This question is motivated because of this question.

I've created the tag puzzle-logy for it, out of need, but it was subsequently removed by the moderators. I don't argue with that decision, nor was I in particularly keen on the tag, but I think there is still an unsolved issue here:

I was looking for a tag, and couldn't find an appropriate one. This question is about finding or creating a suitable tag.

I wanted to tag the question as a question about puzzles in general (as opposed to a particular puzzle, or the process of puzzle-creation.). A tag about "the science of puzzles" (if there is one). That's why I created puzzle-logy in analogy to bio-logy, geo-logy etc.

I wanted questions tagged with this tag to be f.e. about

  • science papers on puzzles
  • puzzle-theory (on an abstract level)
  • people/organisations which dedicated themselves to puzzle-understanding (not solving!)
  • etc.

Do you find such a tag useful?

What would be a good name / wiki for such a tag?

In case that your answer to the first question is no, I instead need help with properly tagging this question. I don't think it can be done with the currently existing tags. Maybe puzzle-categories would fit, but my feeling was, it's to specific and a tag which is only used once on site, is rather useless. So please come up with suggestions.


I have now created a tag called puzzle-theory. Please edit it's wiki, if you feel it needs further clarification.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if there's a need for a tag, but even if there is, inventing a word and using it as a tag name is no good. Tags need to be discoverable. Someone looking for a question should have the idea of looking under that tag. An invented word cannot be useful as a tag. $\endgroup$ Jan 1, 2015 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Gilles I agree with this. In the OP I stated that I would prefer re-tagging but couldn't quickly come up with something. Hence I'm also very okay with the deletion of the tag by the moderators. I just want to complete this issue, as the no suitable tag situation is unsatisfactory. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jan 1, 2015 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ study-of-puzzles? puzzle-psychology? $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Jan 1, 2015 at 23:02
  • $\begingroup$ How about "General-Puzzling" or "Generalized-Puzzle" $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Jan 1, 2015 at 23:13
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    $\begingroup$ Theory of puzzles? $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Jan 2, 2015 at 1:11
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor would puzzle-theory also work? Otherwise I like the suggestion... $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:34
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    $\begingroup$ @BmyGuest Yes, puzzle-theory sounds great. $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Jan 2, 2015 at 15:11

1 Answer 1


As of the comments to the question: xnor suggested "Theory of Puzzles" which I revised into "puzzle-theory" and have created and used since.

puzzle-theory = A question about categories, mechanics, or effects of puzzles in general, or about scientific research on puzzles.


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