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Questions tagged [scope]

This tag is for questions on whether a question, or category of questions, falls within the site scope

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Are culture/location specific riddles allowed? [duplicate]

I have a riddle I want to ask. However, it is culture/location specific, and the answer involves a language of that culture (even though the question is in English). To mention the language would give ...
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Can we ask difficult math puzzles here?

Can we ask difficult math questions here? More specifically, I mean a math question that involves square roots.
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Are puzzles taken from mystery geocaches on-topic here (and if yes, how to properly answer them)?

Prompted by this question (and this similar question by the same user), I'd like to ask for the community's opinion on how to deal with puzzles taken from mystery geocaches. For those not familiar ...
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Proposed policy on mathematical questions

For background, see: Should mathematics questions really be on-topic here? (about "routine" mathematics questions) What tricky mathematical questions are on topic here? (about "heavy" mathematics ...
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What tricky mathematical questions are on topic here?

[EDITED to add:] See followup at Proposed policy on mathematical questions proposing a more specific policy in the light of comments and voting here. There's strong consensus that straightforward ...
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Can one ask just for the purpose of asking?

In Mathematics Stack Exchange (where I came from originally) one is told to ask a question if it needs to be answered and if they do not know how to do it and if they have already tried. It seems ...
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Is it on-topic asking about magic show here to reveal a magic trick?

Some of us love watching magic shows on TV, where the magicians amaze us with their tricks. We do not know how he does his tricks, and the trick "PUZZLED" our mind for days. Can we ask for help here, ...
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“Too Broad” criteria puzzles

This puzzle is closed because it is considered as "Too Broad" Create a star shaped crosswords I thinks these puzzles, and all other word-ladder puzzles are also "Too Broad".But why not closed as "...
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Should we allow questions that are themselves not puzzles, but about puzzle?

Recently I've visited a question "is there a name for this?" which has been put on hold as off topic because of This question does not appear to be about creation and solving of puzzles, within ...
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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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What constitutes a “puzzle,” exactly?

Sorry for posting this, as I am sure this has been asked before, but what exactly makes a "puzzle?" For example, what if posted a puzzle like this: I am the lowest number for which the Collatz ...
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Are questions about maintaining, repairing, improving, etc mechanical or physical puzzles such as Rubik's cube with the scope of the site?

Is the site only about solving etc of puzzles? I was going to ask a question about what easy to obtain lubricants are suitable to use on a speedcube that's getting a bit sticky. Would that be on-...
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Are questions from physics and chemistry olympiads on-topic?

This site has a large number of questions like those that appear on math olympiads. Lately, I thought of some puzzles that could appear on physics and chemistry olympiads. While those require ...
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Are users aware of Super Mario Maker mechanics, and would puzzle courses be on topic?

Are users on this site aware of the various mechanics in the game Super Mario Maker, and would posting self-made (or found) puzzles on here be regarded as on topic? For an example of a puzzle level, ...
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Are Tribond Questions On-Topic?

The title says it all. I have posted two different Tribond puzzles (puzzles that ask what three disparate elements have in common, with the answer often containing some little trick). The puzzles are ...
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Are straightforward anagram-only questions considered on-topic?

I came across a puzzle today that gave 3 solutions of an anagram and simply asked for 2 others (granted, the 2 intended answers share a common theme). I questioned whether this was something that ...
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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 questions about sources for types of puzzles off-topic?

My question is similar (although I don't think it's an exact duplicate) to this question. I'm interested in finding examples of certain types of puzzles and I haven't had much luck using search ...
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Are open-ended contest type questions off-topic?

Are open-ended contest type questions off-topic? What I am talking about is questions such as: Who can create the most [adjective] [type-of-puzzle]? For example, I recently tried to create a ...
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Is this question I asked on Math.SE better suited for Puzzling.SE?

I had asked a question on Math SE, before I knew about Puzzling SE. Here's the link. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1129004/create-the-most-stressful-tennis-game-ever It does involve ...
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Should questions that involve dictionary attacks be considered off-topic?

There have been some questions that asks things like: Replace a=1, b=2,... Find word with characters having product of 1 million Words with greatest single letter-to-word ratio Longest suffix with ...
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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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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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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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Getting to business: How can Puzzling make the internet better?

xnor asked me in a comment: Given the recognition that Puzzling is unusual in that challenges are not meant to solve a real-world issue, can you explain the role of being easy to find on Google? ...
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Are puzzles and riddles welcome?

It is really a shame that this question was still not properly settled. Are puzzles on-topic? Are riddles on-topic? Even if they are on-topic, are they welcome or just tolerated? If they are not on-...
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Positive discussion from the recent confusion

As I'm sure everyone on Meta has read, there's been quite a lot of confusion about whether or not puzzles are on-topic on Puzzling.SE. The latest information right now is from Robert Cartaino saying ...
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Are questions about puzzle video games on topic?

Can I ask questions about how to solve the puzzles in puzzle video games? For example, could I ask questions about techniques for playing the game Antichamber or how to solve some of its specific ...
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Should recreational mathematics be on topic? [duplicate]

There is an ongoing debate about what sort of questions should be on topic on puzzling.SE. So, let me add to it by asking a specific question. Should recreational mathematics questions be welcome here?...
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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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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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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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Are mazes allowed?

While mazes are a type of puzzle, I was wondering what the policy was on them. There's also a mazes tag. This also brings me to a conclusion we accept them? They're definitely fully defined, there's ...
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Proposal for a “puzzle already answered exactly as-written elsewhere” close reason

I'm proposing a custom close reason specific to Puzzling Stack Exchange, that will sound something like: This question appears to be off-topic because it already exists elsewhere in an identical ...
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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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Should mathematics questions really be on-topic here?

Item: A blanket for my baby snake This is a math question. It's an interesting math question — so interesting that it is a research problem whose solution is still unknown. And the top-scoring ...
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What is our working definition of “puzzle”?

Reflecting on What is the smallest positive integer which can not be written without repetition of digits and using arithmetic only? I began to wonder what counts as a puzzle for the sake of being on-...
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How does one narrow down a question about puzzle creation?

I was thinking about writing a question along the lines of "What strategies are there for creating X?" where "X" would be a specific type of puzzle. The problem of course is that as is, that type of ...
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Definitive criteria for determining the on-topicness of brainteasers and “situation” problems

Examples: Which way is the bus going?, https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/569/getting-the-coin-out-of-the-bottle, https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/568/getting-the-100-dollar-bill-...
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Are “mass-producible puzzles” on-topic?

We've had a few questions come up on Meta regarding a specific type of puzzle Joe Z. has dubbed "mass-producible puzzles." These, in essence, are puzzles which can be produced in great quantities for ...
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Are probability exercises on topic here?

I'm not yet sure how I feel about this one, but I thought it was worth discussing. I just saw a recent question here on Puzzling about the Birthday Problem, a common problem in probability/...
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On the posting of cryptic crossword clues as puzzles

EDIT: Please be aware that this question predates a time on Puzzling SE in which a lot of policies were re-discussed and re-thought. See also this post for historic context. Recently, there have been ...
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Are specific coded message puzzles on-topic in Puzzling?

Let's suppose I generate a coded message using an algorithm other than letter-for-letter correspondence and ask two questions: What is this message? How did I encode it? Would I be allowed to post ...
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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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How broad is too broad for “how do I solve this puzzle” questions?

I recently posted a self-answered question concerning the strategies I use to beat Minesweeper games consistently. Doorknob justifiably pointed out that the question could, perhaps, be a bit too ...
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What are the essential questions that we must answer before we can launch?

Everyone, we really need to hunker down and come up with consistent guidelines for the content of this site. This post will be a container question for the substantial, site defining questions, and ...
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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, I've ...
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Situation riddles

Do we want to have situation riddles on the site? These are the puzzles where someone poses a riddle and people get to ask yes/no questions until they figure out the answer. Could be like an ...