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Should we burninate [word-problem]?

I've had an issue with the word-problem tag for a while. It's currently being used as a replacement or co-tag for: story wordplay or word mathematics Of these, only the last is what the tag should ...
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The end of open-ended puzzles

Consensus has been reached. I say this on Rubio's authority - the contents of this post are considered to be a part of the definition of this site's scope. So, I posted this open-ended puzzle a ...
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What is a Puzzle Tag™?

We've probably all seen at least one of the "What is a XXX Word™?" puzzles. They were started off by JLee in July 2015 and have been going strong ever since, with 30 posted to date. Unlike most of ...
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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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Burninate [i-know-the-answer] and [i-don't-know-the-answer]

We have a pair of meta tags — tags that do not describe the content of the question, but instead describe some context around the question. challenge: indicates that the asker wants the puzzle to be ...
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What to do if one tag is always a subset of another tag? [duplicate]

There is a tag hat-problem and another tag logic-puzzle. Probably every question tagged as a hat problem is one that is solved using logical reasoning, and can be tagged as a logical puzzle also. Is ...
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Changing 'joke' to 'humour' or burninating it

There have been some posts where I think there have been a few misunderstandings: Namely: What do you call a cookie without a fortune? Which letter of the alphabet is the coolest? Why? What do you ...
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Now that they've become so popular, should we reconsider creating a specific category and tag for "prefix-infix-suffix" word puzzles?

UPDATE by Jeremy Dover This question seems to have hit the point of inertia with no significant objection, other than the practicality of retagging several hundred old posts. I have gone ahead and ...
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Tag for prisoner puzzles?

By "prisoner" puzzles I mean those in which several different entities (conveniently perfect logicians) are locked in separate rooms and given various amounts of information. The goal is for one of ...
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What exactly is the point of lateral-thinking?

Not only does lateral-thinking bring in people who's so far out-of-the-box that they don't even know where it is, and answers that generally don't make sense. But it's just plain useless. Take a look ...
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Should we abolish tags that only describe the origin of a puzzle?

We have at least two tags (possibly more) which say nothing about the content of the puzzle but only describe what context it originated or was found in. iq-test - "For puzzles that have ...
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Should [hat-problem] be its own tag, instead of a synonym?

Julian Rosen's recent post reminded me about something which has been bothering me. In response to this post, the hat-problem tag was made a synonym of logic-puzzle. I think that this decision ...
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Can we have the tag **maths** as a synonym for *math* please

Being British, the tag math feels very ungrammatical for me so I'd like to be able to write maths and have it treated identically. Addendum. Community sentiment seems to agree on changing math to ...
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Please vote on whether to make [detective] a synonym of [mystery]

I see detective and mystery used with a high degree of overlap. Namely, for puzzles which describe a scenario and then ask you to deduce the culprit or cause. To be fair, they do have differing wikis: ...
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Tag proposal for puzzles that require computer literacy

In a recent comment, rand al'thor suggested creating a tag for puzzles that are difficult to solve without some level of computer literacy. I think this is a good idea. Here's my proposal for a new ...
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The Grand Sesquiannual Tag Cleanup is back, bigger and better than ever before!

Welcome welcome fellow puzzlers, to the Second Sesquiannual Puzzling Tag Cleanup! Another year and a half has slipped by, and my, look at the tags! Er. Time. Tags have a nasty way of accumulating ...
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Do we need to reorganize the puzzle-suffix tags?

When I created the first puzzle-suffix tag during the private beta (calculation-puzzle), it was meant (at least in my mind, as other people created more of them as well) as part of a general ...
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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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Burninate the Martin Gardner tag?

I recently discovered that we have a martin-gardner tag. Martin Gardner was a man who wrote about puzzles (of many different kinds), not a type of puzzle. What use is this tag? Does it tell people ...
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Is "Lateral Thinking" a good tag?

I noticed the tag lateral-thinking, and wonder if this is not a common element to all games. If there wasn't a "trick" to "think around" then it wouldn't be a game at all, would it?
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What should we do with [math] and [calculation-puzzle]?

I've noticed what I believe may be a slight redundancy in our tag structure, and am wondering if there's something I'm missing. We have a tag, math, for math-oriented puzzles, which is effectively ...
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What's with the Generalist badge?

The description of the Generalist badge reads: Provide non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags. But I've provided non-wiki answers of at least 18 total score in 21 of the top 40 ...
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Opinion on puzzle-series tags

We have had several discussions on puzzle-series and common names in titles, the most recent one here. Now, I would like to propose that we introduce series-xxx tags for puzzle series. The main ...
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It's tag cleanup time! Complain about tags for free meta points!

Intro A while back, we talked about the -puzzle tags.. It seems like general consensus was that we should get rid of the suffixes, since they were redundant and no ...
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What should we call "grid logic" challenges?

Currently, it looks like our next fortnightly topic challenge is going to be about puzzles that I have tentatively called "grid logic" puzzles. A more precise definition would be "abstract puzzles on ...
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Is it okay to intentionally mislead with incorrect tags as part of a puzzle?

Would it be legal for a tag to be part of a question. E.g. to have a seemingly mathematical question which is really a lateral thinking puzzle and tag it math to intentionally make the puzzle harder? ...
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Should we change the [no-computers] tag to [no-brute-force]?

Usually when I see no-computers, it's used to deter people from using brute force. In my time here, I have only seen this tag used to exclude brute-forcing a solution with a computer. However, the ...
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Should we allow re-use of Fortnightly Topic Challenge tags?

Currently, the Fortnightly Topic Challenge solicits ideas for tags that will become the topic for the challenge for a two-week period. Once a tag has been a topic, the post suggesting it is deleted, ...
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Should the knowledge tag be merged with the trivia tag?

I ran across a puzzle tagged "trivia" recently. Its descriptor mentioned that it required non-essential knowledge of pop-culture to solve. This seems like a slightly narrower version of the "knowledge"...
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Can we have a garbage-collector tag?

Tags are generally useful for sorting and filtering of content. However, this requires that users read the tag-description what a tag is actually supposed to tag. Unfortuantely, this is rather ...
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Tag-merge or stricter tagging policy? [cryptic-clues] and [cryptic-crosswords]

Prompted by this question: Another Cryptic Crossword I wonder if we really should have both tags cryptic-crossword and cryptic-clues. It is confusing to the user searching for examples. If we want ...
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Do we need the [colors] tag?

I can see no real use in having this tag, which is currently only used in one question. Should we remove this tag? If not, why not? I yes, why?
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Definition of retrograde-analysis

When I first stumbled upon the retrograde-analysis tag a year ago, it did not have a definition, and there were only a very few puzzles in this category. One of them was this one, which I liked a lot....
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The tag [arithmetic] should be a synonym of [calculation-puzzle], not [mathematics]

I created calculation-puzzle specifically to apply to puzzles that involved calculation as their primary form of mathematical reasoning (as mentioned in this question from the private beta). Somehow, ...
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The Grand Sesquiannual Tag Cleanup is here!

Welcome to the Sesquiannual Puzzling Tag Cleanup! Almost a year and a half has gone by, and it's time to take a closer look at some of our tags. This question is a place anyone can post tags that ...
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Descriptions of the "brainteaser" and "lateral-thinking" tags

The current description of the brainteaser tag is as follows: A brain teaser is a puzzle that involves thinking in unconventional ways, or one that involves disregarding what seems obvious. It ...
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Trouble with the [cryptogram] tag?

Currently, the cryptogram tag is the primary tag, with synonyms code and cipher - it shouldn't be, though. Cryptograms refer to a specific type of puzzle: one in which each letter has been replaced ...
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What tag should be used when asking for a solution to a puzzle?

Asking for a solution to a specific puzzle seems to be on topic, but what tag should we use? solutions is already used for both these types of questions and questions discussing solutions in general. ...
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We have a problem with the [english] [language]

english (200 questions) Puzzles that crucially depend on some feature of the English language or that only work in an English formulation. language (131 questions) A puzzle that heavily depends ...
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When tags are subsets of other tags

I've noticed with the latest fortnightly challenge that the majority of the puzzles being created are actually chess puzzles that are additionally being tagged with board-games (the challenge topic)*. ...
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Renaming the "crosswords" tag to "crossword", and other such tag pluralizations

During this private beta, people have generally been tagging questions with what they feel is suitable; however, it's come to my attention that a few of them have been pluralized when (in my opinion) ...
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`Real` tag adjustment

Revised    $^\color{red}\wedge$   Proposal to consolidate real and unsolved-mysteries under the more-aptly named unsolved-mysteries and to redescribe real in order to avert my ...
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When [no-computers] tag is absent does it imply that computers are allowed?

Sometimes I see a puzzle that is rather easy to solve by writing a small computer program. The [no-computers]-tag exists if the asker of the question doesn't want you to use a computer. But does this ...
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A tag for "well defined" puzzles

Personally, I am only interested in puzzles which are "well-defined" - that is puzzles which have a clear goal and a clear set of possible options, with the assurance that there is a demonstrably ...
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Is [chestnut] a meta-tag?

I've seen the chestnut tag being added to a lot of puzzles lately, with a vague feeling that there's something "wrong" about it. Today I finally managed to pin down what the problem is: it doesn't ...
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Brainteaser: what does this tag mean?

The brainteaser tag looks like it's heading for being our catch-all tag here. I don't really understand what “brainteaser” means. It's not that far from being a synonym of “puzzle”. A brain teaser is ...
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What are tags useful for?

Note: The original question here was meant to be an information-gathering survey but was clearly misunderstood and has been changed to match a useful answer to a different question. What are tags ...
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What should we do with old [open-ended] puzzles?

Open-ended puzzles are off-topic The above-linked question ended: With that being said, I hereby propose that we lock the "good" open-ended puzzles for their historical significance and ...
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Possible Perceived Difficulty?

Should there be a tag for perceived difficulty of the riddles? I find a lot of the puzzles to be difficult (I guess I'm just not wired that way) and can have a really tough time sorting through the ...
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Is the [solutions] tag useful?

There are currently 6 questions tagged solutions. Is this tag useful? The first requirement for a tag to be useful is for the community to agree on its meaning. I think I see what solutions means: it'...