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### Possibility of adding a Morse code tag?

In both my own puzzles, and in other people's puzzles, I have noticed a lot of Morse code. Obviously, going overboard with this or other common puzzle-making devices can detract from how fun the ...
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### Number Construction Puzzles: What Constitutes a Duplicate?

User Dmitry Kamenetsky posted some puzzles today (here and here) that I enjoyed working through - they were simple enough anyone could attempt them, but the matter is complex enough that some ...
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I posted an answer to a Puzzling question. My answer seemed like a pretty good guess but still a guess. My answer received some votes. Also, the question author commented on my answer that said I was ...
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Please reopen my puzzle. The goal of the puzzle is clearly defined in the title. I spent an hour designing this puzzle. I know it's an odd looking puzzle but I assure you that the puzzle is solvable ...
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### What happened to Fortnightly Topic Challenges?

We haven't had a Fortnightly Topic Challenge since the Short and Sweet one, and I enjoy reading those puzzles. What happened?
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### Are full crosswords allowed here?

I am new here and came across this question. I felt it falls in the category of "too broad" of other sites. Am I right in this conclusion, or is it allowed here?
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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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### Interactive puzzles?

Could "interactive puzzles" ever be on topic here? An "interactive puzzle", can be for example a puzzle that is being run as a HTML5 project inside the web browser. (Or needs to be simulated in some ...
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### Best puzzles of 2019 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 ) 2019? Suggested ...
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### Can we have capture-the-flag tags?

I like playing CTFs (capture the flag) which are mainly hacking games. I'd like also have some CTF style puzzles here (no hacking, just puzzles with things like OSINT and Crypto). I've noticed that ...
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### Can we make posts just as parts of a puzzle?

Let's say I want to spread a puzzle into several small parts and want to limit the puzzle to just interactions inside puzzling.SE. For example, players have to use SE's search bar with clues in the ...
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### Meta puzzles that don't state the puzzles they rely on - adding difficulty or just wasting time

I am currently posting some meta puzzles, and originally planned to not mention the previous puzzles. I would then allude to it being related to another puzzle in a clue. Is this just increasing the ...
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### Minesweeper problems

It looks like the minesweeper tag has so many non-puzzle questions. What shall I do with them? Also, is this question fit for the "puzzling"site?
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### What happens with the questions with no accepted answer?

There are many questions in PSE with a few answers (or sometimes no answers at all) which do not yet have any accepted answer with tick mark even though many weeks or months have passed. Shouldn't the ...
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### Disputes about content on question?

I asked for help on the website for a question and I gave out more context to it but instead my question was locked until further notice. Why?
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### Is my timing of giving hints good?

Starting with this question, I shall give hints on specific timing. After 24 hours since posting the question, I give a subtle hint. After other 12 hours, I give a moderate hint. After other 6 hours, ...
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### Filtering by difficulty would allow to extend the user base of the main site

Currently the main site is used mostly by community who create/post puzzles and write answers to them. It is possible to use the site just to solve puzzles and to check solutions against existing ...
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### Enigmatic Puzzle - Eliminate Wrong Paths

I'm solving an enigmatic-puzzle, in particular, this. If I found routes that ended up in a dead-end, but which I am sure that was deliberately added in by the puzzle creator, should I post them as an ...
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### Rules for Using Puzzles Created Here

So I am new here and haven't heard anything about these puzzles being used anywhere else. There are a lot of nice cryptic crosswords and similar puzzles created by people here that would do very well ...
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### User names with promotion/spam in them

To my knowledge, questions and answers that contain spam and promotional materials, such as to sell something or advertsting, are forbidden. But what if someone has a username like somecompany.com ? ...
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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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### Math problems from a series of stories

I want to write a long story (one chapter per question) and some of the chapters may be just math problems. Where should I post those chapters? Or, may I make some changes to those math problems so ...
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### What do we do when a question relies on an image that's no longer available?

This question was just bumped to the homepage by a user asking if the image, which was hosted externally and is no longer accessible, could be fixed. This raises an interesting dilemma in that we now ...
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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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### Best puzzles of 2019 Q2 (April - June)?

This question is part of the best-puzzle award series. What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the second quarter ( April / May / June) 2019? Suggested guidelines ...
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### I can't use Imgur, I have to use Scratch instead

Instead of Imgur mazes, I have to create Scratch mazes because I can't access Imgur. However, can I still use imgur-maze in it or may I suggest another tag? EDIT: I tried:
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### Is “grid-deduction” needed here?

Is "grid-deduction" needed here?
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### Unsolvable puzzles

I'm curious about people's thoughts on puzzles that don't have a solution. I've seen a couple of these posted in the last few weeks (since I've been on the forum) and they tend to generate a lot of ...
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### Google Earth Challenges - Should we keep them?

Background Welp, @Conifers has come up with a great idea: Google Earth Challenge. It received pretty good feedback, and therefore the OP went on to post more of them. @athin went on to post a ...
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A while ago, consensus was reached that open-ended puzzles are no longer welcome on our site. That means, if a question has no absolute "best possible" answer, so that any answer could conceivably be ...
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### Why do questions sometimes not appear immediately on the site after asking?

I saw that sometimes when I ask a new question it does not appear on the site immediately. It takes sometimes at least 2-3 minutes before appearing but still got a view. I keep on refreshing the ...
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### Are puzzles that overthink their answers appropriate?

I wasn't quite sure how to phrase this, but I stumbled on this puzzle and was surprised to see the amount of thought going into it. The answer - that suspect 3 must have done it because the murder ...
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I have forgotten the answer to one of my puzzles. What do I do? I find it quite remarkable that a similar post doesn't already exist here.
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### Partial Answers and “List-of-Clues” puzzles

Puzzling is unique across the SE network for allowing "partial answers" -- that is, answers that aren't full answers to the questions, but just make some progress towards answering it. But recently, I'...
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### Posting a partial answer [duplicate]

I was working on this puzzle which has 10 clues leading to a single final answer: A puzzle with 10 pieces - 2 days to complete Over a day had passed with no activity so I posted an "answer" which ...
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### Let's write a proper “Read Me First”

Our site has a lot of rules. One might even say, an awful lot. It would be a very good idea to list the most relevant of them in one place somewhere (the tour seems like a decent option) so that we ...
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### Using images from elsewhere on the web

On PSE it is common for users to create puzzles using photographs or pictures taken from elsewhere on the web (e.g. here and here). Now, I like and enjoy this style of puzzle - it challenges your ...
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### Why are IQ test questions received so badly on this website?

I have a question about my Puzzling Stack Exchange post: IQ test matrix: Can you solve it and justify your answer? I have asked a question about a Raven progressive matrix from an online IQ test and ...
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### Posting a mini-puzzle for a hint for another puzzle

I created a $Word^{TM}$ kind of puzzle, and while trying to create a hint, I ended up with a mini-puzzle. Is it ok if I post it as a new question, to make it available not just for the people ...
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### Use of profanity

This is a question about the use of profanity on the site. I am sure this must have been specified somewhere else. Obviously, abuse is not allowed. But profanity/cuss words can be used cleverly. I ...
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### Are variations on puzzles with an accepted answer acceptable despite the hints they may give?

Assume a puzzle $A$ has an accepted answer. It gives you an idea for another puzzle $B$, in which you would, in fairness, include a sentence like "this was inspired from puzzle $A$". Then of course ...
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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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### Description for “this looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere” assumes you can vote to re-open

I saw a question closed as this: "This looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere. For content you did not create yourself, proper attribution is required. If you have permission to repost this, ...
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### Little Lost Robot Discussion

I asked this question recently. There were many answers, and it was accused of being too broad. I've been over the comments and the answers a few times, now. I'm not claiming it is perfect by any ...
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### Why was my answer severely downvoted?

I posted this answer and it did okay at first, but later, it started to get a whole bunch of downvotes! This is now deleted so only certain viewers will be able to see it but what did I do wrong here? ...
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### Would it be better to break the Grand Grid puzzles into multiple questions?

The first one was put into a single question because all the component challenges are related and are all required to solve it. But is it better to divide them up? Note that the first one was easier ...
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I immediately got downvoted twice and am still downvoted 40 minutes later. I'm new so if anyone can let me know what I am doing wrong I would appreciate it. The Grand Grid I
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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 ...