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Should we continue the Fortnightly Topic Challenges?

I noticed, on meta, that the Fortnightly Topic Challenges have stopped on number 41: Short and Sweet. That one is part of the rerun. I would like you to vote in this question if you want to continue. ...
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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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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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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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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 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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The Riddle Sandbox

Where am I!? This is Puzzling Stack Exchange's Official Riddle Sandbox™! Users who wish to post riddles can post them here first, and receive feedback, development advice and guidance before posting ...
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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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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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Accepted Answer Placement?

Why does the placement of the accepted answer come below other answers with more votes? For all the other SE communities I'm in, the accepted answer always comes first if I am on the "sort by ...
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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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Tag-merge or stricter tagging policy? [cryptic-clues] and [cryptic-crosswords]

Prompted by this question: Another Cryptic Crossword I wonder if we really should have both tags cryptic-crossword and cryptic-clues. It is confusing to the user searching for examples. If we want ...
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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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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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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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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 it okay to assume a that question involves mastermind?

Some time ago there were some acquaintances that shared a puzzle with me. Essentially the same as the one here Crack the lock code with different graphics. After coming to the conclusion that there ...
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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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Already asked Internet Puzzles and answers

Recently a question was posted which is a puzzle by a popular Math teacher. Not to my surprise, answers existed on the net at several different places. I have seen this before also. Reposting puzzles ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What makes a post a joke?

My carefully designed puzzle What is a Xilly word? with a tons of clues, historical as well as contemporary references, (and of course, red herrings) was removed at the moderator's discretion (what I ...
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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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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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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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Fortnightly Topic Challenges Threrun: Topic Suggestions

Fortnightly Topic Challenges are currently on hold, due to the low activity that was unfortunately seen in the last few installments. They will be continued once enough popular suggestions are present ...
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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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What's the difference between the tags [arithmetic] and [calculation-puzzle]?

I was seeking into tags until I found these tags: calculation-puzzle which states "A puzzle that involves numerical calculations, such as multiplication and addition." arithmetic which states: "...
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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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When does Puzzling get its own Logo and Colour - What should our logo and site design look like?

I see that many SE sites have their own logo and unique colour and the others don't. I assumed it may be because those with an icon are out of Beta, but I was wrong, sites like Craft CMS Stack ...
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Unregistered Users and Controlling Their Actions

Yesterday we had this specific example of the user where they came into the site, posted five (or so) questions some of them plagiarised and deleted, some of them marked as duplicate, and others ...
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Procedure to find and remove duplicates

I really hate asking duplicate questions, i.e. questions that have been asked once in some form or the other. I search by the exact words, but I can't find any questions and I go ahead and post the ...
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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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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 #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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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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"Seeding" the Comments with Hints

I don't have any specific questions in my head, but I've seen this done. In the comments section, OP casually drops discreet hints into the discussion, almost unnoticeable. Hints that are not required ...
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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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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 #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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Are puzzles that mention real-world political situations forbidden?

I'm new on Puzzling, so please inform me if such a 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're ...
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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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