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Generalist Countdown: ZERO!

We have liftoff! Thank you for your participation! -- A Generalist, 2020-02-18 Since we are a relatively young site in the Stack Exchange network, we haven't been able to enjoy any Generalist ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When should the knowledge tag be used?

(Kinda) related Puzzles/Puzzle Clues Related to Narrow/Restrictive Topics like Video Games Lately, for me, there are a lot of puzzles and riddles which involve a certain amount of knowledge in order ...
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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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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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What's going on with [logic-puzzle]?

Looking at the most recent questions for logic-puzzle, the use of the tag does not seem very well defined. At a cursory glance, the use of logic-puzzle is used to indicate: Formal mathematical ...
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Lateral-thinking requires a new policy

The lateral-thinking tag is for sure one of the most controversial tags in the history of Puzzling. It was often criticized for its inaccurate description, ambiguous meaning, tendency to "mask" low ...
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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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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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Gotta Tag 'em All

Whilst perusing through the tags, I noticed there is one for pokemon. Do we really need one specific to this or can these be removed or changed to video-games?
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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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What to do about [mystery] and [situation]?

I've been doing some tag wiki/excerpt edits recently. While doing so I realized that I really don't know the difference between mystery and situation. Neither do the tag excerpts. situation: A puzzle ...
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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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Why is word ladder not used?

There is the tag for word-ladder, the connecting of two words e.g LEAD into GOLD. However, it is rarely used: 6 questions are tagged as such, although there have been many puzzles that are actually ...
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Do we want to [find-the-tag]?

A new tag has been created on this site - find-the-tag - currently containing 6 questions at the time of writing. It intends to be for questions where a certain Puzzling SE tag is required as the ...
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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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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 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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When does a (grid) puzzle genre have its own tag?

So I just realized there is a tag for nonogram. More browsing, there are tags minesweeper, mastermind, slitherlink, and other genres of grid puzzles (a.k.a grid-deduction) as well. Hmm.. There is ...
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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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Admin Trogdor Needed to Burninate Many Tags

I just finished submitting 15 tag descriptions that are now sitting in the review queue. My hope and earnest expectation is that these will assist users in properly assigning tags to new questions. ...
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Is it really [good-practice] to have this tag?

I recently discovered that we have a good-practice tag here on PSE meta. It's used on 11 questions, 8 of which are our "Best of [time period]" posts while the other 3 are a strange mix: Tag-merge or ...
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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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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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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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Do we have a beginner question tag?

I recently posted a question targeted at beginners and I stated so in the question. Shortly after it was asked, a high rep user answered the question. It was an honest mistake, they answered before ...
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What's the difference between the tags [arithmetic] and [calculation-puzzle]?

I was seeking into tags until I found these tags: calculation-puzzle which states "A puzzle that involves numerical calculations, such as multiplication and addition." arithmetic which states: "...
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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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"-puzzle" tags not allowed

When I try to save a questions tagged with calculation-puzzle, logic-puzzle, mechanical-puzzle, twisty-puzzles, or whatever tag containing "-puzzle", I get the error message "The 'puzzle' tag is not ...
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Does the steganography tag apply to non-messages?

I was looking at this question earlier when a user pointed out that the steganography tag wasn't a good fit because its description said: Steganography is the art of concealing a message The ...
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Should limerick be a separate tag from poetry?

I was looking through the different tags and noticed that although the old haiku tag had been made a synonym of poetry, limerick is still its own tag. I wanted to ask if there is a reason for this ...
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Let's better define the [enigmatic-puzzle] tag

As of posting the enigmatic-puzzle tag has this minimal usage guidance: Puzzles where the genre or solving strategy of the puzzle is not explicitly stated; puzzles where the puzzler must deduce what ...
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Tag for "meta-knowledge" puzzles

There's a large class of puzzles where a group of people, often described as perfect logicians, are put in a situation where they have to deduce things based on what they know, and what they know ...
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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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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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Should we merge 'math' and 'maths' into 'mathematics'? [duplicate]

As a speaker of British English, I will always put the 's' in 'maths' if I am typing. However, you Americans believe the correct spelling is math. This can be annoying for speakers of British English ...
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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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What is the riddle tag for?

When I think of a riddle, I think of the questions between Gollum and Bilbo in The Hobbit, or the classic riddle of The Sphynx. With that in mind, I might define a riddle as "A description or set of ...
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New tag for "My 1,2,3,4 are..." genre?

By now you've probably seen questions like this: My first through fourth are a test. My third through seventh are enough. What am I? with the answer being The idea is that each clue describes a ...
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Should we hide tags, or allow hidden tags?

There have been a few puzzles lately that have intentionally omitted tags because the existence of the tag would spoil the puzzle. It makes me curious as to whether the tag system works for this site. ...
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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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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 ...