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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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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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