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### The many-eyes effect

I want to alert puzzle writers to a potential cognitive bias I'll call the many-eyes effect. Many people try to solve your puzzle, but only those who succeed post. It's tempting to imagine the posters ...
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### Thank you, Robert Cartaino

For those who don't know, the Director of Community Development at the Stack Exchange company, Mr Robert Cartaino, is no longer employed by Stack Exchange. Tributes are already flowing in on main meta ...
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### One Weird Trick All Spammers Hate

Puzzling.SE hasn't really seen much spam in the past, but we've had just a bit of it recently. Since it hasn't come up before, the question of what to do about it hasn't come up either. Using This ...
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### List of bounties with no deadlines

This is a list of unofficial, deadline-less (hence not searchable) bounties offered by users on various challenges on the main site. Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that the user will award the ...
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### Best puzzles of 2018 Q3 (July - September)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series. What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the third quarter (July / August / September) 2018? Suggested ...
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### Enough “22+4” questions. The originality is lost

There has been a recent spate of related "22+4" questions that can all be answered by using different cyclic numbering systems. The OP's always say "use base 10," perhaps not realizing that that ...
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### An appeal from a newbie - in-jokes

I've recently joined this community and discovered an interest in puzzles that I didn't know I had. The atmosphere and camaraderie are great. The only problem for me is detecting in-jokes. Example ...
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### 2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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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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### State of meta.puzzling.SE rules

So, it was recently asked when a community consensus is reached. Additionally I have observed a lot of users having no overview at all of the current rules, so for the last few days I have been ...
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### Improved interface to posts of common interest?

Q:   What do these three recently well-received Meta posts have in common?     Change “unanswered” search to “unsolved”     Should we have a meta-sorted list ...
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### Is there an informational page or other list of rules specifically for Puzzling.SE?

Maybe I'm just overlooking it, but I cannot find guidelines for this specific site anywhere. All the links (e.g., What kind of questions should I ask on Puzzling?) go to the generic Stack Exchange ...
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### A script to add spoiler tag to the selected text

Introduction When I write an answer I find it very time consuming to add the spoiler tag to every line so I have written a small script that do it for me.  How to use it ? select the text right click ...
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### 2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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### We've graduated. When are the moderator elections?

I've noticed that on most SE sites that finally make a leap into the big leagues (a.k.a. graduation), the first order of business is moderator election. If I recall correctly, I have seen this precede ...
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### Could we have syntax highlighting?

It happens quite often for mathematical or logical puzzles to be solved creating some programs or scripts, maybe to find the best solution to the task. By the way I actually got a bit disappointed ...
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### Question about Puzzle Creation Etiquette

I have created a puzzle that includes multiple steps, that I'd like to post on the site. However, two of the steps use standard puzzles as part of making progress. Assuming I attribute the source, ...
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### Add a visual indication in the question list that a question is locked

When a question is a duplicate, or on hold, you can see a sign, e.g. [on hold], next to the title in the list of questions, so that you don't waste your time ...
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### How to write an answer and hide key clues and information using the >! spoiler formatting — Oh and what is rot13 in comments

I thought it might be useful to ask a question about how to use the spoiler formatting to hopefully prompt a useful answer where someone can explain how to use spoilers when answering questions. I ...
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### MathJax Usage Guidelines

It's cool that we can use MathJax to do nice stuff like: $$\{0+ai,0-ai^\frac{2}3,0+\frac{i}a,0-\frac{i}a\}\forall a \in A \subseteq \Bbb{R}$$ (stolen from this Jonathan Allan answer) or this: \sum_{...
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### Isn't “not detailed enough” a valid reason for answer deletion?

Each time that I see a low quality post in the review queue, and have clicked "Recommend Deletion" for an answer, I am baffled by the options I am given to explain why. First of all, the vast ...
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### Posting similarly worded questions on meta - how?

I was about to post the Q3 installment of the "best of" series when I was prevented by the system. It doesn't allows me posting because it recognizes the question to be a "duplicate" of some previous ...
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### 2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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### Comments on Nominations — Location Not Showed

Puzzling.SE is currently holding a moderator election.  During the nomination phase, members were able to post comments on nominations, like this: If you go to the user profile page of somebody who ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Color of own messages in chat rooms using Puzzling's theme is too similar to others' messages

I chat on several rooms throughout the network. Most rooms I chat on for most sites show one's own messages in a very different color from others' messages, such as blue on non-designed sites and ...
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### Puzzling chatroom logo-text misalignment

Alconja's answer here in the Puzzling Design Pitch post mentions realignment of the Puzzling logo at the top of the site, moving it as shown in the below gif (credits to them): This is what it looks ...
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### “How to Format” box has bullet points that look like clickable drop-down arrows

The triangle bullet points in the How to Format box look like clickable drop-down icons (at least to me). Should they be changed to round bullet points to avoid confusion?
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### FAQ: Practical questions?

Today, I decided to click the "new on puzzling" banner and then on the first question just out of curiosity: What questions should I avoid asking? That page contains the following text: You should ...
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### 2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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### Purpose of tags which only describe how a puzzle is presented

There are several tags which do not identify an element relating to the puzzle (or its solution) itself, but rather identify how the puzzle is presented. This is most notable with tags relating to ...
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### Magic-square questions: teaching them instead of feeding them

This issue arises with this question. Theoretically, there can be an unlimited number of questions of the type- Find the solution to a magic square with each side and diagonal adding up to X. Of ...
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### Close reason: No permanent value?

On of the "quality" discussion we tend to come against again and again seems to be related to a basic 'conflict' we have: SE is a site to create permanent value (normally in form of searchable Q&...
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### How should I respond to partial answers to multi part questions?

I have a multi part question, to which some parts of the question have been successfully answered. Now that the question has been open a while and I'm ready to give away the rest of the answers, does ...
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### Several tags are special instances of another tag

This meta post from a couple of months ago asks what to do when one tag is a subset of another. The specific example there was hat-puzzle as a subset of logic-puzzle. The result was that hat-puzzle ...
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### Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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### i.stack.imgur unconditionally shrinks large images

There's a visual puzzle consisting entirely of 1 image that I've originally made for a different community. Because it was locally successful, I thought it would be nice to share it with the world. ...
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### Could We Add a Customized Confirmation Screen for Question Posters below a Certain Reputation Threshold?

Disclaimer: I am still new here, and haven't fully assimilated the PSE culture. Nor do I know how difficult it is (permission-wise or coding-wise) to make custom changes to one of the SE subsites....
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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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### What purpose does the header serve in certain puzzles?

This is a header in the beginning of a puzzle. It could contain valuable information. I see that there is currently a massive retagging is going on (with all its side-effects) due to a recent ...
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### Page duplication on the net - is this commonplace or something serious?

I recently came across this (good) question on puzzling.SE: My Puzzling Girlfriend Then I noticed it had a forum-style duplicate here: http://www.discuzfeed.com/puzzling/lzlzr-my-puzzling-...
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### New here, just wondering if there's some way I should improve my first question

I posted What could the hidden message be, involving this binary data set and string of characters?. I'm just wondering, since I'm new to Puzzling SE, if there are any guidelines I should be adhering ...
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### “1 days” should be “1 day” in the “You reached your question limit” page

I'm currently prevented from asking questions for 2 days as I've reached my question limit because I've asked two questions out of which one of them was a duplicate and the other has 3 downvotes and ...
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Recently a question was posted which is a puzzle by a popular Math teacher. Not to my surprise, answers existed on the net at several different places. I have seen this before also. Reposting puzzles ...
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### Edit view without highlighting

So I was recently reviewing a suggested edit, and it said: Included spoiler tags (hopefully got it right) Well, I hoped they got it right too. I went to click Accept anyway, and crossed my fingers, ...