So I've been noticing ... lazy math puzzles. I thought it was just a fad, but clearly not .Now, I'm not trying to judge, but a lot of these questions are just in this weird gray zone where they're not very great puzzles, but aren't exactly banned in PSE.

I'm not proposing that mathematics tags should be removed or anything. I think it's a great tag.

Here, here, and definitely here are just some of the numerous examples of a very creative and entertaining math puzzle.

The main question/complaint what are we (i.e. the community) be doing to improve the situation? This was a great answer to the whole mathematical confusion, but then why is it still happening anyways? And branching off, should we add more to the tour regarding mathematics in general?

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    $\begingroup$ I mean, I guess you could always downvote, but there's gotta be a more effective way, especially for newcomers $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Mar 5 '19 at 5:53
  • $\begingroup$ I could also just be a big fat hater, and in that case, go ahead and dab on me, I guess $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Mar 5 '19 at 6:02
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    $\begingroup$ Funny, I was already complaining about bad formation-of-numbers puzzles in 2015. $\endgroup$ – xnor Mar 5 '19 at 23:48

If questions don't meet the criteria for Puzzling.SE, you should vote to close (or flag for closing if you don't have the rep to vote).

If questions do meet the criteria, but you feel they are not "good" questions (by some subjective measure of "good"), then downvote. Many people are afraid to downvote, but this is exactly why downvotes are available. They help to separate the wheat from the chaff.

If you notice that a particular user seems to be posting a lot of questions that you consider low-quality, you can always comment (politely) to them on one of their questions, or flag for a moderator if you feel it is a serious issue.


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