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Are computed answers on-topic?

For any given question-my current example is this question-is a computed answer on-topic? Would it be appropriate to show the source code to a computer program that solves it? The source code I would ...
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Riddles involving Stack Exchange: Off topic?

I recently created this riddle which requires users to look through Puzzling Stack Exchange for the correct answer. I realized that this kind of question is brittle and shaky, primarily because this ...
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Please can “How to get to an island with a tree in the middle if all you have is rope” be undeleted and historically locked?

This question is one of the most important and memorable parts of Puzzling.SE history: How to get to an island with a tree in the middle if all you have is rope? Oh, sorry, maybe you can't view that ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Should limerick be a separate tag from poetry?

I was looking through the different tags and noticed that although the old haiku tag had been made a synonym of poetry, limerick is still its own tag. I wanted to ask if there is a reason for this ...
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Is there anything good to know (that isn't already said to the user / written down on some page)? [duplicate]

I'm very new to Puzzling. Are there any unwritten rules, stuff, or anything related that is good to know? (Especially about how to structure a puzzle when posting but all tips are helpful.)
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Thank you, Robert Cartaino

For those who don't know, the Director of Community Development at the Stack Exchange company, Mr Robert Cartaino, is no longer employed by Stack Exchange. Tributes are already flowing in on main meta ...
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Should we have a specific tag for “What is an XYZ Word/Phrase/Number etc.” puzzles? [duplicate]

There is a multitude of "What is an XYZ item™" questions on Puzzling.SE, and although there are some bad ones, most of them are interesting. However, they do not have a tag to be easily searched (...
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Are puzzles that involve mention of real-world political situation forbidden?

I'm new on Puzzling, so please inform me if such rule (or set of rules) exists. My puzzle: What is the maximum number of allies that you can have in this scenario? Original wording: Suppose you'...
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Do you ask puzzles only on Puzzling or ask methods of how to solve one?

It is so interesting to witness various people figuring out correct answers to the most complex of puzzles asked. I don't know how to cultivate such technique of solving puzzle. But I want to know the ...
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Unable to give bounty of lower value after given upper bounty

Example -> See me from your view point - As seen by the rest After giving bounty of 250, why lower value bounty option is removed ? It is better to keep all bounty values even after bounty is given ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should I Post a Variation as an Update or New Post?

I made a puzzle recently (Spelling Beelzebub) that was solved very quickly. In response, I have made a harder version that requires taking into account multiple words. Should this be posted as an ...
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Possibility of adding a Morse code tag?

In both my own puzzles, and in other people's puzzles, I have noticed a lot of Morse code. Obviously, going overboard with this or other common puzzle-making devices can detract from how fun the ...
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Number Construction Puzzles: What Constitutes a Duplicate?

User Dmitry Kamenetsky posted some puzzles today (here and here) that I enjoyed working through - they were simple enough anyone could attempt them, but the matter is complex enough that some ...
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After a close answer, should I edit my answer or post a new answer?

I posted an answer to a Puzzling question. My answer seemed like a pretty good guess but still a guess. My answer received some votes. Also, the question author commented on my answer that said I was ...
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Please reopen my puzzle

Please reopen my puzzle. The goal of the puzzle is clearly defined in the title. I spent an hour designing this puzzle. I know it's an odd looking puzzle but I assure you that the puzzle is solvable ...
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What happened to Fortnightly Topic Challenges?

We haven't had a Fortnightly Topic Challenge since the Short and Sweet one, and I enjoy reading those puzzles. What happened?
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Are full crosswords allowed here?

I am new here and came across this question. I felt it falls in the category of "too broad" of other sites. Am I right in this conclusion, or is it allowed here?
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Is it OK to use specific users as part of a puzzle mechanism?

I am currently working on a series of mini-puzzles I’ll be posting on the main site, and I have an idea for a mechanism that utilizes features of users all across the Stack Exchange network, ...
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Interactive puzzles?

Could "interactive puzzles" ever be on topic here? An "interactive puzzle", can be for example a puzzle that is being run as a HTML5 project inside the web browser. (Or needs to be simulated in some ...
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Best puzzles of 2019 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 ) 2019? Suggested ...
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Can we make posts just as parts of a puzzle?

Let's say I want to spread a puzzle into several small parts and want to limit the puzzle to just interactions inside puzzling.SE. For example, players have to use SE's search bar with clues in the ...
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Meta puzzles that don't state the puzzles they rely on - adding difficulty or just wasting time

I am currently posting some meta puzzles, and originally planned to not mention the previous puzzles. I would then allude to it being related to another puzzle in a clue. Is this just increasing the ...
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Minesweeper problems

It looks like the minesweeper tag has so many non-puzzle questions. What shall I do with them? Also, is this question fit for the "puzzling"site?
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What happens with the questions with no accepted answer?

There are many questions in PSE with a few answers (or sometimes no answers at all) which do not yet have any accepted answer with tick mark even though many weeks or months have passed. Shouldn't the ...
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Is my timing of giving hints good?

Starting with this question, I shall give hints on specific timing. After 24 hours since posting the question, I give a subtle hint. After other 12 hours, I give a moderate hint. After other 6 hours, ...
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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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Rules for Using Puzzles Created Here

So I am new here and haven't heard anything about these puzzles being used anywhere else. There are a lot of nice cryptic crosswords and similar puzzles created by people here that would do very well ...
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User names with promotion/spam in them

To my knowledge, questions and answers that contain spam and promotional materials, such as to sell something or advertsting, are forbidden. But what if someone has a username like somecompany.com ? ...
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Puzzles whose creators have asked them not to be shared

It happens quite frequently that someone posts a question that's taken from, say, an online IQ test. (The most recent example I've seen is from this one.) Sometimes the question is posted without ...
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What do we do when a question relies on an image that's no longer available?

This question was just bumped to the homepage by a user asking if the image, which was hosted externally and is no longer accessible, could be fixed. This raises an interesting dilemma in that we now ...
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Best puzzles of 2019 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) 2019? Suggested guidelines ...
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I can't use Imgur, I have to use Scratch instead

Instead of Imgur mazes, I have to create Scratch mazes because I can't access Imgur. However, can I still use imgur-maze in it or may I suggest another tag? EDIT: I tried:
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Unsolvable puzzles

I'm curious about people's thoughts on puzzles that don't have a solution. I've seen a couple of these posted in the last few weeks (since I've been on the forum) and they tend to generate a lot of ...
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Google Earth Challenges - Should we keep them?

Background Welp, @Conifers has come up with a great idea: Google Earth Challenge. It received pretty good feedback, and therefore the OP went on to post more of them. @athin went on to post a ...
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About NON-open-ended puzzles with multiple answers working towards an optimum

A while ago, consensus was reached that open-ended puzzles are no longer welcome on our site. That means, if a question has no absolute "best possible" answer, so that any answer could conceivably be ...
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Are puzzles that overthink their answers appropriate?

I wasn't quite sure how to phrase this, but I stumbled on this puzzle and was surprised to see the amount of thought going into it. The answer - that suspect 3 must have done it because the murder ...
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Forgot answer…now what?

I have forgotten the answer to one of my puzzles. What do I do? I find it quite remarkable that a similar post doesn't already exist here.
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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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Posting a partial answer [duplicate]

I was working on this puzzle which has 10 clues leading to a single final answer: A puzzle with 10 pieces - 2 days to complete Over a day had passed with no activity so I posted an "answer" which ...
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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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Using images from elsewhere on the web

On PSE it is common for users to create puzzles using photographs or pictures taken from elsewhere on the web (e.g. here and here). Now, I like and enjoy this style of puzzle - it challenges your ...
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Why are IQ test questions received so badly on this website?

I have a question about my Puzzling Stack Exchange post: IQ test matrix: Can you solve it and justify your answer? I have asked a question about a Raven progressive matrix from an online IQ test and ...
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Posting a mini-puzzle for a hint for another puzzle

I created a $Word^{TM}$ kind of puzzle, and while trying to create a hint, I ended up with a mini-puzzle. Is it ok if I post it as a new question, to make it available not just for the people ...
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Use of profanity

This is a question about the use of profanity on the site. I am sure this must have been specified somewhere else. Obviously, abuse is not allowed. But profanity/cuss words can be used cleverly. I ...
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Are variations on puzzles with an accepted answer acceptable despite the hints they may give?

Assume a puzzle $A$ has an accepted answer. It gives you an idea for another puzzle $B$, in which you would, in fairness, include a sentence like "this was inspired from puzzle $A$". Then of course ...
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What's the difference between the tags [arithmetic] and [calculation-puzzle]?

I was seeking into tags until I found these tags: calculation-puzzle which states "A puzzle that involves numerical calculations, such as multiplication and addition." arithmetic which states: "...
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Little Lost Robot Discussion

I asked this question recently. There were many answers, and it was accused of being too broad. I've been over the comments and the answers a few times, now. I'm not claiming it is perfect by any ...
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Why was my answer severely downvoted?

I posted this answer and it did okay at first, but later, it started to get a whole bunch of downvotes! This is now deleted so only certain viewers will be able to see it but what did I do wrong here? ...

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