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There exists the tag which currently has a wiki of

A tag used to specify real-world puzzles which usually do not have a solution at the time of posting. This can include widely-known puzzles that have remained unsolved for some time.

This tag is most generally used when posting a real-world puzzle/mystery, and as such, the ability of the poster to provide additional details may be limited. It can represent a widely-known unsolved mystery, for which there is often a low expectation of the community actually finding an answer.

There also exists the with a wiki that currently reads:

Current unsolved real-world puzzle

Some puzzle are made by some brilliant minds and are worth sharing. There often is no known solution and sometimes no proof that is possible.

Should these be merged? If not, how are they different? When would you tag a question with one, but not the other?

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    $\begingroup$ See this question. $\endgroup$ – f'' Aug 23 '16 at 0:37
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    $\begingroup$ I feel like they should be different, but I have a hard time thinking of something which would be under unsolved-mysteries that isn't also under real. But the former feels like a better tag than the latter. Maybe we need to merge them into a real-unsolved-mysteries tag? $\endgroup$ – Bobson Aug 29 '16 at 4:11
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I suppose that the only difference is that the tag can be a mystery which is solved, whereas is specifically unsolved,

Personally I don't think they should be merged, but they are similar

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  • $\begingroup$ So, does that mean that every "unsolved-mysteries" should also be tagged "real"? $\endgroup$ – Bobson Aug 30 '16 at 0:28
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There are puzzles like Logic behind numeric sequence, which are abstract mental exercises where the poster claims not to know the answer.  ISTM that it might be appropriate to tag these with (but definitely not ).

Then again, they both smell of meta.  What sort of person would be an expert in real-world puzzles or unsolved mysteries?

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  • $\begingroup$ I agree that both tags are pretty meta, particularly the unsolved-mysteries. After all, answering a question with that tag would also remove that tag. It could also be argued that if there is an unsolved-... tag, then all questions users here make can have that tag until another user answers it. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Sep 4 '16 at 14:45

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