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Spoiler tag in old Questions

Many a time I've seen that anonymous users edit an old question's (which are 2 or more years old) answer with a spoiler tag just for the sake of reputation. This not only give these questions ...
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Is this interactive puzzle appropriate on Puzzling.SE?

There have been proposals before for semi-interactive puzzles [1, 2]. These are puzzles where more information is revealed by the OP as parts of the puzzle are solved. This is not deemed a good fit. ...
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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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What is the trivia tag for?

Recently I posted a trivia question using the trivia tag, however, it has now been closed as OT with this comment "I'm closing this question as off-topic because it is not a puzzle; it is simply a ...
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My trivia is too broad?

Is it the crown that makes the king or, is it his throne? I do not understand how a question with a specific answer can be too broad? Admittedly, the answerers so far have guessed or, used ...
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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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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 votes" ...
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New Category for “Tyo” riddles?

Recently, user TyoBrien posted a new type of wordplay riddle. His template has been used by more than 8 different users to date who created similar riddles. Examples: here, here, and here. Should we ...
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What is a Riley riddle?

So I heard about this riddle, and people are making these types of riddles. What is a Riley riddle, and how can I make it?
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Can we have a longer bounty-period?

On regular SE sites, bounties are meant to push interest in a question and - as soon as possible - attract some sort of attention. This works, to some extend, on Puzzling SE as well, but the bounty-...
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Best puzzles of 2018 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 ) 2018? Suggested ...
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Best puzzles of 2017 Q4 (October - December)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series. What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the fourth quarter (October/ November / December 2017? Suggested ...
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Moderators Accepting Inactive Questions?

Should Moderators for Puzzling SE have the ability to accept posts that have been inactive for a long time? I'm pretty sure this should have gone on Meta StackExchange, but I feel that it wouldn't be ...
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Should we have a sandbox?

Should we have a sandbox for Puzzling like we do for Code Golf? I will count your answer as correct just for your opinion.
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Should I tag my puzzle with 'chess' if it requires a 'chessboard' and not a 'checkerboard'?

About two years ago, I asked this question. The solution requires a knowledge of the algebraic notation of chess positions, but doesn't require one to know how to play chess. Hence, I had tagged the ...
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Internet-wide puzzles

I was wondering if it would be possible to make an internet-wide puzzle. What i mean by this is, for example, you would have clues in your puzzle and those clues would lead you to a website that ...
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How to write an answer and hide key clues and information using the >! spoiler formatting — Oh and what is rot13 in comments

I thought it might be useful to ask a question about how to use the spoiler formatting to hopefully prompt a useful answer where someone can explain how to use spoilers when answering questions. I ...
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Uploading Sound

Can there be a tag to upload sound as we upload images? I think it would lead to creation of interesting puzzles. I wanted to upload a small sound to give it as a hint for my question. So was ...
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Desktop vs mobile formating

I recently asked a question: Ruin, has come to our family In this the answer depended on seeing the words formated in a certain way so they looked like steps and occurred n number of words into ...
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Can there be a tag for “funny” or “nonsense” puzzles?

Some people get fun in trying to solve nonsensical yet imaginative unique puzzles. So if there was a tag for “funny” or “nonsense” it would avoid irritation caused when user wrongly tags their ...
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Which one should I accept? [duplicate]

Although the tittle suggests this is a duplicate, I feel that this is an unanswered question. (because this is assuming only one party, and this is a different problem.) I've come across a few ...
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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 I separate out part of a question as a new post?

Recently I asked this puzzle, for which I will be providing a new hint, but I want to ask the second part I am the ONLY one standing between ad23dnd anagrammatically. You have to look for the ...
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Can i ask if an answer to a puzzle is right?

I found a puzzle on another site that I thought was really educational and interesting. So I gave the puzzle to my young kids, just to get them thinking. I promised them a big reward if they found a ...
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Explaining Contact to a Friend in a Shortened Version

So I'm trying to explain Contact to a friend of mine. Unfortunately, I'm pretty trash at explaining rules, and they don't want to read the block of text explaining how to play Contact. A shout out to @...
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Can a puzzle have a CC licence added?

Let me address my intention. I want to ensure that if reproduced a complete unaltered copy of the puzzle is required and a correct reference to this original puzzle must be included so, if not ...
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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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When should the knowledge tag be used?

(Kinda) related Puzzles/Puzzle Clues Related to Narrow/Restrictive Topics like Video Games Lately, for me, there are a lot of puzzles and riddles which involve a certain amount of knowledge in order ...
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If a puzzle appears to be too broad, should one change it if answers are already posted?

Recently, I noticed a question that although was very good and a really nice puzzle, was just a little too broad in that there were multiple answers that made sense for the clues given in the puzzle. ...
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sphinx about has misspelled word

https://chat.stackexchange.com/users/-595/sphinx I'm a bot, constantly posing puzzles in my Lair. posing => posting?
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User closing a duplicate question, but also answering

I came across a question today that was closed as a duplicate. One of the closers also answered the question (with 5 upvotes). Is the answer then considered low quality, and should be deleted? Or ...
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Is it ok to create accounts for a riddle?

Some weeks ago, I saw this question in Meta where a user creates an account with a name similar to something that was mentioned in the riddle, maybe to confuse people. It could be or not intentional, ...
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How to make a riddle tricky without too many clues to make it easy but enough to avoid “too broad”?

I'm so read the specific requirements and a meta post about the requirements for riddles. I felt my question fit the requirements but some comments have highlighted some grey areas - I wonder if that'...
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One attempt only?

I joined this site this month, I like writing riddles. Is it possible currently to state that a riddle should only be attempted once per user, maybe add a specific tag to a question or something like ...
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Puzzle Construction Resources [duplicate]

What resources that are online are good for making visuals for puzzles? What are some good resources for making puzzles in general?
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Can I ask many questions about shape sequences? Then how can I give title to them?

There are some shape sequences for which I can't find an answer or the reason for the given answer. Can I ask them? However, then I don't know what title to use for each cause they are all like "What ...
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Handling underspecified “Make <this number> from <these digits>” questions

The problem: We get a lot of questions like this one: How to use the numbers 3, 5, 6, and 7 to get 100? Any mathematics symbols and processes to use the numbers 3, 5, 6, and 7 once each to get 100. ...
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How to handle a puzzle derailment

I have an open puzzle, (Who killed the indiscriminate warden?), that has some cryptic clues within it, one of which led someone to create a user (kippered-fish-2851743) named after one of the clues. ...
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Is it alright to ask questions about how to phrase a puzzle?

I have a math-flavored word puzzle that I like to give to my students, but I'm not happy with the way the puzzle is phrased. It has too many things that need to be explained to my students. Is it ...
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Topicness of word puzzles?

I'm sure this has probably been hashed out to death here. Can someone give me a quick rundown on whatever the current consensus is about word puzzles being on- or off-topic here? From a quick visit ...
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Can I modify a question significantly to make it less broad?

In an effort to reopen the "T" question, I've written a riddle which narrows the number of suitable answers, and retains the original intended answer. Is it too much for me to essentially re-write the ...
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Why is my earlier answer being outperformed by a later answer with the same solution?

I have a question about my Puzzling Stack Exchange post: What colour was the.... No,there's no damn bears here Alright, what am I doing wrong here? I'm watching another answer with the same ...
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Can I post a puzzle I found on the internet?

I like asking questions on this site. Can I pick some interesting puzzle/riddle from the internet and ask it here?
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Tag proposal: [cooperation-game] [duplicate]

Recently there were questions [1, 2] discussing the possibility of having a prisoner tag. The main criticism about it is that the same question could be asked for a group of islanders, lab rats, etc.. ...
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Purpose of [prisoner]

Please note that voting has moved here: Tag for prisoner puzzles? A new tag has sprung up, namely the prisoner tag. At the moment, it contains one question, but a suggested edit to add that tag was ...
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Should a cipher whose answer is in the English language be tagged [english]

It seems really obvious because the assumption is likely to be that, if a question is written in English and it is a cipher, that the result of that cipher will be in English. Obviously there can be ...
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How do I approach a critical typo in someone else's otherwise very good answer?

There is a complex question with a bounty ending tomorrow. There have been a few partial answers posted, but everyone seems to be stuck in more or less the same place. The answers are old enough ...
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Can we just solve all “make this number out of 2,0,1 and 8” once and for all?

There are so many "make this number out of 2,0,1 and 8" questions right now. Can we just solve all of them? I am thinking of a list from 1 up to as high as we can get for different allowed operators.
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Yet another 2018 puzzle

As of late, there have been numerous puzzles regarding "making x to y using the numbers 2, 0, 1 and 8". So many, in fact, that imho it's just plain annoying. Just a few examples: Here, here, here, ...

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