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This tag is for instructions and guidance on closing or migrating questions, and the reasons for those closures.

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Why is "Just Some Lines To Me" closed?

Just Some Lines To Me It says, the question does not appear to be about creation and solving of puzzles. How? Why?
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Closing of questions seems very inconsistent

A latest question by @Amruth A brings up a bothersome question. Is the "closing" of the questions on the PSE done inconsistently? Some aspects of closing appear straightforward: No ...
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What are the limits of vagueness and obviousness in questions? [duplicate]

One of my first questions was successful (Link), but was closed as: "This question may invite speculative answers, as the question is not fully defined. The validity of some answers may be based ...
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“Proper attribution” for non-original puzzles: a guide

Help! One of the following is my case: People commented on my question asking for attribution... My question has been closed because it lacks attribution... I’ve seen comments/closures on other ...
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Should we close questions as "cross-site duplicates"?

The question The largest Saturday number was closed by five users for the following reason (quoting a comment from the first close-voter which was apparently used as a close reason by the other four ...
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Audience-specific texts for our "Needs Attribution" custom close reason

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. One of the changes was to introduce audience-specific texts for custom close reasons, so that the OP, close ...
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Is "I got this puzzle from a friend", "I just have the image", etc. sufficient attribution for a puzzle?

We have an attribution policy for non-original puzzles. Our site-specific custom close reason reads: This looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere. For content you did not create yourself, proper ...
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Seriously? Programming?

So I took a look at guidance on closed questions https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions and it says: This question does not appear to be about programming... Um, seriously? ...
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Proposal: define "pattern-spotting questions from other sources" as off-topic

Recently we've been getting multiple questions asking for answers to pattern-spotting questions from external sources. Many of them are in the form of a simple number-sequence (e.g. given some numbers,...
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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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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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Description for "this looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere" assumes you can vote to re-open

I saw a question closed as this: "This looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere. For content you did not create yourself, proper attribution is required. If you have permission to repost this, ...
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New off-topic reason for puzzles where the source is not mentioned

The custom close reason proposed in the accepted answer is now live! From time to time, I see ♦ moderators closing questions like this one and this one, where the puzzle is clearly not created ...
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Too Broad vs. Off Topic: Insufficiently Defined

Currently we have two close reasons that are very similar, and seem to be being used interchangeably. One of these is the standard StackExchange Too Broad close reason, the text of which is below: ...
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Removed for security Reasons

I have a question about my Puzzling Stack Exchange post: Trojan Horse Puzzle So I posted a puzzle, called the Trojan Horse, where text was hidden inside of the image (the puzzle), I even tagged it <...
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Should we have a "missing context" close reason?

Recently, there's been an influx of questions asking for help in solving a puzzle. Of course, there's nothing wrong with asking for help — that's what SE is for, but often these questions are ...
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Has the scope of the site changed?

I noticed that this question (about shortening existing solutions to the Rubik's cube) was downvoted and migrated off the site. To me it seems like an on-topic question. After all, the help center ...
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Is this puzzle like a mathematics exercise?

Result: Thanks to Dan Russell’s thoughtful answer and others’ constructive comments, the puzzle statement has been reupholstered, the puzzle has been reopened, and a complete solution is ...
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Is the distinction too subtle between downvoting and voting to close?

Q1 (rhetorical). What distinguishes these three things? A downvote A vote to close A vote to remain closed I’m beginning to wonder if we really know, and am beginning to suspect that we ...
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Rq custom close reason "literal description" for riddles

To borrow Emrakul's wording explaining a down vote: "it takes literal aspects of an object and describes them directly, and shows minimal effort to create a well-developed puzzle."
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Would this be considered trivia (as opposed to a puzzle), and if so, how should I flag it?

This question has kind of ruffled my feathers. It simply lists out some factoids where everything is taken at face value, and does not attempt to hide or obscure the information. I do not feel 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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Add option to migrate questions to Math.SE

One of the biggest close reasons for Puzzling.SE seems to be voting to close as Off-Topic on this site because "This question is off-topic as it appears to be a mathematics problem, as opposed to ...
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How is this too broad?

I've posted a riddle which is the following : Father of us all? My post has been closed as too broad, which I don't understand why. There is one and only answer and the two attempts that have been ...
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Magic-square questions: teaching them instead of feeding them

This issue arises with this question. Theoretically, there can be an unlimited number of questions of the type- Find the solution to a magic square with each side and diagonal adding up to X. Of ...
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Does two possible answers make a question too broad?

Someone posted this question earlier today: A Mathematical Proverb Both my answer and Cain's answer had basically the same explanation, but his was accepted, as it was the answer that the asker had ...
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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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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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Are knowledge/trivia puzzles on-topic?

Are knowledge/trivia puzzles on-topic? I'm talking about puzzles that are solved basically by knowing or looking up facts. I'm not talking about puzzles where this is just one element, or where the ...
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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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Should we change or remove our existing off-topic close reason?

We have the ability as a community to add custom off-topic close reasons. We actually have one existing one, but it hasn't been used in ages (at least as far as I've seen). This is its wording: ...
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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 ...
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Proposal for a "puzzle already answered exactly as-written elsewhere" close reason

I'm proposing a custom close reason specific to Puzzling Stack Exchange, that will sound something like: This question appears to be off-topic because it already exists elsewhere in an identical ...
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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 ...
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Please add a "multiple subjectively-correct answers" custom close reason

This close reason is now live. See: Why are questions off-topic if they invite answers which are not demonstrably correct, or are otherwise speculative? I'd like to propose a new site-specific close ...
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