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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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Suspended from suggesting edits

I suggested an edit to a question which was trivial in the small picture but was a grammatical punctuation mistake that I fixed. A few minutes later I find my edit rejected and a nearly identical edit ...
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Puzzling Advent Calendar - 2021

December is just around the corner, and besides the upcoming Winter Bash, you'll have something else to look forward to on Puzzling.SE: A christmas-themed puzzle every day between the 1st and 24th of ...
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Best puzzles of 2021 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) 2021? Suggested ...
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Monthly Topic Challenges: Topic Suggestions

Fortnightly Topic Challenges are all water under the bridge now, so we will do something completely different. What to Do: If you have an idea for a tag or a theme of any kind to use as a topic ...
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Top (New) Users of PSE, by year

Every year, the users of Puzzling Stack Exchange can be ranked by their reputation earned in that year. Every year, someone (usually one of the established users) takes the top spot in the yearly ...
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What is PSE's policy on mathematical questions, and why, and what's the history behind it?

It seems like PSE's policy on mathematical questions is kinda complicated and has changed over time. What exactly is the policy, and what's the history that led to it? (There are already lots of ...
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Why are numerical puzzles disliked?

I posted a puzzle about getting numbers from 0 to 9 with the digits of 2022 and it got downvoted. Fine. But then I noticed that another similar puzzle was downvoted even more, so it seems there is ...
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Should we close questions as "cross-site duplicates"?

The question The largest Saturday number was closed by five users for the following reason (quoting a comment from the first close-voter which was apparently used as a close reason by the other four ...
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What to do with "What is the best method of scrambling a rubik's cube?"

The question in question is this one: What is the best method of scrambling a rubik's cube?. The gist of the question is this: ... what is the best, most random way, to scramble the solved cube? ...
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Let's better define the [enigmatic-puzzle] tag

As of posting the enigmatic-puzzle tag has this minimal usage guidance: Puzzles where the genre or solving strategy of the puzzle is not explicitly stated; puzzles where the puzzler must deduce what ...
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Do we want extended spoiler functionality?

Overview Our community utilizes spoiler functionality very heavily. However, it's lacking in obvious areas such as comments, chat and titles. [1] In a post, it's easy to use a spoiler by appending an ...
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Best puzzles of 2021 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) 2021? Suggested guidelines for ...
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Best puzzles of 2021 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) 2021? Suggested ...
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Should/can we get more than 5 tags for questions?

Currently, everywhere on the SE network, communities are limited to 5 tags per question: However, puzzles can meet many different tag criteria and as such, 5 doesn't always seem right. For example, I'...
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Do we want to keep the accepted answer pinned to the top?

Staff announced on Meta Stack Exchange that they're considering unpinning accepted answers - either on a per-site, opt-in basis, or network-wide with the ability to opt out. If such a thing went ...
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Puzzle changing edits, new suggestions and better analysis

Disclaimer: I want to preface this post by saying that I am extremely frustrated right now, but I'm trying to make this a solution based post, and stop this from happening to myself or others on this ...
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Audience-specific texts for our "Needs Attribution" custom close reason

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. One of the changes was to introduce audience-specific texts for custom close reasons, so that the OP, close ...
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Are you allowed to post a puzzle identical to another except in its solution criterion?

Are you allowed to post a puzzle identical to another except in its solution criterion? I ask because of a 5-person puzzle I created where one person lies, one person tells the truth, one flips a coin ...
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Is "I got this puzzle from a friend", "I just have the image", etc. sufficient attribution for a puzzle?

We have an attribution policy for non-original puzzles. Our site-specific custom close reason reads: This looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere. For content you did not create yourself, proper ...
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At what point should a difficult puzzle be answered by the author, if at all? [duplicate]

Possibly an unnecessary question, but curiosity got the best of me. My question hasn't been answered for almost 2 weeks. I'm a bit impatient and I'm waiting for someone to answer it so I can work on ...
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Revisiting the "self-contained" policy

We have a long-standing policy about strongly preferring self-contained puzzles. This meta is to revisit that policy. It was inspired by a chat debate about an enigmatic puzzle by @Feryll. The puzzle ...
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Is this media "treasure hunt" acceptable?

I have a come up with a list of license plates from movies and TV shows. They all show prominently in the frame for enough time to be read easily. The solution to the "puzzle" is just a list ...
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Is Puzzling SE the place for pub quizzes?

I frequently host pub quizzes and I sometimes wish to get some help on certain issues. It's not about "please give me questions on topic X" but rather good structures, alternative ...
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Policy on closing old questions

I posted a question back in 2016. As an open-ended challenge it was on topic at the time, and now it's not, which is fine. Now the question has been closed, which is also no problem for me. The ...
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Should Puzzling SE help set Play SE in motion?

I have a concept for a Stack Exchange similar to Puzzling, but much more casual, and it doesn't really have a home. I am wondering if Puzzling SE would be a good community to get it off the ground ...
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What should we do with old [open-ended] puzzles?

Open-ended puzzles are off-topic The above-linked question ended: With that being said, I hereby propose that we lock the "good" open-ended puzzles for their historical significance and ...
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Ongoing not-exactly-contests

We already have a policy on questions from ongoing competitions. This meta question is about them; its accepted answer proposes borrowing the policy used on math.SE, which basically says that if a ...
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Why are mathematical question posted on Puzzling SE?

Why are mathematical question posted on Puzzling SE? Is Mathematics SE not good enough? Here are some examples: A circle touches two sides of a triangle and two of its medians A geometric puzzle. ...
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Should we rename [solvability]?

We have a tag solvability, with excerpt: A question about how a puzzle can be solved. However, "solvability" seems to imply that you'd be asking about whether a puzzle can be solved. New ...
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Is it better to ask gaming puzzles here?

I have a concept of a puzzle to be related to Minecraft, considering I have quite a huge part in it. Since it is both a topic in the gaming criteria (Arqade) and it is also supposedly some puzzle (...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #52: Polyominoes

This is the twelfth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the fifty-second installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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What to do about [mystery] and [situation]?

I've been doing some tag wiki/excerpt edits recently. While doing so I realized that I really don't know the difference between mystery and situation. Neither do the tag excerpts. situation: A puzzle ...
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I'm likely gonna be in a question ban

I want to make another puzzle which would be much better than the first one, but I doubt it would be any better. Since 4 of my questions have been negatively received, I know that I'm going to be put ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #51: Non-rectangular grids

This is the tenth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the fifty-first installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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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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