My carefully designed puzzle What is a Xilly word? with a tons of clues, historical as well as contemporary references, (and of course, red herrings) was removed at the moderator's discretion (what I am no way challenging at all: they are here to make these kind of decisions).
The comment was:
Since this appears to be a joke rather than an actual puzzle, it has been removed. – Deusovi♦ 3 mins ago
For those amusement who are below 10.000 rep., here is a snapshot of the puzzle:
Yes, this was a humorous twist on @Maria Deleva's recent puzzle What is a lonely word?. Was it intended to be a joke? No.
How can I ensure that my posts will not be treated like this in the future? In particular, would it be possible to identify objective reasons for a puzzle to be termed as joke, and deemed to be removed? Maybe a [humour] tag would have helped? (Just as a side-note, as -- again -- I am not here to challenge at all the deletion, shouldn't be posts like this put on hold first?)
I am planning on reposting the same kind of puzzle (carrying essentially the same message), once community consensus has been reached on what is a joke and what is not, and how much similarity and resemblance is acceptable between questions. For what is worth, at least for the uninitiate, the post appears to be as much of a puzzle, as one can be.
I am open for suggestions.
Edit: I got a warning from the moderator team. I believe there is nothing personal here, they just need to address somehow internally that they have observed a not really popular puzzle.
The post, before we could have discussed what is wrong with it, and what parts of it requires fixing, disappeared again. At this point it seems nearly impossible to review it because of the high number of downvotes (of which I don't personally care about at all) make it look bad.
To clarify, my intentions were to show a very transparent example of what is called chaos theory. For those who are not familiar with this concept: the essence is that there are systems where if you change the slightly bit of any of the initial conditions, you will have strikingly different outcome. Colloquially this is called the butterfly effect. You have a set of words what seems like to share a common property. But once you add a new word, this property could disappear at once, forcing you to reconsider your previous thoughts, and start to explore new kind of ideas. But this happens with everything. For example, you can have the following Childish (R) (C) TM riddle:
I am an animal. I live in the zoo. I have long neck. What I am?
Yay, that was one notable answer. And how about this twist on the previous riddle:
I am an animal. I live in the zoo. I have long neck. I run fast. What I am?
You are suddenly:
Another brilliant answer. Note that the solution of the previous riddle no longer fits this twisted one, as giraffes are rather slow animals. You see, to make this kind of twist (whether or not it is humorous), you need something to twist on. You need another puzzle, to make this kind of comparison. The reason why I chose M D's post, because it was up in the front page, making it very easy to compare the two posts, as the first commenter instantly did, and because it happened that I could make a nice puzzle out of their set of words.
Thank you for reading my post.
Happy problem solving!