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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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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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Should we ban Deusovi from puzzle-solving?

Ah, what a day, sprinkled with joy and sorrow at the same time! I just got up and online just to find that the master of puzzles has finally returned to the scene with some new and fresh input (here). ...
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New Site Design!

As you can see the new design just went live. Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. We have also themed the chat rooms and newsletter template for this site, and adjusted the ...
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So long, and thanks for all the herring!

I'm resigning as a moderator of Puzzling. I've got a few words and a whole lot of feelings, but I'll try to keep it short. It's been a long and wonderful journey. I started moderating Puzzling when I ...
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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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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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Should we disallow "capture the flag" puzzles where the user has to install software?

I'm a little concerned about this question, which involves analysing a Linux application that people can download from mediafire.com. In case it disappears, the essential parts are reproduced below: ...
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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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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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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Puzzling's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: (source: stackexchange.com) They'll be installed as the moderator team shortly — ...
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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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Should we ask our new moderators to step back and take a more hands-off approach?

Anecdotally, I've been seeing a pattern since the community moderator elections that's bugging me. Basically, it's that the new group of moderators (@Deusovi, @GentlePurpleRain, @Emrakul...since I'...
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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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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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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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Is it fair to transfer 3000 rep to a friend?

I have noticed a few comments by other users, so thought I would ask about the recent transfer of 3000 rep from d'alar'cop to rand al'thor. According to this discussion on meta.se, using bounties to ...
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Puzzling Stack Exchange - Top User Swag!

We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today! If you can find your name among the top 72 users in the first two pages here, ...
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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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Can I make up puzzles for the site?

I'm new to Puzzling and figured I would get started by posting a puzzle. I read through the tour, and it says this: Ask about... Specific questions about the creation and solving of puzzles ...
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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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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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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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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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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1

This is the first installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the thirty-fifth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's ...
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Generalist Countdown: ZERO!

We have liftoff! Thank you for your participation! -- A Generalist, 2020-02-18 Since we are a relatively young site in the Stack Exchange network, we haven't been able to enjoy any Generalist ...
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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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Can we have site-specific control over HNQ?

I know that the Hot Network Questions are chosen by some algorithm, but I was wondering if there is any configurability in that? If not, I would like that as feature request: It would be very good ...
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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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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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Empuzzler: A user script for hiding comments and answers until you want to see them

I've created a user script that hides comments and answers on Puzzling.SE's main site by default, and reveals them only when you want them revealed. I've done this because I'm the sort of person who ...
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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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Do "prefix-suffix-infix" riddles deserve their own tag?

Last week I thought of a riddle and posted it here. It got way more attention than I expected, including a new wave of similar riddles of the general format: My prefix __ My suffix __ My infix ...
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Can we have the tag **maths** as a synonym for *math* please

Being British, the tag math feels very ungrammatical for me so I'd like to be able to write maths and have it treated identically. Addendum. Community sentiment seems to agree on changing math to ...
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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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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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Puzzles whose creators have asked them not to be shared

It happens quite frequently that someone posts a question that's taken from, say, an online IQ test. (The most recent example I've seen is from this one.) Sometimes the question is posted without ...
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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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Are we allowed to offer prizes for solving puzzles?

I just logged onto the site and noticed this cipher puzzle. As an "incentive", the person who asked it has apparently hidden AU\$50 worth of Bitcoin inside the solution ($38.50 in US dollars, or just ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Puzzling's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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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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Deliberate errors and anger at editors

Here have been a few puzzles lately with "mistakes" in them that on any other site, the right thing to do would be to edit and fix. Here on puzzling, not only does the author undo the help, in some ...
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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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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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Standard Loopholes

It has been mentioned before that a set of "standard loopholes" (similar to those used on CodeGolf.SE) could be useful for restricting the number of "silly" answers to questions which were funny the ...
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The Ability to Change Vote?

The idea of an influx of bad riddles has been raised recently, as well as just an overall feeling of us being different. I am wondering if a change in some voting rules could help with this. When we ...
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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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Are puzzles and riddles welcome?

It is really a shame that this question was still not properly settled. Are puzzles on-topic? Are riddles on-topic? Even if they are on-topic, are they welcome or just tolerated? If they are not on-...
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Is my modest english skills a handicap to write on the site?

I'm some new to this stack exchange community. Over the last weeks I've been posting different kinds of problems to my best ability. Some of them had drawings or sketches (the best which I could make ...

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