Questions tagged [answer-quality]

For questions about discussing the quality or appropriateness of certain answers on Puzzling Stack Exchange.

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Enigmatic Puzzle - Eliminate Wrong Paths

I'm solving an enigmatic-puzzle, in particular, this. If I found routes that ended up in a dead-end, but which I am sure that was deliberately added in by the puzzle creator, should I post them as an ...
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Partial Answers and “List-of-Clues” puzzles

Puzzling is unique across the SE network for allowing "partial answers" -- that is, answers that aren't full answers to the questions, but just make some progress towards answering it. But recently, I'...
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What to do with this answer?

I recently flagged this answer for moderator attention, because there are many problems with it, and that was my best idea about how to handle that. The answer itself oversimplifies the question, ...
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Why was my flag on a snarky answer dismissed?

Specific question: I flagged this as "Not an answer" because...well...it is not. It is just a pale attempt to get some undeserved points. It does not relate to the question. The question had no "...
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

Time and again we have puzzles with no upvotes — or with downvotes — that have answers with upvotes. This seems to paradoxically imply: Solvers do not ...
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Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

Yup. Duplicate answers. We have seen some of them in last few days. Like this, this, this, this and possibly many more which I didn't mention. They aren't exact duplicates but they still have the same ...
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Can the answer be a photo taken of a written paper?

While answering the math, geometry, pattern and some other puzzling, in case if I faced some difficulty to explain my answer by typing, can I write/draw the answer in the paper, taking that as a photo ...
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Should the tag alphametic require working by deault

I think that maybe the alphametic tag should imply that working is required in the answer. For example https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/a/31354/16717 was accepted as the correct answer after others ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I was reading The harsh password change and after some of the other attempted answers, proposed own: https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/a/30133/19047 Coming back to check on it I found that it had ...
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What to keep in mind while answering puzzle?

Recently I answered a question. What was wrong with my answer? All clues fitted in but it still got downvotes. I know that the answer was a shocking one but it didn't really came to my mind just after ...
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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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Should we downvote/delete riddle answers that don't match every line of the riddle?

Consider the following riddle (as an example): I am (usually) green on top, and brown on the bottom. People always break me before they start to use me. 8 is my most important number ...
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Close reason: No permanent value?

On of the "quality" discussion we tend to come against again and again seems to be related to a basic 'conflict' we have: SE is a site to create permanent value (normally in form of searchable Q&...
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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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Put on hold as “too many possible answers”

I submitted a puzzle of my own making: If the world were flat, would I always be able to see Mount Everest (the tallest structure) off in the distance? In my mind, there is only one "correct" ...
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Idea: Delayed responses for puzzles

This Stack Exchange site is somewhat unique in that (for the most part) the asker of a question already knows the answer to the question. On other sites, where people are legitimately trying to find ...
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Handling puzzles with multiple steps and the posting of partial answers

Note: This post was created specifically due to mod flags, and comments on answers in my treasure hunt question, however the discussion is probably more broadly applicable than that. Obviously, the ...
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Why choose this as accepted answer?

In this question, there are multiple well-received answers. The owner of the post chose the answer with -21 votes as the accepted answer. The community seems to disagree. What should be done?
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Deletion of correct answers?

Recently I've noticed a lot of answers which are correct - in some cases, I believe, even accepted - being deleted by the moderators (which means normal users can't vote to undelete them), simply ...
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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 should be done if someone insists on posting an un-spoilertagged answer? [duplicate]

This is a converse to this question, and similar to this question from meta.scifi. The point of many of the questions on Puzzling.SE is to provide people with interesting and challenging puzzles, ...
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Welcoming original content puzzles

I don't know how much of a question this is, but something I've noticed is that a lot of users spend a lot of time and effort in attempts to provide content to this site. A lot of times, the solution ...
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'Lateral Thinking' is a poor excuse for a bad answer

Seriously, people here cannot use the same line "b-but it's lateral thinking" to support their own answers. If your answers makes no frickin' sense literally, see this answer that got plenty of ...
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The Purpose and Rules of Puzzling

After reading other posts on meta, I've discovered something that most of you probably already know. What we are as a community is leagues away from the defined intention of the community. Most of ...
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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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Spoiler markup: ____________________

What? You don't find my title helpful? You had no idea what you were going to read before you opened the question...I see. This site is getting on the Stack Exchange Hot List a lot lately! I've been ...
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

Because of the support the thought received here, I'm creating a new proposal about deleting poor-quality answers. In order to increase the quality of answers on Puzzling.SE, I'd like to propose that ...
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Can up votes be used to improve quality too?

It is well known that downvotes can be used to improve overall site quality, by discouraging low quality questions and answers and users who post them. But upvotes can also be used to improve quality,...
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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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How do we improve the quality of content produced on Puzzling.SE?

I feel like it's time to open this discussion in its most general form. Countless recent meta discussions (okay, fine, they're countable) keep coming back to a fundamental issue with this site: our ...
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Content on site slowly becoming more and more like Y! Answers

We're treading down a wrong path here, there needs to be some quality control in terms of answers. Just treating everything as "it's creative, don't hate" is such a bad way to regulate question and ...
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My question was answered with “creative” answers

A recent question of mine has gotten tons of answers, many if them probably think that they were being creative and thinking outside the box, however I consider them loop holes. For example: Someone ...
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“The oracle was lying!”, “Just stab them instead!” and other… 'creatively' unhelpful answers

It seems to me like we have developed a problem with a particular type of answer: the answer that ignores the puzzle completely and thinks of a "creative" workaround. What I'm talking about are two ...
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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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Gathering chestnuts

On of the first things that was brought up on meta was whether simply asking a puzzle as a question was part of the scope of the site. The consensus seems to be a resounding "yes". However, I've ...