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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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Should we have weekly/fortnightly topic challenges?

A long time ago (five months) on a site far, far away (roughly two clicks), a great suggestion was made. Jon Ericson came up with the idea of weekly/fortnightly topic challenges. For those not willing ...
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Are math-textbook-style problems on topic?

There's been some recent questions on the site that are problems from math textbooks, or problems in that style. Doubt : Pokemon Hunter and the Rogue Brook Groups of Farmers Cows eat to much Who is ...
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A policy on plagiarism

A few of you may be wondering why nineteen questions just disappeared from the site. This meta post is meant to explain what just happened, and set a goal for how to handle similar situations in 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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Is it appropriate to pose a puzzle where I don't know the answer?

This would seem to be a trivial question, but with the current structure of puzzling.SE I'm legitimately not sure: I have a question that's a variant on another puzzle previously asked on the site; ...
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Questions from on-going contests

What do we do with questions from on-going contests? For example, this question is a 2014-15 USAMTS Round 3 problem. Should they be flagged for moderator attention?
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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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What's with all the spaghetti?

Overnight, FIFTEEN questions about spaghetti parties popped up. What is going on? Is it national spaghetti day? Are we changing out name to Spaghetti-Puzzling.Stackexchange.com?
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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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What about a question calling for examples of a certain type of puzzle?

(Please see this question and comments on it for where this proposition originates.) How would people feel about a question of the form 'What are some good examples of puzzles of type X?', inviting ...
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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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Difficulty rating on questions

I've noticed that some users downvote questions that seem too easy. But I believe everyone is on a different level with regards to puzzle solving and what might be too easy for some, might be ...
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Can we post semi-Interactive Puzzles

Are puzzles that are "semi-interactive" on topic? To define "semi-interactive": A semi-interactive puzzle is one in which the OP may not post all of the puzzle in the question at the beginning - ...
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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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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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Should we be referencing/using specific users in puzzles?

Something's been on my mind a bit lately. We've had a not-insignificant quantity of community-made puzzles that use specific users as part of the puzzles. Is this an issue that needs handling? I know ...
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Should we temporarily remove ourselves from the Hot Network Questions?

Multiple of our high-activity questions have appeared over the last week on Hot Network Questions (HNQ) on the Stack Exchange front page, leading to an increase in traffic. Is this desirable at the ...
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Is it acceptable to copy and paste questions from other sites?

Is it ok to ask questions that are a copy paste from other sites. As an example, this question came from this page. Not even the title is modified. Is this acceptable behaviour or is it to be ...
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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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Are the following mass-producible puzzles acceptable on puzzling.SE, and is it appropriate to ask for partial answers?

By "mass-producible puzzles", I refer to puzzles that are instances of a generic template. The most commonly-known examples are crosswords, Sudoku, word-finds, fill-in-the-blanks, etc. I'd actually ...
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Questions can be manually removed from HNQs

So apparently there is a secret way to remove questions from the Hot Network Questions. Look at this question. The original version made it to #25 on the HNQs. After Emrakul's edit (adding some ...
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How should we ask questions that rely on homophones?

Some types of riddles work when asked verbally but not when written down because the catch is that a certain word uses a homophone with a different spelling. How should these kinds of questions be ...
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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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Puzzle askers should say if they don't know the answer [duplicate]

I've been disappointed a few times when I tried to solve a promising-looking puzzle, given up, and waited eagerly to hear the answer, but no answer came because the asker revealed they don't know it ...
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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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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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Why was my question removed from the HNQs?

Emrakul made an invisible edit to my latest puzzle in order to remove it from the Hot Network Questions. I was not consulted about this beforehand or afterwards. Question for Emrakul: why was my ...
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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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Is it OK to use specific users as part of a puzzle mechanism?

I am currently working on a series of mini-puzzles I’ll be posting on the main site, and I have an idea for a mechanism that utilizes features of users all across the Stack Exchange network, ...
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Are knowledge/trivia puzzles on-topic?

Are knowledge/trivia puzzles on-topic? I'm talking about puzzles that are solved basically by knowing or looking up facts. I'm not talking about puzzles where this is just one element, or where the ...
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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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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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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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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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Re-asking a question when an unintended answer is given

This question is (according to the OP) a rephrasing of this question. The reason a second question was asked is that Lukas Rotter gave an answer which worked with the initial phrasing, but was not the ...
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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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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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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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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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# 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.