Questions tagged [questions]

The questions tag should be used when you ask a question on meta that is referencing question(s) on the main site. For example, if you have a question about why questions on Puzzling Stack Exchange are of such low quality, you should include the questions tag.

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Meta puzzles that don't state the puzzles they rely on - adding difficulty or just wasting time

I am currently posting some meta puzzles, and originally planned to not mention the previous puzzles. I would then elude to it being related to another puzzle in a clue. Is this just increasing the ...
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Minesweeper problems

It looks like the minesweeper tag has so many non-puzzle questions. What shall I do with them? Also, is this question fit for the "puzzling"site?
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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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Math problems from a series of stories

I want to write a long story (one chapter per question) and some of the chapters may be just math problems. Where should I post those chapters? Or, may I make some changes to those math problems so ...
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What do we do when a question relies on an image that's no longer available?

This question was just bumped to the homepage by a user asking if the image, which was hosted externally and is no longer accessible, could be fixed. This raises an interesting dilemma in that we now ...
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Google Earth Challenges - Should we keep them?

Background Welp, @Conifers has come up with a great idea: Google Earth Challenge. It received pretty good feedback, and therefore the OP went on to post more of them. @athin went on to post a ...
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Why do questions sometimes not appear immediately on the site after asking?

I saw that sometimes when I ask a new question it does not appear on the site immediately. It takes sometimes at least 2-3 minutes before appearing but still got a view. I keep on refreshing the ...
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Posting a mini-puzzle for a hint for another puzzle

I created a $Word^{TM}$ kind of puzzle, and while trying to create a hint, I ended up with a mini-puzzle. Is it ok if I post it as a new question, to make it available not just for the people ...
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Chess game viewer in PSE like Chess SE [duplicate]

I know that not all puzzles on the PSE are that of chess, but I feel that a chess board viewer, such as that on the Chess Stack Exchange, should be put in for the benefit of us here that do do chess ...
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Are “Quizzes” allowed?

Recently, I found a lot of questions that the asker already knew the answer, which are called "Quiz". Example. Another example. Third example. Fourth example. Fifth example. Obviously, the creator of ...
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Continuously updating a puzzle

I have a number sequence puzzle in mind and I'm so far unsure how many numbers to post. I'll figure something out, but I had also considered just letting my Raspberry Pi update the question every hour ...
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How do I check the Captcha?

I'm sorry, but I'm a little bad at English. I want to ask a question on Puzzling SE, but they always asks me to check the Captcha. How do I check the Captcha? There's nowhere to input the Captcha ...
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Why subjective riddles are a bad idea

An overly broad riddle is no fun because it is too easy to answer, or has a dumb answer. A poorly written riddle leads to short, snarky answers that are no fun for anybody. But what is wrong with ...
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What to do if OP doesn't accept answer and give any kind of feedback?

So, I answered the 2 posts made by @HEWhoDoesn'tKnow and gave answers to all the questions he asked : Riddle Time. I bet this is an easy one Riddle Again, Riddle Again, What am I? (On Hold) I ...
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Why is there a minimum when editing other users' posts?

I've been wondering for a while why there is a minimum (6 letters I believe?) when I need to edit someone else's post. Most of the time I don't have any problems with this but in cases where the OP ...
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What to do when question can't be repaired with edits?

Due to a bug, all "zero width non-breaking space" characters were removed from my puzzle when I edited the tag. I tried to edit them back in, but the page keeps deleting them. Since that completely ...
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Is there an appropriate way to advertise a puzzle question from MathSE here?

Suppose there's a question over on MathSE under the tag [puzzle] that, among all questions tagged puzzle, I think would especially be of interest to the users here on PuzzlingSE. Also, it's a ...
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# of Questions per day?

I'd like to know how many questions a person is allowed to post per day. Please include a link to the pertinent answer. I searched the site in vain for the answer.
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Changing the checkmark

I checkmarked the wrong answer here. Is there any way I can change it?
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The etiquette on necro-ing

Points: + it is my own post with no solving attempts + it is a little over a month old; certainly not too much of a necro, but I believe it will age further. + I'm unsure when I will put a bounty on ...
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Are Identification Puzzles on Topic?

Are puzzles where you give hints that lead to a song, a movie, or a book on topic? For example, if there was a puzzle for Harry Potter, it would look like this: Once there was a little boy, ...
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I got question-banned after asking a +7 positive score question

First, I wasn't question-banned. Next, I asked a question. The "Ask Question" page had no warning on it. My question had a score of 7 (9 upvotes and 2 downvotes). Last, I tried to ask another question....
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How do we deal with lightspeed self-answering?

As seen in this question, the OP answered instantly (the timestamps are the same) to his question. I left a (barely mean) comment and I downvoted the answer, but what is the appropriate behavior with ...
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How to upload image to imgur without showing it?

I mean, can I use it to hide an answer from my question or a hidden hint? Of course without showing it on the post. There're people use this method. I've been looking for this but got nothing. Sorry ...
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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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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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What is the logic behind the number of views of the puzzles?

After about a year on SE, I have noticed that the number of views for any puzzle range dramatically from less than 100 to 5K or more. I assume a puzzle is considered viewed when a reader clicks on it? ...
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Questions from homework/assigments [duplicate]

This question: Encrypted message (unknown algorithm or plaintext) raised, or rather, revived a doubt in my mind. We do have a clear policy on the questions from on-going contests but what about ...
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What do we do about 'classic' riddles?

I have seen a couple of these posted recently. They don't really seem to do the community any good. We don't really seem to have a policy on 'classic' riddles. These are riddles which are usually ...
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Tag help questions

We've now had at least three questions seeking/giving help with a particular tag: Cryptic Clue Guide Strategies for solving steganography puzzles Not a Riddle, rather a Question The first one was ...
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Should we require that puzzles remain apolitical?

I realize this is a touchy subject. I don't want to start a dumpster fire of politics, but I think it's something we should (and can!) civilly discuss. Politics right now is a little nuts. No matter ...
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Edit ruined my puzzle!

Unfortunately, I can't explain what happened without spoiling the puzzle, so only read on if you want a puzzle ruined for you.
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Would puzzle-construction challenge questions be off-topic for this site?

I had the idea of encouraging more quality puzzles by asking a series of challenge questions that ask people to create a puzzle given certain constraints. Users could then vote on the various puzzles ...
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Has the scope of the site changed?

I noticed that this question (about shortening existing solutions to the Rubik's cube) was downvoted and migrated off the site. To me it seems like an on-topic question. After all, the help center ...
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Do we want all new questions to show up in The Sphinx's Lair?

Until recently, there were feeds that did the following in The Sphinx's Lair: Post every new question posted on Meta Post every question that had a bounty placed on it. This resulted in maybe a ...
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What's the policy on puzzles *paraphrased* from other sites?

I've looked at Is it acceptable to copy and paste questions from other sites? and A policy on plagiarism, and I'm aware that puzzles which are directly copy-pasted from other sites or sources without ...
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Sample commentaries on puzzle creation

Update: Wrap-up posts have been approved by the community and may be posted as answers at their puzzles. No need to first post them here anymore. Examples of wrap-up posts may be found by searching ...
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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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Why was my puzzle deleted?

I have a puzzle (https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/36205/dont-press-me-right-here) that received several downvotes. Other users posted comments that said the answer to the puzzle was too ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #12: Mazes

Link to other Fortnightly Topics. This is the twelth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge described here, with topics suggested and voted for here. This fortnight's topic is mazes (...
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Puzzle hidden in revision history?

I recently came across the puzzle The 3 keys of the past, which only has this content: The key to this puzzle is the past You don't need another hint... I figured out where the rest of the ...
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What is our reason for wanting bounties on questions?

Please read the answers below and vote on the answer(s) that you feel best describe your opinions on the issue discussed here. There has recently been some discussion about bounties on questions, as ...
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Can we get +10 reputation for upvotes on questions?

It used to be, a long, long time ago, that asking a question awarded +10 reputation. After some deliberation, this was changed to +5 reputation network-wide. The reasons at the time for this change ...
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Question sorting by votes is broken

When sorting the Questions page by votes (and 50 per page), a lot of questions are left out so that the last question on the first page has a score of -11. EDIT: Now there's a problem on the bottom ...
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Can I post this puzzle? I'm not even sure if it is a puzzle but surely looks like one!

If you are a fan of The Green Team, or technology in general, you might know that the Pascal GTX 1080 is just around the corner... For more information, visit: This article on HEXUS The official ...
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Optimal time to post a question

I have asked several questions. Sometimes the ratio of views to minutes posted is 2:1. But sometimes its the other way round and I could ask a question which only gets 20 views within the first hour. ...
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Avoiding asking duplicate questions

Here's a problem that I have run into a couple of times recently. When writing a question - how could I effectively search that the puzzle hasn't been asked before? This problem is, I believe, ...
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What exactly is 'too broad'

I have read the discussion here and I still have a point to raise. I recently posted a question that attracted a lot of attention because of the many creative and amusing ways to solve it. Users were ...
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Asking questions on puzzle creation

What are the rules for questions on puzzle-creation? Should we ask them on Puzzling SE or on the meta? What are their scope? (I'm afraid a question like "How do I write a good quiz?" will be too ...
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Are we allowed to post 'Link Puzzles'?

Are we allowed to post 'Link Puzzles', such as this: Get 'Beetle', from 'Bird' using 4 links. Solution: They work as follows: You are given two words and a number of links. You must try to find ...