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The maths problem “paradox” [duplicate]

{Insert_Question_Here} [A few minutes later...] Maths.SE: Closed: Puzzles are not allowed. Puzzling.SE: Closed: Maths problems ...
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Why is this question considered a math problem? [duplicate]

I have asked this question recently. It's more likely a puzzle; because I have seen it in a puzzle quiz. Also, a math problem isn't asked in this way! It's a puzzle that challenges the IQ. Compare it ...
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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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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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What tricky mathematical questions are on topic here?

[EDITED to add:] See followup at Proposed policy on mathematical questions proposing a more specific policy in the light of comments and voting here. There's strong consensus that straightforward ...
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Should mathematics questions really be on-topic here?

Item: A blanket for my baby snake This is a math question. It's an interesting math question — so interesting that it is a research problem whose solution is still unknown. And the top-scoring ...
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Puzzling.SE refers me to Mathematics.SE refers me back to Puzzling.SE

Relevant posts: Which maths questions are on-topic Proposed policy on maths questions My challenge (I will refrain from calling it a puzzle for now!) was recently put on hold as off-topic since it ...
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Should we disable the “math problem” close reason?

I'm noticing building support for the idea of removing the "math problem" close reason. It's come up in discussion on meta, and has been brought up in chat a few times. I can definitely see where ...
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Line between a programming puzzle and a programming problem

I've answered many questions on Stack Overflow, many of which got me to sit down and think in a way like it were an entertaining puzzle! Here is an example of such a post. I want to know where the ...
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I say that a maths puzzle is suitable for this site. The puzzle-setter disagrees. What do you say?

In this puzzle Win the relay competition by selecting the longer path for competitors There is a wordy and confusing set-up. At the end of the question the following appears, The basic ...
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1answer
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Revisiting the 'math question or math puzzle' policy

There have been a lot of discussion in the past about which math questions are on-topic and which one are off-topic. But I today I found a bit old question (with amazingly net 4 upvotes) which is ...
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Should we burninate [word-problem]?

I've had an issue with the word-problem tag for a while. It's currently being used as a replacement or co-tag for: story wordplay or word mathematics Of these, only the last is what the tag should ...
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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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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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2answers
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Magic Trick Solving

Should this really be on topic? There is a beta site for "Magic": http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/67342/magic The question that has broughtvup this meta discussion is on Puzzling right now,...
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Are questions from physics and chemistry olympiads on-topic?

This site has a large number of questions like those that appear on math olympiads. Lately, I thought of some puzzles that could appear on physics and chemistry olympiads. While those require ...
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Are counting problems on topic?

I am planning to ask a question which requires you to count the number of possible ways to arrange something with certain conditions. Are these on-topic?
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Should we introduce a new off-topic close reason for math problems?

It looks like we've decided math problems are off-topic, though we've yet to put to words the explicit difference between a math problem and a math puzzle. Despite a lack of a clear dividing line, ...
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Overuse of poor math questions, what can we do?

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 ...
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1answer
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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 functional-equation problems on topic?

Please vote up if you think this is on-topic, and vote-down if it isn’t. My functional equation questions always attract close votes, and some people say that functional equations are math textbook ...
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Can we ask difficult math puzzles here?

Can we ask difficult math questions here? More specifically, I mean a math question that involves square roots.
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Is this question I asked on Math.SE better suited for Puzzling.SE?

I had asked a question on Math SE, before I knew about Puzzling SE. Here's the link. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1129004/create-the-most-stressful-tennis-game-ever It does involve ...
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Should 'Make x using w, y and z' questions be on-topic?

There are several puzzles on site now that follow the lines of Make $x$ using the numbers $w$, $y$ and $z$. Only (), x, /, + and - is allowed In my opinion, this isn't a puzzle. We are simply ...
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Why are mathematical question posted on Puzzling SE?

Why are mathematical question posted on Puzzling SE? Is Mathematics SE not good enough? Here are some examples: A circle touches two sides of a triangle and two of its medians A geometric puzzle. ...
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The [math] tag is pointless

In my opinion, the tag [math] is pretty useless, as we already have the following tags: Geometry Arithmetic Combinatorics Probability Number-theory Every math puzzle can be identified with one of ...
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Can the maths problem close vote be objective?

It's come up before on meta, a lot, it seems. However, I don't know whether there's a set of specific rules that define what is a maths problem and what isn't one. For example: Question x is a ...
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Are questions that are just entertainment-based accepted here? [closed]

I have seen many questions here that in my thought are just for entertainment, but they are receiving many up-votes. (questions on the first page of the site (Active ones) for example, are all being ...
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Topicness of word puzzles?

I'm sure this has probably been hashed out to death here. Can someone give me a quick rundown on whatever the current consensus is about word puzzles being on- or off-topic here? From a quick visit ...