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    $\begingroup$ I have a question. For questions like this one (puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/41088/…). that I came up with. It is an anageam question, but in riddle form, would this also come here? $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 22 '16 at 20:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Jason_ Yeah! Anything that could reasonably be called a riddle, in form or function, can go here. $\endgroup$ – Aza Aug 22 '16 at 21:00
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    $\begingroup$ I believe answers should be deleted from this meta post once they "graduate" on to the main site. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Aug 23 '16 at 12:53
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    $\begingroup$ The PPCG sandbox says: "When you post your question on the main site, edit the sandbox post to include a link to the challenge, removing everything but the title and the link. This is to keep the sandbox more compact and reduce the scrolling needed to view other proposals. Furthermore, delete the post. (You should edit it anyway, because high-reputation users can still see deleted posts.)". Should we add that? $\endgroup$ – axavio Aug 23 '16 at 19:42
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    $\begingroup$ agree with @axavio! Also, there's currently no info about the sandbox when you add a riddle tag to a post. It might help to add something about the sandbox in the excerpt so people (..if they read the tag wiki) will know to post here first. Or even better, a pop-up notification like I've seen on other sites. $\endgroup$ – user812786 Aug 23 '16 at 20:43
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    $\begingroup$ Hmmm..., when was +10 changed to +7? $\endgroup$ – mestackoverflow Aug 27 '16 at 2:54
  • $\begingroup$ @mestackoverflow After I suggested it on chat. $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir Aug 27 '16 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ For posterity's sake, I own the Sandbox account. Used to moderate Puzzling. Since resigned. $\endgroup$ – Aza May 7 '18 at 10:44

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I can make you wonder what is it.
I am not written like a sentence.
My endpoint is different
and it is not just a point.

I know this can be too difficult to deal with.

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    $\begingroup$ This is incredibly broad, fitting everything from 'It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!' to a metaphor-rich haiku, to a damaged barcode, to certain types of encrypted messages. Consider adding some more clues to narrow down the possibility space. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Sep 7 '16 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Sconibulus Actually, none of your answers explain 'I can make you wonder what is it'. Anyways, I edited it. $\endgroup$ – EKons Sep 7 '16 at 13:34

I recently posted the following short, sweet riddle with a title I found creative. I was surprised that it wasn't well received (1 upvote, 1 downvote, answered in 5 minutes). It's brevity could explain how quick it was answered. I'm looking for feedback on why this isn't a great riddle - too simple, too many varieties of the answer, or what?

Natural, Free Range, Not Raised Locally


What falls standing up and moves around laying down?



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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, personally I would not even agree with the answer after reading it. Not sure, if I'm missing something though. (And I'm not generally fond of / good at riddles). I don't think the title has anything to do with down/up votes in your case, though. I like the title. I do not like the riddle/answer. I did not down-vote, just abstained, ;c) $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Aug 24 '16 at 14:19
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    $\begingroup$ For a riddle to be short and good, it really has to be spectacular, because it's almost impossible to keep it from being too broad. For example, with a few seconds of thinking I can come up with many "satisfactory" solutions: baby, snake, pencil, etc, etc... $\endgroup$ – Alconja Aug 26 '16 at 4:05
Once upon a time there were kings three,

who were plucked up by the roots by

one detainee, one refugee, one free.

They were helped by a person with no title.

What is that person's name?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! You may be getting downvotes because this seems to be pure trivia. Trivia questions are generally discouraged here, since riddles should have some form of metaphor, wordplay, or other misdirection - otherwise, it's not a puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 28 '16 at 23:51

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