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Are puzzle suggestions on topic?

I've looked at the Help Center but I am still unsure about this one: Is a question that asks for suggestions on puzzles of a specific kind on topic here? As an example, the question I have in ...
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Change 'graph-theory' tag name

We have a graph-theory tag which covers puzzles involving graphs, for example: Step into the Octagram but calling it 'graph-theory' is a bit prententious for a site called 'Puzzling'. May I ...
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Generalist Countdown

Since we are a relatively young site in the Stack Exchange network, we haven't been able to enjoy any Generalist badges at all. It's not that we don't have people that would qualify (we do), but that ...
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Most objective online linkable sudoku grader? [migrated]

A Sudoku's difficulty level is often the first thing readers notice about a puzzle. For questions and answers showing a puzzle it would be nice to have a relatively objective linkable tester. I've ...
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Should we change the [no-computers] tag to [no-brute-force]?

Usually when I see no-computers, it's used to deter people from using brute force. In my time here, I have only seen this tag used to exclude brute-forcing a solution with a computer. However, the ...
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Beginner: I'm finding most puzzles very difficult, if not downright obscure

Is this site more for a specific niche of people, or can anyone participate in solving the kinds of puzzles I've come across? Most seem to make very obscure references and wordplay that's inaccessible ...
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Congratulations Gareth! and the end of an era

Change is afoot! In the list of all users ranked by reputation. I've been #1 in that list, the highest-reputation user on Puzzling SE, since early 2015. But it seems the time has finally come to give ...
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What is the difference between situation tag and lateral-thinking tag?

When looking through the two tags descriptions and related questions, to me they seem to fall under the same category. They both set up a seemingly normal situation with some twist that requires ...
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Are questions about solution uniqueness or construction on topic?

Most of the questions on the main site are actual puzzles where the answers are guesses to those riddles, puzzles, rebus' etc. I've become interested in certain puzzles, such as battleships, ...
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Is it acceptable to post puzzles from one's own book?

Last year I published a book of puzzles. I co-own the copyright of the book. Many of the puzzles are adapted from other sources (including some chestnuts) and some are original. I'd enjoy posting ...
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Should multiple-answer questions be marked as too broad?

This question is in reference to a question by @JohnS (SafeCracker #3 - We've Been Blocked). Honestly, I don't think it should have been marked as too broad just because there are a couple possible ...
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Best puzzles of 2019 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 ) 2019? Suggested ...
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The end of open-ended puzzles

Consensus has been reached. I say this on Rubio's authority - the contents of this post are considered to be a part of the definition of this site's scope. So, I posted this open-ended puzzle a ...
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Overuse of poor math questions, what can we do?

So I've been noticing ... lazy math puzzles. I thought it was just a fad, but clearly not .Now, I'm not trying to judge, but a lot of these questions are just in this weird gray zone where they're not ...
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Is it acceptable for one user to have multiple answers to a questions?

When I answer a puzzle and am told that I've given an incorrect answer, I usually edit my answer if I want to try again. However, I saw a comment recently (can't remember where) that suggested that ...
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Why doesn't Puzzling have a twitter?

According to employee JNat, Puzzling does not have a Twitter: unfortunately Puzzling does not have a twitter account Why not? Many of the other SE sites I'm a part of have Twitter, though ...
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Encoded comments

Is that a new mode to write your comments in some encoding? For example, on this question I noticed that there are encoded comments on both answers, both in Rot13(which the commenters state before the ...
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Should we have a tag for riddles related to tv or movies?

I have recently noticed that we have a "video-games" tag but no "tv-shows" or "movies" tag. Should we have a tag for tv related questions? (e.g. questions found in tv-shows or riddles where you guess ...
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Should I use a bounty or wait?

A couple of my questions have a good number of upvotes but still no completed answers. I am not sure if people will still see it after it passes the 10 or so most recent questions. I wondered if any ...
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A checkerboard and eight queens

What tag should we use for questions about A checkerboard and eight queens ? chess or checkerboard? EDIT: What does this mean? Should I just use chess?
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What to do with late answers to solved puzzles?

As the title states, I'm looking for some clarity on what to do with answers to puzzles that have been already answered and are answered years later. Specifically this puzzle popped up in my "...
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Can we post multi-part story puzzles?

Say that I want to write a small story puzzle for Puzzling. Small sections are given per question and propose a riddle or puzzle in such a way that is not explicit (enigmatic). Depending on the ...
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Edit rejected because nearly-identical, later edit was done. Why?

I've had this happen twice now. I suggested an answer edit to add the spoiler notation to an answer without it. I find later that my edit has been rejected because of a conflict with another edit, and ...
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How to use the enigmatic-puzzle tag

I don't really understand the true meaning of the enigmatic-puzzle tag. Its tag info is: Puzzles where the genre or solving strategy of the puzzle is not explicitly stated; puzzles where the ...
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Are “Quizzes” allowed?

Recently, I found a lot of questions that the asker already knew the answer, which are called "Quiz". Example. Another example. Third example. Fourth example. Fifth example. Obviously, the creator of ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Continuously updating a puzzle

I have a number sequence puzzle in mind and I'm so far unsure how many numbers to post. I'll figure something out, but I had also considered just letting my Raspberry Pi update the question every hour ...
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Should the knowledge tag be merged with the trivia tag?

I ran across a puzzle tagged "trivia" recently. Its descriptor mentioned that it required non-essential knowledge of pop-culture to solve. This seems like a slightly narrower version of the "knowledge"...
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may I post here limericks asking for the last line?

I have a paper pack book with a nice collection of "shocking" limericks (some may be for certain people a little bit obscene. but principle I think this might be a good idea to post a limerick and ask ...
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Best puzzles of 2018 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 ) 2018? Suggested ...
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Should I add a hint to my question? [duplicate]

I have a puzzle that is months old: Find the hidden message! The solution can basically be broken down to three steps, the first was already done by Joe-You-Know, the third should be pretty easy. But ...
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Should comments that spoil a puzzle be flagged for mod attention?

The comment: Thanks, dad! Never again Is a big spoiler for the puzzle in the question, I immediately made to flag for mod attention, but couldn't find whether spoiler comments/answers should be ...
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2018: 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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When should I give a green tick? [duplicate]

I write a puzzle, wait for some minutes or hours, and someone finally manages to solve it. Now, I should award him a green tick rightaw~~ Wait a second... I recall that some people tend to give the ...
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Do we want to [find-the-tag]?

A new tag has been created on this site - find-the-tag - currently containing 6 questions at the time of writing. It intends to be for questions where a certain Puzzling SE tag is required as the ...
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The man in the lift (elevator) who takes the stairs when going up. What are the most suitable tags for this type of question

There is a well-known puzzle: A man regularly travels up in a lift to his apartment only part of the way and then takes the stairs. However, when travelling down he travels by lift all the way....
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What exactly does the [no-computers] tag mean?

What does the no-computers tag mean, exactly? The description reads "A puzzle designed to be solved without using calculators, online decoders or computer programming." Reading this literally, this ...
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Tag for IQ-test-like questions

I looked around meta, and it seems this came up before. It seems there used to be such a tag, but it was removed for various reasons: One reason is that it is 'meta' and describes the 'origin' of the ...
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Anagrams: From Off-topic to On-topic

I asked a question Anagrams: From Cheese to Sneeze a while ago, which got closed with the reason "This question may invite speculative answers, as the question is not fully defined. The validity ...
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Answering an already answered question

I am new here (at least as an answerer, though I have been checking the "hot" questions and answers for several months now). My question is: Any question will have a "first" answer at some point of ...
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Is it okay to duplicate an answer after the existing one was accepted over 2 years ago? [duplicate]

This answer was submitted about 2 months ago, but appears to be a duplicate of the answer that was posted over two and a half years earlier, which was already marked as the accepted answer. Is this ...
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Audio/Sound/Video-Puzzles

I wondered how to properly upload puzzles which are based on audio/sound/video analysis. I found the following contributions on the meta page on embedded audio and embedded Youtube videos which ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet

This is the seventh installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the forty-first installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Best puzzles of 2018 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) 2018? Suggested ...
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Puzzling updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Area 51 Proposal: Math Challenges

On September 1st, I started a proposal on Area 51, for users to share, discuss and answer mathematical challenges that they have. I did this because I felt that these types of problems have no place ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40: Retrograde Analysis

This is the sixth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the fortieth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's topic ...
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Is there a reason the poem tag exists?

In the list of available tags there is the fairly popular poetry tag, but there is also a tag for poem. The poem tag has one question linked to it and no description specifying why or how it would be ...
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Puzzle Type Explanations

This question may have already been answered, but is there a running list of the different types of puzzles (outside of tags). Example: Riley, Grandfather, Teapot. But these types don't have the ...
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Why subjective riddles are a bad idea

An overly broad riddle is no fun because it is too easy to answer, or has a dumb answer. A poorly written riddle leads to short, snarky answers that are no fun for anybody. But what is wrong with ...