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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - how does this affect our [imgur-maze]s?

Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice Since 2010, Imgur has provided image hosting services to Stack Exchange, but that hosting contract with Imgur comes to ...
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Shouldn't this question be closed?

So on October 9th, this puzzle by nomad.lw was posted. It currently has 3 upvotes at the time of me asking this question. I have a partial answer on said question (originally posted Oct 11 at 17:50 ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #16: Restricted Title: xkcd 2000-2500

This is the sixteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Restricted Title: xkcd 2000-2500" (suggested by Lukas Rotter)...
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Puzzling Advent Calendar - 2023

There are still plenty of open spots - If you wish to participate, visit this chat room! Previous years: 2021, 2022 There will be a Christmas-themed puzzle every day between the 1st and 24th of ...
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Should this math question be migrated to Math Stack Exchange?

Should the following question be migrated to Math Stack Exchange: McCarthy’s Inequality for $\alpha > 1$
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Peter winkler releases his book for free . Can we post all the questions here?

https://math.dartmouth.edu/ Mr. Peter Winkler has released his book for free on the above site. Can we discuss most/ all of the puzzles from the book here ?
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Previously published puzzles where provided answers appear to be incorrect or the puzzle appears to be unsolvable

Puzzles available online or in books often come with provided answers that are unsatisfactory in some way. The social aspect of Puzzling SE means it provides a good home for such questions to be re-...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #15: Multi Puzzle — two (or more) puzzles in one

This is the fifteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Multi Puzzle — two (or more) puzzles in one" (suggested by ...
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Can I ask about tools for collaborating with others?

My Dad and I sometimes collaborate on solving crosswords. This is a bit difficult when we're not in the same place, unless one of us goes to the trouble of printing a copy. I'd like to ask about tools ...
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Is it rude to wait until precise answer is given?

If an answer that is very close to what the puzzle maker has in mind has been given, but the answer is not quite there still, what is the best way to proceed?: Wait until the 100% correct answer is ...
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Is it okay to ask for help in a hard Google human verification puzzle?

It okay to ask for help to solve a hard Google human verification puzzle (Captcha)? Simple example:
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Solving Cicada 3301

I found this video about Cicada 3301 puzzles fascinating! Was anyone from this community involved in solving these? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZfKfkuYwyM
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Is it on topic to ask for the creation of a puzzle with some specific parameters? [duplicate]

I would like to ask the following question: I'm trying to make maths interesting for my six year old son. Therefore I have bought a box, within which I can put prizes. I will lock the box with a 4 ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!

This is the fourteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Think inside the (very small) box!" (suggested by Stiv) and ...
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Puzzles with solution related to Puzzling itself

I recently solved a puzzle with solution very closely related to Puzzling: I recall seeing puzzles (a long time ago) whose solutions refer to Puzzling itself or the act of solving puzzles. But I for ...
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Best puzzles of 2023 Q2 (April - June)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the second quarter ( April / May / June ) 2023? Suggested guidelines ...
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Let's not be too trigger-happy about closing original puzzles for lack of attribution

I just came across this riddle in the Reopen Votes review queue, having previously seen it in the Close Votes review queue where I was apparently the only person to vote to leave it open. It seems ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #13: Variety Slitherlinks

This is the thirteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Variety Slitherlinks" (suggested by sarsaparilla) and will ...
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Is changing an OP’s sentence to become a hint hidden in a spoiler appropriate?

I am thinking about editing the following question: Say What Puzzle from Magazine In particular, I am considering changing the following sentence: The answer is two words, each containing 8 letters. ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #12: mobile-friendly puzzles

This is the twelfth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "mobile-friendly puzzles" (suggested by Amoz) and will span ...
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Offering a bounty after accepting an answer

Suppose a user posts a question, gets an answer and then accepts that answer. Later on a new answer from another user is posted and the user posing the question wishes to accept both answers. Since ...
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Best puzzles of 2023 Q1 (January - March)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the first quarter ( January / February / March ) 2023? Suggested ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #11: Now in 3D

This is the eleventh installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Now in 3D" (suggested by Jafe) and will span from the 1st of ...
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Why are many of the progressive/Raven's matrices discussed here so much harder than those in official IQ tests?

I would humbly say that on the WAIS or Mensa Norway test my performance in the matrices was pretty good. The latter, however, (because of the time limit) felt much harder. On some puzzles I found ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #10: Möbius Strips, Klein Bottles, and other unusual topological surfaces

This is the tenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Möbius Strips, Klein Bottles, and other unusual topological surfaces&...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #9: Game/Quiz Shows

This is the ninth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Game/Quiz Shows" (suggested by HTM) and will span from the 1st ...
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To what extent can you "use the site" to create a puzzle?

I was thinking about different puzzles that could be made in such a way that they use features of the Puzzling Stack Exchange site. For example, creating a new tag that could serve as the key for a ...
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Can you partially answer a question with a work-in-progress? [duplicate]

Suppose there's a long, difficult post that has many steps and parts to it. Would you be allowed to post a "partial" answer, including everything that you've solved so far, and edit it as ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #8: Cellular Automata

This is the eighth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Cellular Automata" (suggested by melfnt) and will span from the ...
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I've made up a board game specifically for a puzzle. Is it valid for MTC7?

I've created a board game with definite rules and a winning condition. It doesn't (yet) exist anywhere other than my notes. If I provide the complete rules as part of a question, and then pose the ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #7: Board games

This is the seventh installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Board games" (suggested by PuzzlingFerret) and will span from ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Which answer should be accepted if the first one (chronologically) takes the most important step, but the second is more complete?

Link to my puzzle. The answer written by gsomani is in my opinion more important. The puzzle only has a single step pattern to discover, which they found, but fell short at the last step because they ...
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Best puzzles of 2022 Q4 (October - December)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the fourth quarter ( October / November / December ) 2022? Suggested ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #6: Is it really that [time] again?

This is the sixth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Is it really that time again?" (suggested by Auribouros) and ...
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What could we do about [cryptography]?

The cryptography tag has a clear tag wiki excerpt: A puzzle concerning techniques for secure communication in the presence of (hostile) third parties. Do NOT use this for simple "crack the code&...
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Why is my question so poorly received?

This question of mine was very poorly received, getting 5 downvotes. However, it is totally suited for this site, as evidenced by the fact that there are no close votes. Why was my question "...
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Is ChatGPT allowed for solving puzzles?

My question got an answer that used ChatGPT but still got 2 (Edit: 21) upvotes. Is this usage allowed on Puzzling Stack Exchange?
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Would we want to allow ... or spaces before question marks at the end of titles?

As a question-quality measure, Stack Exchange automatically rewrites question titles which end with punctuation, following a couple of rules: Multiple ? collapsed into one Multiple . collapsed into ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #5: On-and-onograms

This is the fifth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "On-and-onograms" (suggested by Stiv) and will span from the 1st ...
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Puzzling Advent Calendar - 2022

We will continue this tradition from last year: A Christmas-themed puzzle every day between the 1st and 24th of December, where the accepted answer will be rewarded with a bounty. The bounties are ...
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Are puzzles with the correct answer being "unknowable" allowed?

I once made a logical puzzle that deliberately had insufficient info to be answered directly. However, the insufficiency was sneaky and the puzzle misdirecting; that's what made it a clever puzzle in ...
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Best puzzles of 2022 Q3 (July - September)

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the third quarter ( July / August / September ) 2022? Suggested ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words

This is the fourth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Cross-non-words" (suggested by Stiv) and will span from the 1st ...
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How to post an image with no text?

Some puzzles are self-explanatory and need only an image. For example, see the fish and the star. However, the question review software insists that I include at least 30 characters of text. I've ...
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Where should we link for "MathJax help"?

The new MathJax help page is now in place. See the following question and its accepted answers for more details.     If you are editing a question or answer on PSE, near the top of the editor is a ...
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Is there some etiquette on reverse image search?

There are some puzzles on this site that involve images and recognizing what is on the image is a significant part of the puzzle, for example here. One can start solving puzzles like this in two ways. ...
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Hope I'm totally wrong

Apparently someone here banished me. I am the most enthusiastic puzzler around and haven't been on the attack since 1970. Hope I'm wrong but that's what someone said.
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Monthly Topic Challenge #3: Pencil and Paper Games

This is the third installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "pencil-and-paper-games" (suggested by bobble) and will span from ...
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How long should I wait for a flag to be reviewed?

I raised a flag on a question on the main Puzzling site on August 10th (2 weeks ago today). One of my subsequent flags has been marked as helpful, but the flag from 2 weeks ago has not yet been ...
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