I think we should have a (semi)-complete help section by the time we get out of private beta. Therefore, I thing we should start making our help section right now. Each answer to this question is a CW answer, so feel free to edit whatever you can to populate various sections of the help. I have selected the main sections of our help that we should probably modify for our uses. Let's do this!

  • $\begingroup$ The only sections that can be customized per site are the “Ask about…” and “Don't ask about …” boxes on the tour page and the text on “What topics can I ask about here?”. $\endgroup$ May 14, 2014 at 22:35
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, what @Gilles said. You can only edit that one section (I removed the others you linked). But please don't get overenthusiastic about adding a bunch of rules and scope restrictions to that section until you actually run into wide-spread problems in actual practice. That's not the way to build a friendly, welcoming community. $\endgroup$ May 14, 2014 at 22:54
  • $\begingroup$ Ok. Is off-topic editable too? $\endgroup$
    – TheDoctor
    May 15, 2014 at 2:20
  • $\begingroup$ @TheDoctor No, only /help/on-topic. As a result, most sites put their do-not-ask list there. See scifi's. $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    May 15, 2014 at 3:02

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What topics can I ask about here?

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Wikipedia defines puzzle as a game or problem which tests the ingenuity of a would-be solver. In a puzzle, one is required to put pieces together, in a logical way, in order to arrive at the correct solution of the puzzle. There are different types of puzzles:

  • A chess problems
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Mathematical puzzles
  • Mechanical puzzles
  • Metapuzzles, puzzles which unite elements of other puzzles.
  • Paper-and-pencil puzzles
  • Peg solitaire
  • Sangaku
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  • Spot the Difference
  • Tangram
  • Word puzzles, including anagrams, ciphers, crossword puzzles, and word search puzzles.

We welcome questions about:

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    • "How to make this puzzle more difficult?".
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    • "General strategy for 2048"
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    • "How many distinct unsolvable Rubik's cubes exist?"
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