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Is providing a way for the solver to verify their answer good practice?

I have an idea for an escape room puzzle (for the FTC) that culminates in a four letter code to "unlock" a "combination lock." Of course, this a virtual medium, but I thought I ...
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Why get downvoted when accepting an answer?

I asked my first 2 questions on this site, and they were fairly just riddle puzzles. For some reason, after I accepted the right answer, downvotes started coming. Why is this so?
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms

This is the ninth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the fiftieth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's topic ...
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My Puzzle has not received Attention after placing two bounties, what should I do about it? [duplicate]

This puzzle, My sister has gone Puzzled again, has not received enough attention after placing two consecutive bounties, both of which were wasted, and now it has got two downvotes. I have two ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage

This is the eighth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-ninth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Is it acceptable to have politically-charged language in an otherwise apolitical puzzle?

Sometimes, creators of questions like to add colour to their puzzle, by adding some attempts to be "edgy" with their language. In most cases, I think we can all agree that its OK to spice up ...
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Best puzzles of 2020 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) 2020? Suggested ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix

This is the seventh installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-eigth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: Wacky Sudokus

This is the sixth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-seventh installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Are emojis, fonts, etc. allowed in post titles here on PSE?

It has been pretty clear on other sites that eye-catching pixels, like emojis and arbitrary fonts, shouldn't be placed in a post title, and if they were encountered in the title of a post, they should ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: “Tales From the Cryptic”

This is the fifth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-sixth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Best puzzles of 2020 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 ) 2020? Suggested ...
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Trademarking puzzles or specific words/phrases

This refers to using a TM symbol for puzzles. On this site, there are a few instances where the OPs have decided to use the Trade Mark symbol TM for the type of puzzle they have come up with. For ...
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Already asked Internet Puzzles and answers

Recently a question was posted which is a puzzle by a popular Math teacher. Not to my surprise, answers existed on the net at several different places. I have seen this before also. Reposting puzzles ...
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Is it ok to start a bounty on an entry in a topic challenge?

Today @jafe started a bounty on a question of mine. I am happy that this happened, of course (by the way, a +500 bounty is a lot). The potential problem is that the question is an entry in the 45th ...
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Should math sub-tag excerpts state that [mathematics] should also be used?

We have quite a few sub-tags of mathematics: geometry arithmetic probability combinatorics etc. etc. Now, these tags are useful. They allow filtering based on the specific type of mathematics ...
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Is it compulsory to hide all answers in spoiler blocks?

There seems to be a policy of the site that the important part of answers should be hidden in spoiler blocks. However, I still see answers that are not hidden in spoiler blocks. Most of the answers ...
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Are just plain sudokus allowed?

Is it okay for questions to have just plain sudokus? Or do they have to have a element in them? Because, I don't see any posts with just plain sudokus, but are they allowed?
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Enough reputation, but can't chat?

I just posted a question on PSE, and it got 2 upvotes. So, I get 20 + 1 existing rep. So, naturally, I have enough to talk in chat. But, when I opened The Sphinx's Lair, it says I don't have enough! ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags

This is the fourth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-fifth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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PSA: MathJax is for math

The majority of this post was written by bobble and Deusovi. TL;DR: Use plain text instead of MathJax when possible. When should I use MathJax instead of plain text? Many people browse the Internet ...
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How does the new Markdown table support affect the 'What is a … word/phrase?' puzzles?

Many word-property puzzles are based on the series started by @JLee, and through carefully copying templates by the community, both have a nicely looking LaTeX table and a CSV version. The latter is ...
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What can I do in this pressuring situation?

I posted a well-received puzzle the other day where users needed to find out what word goes into the blank spaces in a few sentences, and the first user to post an answer got it right. I didn't want ...
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An issue with the [affix-riddle] tag wiki

Affix riddles are really versatile; they come in all forms. I have an issue with the tag wiki of the affix-riddle tag. Here is the current description: An affix riddle is a specific type of riddle ...
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Should 'off topic' directions appear in tag wiki excerpts?

Background On Puzzling - as with other sites in the Stack Exchange network - each question tag has its own associated 'tag wiki' page, containing information to explain the use case for each tag, i.e. ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #44: Introduce a new grid deduction genre to the community

This is the third installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-fourth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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When an answer gets accepted, should the *question* be edited into the actual *answer*?

Unlike on other Stack Exchange sites, questions posted in Puzzling Stack Exchange very commonly receive answers where the authors of the answers aren't 100% sure that their solution is correct, as ...
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What to do if OP insists on their *objectively* wrong answer to their own puzzle?

Recently a user posted a "puzzle" about a specific equation. I tried my best to come up with a solution that objectively solves both parts (which is mathematically sound as far as I can tell)...
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If my question is closed, should I add my answer to my question?

My question was closed as inviting speculative answers. I'm willing to accept that; empirically this was true. I've decided against attempting to modify it to be fit for reopening. In that scenario, ...
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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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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids

This is the second installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-third installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Is my modest english skills a handicap to write on the site?

I'm some new to this stack exchange community. Over the last weeks I've been posting different kinds of problems to my best ability. Some of them had drawings or sketches (the best which I could make ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #42: Wordless Connecting Walls

This is the first installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-second installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenges Threrun: Topic Suggestions

Let's do fortnightly topic challenges once again! What to Do: If you have an idea for a tag or a theme of any kind to use as a topic challenge, post it as an answer below. (Do note, you can propose ...
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Is it okay to assume a that question involves mastermind?

Some time ago there were some acquaintances that shared a puzzle with me. Essentially the same as the one here Crack the lock code with different graphics. After coming to the conclusion that there ...
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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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How to edit my maze question to improve understandability?

https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/posts/103953/edit/80c5badc-356e-4204-a9e0-cb947225ae0e Bubble got the images to display in the question but users kind of need the descriptions of the images so how ...
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When are “many” answers “too many”?

I know this kind of question is asked before but answers were not clear. Recently, like yesterday, a nice question, got 18 (and counting) answers! Many interesting, some out there. While I have seen ...
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“Chain Puzzle” - within scope for PSE?

Summary: I'd like to create a puzzle which also instils a sense of the 'Cryptic Clue Chat Chains (CCCC)' used in The Sphinx's Lair chatroom on this site. Before I do, I would like to be sure that it ...
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Should we continue the Fortnightly Topic Challenges?

I noticed, on meta, that the Fortnightly Topic Challenges have stopped on number 41: Short and Sweet. That one is part of the rerun. I would like you to vote in this question if you want to continue. ...
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Is there a public discussion somewhere where some users decided that the tag Riley-riddle should be created?

There have been some meta post where users discuss whether or not a new tag should be made for riddles that go like this. The result was that it wasn't necessary. Recently, before I knew about the ...
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How do you draw the grid puzzles (and partial solutions)?

I'm a fan of sudoku, nonogram, and other various grid logic puzzles. I really liked to see something like this and this. But to post such a puzzle (or a solution to such a puzzle), I need to draw them....
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Best puzzles of 2020 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) 2020? Suggested guidelines for ...
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Best puzzles of 2020 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 ) 2020? Suggested ...
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Best puzzles of 2019 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 ) 2019? Suggested ...
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Now that they've become so popular, should we reconsider creating a specific category and tag for “prefix-infix-suffix” word puzzles?

UPDATE by Jeremy Dover This question seems to have hit the point of inertia with no significant objection, other than the practicality of retagging several hundred old posts. I have gone ahead and ...
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A website edit to end bad edits

In the past few hours I have been having a very bad experience on this website... A puzzle was posted. I spent an hour and a half figuring out a solution and writing it down. I posted the answer. 15 ...
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Re-asking a question when an unintended answer is given

This question is (according to the OP) a rephrasing of this question. The reason a second question was asked is that Lukas Rotter gave an answer which worked with the initial phrasing, but was not the ...
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Tag synonym of [number-theory]

I have proposed diophantine as a synonym of number-theory. Here is the link to it. Please vote for it.

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