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What should the subjects of our fortnightly topic challenges be? (with updates!) [duplicate]

Update May 16, 2018: This post has been (almost entirely) inactive since the last fortnightly topic challenge almost a year ago. The Fortnightly Topic Challenge has now been rebooted (see duplicate ...
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Should we have weekly/fortnightly topic challenges?

A long time ago (five months) on a site far, far away (roughly two clicks), a great suggestion was made. Jon Ericson came up with the idea of weekly/fortnightly topic challenges. For those not willing ...
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Are math-textbook-style problems on topic?

There's been some recent questions on the site that are problems from math textbooks, or problems in that style. Doubt : Pokemon Hunter and the Rogue Brook Groups of Farmers Cows eat to much Who is ...
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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

This Area 51 discussion suggests that posting brainteasers as questions should be allowed. I think these could be one of the most, accessible, interesting possible posts to keep the community engaged....
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

While it is somewhat out of form to edit a question with these kinds of notes, this is designed to clear up potential confusion. status-declined's tag wiki reads: Indicates that a request (usually ...
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A policy on plagiarism

A few of you may be wondering why nineteen questions just disappeared from the site. This meta post is meant to explain what just happened, and set a goal for how to handle similar situations in the ...
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Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do?

Here's a code. Can you crack it? fw8904730983kf89023ncweamnfiope20tmi9b6m89ny327nery895mbi9tm0ei09x2e1m3y8n2 Good luck! When a puzzle looks like this… AUGH. I believe that the main purpose ...
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So what's our actual stance on riddles?

On this question in the definition phase, somebody noted that "this site is for puzzles, not riddles". But I'm wondering if, given that a riddle is clear enough in its meaning, and does in fact have ...
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Gathering chestnuts

On of the first things that was brought up on meta was whether simply asking a puzzle as a question was part of the scope of the site. The consensus seems to be a resounding "yes". However, ...
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“The oracle was lying!”, “Just stab them instead!” and other… 'creatively' unhelpful answers

It seems to me like we have developed a problem with a particular type of answer: the answer that ignores the puzzle completely and thinks of a "creative" workaround. What I'm talking about are two ...
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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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How do we improve the quality of content produced on Puzzling.SE?

I feel like it's time to open this discussion in its most general form. Countless recent meta discussions (okay, fine, they're countable) keep coming back to a fundamental issue with this site: our ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun!

Let's do fortnightly topic challenges again! What to Do: If you have an idea for a tag or a theme of any kind to use as a topic challenge, post it as an answer below. (Do note, you can propose ...
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How long should I wait before providing the answer to my riddle?

I'm unsure of the protocol to follow here, do I just keep providing hints? I feel like I'm reaching the threshold before I just give it away. Since this is a puzzling site, it seems like I shouldn't ...
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

Because of the support the thought received here, I'm creating a new proposal about deleting poor-quality answers. In order to increase the quality of answers on Puzzling.SE, I'd like to propose that ...
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What should our Help Center say about on-topic questions? [duplicate]

Update 10/2015: It's been a year since this question was posted, but it's still just as important today as it was then. While at the time it was buried, as the site continues to grow, having this ...
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Number-Sequence Puzzles: What (Not) To Do?

Similar to Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do? as this is a genre which I feel also drastically needs improvement. 1, 6, 3, 8, 5, 10, 7, 12, ?, ? What are the next two numbers in this sequence? I have ...
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Is the distinction too subtle between downvoting and voting to close?

Q1 (rhetorical). What distinguishes these three things? A downvote A vote to close A vote to remain closed I’m beginning to wonder if we really know, and am beginning to suspect that we ...
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Titling Overhaul

Seriously, I think this has gotten out of hand. Titles should clearly inform the user what the question is. Simply titling your question as "Ooh, spooky riddle", or "Riddle, Part 2", or "Riddle, the ...
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Is using a personal website to host content for a puzzle frowned upon?

I'm writing a puzzle that involves password-protected content on a website I manage. I plan to use the website for puzzles in the future, as well. Are external links to strange, unknown websites ...
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Is it appropriate to pose a puzzle where I don't know the answer?

This would seem to be a trivial question, but with the current structure of puzzling.SE I'm legitimately not sure: I have a question that's a variant on another puzzle previously asked on the site; ...
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Should we burninate [word-problem]?

I've had an issue with the word-problem tag for a while. It's currently being used as a replacement or co-tag for: story wordplay or word mathematics Of these, only the last is what the tag should ...
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Should (and/or are) top voted answers (allowed to) use spoiler tags

Reading this answer (see comments) or this question here on meta, are answers expected and/or allowed to use spoiler tags for the reason: Doing a favor for those who don't want to immediately see ...
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Puzzling Design Pitch - Congratulations, you're graduating!

I'm Stéphane, a senior product designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to announce that this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site! ...
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When should I add hints to my puzzle?

Hints can be a valuable part of a good puzzle, but there are many examples on site where improper use of so-called 'hints' really degrades quality of the individual puzzle or the site as a whole. ...
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Best puzzles of 2014?

What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of 2014? Suggested guidelines for nomination: Nominate each individual puzzle in a separate answer, so they can be upvoted/...
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Best puzzles of 2015 Q1?

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 (Jan / Feb / Mar) 2015? Suggested guidelines for ...
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Should we implement an automated way of highlighting quality content?

There's obviously been some great discussion recently around possible platform changes that could help bring more attention to this site's best content, and we already have the quarterly "Best of" ...
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Various Virtuosic Variety

As we all should know by now there's a lot going on with riddles lately. One major issue is that we can't really compare or measure quality. Regarding the so called quality issue I came up with the ...
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Answers not in the spirit of the question

I'm sure you've all seen answers like this. For example, with the question "go through the centers of all of the circles with six lines," you can do it in one! Yeah... no. This answer is clearly not ...
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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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Fortnightly Topic Challenges Threrun: Topic Suggestions

Let's do fortnightly topic challenges once again! What to Do: If you have an idea for a tag or a theme of any kind to use as a topic challenge, post it as an answer below. (Do note, you can propose ...
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Posting a challenge, and answering it yourself

There are a lot of users that are seemingly trying to get reputation by posting a simple challenges, like well-known riddles, and posting the answer. I'm fairly sure that these challenges are off-...
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Should mathematics questions really be on-topic here?

Item: A blanket for my baby snake This is a math question. It's an interesting math question — so interesting that it is a research problem whose solution is still unknown. And the top-scoring ...
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Let's populate our help section! [duplicate]

I think we should have a (semi)-complete help section by the time we get out of private beta. Therefore, I thing we should start making our help section right now. Each answer to this question is a CW ...
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Situation riddles

Do we want to have situation riddles on the site? These are the puzzles where someone poses a riddle and people get to ask yes/no questions until they figure out the answer. Could be like an ...
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Questions from on-going contests

What do we do with questions from on-going contests? For example, this question is a 2014-15 USAMTS Round 3 problem. Should they be flagged for moderator attention?
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What's the etiquette of answering a 'challenge' (suggestion)

When a user posts a challenge, e.g. Given two hourglasses, one lasting 4 minutes, and one lasting 7 minutes, how do you measure 9 minutes precisely? What's the correct form of replying to the ...
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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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Sharing and rewarding what went into making a good puzzle

I'd like to put forth an idea which I think could simultaneously address two heavily discussed topics on Puzzling.SE:- Adding more content about puzzle creation itself (in addition to being a ...
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Okay, the sandbox didn't work. We still have a quality problem; let's figure out how to address it

As of today, the riddle sandbox is no longer mandatory. The close reason related to it has been deactivated, and the requirement has been removed from the sandbox text. It was an experiment to see if ...
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Getting riddle quality back on track: a proposal for the path forward

Riddle quality is dropping. I think most of us have seen it lately: there’s been a slow slide in effort and energy put into riddles, and it’s starting to seriously hurt the site. On Stack Exchange, ...
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Spoiler markup: ____________________

What? You don't find my title helpful? You had no idea what you were going to read before you opened the question...I see. This site is getting on the Stack Exchange Hot List a lot lately! I've been ...
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Can we please edit [very hard], [difficult], and (easy) out of titles?

I'm pretty new to Puzzling, but I've looked over a few meta posts about "difficulty". We don't have tags for difficulty ratings, and we don't seem to need a star/rating system IMO. Yet people label ...
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Partial Answers and “List-of-Clues” puzzles

Puzzling is unique across the SE network for allowing "partial answers" -- that is, answers that aren't full answers to the questions, but just make some progress towards answering it. But recently, I'...
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What if all “solve my puzzle and that's it” questions got banned

I know my proposal is extreme! Please read it as objectively as you can and imagine the community that would be created instead of dismissing it purely for being extreme. Additionally I wrote the post ...
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Getting to business: How can Puzzling make the internet better?

xnor asked me in a comment: Given the recognition that Puzzling is unusual in that challenges are not meant to solve a real-world issue, can you explain the role of being easy to find on Google? ...
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Revisiting the 'math question or math puzzle' policy

There have been a lot of discussion in the past about which math questions are on-topic and which one are off-topic. But I today I found a bit old question (with amazingly net 4 upvotes) which is ...
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How do we deal with coded comments?

As seen in this question, the OP needs help decoding comments written with some sort of code/cipher. Though solved, these comments can be rather pesky and annoying for other users. Scrambled comments ...
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What's with all the spaghetti?

Overnight, FIFTEEN questions about spaghetti parties popped up. What is going on? Is it national spaghetti day? Are we changing out name to Spaghetti-Puzzling.Stackexchange.com?

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