I think we should have 2 topic challenges.

  1. Meta-puzzle Topic Challenge.
    Meta-puzzles are good puzzles, it's good to encourage members here to keep creating Meta-puzzles. But they're hard to create, so we need long duration for this. I suggest 1 to 2 months is ideal for this, so in a year there will be 6 to 12 periods.

  2. Fortnight Topic Challenge
    As usual topic challenge.

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    $\begingroup$ Not necessarily a bad idea, but the topic challenges require volunteers to keep them going, and it seems that they are already flagging for lack of impetus. Maintaining 2 challenges would require that much more work (and may confuse people as well). $\endgroup$ Commented May 25, 2017 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ I think MetaPuzzles could just be another extended Fortnight challenge. I would suggest clarifying beforehand that the topic will last longer than normal so users can take the extra time to build the puzzles. There was also the community metapuzzle, which I'm sure could be done again at some point. $\endgroup$ Commented May 26, 2017 at 14:49

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What you're proposing here seems to be to have ordinary fortnight challenges as we already do, plus an extra layer of topic challenge just for a single tag, which is always the same tag. That seems equivalent to just announcing that metapuzzles are a particularly encouraged tag.

A better way of doing that, without needing to get consensus from the entire community, would be to announce that you, personally, will reward good metapuzzles with bounties - and if you want to reward questions instead of answers, encourage metapuzzle OPs to post wrap-ups. See also List of bounties with no deadlines for an example of how this sort of thing has been done here before.

Alternatively, just create a new post here on meta with a list of all metapuzzles. The thing is, it's not really a timed topic challenge if the topic is always the same - it's just promotion of a particular tag. Which you're free to do, of course, but why mix it up with the topic challenges?

  • $\begingroup$ Ok.... wrap-ups is the best way to encourage OPs puzzles, not only metapuzzle, although not many doing this. And I think, giving bounties will not work well, because if OPs do not post wrap-ups the bounty will be useless. $\endgroup$ Commented May 27, 2017 at 5:10
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    $\begingroup$ @JamalSenjaya You can post a comment on the question requesting a wrap-up so you can offer a bounty to the OP. That gives them a notification that you want to award them for their work. $\endgroup$ Commented May 30, 2017 at 13:12

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