I'm sad.

Everyday I can see posts with very low quality or too easy. Others on hold for multiple reasons ... and just a few amazing puzzles. I love seeing a good puzzle, which took a lot of work and effort to build. But as they are not easy, there are no answers, there are no views and eventually are forgotten while easy puzzles made in 5 min get thousands of views and lots of answers or attempts.

Apart from bounties, there should be something to draw attention to them.

  • $\begingroup$ What's wrong with bounties? $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 13:48
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor They cost rep? It's the only reason I can think why someone wouldn't want to use one. $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Sep 14, 2016 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ @dcfyj Then I guess we need someone who has more rep than they know what to do with. Hmm ... looks around ... $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 14:03
  • $\begingroup$ @rand there is nothing wrong but yet I see only a few $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Sep 14, 2016 at 14:10
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Note that you can't award bounty to a question. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 14:49
  • $\begingroup$ May be there can be another tab like "best question of the hour " like hot,active..etc which moderators can maintain which is not based on number of votes/views. $\endgroup$
    – Amruth A
    Sep 14, 2016 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain That's why I think the idea of wrap-up answers is great. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Sep 14, 2016 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ Isn't that what up-votes on questions are for? $\endgroup$
    – Ergwun
    Sep 27, 2016 at 4:08

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There are a couple of attempts and ideas to that goal which might be worth re-kindling, if you haven't seen them yet.

Discussions and ideas:

Search points for quality puzzles:

  • $\begingroup$ I'm so tempted to edit that "favourite puzzle authors" to link to here instead ... $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor ;c) I think it might be worthwhile to have a meta post on "favorite puzzle authors" in general. I've discussed this a bit with Alconja, who created a nice data-query to that goal as well. (Which if course can't see the link to at the moment. Need to find it again.) $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Sep 14, 2016 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ Not sure if I'd agree with that idea - it sounds a bit like ego-stroking, and might cause an 'in-crowd' effect with people who don't get on the list feeling miffed. Plus SE is supposed to be all about focusing on content, not people. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I partly agree. That's why I thought some objectivly created list via data-query would do nicely. Currenlty you can only look at "rep" which, as we all agree (?), gives a very distorted picture as far as puzzle-posting is concerned. A properly automated query would (maybe) provide a kind of objective "high score" list for authors not solvers. Just maybe. Still looking for the data. (Was in a chat.) $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Sep 14, 2016 at 16:52
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    $\begingroup$ I created this query a while ago, which doesn't quite do what you're asking, but I do see a lot of active, quality contributors near the top of the list. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 17:03
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain That's no use for top askers though. I see Gareth, f'', McMagister, q_a, Joel Rondeau, M Oehm all up there near the top, all of whom have asked hardly any questions, often even none. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 17:20
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor How's this, then? $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain Can you set a threshold for minimum number of questions asked? People who've hardly ever asked any questions still dominate the top bunch. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 17:34
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Turned out to be a little trickier than I thought. Try this. $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2016 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain - Here's the one BmyGuest is referring to above... tries to rate users by consistent "quality" - i.e. takes into account votes & votes/view, averaged across all questions posted by that user (filters out users with <5 questions to avoid outliers) $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Sep 14, 2016 at 23:19
  • $\begingroup$ i didnt know about the query tool. is very interesting! $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Sep 15, 2016 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor, when I run GPR's query (the one you say you see me near the top of) I don't see myself in the output at all. (I see it's been edited recently; perhaps that's why.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan Mod
    Sep 15, 2016 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Gareth Yep, GPR must have edited it again after my comment. $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2016 at 12:38
  • $\begingroup$ I'll just leave this here and this over here $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2016 at 19:58

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