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The Riddle Sandbox

Where am I!? This is Puzzling Stack Exchange's Official Riddle Sandbox™! Users who wish to post riddles can post them here first, and receive feedback, development advice and guidance before posting ...
22 votes
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Are math-textbook-style problems on topic?

There's been some recent questions on the site that are problems from math textbooks, or problems in that style. Doubt : Pokemon Hunter and the Rogue Brook Groups of Farmers Cows eat too much Who is ...
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Why are questions off-topic if they invite answers which are not demonstrably correct, or are otherwise speculative?

My question was closed with the following reason: This question may invite speculative answers, as the question is not fully defined. The validity of some answers may be based upon opinion. Good ...
22 votes
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The end of open-ended puzzles

Consensus has been reached. I say this on Rubio's authority - the contents of this post are considered to be a part of the definition of this site's scope. So, I posted this open-ended puzzle a ...
111 votes
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Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do?

Here's a code. Can you crack it? fw8904730983kf89023ncweamnfiope20tmi9b6m89ny327nery895mbi9tm0ei09x2e1m3y8n2 Good luck! When a puzzle looks like this… AUGH. I believe that the main purpose ...
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Banning "IQ test" questions

Recently there has been an influx of low-effort puzzles (mostly of iq-test, pattern, riddle and cipher with short length). They aren't "puzzles", but rote exercises / guess what I'm thinking type ...
7 votes
1 answer

Can we customise the "How to Ask" popup that appears when asking a question?

I've already raised the issue of the title prompt for questions, which after community consensus was changed by Community Manager Shog9 to read "What's your puzzle or your puzzle-related question?" ...
6 votes
1 answer

Do we have a quality problem with riddles specifically?

There is much furor around the perceived question-quality of riddle and others. All such reactions and discussions that I have seen have relied on anecdotes and gut feelings, rather than hard data. ...
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Is it okay/right/fair/ethical to encourage others to downvote a specific puzzle?

There continues to be a lot of discussion about improving overall quality of puzzles on the site. Downvoting a puzzle is a way we can try to mark certain puzzles as low quality until something like a ...
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Why is this question still closed when sandbox is no longer necessary?

According to this meta post 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 ...
25 votes
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Getting riddle quality back on track: a proposal for the path forward

Riddle quality is dropping. I think most of us have seen it lately: there’s been a slow slide in effort and energy put into riddles, and it’s starting to seriously hurt the site. On Stack Exchange, ...
41 votes
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Should we ask our new moderators to step back and take a more hands-off approach?

Anecdotally, I've been seeing a pattern since the community moderator elections that's bugging me. Basically, it's that the new group of moderators (@Deusovi, @GentlePurpleRain, @Emrakul...since I'...
11 votes
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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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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

While it is somewhat out of form to edit a question with these kinds of notes, this is designed to clear up potential confusion. status-declined's tag wiki reads: Indicates that a request (usually ...