Recently I posted a trivia question using the tag, however, it has now been closed as OT with this comment "I'm closing this question as off-topic because it is not a puzzle; it is simply a trivia question.." after it was learned that it was actually a trivia question as the tag indicates.

The question is current, difficult to guess and, researchable. A bit of fun.

So, my question is, what is the purpose of the trivia tag if it is not for trivia questions?


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The tag wiki for the tag states (emphasis mine):

Trivia puzzles are puzzles that are based on uncommon but usually notable knowledge about a certain subject. These puzzles will tend to deal with a lot of physical and historical facts, rather than the logic behind a certain mathematical construct, and are more prosaic than riddles.

Questions in this category may require research to answer. Generally the information should be Googlable, or at least publicly available.

Puzzles that are just trivia questions are off-topic on this Stack Exchange, but puzzles that involve some form of reasoning around the trivia are generally welcome.

The tag is meant to be used for puzzles or questions about puzzles that involve trivia. Trivia questions themselves have nothing to do with the creation and solving of puzzles and thus are off-topic for this site.

Click the tag to see a list of valid questions that use the tag.

  • $\begingroup$ Alright, I have to accept. I did read the tag wiki before posting and, I thought that the framing of the question and use of misdirection covered the requirement for "some form of reasoning around the trivia" but, clearly that is insufficient. $\endgroup$
    – Willtech
    May 23, 2018 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ To be fair, that wording isn't ideal. I'd rather say "some form of puzzle" than "some form of reasoning". Having to reason does not a puzzle make. $\endgroup$ May 25, 2018 at 0:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor Good thing it's a tag wiki. It can be edited. $\endgroup$ May 25, 2018 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, but I'm not really sure about my wording either. "puzzles that involve some form of puzzle" ... nope. It's often difficult to write good tag wikis on this site, so I'm fishing for input from others :-) $\endgroup$ May 25, 2018 at 20:54

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