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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"?

If you are editing a question or answer on PSE, near the top of the editor is a link saying "More" that goes to https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/editing-help. This has a "LaTeX" ...
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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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Is posting puzzles from a book/magazine/newspaper a violation of PSE policy if attribution is given?

I ask because I don’t want to post puzzles here and have them subsequently closed or deleted.
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Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody

This is the second installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "IQ Puzzle Parody" (suggested by Stiv) and will span from the ...
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Can you post your puzzle on multiple puzzle sites?

I look at many different puzzle sites. Occasionally I find same exact puzzles on two different sites. Perhaps by the same OP. It is hard to tell since you can have a completely different user name on ...
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If a question asks about how to improve a puzzle, is an answer which only solves the puzzle acceptable?

The answer in question The question asks, in short, "How can I improve the wording of this puzzle?". Most of the answers address this question by providing wording suggestions. This is on-...
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How to deal with old unanswered puzzles?

I have a puzzle that was posted back on June 22nd of this year. The first partial answer was posted a day later (6/23), and was last edited the day after that (6/24). The last comment on that answer ...
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Are puzzles with large audio files allowed?

I was planning on making a puzzle where an audio file (maybe 5-10 minutes or more) must be analyzed to solve the puzzle. Would something like this be allowed, and if so, how could I share the file? I ...
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How does the bot for Monthly Topic Challenges work?

What tasks does the MTC Bot handle and how? What do we as participants of Monthly Topic Challenges have to do or keep in mind?
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Where can I find puzzles of a certain type?

I would like to find more puzzles of this type. The quizzer describes some situation with minimal information, and the guesser has to find out the answer to some question (normally "why?") ...
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What to do with unanswered questions that have an answer in their comments?

This site has hundreds of unanswered questions, and that doesn't look good. It isn't hard to find unanswered questions that in fact do have an answer though, it's just that the answer is posted as a ...
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Recurring posts about cryptic crosswords

I have a couple of books of cryptic crosswords from the Times (of London) that I've been working through. Unfortunately, I'm not terribly good at them, and I don't know a lot of UK-specific ...
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Best puzzles of 2022 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 ) 2022? Suggested guidelines ...
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Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx

This is the first installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx" (suggested by Lukas Rotter) and ...
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General question: Is there a FAQ? Specific question: is it allowed that puzzles lead to other websites?

Like the title says; Is there a general FAQ for the Puzzling Stack Exchange? And where do I find it? Specific question 1: I have a puzzle that leads to an external website (online escape room). Is ...
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Is password defense on-topic?

So there are those platforms where, if you forget your password, you can get sent a prerecorded hint. Would it be off-topic to provide this hint in a question, as a means to ensure it can't be cracked ...
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Idea to Solve Question to Answer Upvote Disparity

Today I was given a link to an example of a good Affix riddle, and I agree that it is good. However, it was solved in 10 minutes, so maybe it is a bit easy? But the puzzle's difficulty is not my point....
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Reduce minimum bounty offer for the second or later bounties on the same question

I recently offered a bounty on my first question, but it didn't receive much attention, nor had it received any answers. The option to offer/start another bounty is now gone (the link-like button now ...
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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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point of images when there is a "text version" that provides the same information?

I noticed that some posts have both a picture and a text version. One example is an ambiguous text from the oracle. Why do people post both the image and the text version? Isn't the text version just ...
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Are Bounty Reasons disparaging people as "poor" something we want to condone?

There's currently a question bountied with the reason given as: i am very rich...giving away my points...to poor... That wording, intent aside, seems like a very unkind way to oversee things. Are we ...
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Why was "Sum of digits of numbers" not well-received?

Sum of digits of numbers I recently posted this puzzle, I'm not sure why it is not well received. How can I make sure that this does not happen next time?
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How to add hints to cipher questions?

I have a question on puzzling.se. I have posted a couple of hints and I can't give any more hints without giving the answer because the cipher is pretty simple. I even set a bounty and there is very ...
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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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How do we prove that a math-based question has a clever solution?

One of my questions has been closed as being a math-textbook problem. However, this problem is not meant to (and in fact cannot) be answered through standard methods, and instead requires other ...
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My question has been closed even with huge views and upvotes? "1 moderator is no better than 10K users"

My question "https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/40586/i-have-three-fingers-what-is-this" Question link has been closed because of jealousy of upvotes and views. There should be ...
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No computers tag: reconciling the excerpt and wiki

The first sentence of the no-computers tag summary/excerpt (that most people see) means something very different from the first line of the description/wiki. I have heard the description is the ...
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Congratulations bobble for raising 1000 helpful flags!

If you're an active PSE user, you'll know that bobble is an active moderator (merely without a diamond). Just recently she reached 1000 helpful flags... which is quite a feat given her time on PSE (&...
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Thank you, GentlePurpleRain

On 29 March 2022, our own GentlePurpleRain received a Deputy badge which can only be awarded to non-moderators. Without speculating on why he stepped down (unless he wants to share his reasons), let's ...
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Best puzzles of 2022 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 ) 2022? Suggested ...
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Should I create the 'Master-Theorem' puzzle tag?

There is a type of puzzle that has been created called 'theorems', which are puzzles that give a seeming nondescript image and a cryptic note, leaving you to find the phrase that is the answer (for a ...
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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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Should you post a new answer if you used a different methodology to get the same result?

Suppose a question is asked that has a single definite answer (like a math problem), and someone answers it correctly. If I come up with the same answer in a different way, would it be appropriate to ...
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Should PSE establish a method to get intended answer to a question?

Sometimes (infrequently) I see that the OP not only does not accept an answer but does not provide his/her intended answer. There are a lot of questions with no accepted answers here. This can be a ...
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Are outdated hints allowed?

The "Hint 5" on this problem is going to be outdated in three days already outdated. Should I edit the hint when it gets outdated? Are similar hints that highly depends on time allowed?
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2021: 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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Best puzzles of 2021 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 third quarter ( October / November / December) 2021? Suggested ...
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How many hints should I typically add to my puzzle?

I posted a riddle over a week ago, and 3 hints at an interval of 24 hours each. There aren't any answers to it and a week has passed. I know puzzles on this website can go unanswered for months, even ...
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How to proceed with "Airline tickets puzzle strategy"

Today I asked Airline tickets puzzle strategy, which has been closed now. The reasons I received were: I was alleged to be cheating In response to that I would like to cite where I took this question ...
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What is the point of the “text version” of grid puzzles?

I noticed that people who post grid puzzles often include a “text version”. For example, here: Nonorasu - A Nonogram-Kakurasu Hybrid I have a few guesses as to why but none of them seems to be worth ...
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