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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 ...
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Should questions about solving a specific puzzle be allowed? [duplicate]

I'm talking about questions like: What is the solution to this cryptogram? FOO BAR BAZ or What word goes here in this crossword with the clue "foo of the bar" or How can I solve this logic ...
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Are card games included in the scope of Puzzling?

It is on topic to discuss card games such as Solitaire? A lot of card games are very similar to puzzles so it seems like they should.
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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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Name the Chat Room

The Puzzling Chat room, give it a name! (and come in there and hash it out!) Edit: This should have been done at the start .... a deadline for this 'process'. I propose: 1 week from today (Friday 23 ...

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