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What kind of card-game questions are appropriate here?

I'm a particular fan of cards and card games. What kinds of card-related questions do people think are emblematic of this site? I had a question about card games come into question of being on-topic,...
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Is “Lateral Thinking” a good tag?

I noticed the tag lateral-thinking, and wonder if this is not a common element to all games. If there wasn't a "trick" to "think around" then it wouldn't be a game at all, would it?
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Do we allow to ask Specific/Well Known Puzzle questions?

After reading Posting a challenge, and answering it yourself I get a feeling that asking specific known puzzle questions (ignoring the "Self-Answer" part) is not welcome. I am curious to know, I know ...
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Rubik cubes variations tags - split? or merge?

As there are plenty of Rubik's cubes variation, should we have a tag for each puzzle? 3x3x3 / 3x3 4x4x4 / 4x4 3x3x7 2x2x2 / 2x2 5x5x5 / 5x5 Pyramid / 5 etc. etc.. Or just have a general Rubik's ...
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Renaming the “crosswords” tag to “crossword”, and other such tag pluralizations

During this private beta, people have generally been tagging questions with what they feel is suitable; however, it's come to my attention that a few of them have been pluralized when (in my opinion) ...
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Are questions about selling/marketing puzzles on-topic?

I just read this question: If I want to create word search puzzles what approach is best? It seems like most word search puzzles have a quantity of words that match some theme, arranged haphazardly, ...
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Are the first letter of tag wiki excerpts supposed to be capitalized or not?

I've been running through the tag wikis giving excerpts to popular tags lately, and I've noticed that out of the ones that have already been filled in, almost all of the tag excerpts have a lowercase ...
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Are specific coded message puzzles on-topic in Puzzling?

Let's suppose I generate a coded message using an algorithm other than letter-for-letter correspondence and ask two questions: What is this message? How did I encode it? Would I be allowed to post ...
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May 2014: Who should our pro tem moderators be?

If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site is created. The more guidance we receive, the more informed ...
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What should the MathJax delimiter be?

In a previous round of discussion, we concluded that this site should have MathJax. In spite of its title, the discussion left open the issue of which delimiter should be used for inline math. There ...
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How math-oriented can questions on the site be?

This is something I'm somewhat unclear about. Can we, for example, ask puzzles that require the use of calculus to solve? What about more sophisticated mathematical methods? Or should such questions ...
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update v second answer

Let's say, I've posted a solution to a puzzle and it's been accepted. Later, I think of an alternate solution, distinctly different than the first but (hopefully) meriting mention. Is it better to ...
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How broad is too broad for “how do I solve this puzzle” questions?

I recently posted a self-answered question concerning the strategies I use to beat Minesweeper games consistently. Doorknob justifiably pointed out that the question could, perhaps, be a bit too ...
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Is the [solutions] tag useful?

There are currently 6 questions tagged solutions. Is this tag useful? The first requirement for a tag to be useful is for the community to agree on its meaning. I think I see what solutions means: it'...
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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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Are we ready for public beta?

We are slated to go into public beta in about 19 hours as I write. Are we ready for it? I am concerned that the site is full of chestnuts — solutions to classic puzzles that are already all over the ...
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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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Answer-voting guidelines for challenges? (specific logic puzzles or brainteasers)

Given that the community seems to be in favor of allowing specific puzzles as questions (at least for the time being,) I think we need to give a little thought to how we should think about voting on ...
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Should we have a tag for word problems? [duplicate]

I've noticed that a lot of puzzles that I've been posting (and a few others) are word problems. Does this merit a tag, compared to, say, questions about sudokus or Rubik's Cubes?
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When to use the chess tag?

Questions like this and this are tagged chess, but one could argue that those problems don't involve anything about chess, except the fact that they use a checkered board. Should these kind of ...
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Are puzzle preservation questions on topic?

I don't know how this would work with puzzle types outside of jigsaws or puzzle boxes, but is it okay to ask about the best way to preserve a puzzle? I assume I would need to be specific... for ...
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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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Let's do the impossible! What is a riddle, what is a logic puzzle, and what is a brain teaser?

In order to better define the scope for the site, we'll have to answer these three questions at some point. Our definitions don't have to be globally canonical, just canonical for our site's ...
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Are questions concerning the modification of puzzles into new ones on-topic?

There are many niches in puzzle society that consistently modify existing physical puzzles to create new ones. For instance, in the twisty puzzling community, which I'm a rather active part of, the ...
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Can we make the site attractive to experts?

For perspective, I'm thinking about giving up on the site, but feel it's better to voice my concerns first, maybe there's something that we can do? The core problem that I see is that there's no ...
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Are “etymology” of puzzles questions on-topic?

An example would be this question, which is asking if the cases in Sherlock Holmes stories were taken from any existing logic puzzles at the time, or if any puzzles have been derivative of them. Are ...
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Does it add value to the site to re-post “been done before” questions?

This is just one example, happens to be at the top of the list at the moment, not picking on anyone. Twelve balls and a scale Googling {Twelve balls and a scale} gets "About 37,600,000 results (0.23 ...
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Are impossible puzzles allowed?

This question here involves a puzzle goal that turns out to be impossible. Are puzzle problems like this allowed in general, if it's known that they're impossible?
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Are cheating questions allowed?

Many puzzles have rules, and i'm sure that we will get a few questions about "How to cheat?". Will we allow these questions? Some problems may have no solution, so someone might ask how the "cheat" ...
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Handling puzzles direct from video games [duplicate]

How do we handle puzzles that come direct from video games when the question may overlap with a question asked on the Gaming SE site or should be asked there?
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What would be good tags to distinguish between manual puzzle creation and computer generation?

Right now we're using puzzle-creation both for writing puzzles by hand and for computer generation. It'd be good to distinguish, but I'm unsure how. Some ideas: Keep puzzle-creation for all, and add ...
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Should we use “puzzle” as part as tag names?

There are currently tags called puzzle-creation, logic-puzzle, einsteins-puzzle, online-puzzle, puzzle-hunts. Should the word “puzzle” be part of the tag name? After all everything on this site is ...
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Brainteaser: what does this tag mean?

The brainteaser tag looks like it's heading for being our catch-all tag here. I don't really understand what “brainteaser” means. It's not that far from being a synonym of “puzzle”. A brain teaser is ...
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Whre's the line between puzzling and game dev?

related: Should languages related to programming and writing code be on-topic? Since our site is about the creation and solving of puzzles, i was thinking we will get some problems, like "How to ...
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Are two person strategy games on or off topic?

I have seen a few questions about strategy games come up in the close queue. What is the optimal first move in tic-tac-toe? What's the optimal strategy in Gomoku / Five in a row? There are other ...
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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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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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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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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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Are rules questions allowed?

I think that we are going to get a lot of questions that ask about something in between a puzzle and a game, about the rules. I'm sure there are many rules questions that would be better fit for a ...
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Should homework be allowed?

I know many StackExchange sites are prone to people outsourcing their homework to the community. I know it won't come up as often as, say, math homework, but I think we need an official policy on ...
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Per-puzzle tags

I've noticed a recurring theme in our tagging scheme: there are a lot of puzzle-specific tags, like chess,blackjack,2048,tic-tac-toe,etc... I think we need to have a policy on these per-puzzle tags. ...
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What tag should be used when asking for a solution to a puzzle?

Asking for a solution to a specific puzzle seems to be on topic, but what tag should we use? solutions is already used for both these types of questions and questions discussing solutions in general. ...
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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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Are language-related puzzles on-topic?

To what extent are language-related puzzles on-topic? Some types of puzzles: crossword clues cryptic crossword clues word ladders Scrabble moves substitution ciphers pun-based riddles Some types of ...
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Hypothetical [tips] questions

I propose that we create a tips tag so people can get general tips on a game or puzzle. I would greatly appreciate any community input on changing or adding/removing requirements.
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The default text for the “Ask question” title box [duplicate]

I was about to post a question, when I noticed the default text in the title box was somewhat grammatically incorrect: What's your creation and solving of puzzles question? Be specific. I think we ...
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Can we comment the reason for downvotes? For a few days at least?

The reason being, it is difficult to know whether the downvote was for the content or just an opinionated downvote. For e.g. this particular question - Which switch goes to which bulb? was downvoted &...
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How do we feel about “Identify this puzzle” questions?

At some point there will probably be questions asked that consist mainly of a photo and "What is this puzzle called?" Are these questions on-topic? My main concern is that they are not easily ...
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How to score challenges

I'm assuming we're going to have challenges on this site: Given two hourglasses, one lasting 4 minutes, and one lasting 7 minutes, how do you measure 9 minutes precisely? X mile desert crossed by ...