Here on Puzzling, we're a little different from other sites. Like, we know the answers before we post the question (usually), and we want other people to come to the same conclusion. And sometimes, we work on puzzles with other people. Take my Clues series. There is a list of Clues, and the puzzles are designed for those answers. I've posted the majority of them, but sometimes, other people have posted some.
Now, the first time I had someone else do one, I knew the guy IRL, so that wasn't a problem. However, when I had someone online do one, we had a problem. How to tell them the answer, and have me preview it, without revealing it so that someone could scrape the answer before it was posted and spoil the fun for everybody? What we did was went to another site on the SE network, created a chatroom attached to that site, and talked. The problem? It wasn't private, and still another user came and spoiled the fun.
Now, there is a way to make a chatroom private - the room is only available to explicitly allowed users and moderators, and the transcript is not publicly available. However, this is, apparently, only supposed to be used for serious stuff:
However, is there a sufficient reason for changing the rules for Puzzling? I believe so; that's the purpose of this meta post - to see what people think, and then see what the
overlords Puzzling moderators and CMs say.
What do you think?
If this goes ahead, you'll want to create a chatroom and then ping a mod who's familiar with this meta post - if you just raise a custom mod flag, you'll probably get a mod who knows nothing about this and it'll get declined. You can probably ping me, rand al'thor, or any of the Puzzling mods.