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How do I create spoiler blocks?

How do I create spoiler blocks in Puzzling Stack Exchange?
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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?

Background Lately I've seen a large profusion of word puzzles on this site that go like this: My prefix is [], My infix is [], My suffix is [], My whole is [] where the goal is to figure out what ...
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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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Is there anything good to know (that isn't already said to the user / written down on some page)? [duplicate]

I'm very new to Puzzling. Are there any unwritten rules, stuff, or anything related that is good to know? (Especially about how to structure a puzzle when posting but all tips are helpful.)
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Thank you, Robert Cartaino

For those who don't know, the Director of Community Development at the Stack Exchange company, Mr Robert Cartaino, is no longer employed by Stack Exchange. Tributes are already flowing in on main meta ...
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Should we have a specific tag for “What is an XYZ Word/Phrase/Number etc.” puzzles? [duplicate]

There is a multitude of "What is an XYZ item™" questions on Puzzling.SE, and although there are some bad ones, most of them are interesting. However, they do not have a tag to be easily searched (...
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Are puzzles that involve mention of real-world political situation forbidden?

I'm new on Puzzling, so please inform me if such rule (or set of rules) exists. My puzzle: What is the maximum number of allies that you can have in this scenario? Original wording: Suppose you'...
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Do you ask puzzles only on Puzzling or ask methods of how to solve one?

It is so interesting to witness various people figuring out correct answers to the most complex of puzzles asked. I don't know how to cultivate such technique of solving puzzle. But I want to know the ...
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Unable to give bounty of lower value after given upper bounty

Example -> See me from your view point - As seen by the rest After giving bounty of 250, why lower value bounty option is removed ? It is better to keep all bounty values even after bounty is given ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should I Post a Variation as an Update or New Post?

I made a puzzle recently (Spelling Beelzebub) that was solved very quickly. In response, I have made a harder version that requires taking into account multiple words. Should this be posted as an ...
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Possibility of adding a Morse code tag?

In both my own puzzles, and in other people's puzzles, I have noticed a lot of Morse code. Obviously, going overboard with this or other common puzzle-making devices can detract from how fun the ...
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Number Construction Puzzles: What Constitutes a Duplicate?

User Dmitry Kamenetsky posted some puzzles today (here and here) that I enjoyed working through - they were simple enough anyone could attempt them, but the matter is complex enough that some ...
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After a close answer, should I edit my answer or post a new answer?

I posted an answer to a Puzzling question. My answer seemed like a pretty good guess but still a guess. My answer received some votes. Also, the question author commented on my answer that said I was ...
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Please reopen my puzzle

Please reopen my puzzle. The goal of the puzzle is clearly defined in the title. I spent an hour designing this puzzle. I know it's an odd looking puzzle but I assure you that the puzzle is solvable ...
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What happened to Fortnightly Topic Challenges?

We haven't had a Fortnightly Topic Challenge since the Short and Sweet one, and I enjoy reading those puzzles. What happened?
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Are full crosswords allowed here?

I am new here and came across this question. I felt it falls in the category of "too broad" of other sites. Am I right in this conclusion, or is it allowed here?
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Is it OK to use specific users as part of a puzzle mechanism?

I am currently working on a series of mini-puzzles I’ll be posting on the main site, and I have an idea for a mechanism that utilizes features of users all across the Stack Exchange network, ...

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