Questions tagged [question-quality]

For questions about discussing the quality or appropriateness of certain questions on Puzzling Stack Exchange.

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How do we move past the absence of our top contributor?

Right at the outset, let me clarify that this is not a meta post to question the year-long suspension of rand al'thor. While I do not fully understand the necessity of this ban, I believe that if two ...
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Giving puzzle questions the recognition they deserve

I recently saw a question requesting that the answerer upvote the question if they deem it worthy. I personally have no problem with this; I think there are a lot of very creative questions on this ...
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Modifying a puzzle or its title

I'm new to setting puzzles. My first was on this site under a week ago. With each new one I learn a little more about what makes an unambiguous and fair puzzle. However I still find myself returning ...
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Is there something bad about this puzzle?

I recently posted the puzzle Evil Kidnappers are the worst!, but it has received very little attention over the last 3 days. I'm not sure what's wrong with the puzzle (if any at all). Perhaps it's not ...
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Close reason: No permanent value?

On of the "quality" discussion we tend to come against again and again seems to be related to a basic 'conflict' we have: SE is a site to create permanent value (normally in form of searchable Q&...
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Open-ended questions inspire a vast number of low-effort answers

I've noticed an alarming increase in the number of highly-upvoted open-ended questions that just aren't good. Here's the problem I'm seeing: Nobody learns anything from them. The answers are ...
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Put on hold as "too many possible answers"

I submitted a puzzle of my own making: If the world were flat, would I always be able to see Mount Everest (the tallest structure) off in the distance? In my mind, there is only one "correct" ...
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What should we do about questions that ask you to fill in the details of a story?

I've been thinking about the problems at the heart of lateral-thinking recently, and something finally came to mind. Story questions! What I'm going to call a "story question" is a question that ...
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Community consensus on linked puzzles?

Following up on a recent discussion in comments... Does the community approve of linked puzzles? Linked puzzles can come in at least two varieties. One user posts a puzzle of a certain type, which ...
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What are the things to make my question better?

Usually when someone downvotes a question, they mention the reason, and if he likes the question he tries to make it better. (As you know SE actually has this feature: people who have high reputation ...
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How can we make the most of our upcoming site self evaluations?

In a few weeks, we will have our approximately bi-annual site self-evaluation, during which the site self-eval review queue will be open. Last time, however, we found that the criteria don't really ...
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How can we optimize for pearls?

To become a go-to site for great puzzles, we need to highlight our best content. We should make a good impression to a first-time visitor by having our finest puzzles be a click away. As is, I feel ...
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Voting on surface appearance

I see a concerning trend where puzzles get upvoted and downvoted on first impressions before any solution attempt is posted. And, if a solution is posted that makes the votes seem unwarranted, there's ...
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A rise in low-quality questions (March 2015)

I'm concerned by what seems to be a rise in low-quality puzzles posted in the last month or so. Here's a graph of the percent of questions whose net score is negative or 0, by week, since Puzzling ...
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Would this potential post be a math puzzle or math problem?

I am considering posting the following puzzle. I'm aware that there's been a lot of discussion about what makes a high-quality math puzzle, as opposed to a an off-topic math problem, and I'm not sure ...
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What do downvotes on challenge questions mean?

There's been some heated discussion about downvotes on challenge questions in chat and on downvoted questions. I wonder if this in part because people have different ideas about what downvotes mean, ...
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Challenge questions and post quality: How should we proceed?

As most of you have probably noticed, a meta question was posted a few days ago that some of you did not wholeheartedly agree with. Now that I've secured the "understatement of the year" award, let's ...
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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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Sandbox on Puzzling?

Although the two are fundamentally different, Puzzling and PPCG (Programming Puzzles and Code Golf) are related, and because PPCG is the elder of the two, I think that some ideas should be taken from ...
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Is criteria hidden in spoiler tags sufficient reason for explaining why an answer is wrong?

I know Prime Hidden in Plain Site is already a topic for a few different discussions, but I have another interesting question regarding it. Is hiding rules for acceptable answers in spoiler tags ...
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Welcoming original content puzzles

I don't know how much of a question this is, but something I've noticed is that a lot of users spend a lot of time and effort in attempts to provide content to this site. A lot of times, the solution ...
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The Purpose and Rules of Puzzling

After reading other posts on meta, I've discovered something that most of you probably already know. What we are as a community is leagues away from the defined intention of the community. Most of ...
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Rate-limit questions to one per user per day (or n per week)?

Should we (if we can) rate-limit the number of questions which a user is allowed to ask to one per day (or n per week)? I'm suggesting that this be applied to all users across the board. Advantages (...
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Splitting a riddle across multiple questions

A discussion broke out in the comments to this riddle regarding splitting riddles into multiple parts. In this case QuyNguyen2013 had added hints to his first riddle and put them as new questions. ...
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New Users Posting Bad Questions!

In the past 24 hours 4 new users joined and posted a terrible first question. One of them even received an upvote. Since they are new users, downvotes do nothing to their rep. Their rep stays at 1, ...
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Can up votes be used to improve quality too?

It is well known that downvotes can be used to improve overall site quality, by discouraging low quality questions and answers and users who post them. But upvotes can also be used to improve quality,...
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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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What should our standards be for on-topic challenge questions?

A lot of users, like me, came to Puzzling.SE because we thought of it as a place that would become equivalent to PCG.SE, but for non-programming puzzles and that would coexist with a place to ask ...
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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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Do these "security to the party" puzzles count as mass-producible puzzles?

We had a discussion a while back in which we determined that a specific category of puzzles called mass-producible puzzles were off-topic if presented as specific questions. I feel like the recent ...
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Non-descriptive titles

So, when this question started appearing on other stack exchange sites through the hot network question feature, I submitted an edit for review to change the title “◳◰ ◓◨ ◨◧◕ ◎◌ ◱◯◱◯ ◍◌○ ◉◉ ◇◔◓◕ ◐►◓◒ ◒...
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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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Should "What's the Missing Number in the Series X" be allowed?

The questions can have multiple correct answers that are not accepted as they're not what OP had in mind. The "correct" answer is also very often opinionated. Should these questions be on topic?
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Unregistered Users and Controlling Their Actions

Yesterday we had this specific example of the user where they came into the site, posted five (or so) questions some of them plagiarised and deleted, some of them marked as duplicate, and others ...
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How specific should a puzzle be?

I recently posted a puzzle which seemed to get a lot of activity, people commenting, posting answers and seemed to be popular enough. However, one user had a bit of a rant about how I was "making up a ...
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Red Herrings & Twenty Questions

Growing up, my friends and I would try to solve each other's "Red Herring" puzzles. They were notable for containing many details purely for the sake of distraction to mask the truly important parts ...
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Am I the only one who feels this site is essentially a compilation of puzzles from other sites?

The past few days we've seen a huge influx of puzzling.SE questions, but strangely enough, most of them I recognize from a long time ago, but often times these "puzzles" are reworded awkwardly to make ...
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Multiple Part Riddles

I am thinking about asking a detective brainteaser/riddle which would contain different parts. One part might tell you where to find the next clue. ie: You find a letter at the crime scene that tells ...
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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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