Linked Questions

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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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Sample commentaries on puzzle creation

Update: Wrap-up posts have been approved by the community and may be posted as answers at their puzzles. No need to first post them here anymore. Examples of wrap-up posts may be found by searching ...
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Can I make up puzzles for the site?

I'm new to Puzzling and figured I would get started by posting a puzzle. I read through the tour, and it says this: Ask about... Specific questions about the creation and solving of puzzles ...
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Number-Sequence Puzzles: What (Not) To Do?

Similar to Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do? as this is a genre which I feel also drastically needs improvement. 1, 6, 3, 8, 5, 10, 7, 12, ?, ? What are the next two numbers in this sequence? I have ...
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'What is an XYZ item™?' Puzzles: What (Not) To Do?

Related: Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do? and Number-Sequence Puzzles: What (Not) To Do? What is a Duplicate Word™? Duplicate Words™, Non-Duplicate Words™ ...
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2answers
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Finding the fine line between too-easy and too-hard puzzles

Recently I've been noticing a trend in puzzles, where they're either answered within 2 or 3 hours, or left to sit unanswered for days on end until a massive slew of hints is provided that finally ...
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List examples of things you think are on-topic or off-topic

Given that we currently lack a description what is on-topic (Where is the definition of an on-topic question?) I think maybe we should make a list of things we think should be considered on-topic. It ...
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1answer
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Let's write a proper “Read Me First”

Our site has a lot of rules. One might even say, an awful lot. It would be a very good idea to list the most relevant of them in one place somewhere (the tour seems like a decent option) so that we ...
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Repetitive tasks?

I am currently working on a puzzle, that will inevitably have some manual repetitive tasks in parts. To eliminate this, I am considering doing the tasks myself and putting it in a pastebin. When the ...
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3answers
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Adding distinctiveness to titles

So occasionally I go through some recently added puzzle questions (from other users) and try to add distinctiveness to the titles, if they need it - for a post with a title that doesn't really ...
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2answers
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The benefit of the doubt: should we shift the way we talk about puzzle quality?

Since very early in Puzzling's development, we've adopted a very strong principle that's become virtually universal: "if there is a hint of a notion that a puzzle might be good, we have to act as ...
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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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Are [word-property] puzzles similar to poor ciphers where you must break a random code?

Take a look at this sample question: If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an X/Y/Z Word™. Use the following examples below to find the rule. Examples are then listed below, and that's it. ...
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1answer
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Is serial posting allowed?

Here are some questions posted on the main website by the same user: Guess the disney song from the initials number 1 Guess the Disney song from the initials number 2 Guess the disney song from ...