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One Weird Trick All Spammers Hate

Puzzling.SE hasn't really seen much spam in the past, but we've had just a bit of it recently. Since it hasn't come up before, the question of what to do about it hasn't come up either. Using This ...
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The many-eyes effect

I want to alert puzzle writers to a potential cognitive bias I'll call the many-eyes effect. Many people try to solve your puzzle, but only those who succeed post. It's tempting to imagine the posters ...
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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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List of bounties with no deadlines

This is a list of unofficial, deadline-less (hence not searchable) bounties offered by users on various challenges on the main site. Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that the user will award the ...
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Enough “22+4” questions. The originality is lost

There has been a recent spate of related "22+4" questions that can all be answered by using different cyclic numbering systems. The OP's always say "use base 10," perhaps not realizing that that ...
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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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An appeal from a newbie - in-jokes

I've recently joined this community and discovered an interest in puzzles that I didn't know I had. The atmosphere and camaraderie are great. The only problem for me is detecting in-jokes. Example ...
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Proposed policy on mathematical questions

For background, see: Should mathematics questions really be on-topic here? (about "routine" mathematics questions) What tricky mathematical questions are on topic here? (about "heavy" mathematics ...
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Improved interface to posts of common interest?

Q:   What do these three recently well-received Meta posts have in common?     Change “unanswered” search to “unsolved”     Should we have a meta-sorted list ...
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State of meta.puzzling.SE rules

So, it was recently asked when a community consensus is reached. Additionally I have observed a lot of users having no overview at all of the current rules, so for the last few days I have been ...
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A script to add spoiler tag to the selected text

Introduction When I write an answer I find it very time consuming to add the spoiler tag to every line so I have written a small script that do it for me.  How to use it ? select the text right ...
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We've graduated. When are the moderator elections?

I've noticed that on most SE sites that finally make a leap into the big leagues (a.k.a. graduation), the first order of business is moderator election. If I recall correctly, I have seen this precede ...
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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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MathJax Usage Guidelines

It's cool that we can use MathJax to do nice stuff like: $$\{0+ai,0-ai^\frac{2}3,0+\frac{i}a,0-\frac{i}a\}\forall a \in A \subseteq \Bbb{R}$$ (stolen from this Jonathan Allan answer) or this: $$\...
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Isn't “not detailed enough” a valid reason for answer deletion?

Each time that I see a low quality post in the review queue, and have clicked "Recommend Deletion" for an answer, I am baffled by the options I am given to explain why. First of all, the vast ...
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What exactly is the point of lateral-thinking?

Not only does lateral-thinking bring in people who's so far out-of-the-box that they don't even know where it is, and answers that generally don't make sense. But it's just plain useless. Take a look ...
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How to write an answer and hide key clues and information using the >! spoiler formatting — Oh and what is rot13 in comments

I thought it might be useful to ask a question about how to use the spoiler formatting to hopefully prompt a useful answer where someone can explain how to use spoilers when answering questions. I ...
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The tag [arithmetic] should be a synonym of [calculation-puzzle], not [mathematics]

I created calculation-puzzle specifically to apply to puzzles that involved calculation as their primary form of mathematical reasoning (as mentioned in this question from the private beta). Somehow, ...
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What is the riddle tag for?

When I think of a riddle, I think of the questions between Gollum and Bilbo in The Hobbit, or the classic riddle of The Sphynx. With that in mind, I might define a riddle as "A description or set of ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Magic-square questions: teaching them instead of feeding them

This issue arises with this question. Theoretically, there can be an unlimited number of questions of the type- Find the solution to a magic square with each side and diagonal adding up to X. Of ...
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Close reason: No permanent value?

On of the "quality" discussion we tend to come against again and again seems to be related to a basic 'conflict' we have: SE is a site to create permanent value (normally in form of searchable Q&...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Should we abolish tags that only describe the origin of a puzzle?

We have at least two tags (possibly more) which say nothing about the content of the puzzle but only describe what context it originated or was found in. iq-test - "For puzzles that have appeared in ...
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What purpose does the header serve in certain puzzles?

This is a header in the beginning of a puzzle. It could contain valuable information. I see that there is currently a massive retagging is going on (with all its side-effects) due to a recent ...
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Page duplication on the net - is this commonplace or something serious?

I recently came across this (good) question on puzzling.SE: My Puzzling Girlfriend Then I noticed it had a forum-style duplicate here: http://www.discuzfeed.com/puzzling/lzlzr-my-puzzling-...
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Purpose of tags which only describe how a puzzle is presented

There are several tags which do not identify an element relating to the puzzle (or its solution) itself, but rather identify how the puzzle is presented. This is most notable with tags relating to ...
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New here, just wondering if there's some way I should improve my first question

I posted What could the hidden message be, involving this binary data set and string of characters?. I'm just wondering, since I'm new to Puzzling SE, if there are any guidelines I should be adhering ...
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How should I respond to partial answers to multi part questions?

I have a multi part question, to which some parts of the question have been successfully answered. Now that the question has been open a while and I'm ready to give away the rest of the answers, does ...
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What to do when a duplicate is better than the original?

I thought I remembered a similar discussion to this earlier, but can't find it now. If this is a duplicate, please let me know. The community is pretty on top of things when it comes to flagging ...
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Order of appearance of tags (and tag shown on the title bar)

Referring to the last puzzle I created (The Secret Club) I first decided to put a generic enigmatic-puzzle tag, because I didn't want to give away too much. Then I added the lateral-thinking one, just ...
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Retract Close Vote?

I close voted a question recently and wish to take back, so an option in the "Close" menu should be "Retract vote". It would be a lot faster than flagging a mod. Is there already an option like this ...
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Do we have or need a dictionary of puzzle terms?

This question was inspired by posting "Assumption Needed when Solving Puzzle". I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to have a collection of typical terms used for puzzling (and on site). And if ...
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Do i have to delete my wrong answers?

I tried to answer to the question Number of socks?, but I found out that my answer was not only wrong, but far away from correct one. I don't know if it is better to leave it here as a "hint" for ...
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Stance on joke answers to puzzles?

I was reading this: I was wondering what the stance on similar joke answers on Puzzling.SE? One scenario I have in my mind, for example, would be riddles with cryptic clues that may have an ...
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Water, gas, electricity puzzle

The question Connect 3 houses with 3 wells is a duplicate of a question I'm almost certain we've already had on the site. Searching for "gas is:question" or "connect is:question" or "overlap is:...
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Duplicate questions, each with answers

This question and this question are essentially the same. Ordinarily one would be closed as a duplicate, but at this point both questions have answers. What, if anything, should be done?
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When is the tag 'steganography' too big a hint?

In Quark's recent question, part of the solution involved detecting (and decoding) some text and data hidden in the lowest bits of an image. Originally the question was not tagged with steganography, ...
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Percent of practical questions

I don't know is it crucial question, but I think it is important to mention discuss at least. Being on the site for 5 months I keep seeing that biggest part (like 95%) of questions are belong to 2 ...
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At what point is a question a duplicate?

I recently asked The devil virus, which got put on hold for being too broad. I narrowed the question down and gave a hint, and now people are saying it's a duplicate of James Bond : No Access. I agree ...
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Competition puzzles?

I'm thinking of posting a challenge, which is like so: Generate an equation which approximates as many digits of pi as possible. However, you are only allowed to use: the digits $1 - 9$ once and ...
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Collection of unique puzzles

Big part of this site is not discussions about puzzles and not questions about them, but the puzzles themselves, usually presented by people, who knows solution. This make it different from other SE-...
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Is it okay to have too many answers?

Questions such as this have way too many answers. Isn't that a problem? One could justify that each answer explains thing a bit differently, but I can't imagine the answer to a simple question being ...
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I am looking for a home for this open-ended question. Can it be in Puzzling?

I have a question that is predicated on the open-ended tag. I believe that the following fulfils the requirements yet my instincts tell me it will get closed. In the absence of a sandbox facility on ...
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Dealing with partial answers and a bounty

As mentioned in Handling puzzles with multiple steps and the posting of partial answers, there are many ways to deal with giving out the accepted answer when there are multiple parts to the question. ...
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Are open-ended contest type questions off-topic?

Are open-ended contest type questions off-topic? What I am talking about is questions such as: Who can create the most [adjective] [type-of-puzzle]? For example, I recently tried to create a ...
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What are the essential questions that we must answer before we can launch?

Everyone, we really need to hunker down and come up with consistent guidelines for the content of this site. This post will be a container question for the substantial, site defining questions, and ...
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Questions that lack enough information

New today: What number comes next? The entire question (including title) is: What number comes next? 3, 1, 4, 8, 8, 23, 23, 66, 136, 202, 458, 885, ? Find the number that comes next. We ...
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Sudoku machine-readable text

Looking at: Stuck on this Sudoku! can we make it obligatory for the Sudoku grid to be also disclosed as the usual 81 character string, in this case: ...