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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 am someone you know as the creator of the Ice cream puzzle, in which you can search it. But, I noticed, on meta, that the Fortnightly Topic Challenges have stopped on number 41: Short and Sweet. ...
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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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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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Are questions that are just entertainment-based accepted here? [closed]

I have seen many questions here that in my thought are just for entertainment, but they are receiving many up-votes. (questions on the first page of the site (Active ones) for example, are all being ...
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Attention on bountied question

I have provided bounty on a question but it has not received much attention as expected. How do I draw attention apart from this?? The question is not mine but I desparately want to see an answer to ...
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Is it allowed to “insult yourself”?

The original poster of this question "insulted himself/herself". I'm not sure if it's allowed. Can you tell me? A super smart rebus
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Tips for searching for duplicates

I am a new user to Puzzling, and made some duplicate questions. But it is very difficult searching for duplicates in Puzzling, because some questions just have titles like e.g. "Number riddle&...
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How not to discourage new contributors?

I see this a few times with "New Contributor" puzzles. Many of them have not really looked at the site rules or Help Center sections and end up making mistakes (been there, done that). One ...
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Should my answer be deleted if there is a similar/identical answer?

I am new to puzzling and I really like it. I have a question: I posted my first answer to everyday you make cry, and El-Guest beat me by 3 minutes ;-)! Shall I delete my answer then?
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I want to ask a question with a finite but a large number of possible answers. Can I accept the most up-voted answer?

My word puzzle has a finite number of unique words that can be combined to make a sentence. Because there is no repetition, the answer must be finite (no buffaloes). Ingenuity is required to maximise ...
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I'd like my latest question to be a team effort. Are there any conventions about this?

I am planning to submit a question that has sub-parts that are needed to answer the whole. I've noticed in other puzzles that sometimes individuals will submit part of an answer and then others will ...
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Duplicates of duplicates?

When browsing around old questions, I came across this one. It was marked as a duplicate of this one, which was in turn marked as a duplicate of this one. This is the first time I've come across ...
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Why are there always questions with “grandpa”?

I always see puzzles with “says grandpa”, “claims grandpa”, e.t.c. Why do we use grandpa?
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Why was this edit to clarify a chessboard rejected?

In https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/46838, I replaced a weird pseudo-3D chessboard that was hard to read with a more readable one from the replayer that chess.stackexchange....
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Can we self-answer our questions if no one answers? Should we? [duplicate]

I know that self-answering is generally encouraged on SE. However, I thought Puzzling.SE might be a bit of an exception; by and large (although not always) askers already know the answer. So can we ...
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Is it ok to edit an incomplete answer before accepting it? [duplicate]

I recently posted a question on PSE which only answer is quite good but a little bit incomplete. You can see by yourself that the user who answered did almost all the passages right but there is ...
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Are functional-equation problems on topic?

Please vote up if you think this is on-topic, and vote-down if it isn’t. My functional equation questions always attract close votes, and some people say that functional equations are math textbook ...
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Question about Puzzle Creation Etiquette

I have created a puzzle that includes multiple steps, that I'd like to post on the site. However, two of the steps use standard puzzles as part of making progress. Assuming I attribute the source, ...
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Are there review audits on this site? [duplicate]

There were past meta questions about review audits on this site, but are there any more audits now? I haven’t encountered one yet.
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How to choose the answer to accept in a multi-question puzzle?

Similar question but not extremely useful because this time is about multi-question puzzles rather than the answers quality. I recently posted this puzzle which was composed of multiple questions of ...
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Is magic (as in tricks and performances) allowed in Puzzling.SE?

I am curious as to whether there is a Magic SE community or whether this is the closest thing to it. I know that there was a Magic SE put forward in Area 51 but it was closed. If some are allowed, ...
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Are counting problems on topic?

I am planning to ask a question which requires you to count the number of possible ways to arrange something with certain conditions. Are these on-topic?
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Is using external servers in puzzles allowed? [duplicate]

Can we use external servers as part of our puzzles? As in: Pastebin YouTube Mediafire A custom hosted server (which will eventually go down, I don't have infinite money sadly. Although I hope the ...
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Could we schedule a regular 'checkmark amnesty'?

In the past we have seen questions on Puzzling Meta about what to do when an OP hasn't accepted an answer and similar. However, these questions tend (just by their nature) to end up being answered ...
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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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