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Okay, the sandbox didn't work. We still have a quality problem; let's figure out how to address it

As of today, the riddle sandbox is no longer mandatory. The close reason related to it has been deactivated, and the requirement has been removed from the sandbox text. It was an experiment to see if ...
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25 votes
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10th Anniversary of Puzzling SE!

This week Puzzling SE turned 10 years old. Congratulations on asking, answering, voting, and building this community for a whole decade! Whenever a Stack Exchange site turns 10 we like to celebrate by ...
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Getting to business: How can Puzzling make the internet better?

xnor asked me in a comment: Given the recognition that Puzzling is unusual in that challenges are not meant to solve a real-world issue, can you explain the role of being easy to find on Google? ...
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Are puzzles and riddles welcome?

It is really a shame that this question was still not properly settled. Are puzzles on-topic? Are riddles on-topic? Even if they are on-topic, are they welcome or just tolerated? If they are not on-...
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How do we move past the absence of our top contributor?

Right at the outset, let me clarify that this is not a meta post to question the year-long suspension of rand al'thor. While I do not fully understand the necessity of this ban, I believe that if two ...
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The mysteriously missing question (2)

Folks, There has been a murder. A question was just minding its business and it is now dead. What happened to it? "Who done it?" There are no other clues. Just very mysterious. Credit to Bozman ...
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Let's get critical: Nov 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Puzzling Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Challenge questions and post quality: How should we proceed?

As most of you have probably noticed, a meta question was posted a few days ago that some of you did not wholeheartedly agree with. Now that I've secured the "understatement of the year" award, let's ...
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What if all "solve my puzzle and that's it" questions got banned

I know my proposal is extreme! Please read it as objectively as you can and imagine the community that would be created instead of dismissing it purely for being extreme. Additionally I wrote the post ...
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Game Over - You are dead

TL;DR: Just read the question title. I am with a deep feeling that this community is very unwelcome in SE and that trying to save it and make it work is fruitless. The moderators came and tried to ...
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4 answers

Positive discussion from the recent confusion

As I'm sure everyone on Meta has read, there's been quite a lot of confusion about whether or not puzzles are on-topic on Puzzling.SE. The latest information right now is from Robert Cartaino saying ...
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On the posting of cryptic crossword clues as puzzles

EDIT: Please be aware that this question predates a time on Puzzling SE in which a lot of policies were re-discussed and re-thought. See also this post for historic context. Recently, there have been ...
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Future vision of the community

In this recent thread, Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions? it seems that moderators have a very specific idea of what this community should be, with which a large portion of the ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Puzzling's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Open-ended questions inspire a vast number of low-effort answers

I've noticed an alarming increase in the number of highly-upvoted open-ended questions that just aren't good. Here's the problem I'm seeing: Nobody learns anything from them. The answers are ...
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6 votes
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Should we temporarily remove ourselves from the Hot Network Questions?

Multiple of our high-activity questions have appeared over the last week on Hot Network Questions (HNQ) on the Stack Exchange front page, leading to an increase in traffic. Is this desirable at the ...
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What is PSE's policy on mathematical questions, and why, and what's the history behind it?

It seems like PSE's policy on mathematical questions is kinda complicated and has changed over time. What exactly is the policy, and what's the history that led to it? (There are already lots of ...
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Thank you, Robert Cartaino

For those who don't know, the Director of Community Development at the Stack Exchange company, Mr Robert Cartaino, is no longer employed by Stack Exchange. Tributes are already flowing in on main meta ...
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How do we want to use our meta FAQ?

As far as I know, this isn't something that's ever really been talked about. We've got a potentially extremely useful resource on Puzzling Meta: the faq tag. But I'm not sure how we should use it. ...
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What about a question calling for examples of a certain type of puzzle?

(Please see this question and comments on it for where this proposition originates.) How would people feel about a question of the form 'What are some good examples of puzzles of type X?', inviting ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
14 votes
1 answer

What should our Help Center say about on-topic questions? [duplicate]

Update 10/2015: It's been a year since this question was posted, but it's still just as important today as it was then. While at the time it was buried, as the site continues to grow, having this ...
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2 votes
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Preventing "pushing" topics by deleted answers

There is this old post here which got recently pushed up on the "active" top questions. On closer inspection, this was only due to a new user adding a new answer. However, the user (presumeably) ...
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