Like the title says; Is there a general FAQ for the Puzzling Stack Exchange? And where do I find it?

Specific question 1: I have a puzzle that leads to an external website (online escape room). Is that allowed? Or should all puzzles be solvable without leaving Stack Exchange?

Specific question 2: Is it somehow possible to contact other players through stack exchange?

  • $\begingroup$ There's a faq, but it's not very densely/consistently populated. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 19, 2022 at 8:54

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First, welcome to the site :) Here are the answers to your questions:

  1. The site's help page contains many FAQs, which should hopefully answer many of the basic questions you might have.

  2. Re external sites, I recommend reading this answer by @GentlePurpleRain to a previous meta question. In it they mention that the goal of this site...

...is to become a repository of good questions and answers... Questions that simply link to another website are basically just advertising, and are not within the scope of SE.

Even if the entire question was posted on Puzzling.SE, but required a link to an outside website in order to solve the puzzle, that doesn't help anyone who finds this question in the future, after the linked-to site has rotted away. At that point, the post will be essentially useless, since there will be no way to solve the puzzle.

(There are two main issues here - the aims of the site, and the need for puzzles to be self-contained. Have a read of the original post for further discussion points.)

  1. The site has a variety of chat rooms that can be used for specific purposes. Our general-use chat room is The Sphinx's Lair. If a user has recently posted a message in the room they can be 'pinged' using the '@' handle and their username. Of course, if your question relates to a specific user's question or answer on another post, you can contact them publicly merely by adding a comment beneath the relevant post.

    If you require private correspondence, some users provide alternative contact details (e-mail addresses, social media profiles) in their profile page, and it is also possible to set up private chat rooms within the site for particular legitimate purposes.

If you have any further questions I'm sure someone would happily reply to a general message in The Sphinx's Lair. I hope you enjoy the Puzzling experience!


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