-base is made up of users that dedicate their time and knowledge (for free!) to the whole of the site. Without this, I don't think any SE site would thrive in the way that they do.
I know it's bad form to ask a question or point out a problem without offering a solution, but what can we do to make it more clear to users that their efforts aren't in vain? That the puzzles are appreciated, even when a user arrives at an unintended answer. That when an answer is incorrect, that's just that, not the correct intended solution. It's not really up for debate, in my eyes, but that doesn't stop me from trying to solve puzzles that are beyond my areas of expertise. I find them fun - which is the point of this site, I think?