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Partial Answers and "List-of-Clues" puzzles

In my opinion, answering only a small part of a large puzzle should not be a "partial answer", particularly if these answers are unconfirmed. What counts as a "small part" will of course vary from ...
Deusovi's user avatar
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Can the answer be a photo taken of a written paper?

That is certainly allowable, but it's not an ideal solution. If there is a picture or diagram you want to include as part of your answer, then definitely insert it as an image, but I would encourage ...
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Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

Most such answers are by newcomers. Silent downvoting is a great way to make them feel unwanted. So I would suggest a polite comment and perhaps deletion after a few days.
KeyboardWielder's user avatar
8 votes

Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

I believe that in most cases we should comment and down-vote rather than simply delete. The presence of a publicly visible answer with many down-votes and comments about it's redundancy seems a ...
Jonathan Allan's user avatar
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Why was my answer deleted?

This answer should not have been marked as offensive. Mentioning Adolf Hitler is not offensive in itself (if it was, a lot of history teachers would necessarily be offensive and History SE wouldn't ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Why was my flag on a snarky answer dismissed?

Because other users said it "Looks OK". That flag was put through the low quality queue. As you can see from the history (which you can access with review priviliges, IIRC), four users ...
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Can the answer be a photo taken of a written paper?

You can of course click a picture of a handmade diagram to explain the answer well. But you need to type the plain text. You cannot post the picture of a plain text because: some users might not be ...
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Enigmatic Puzzle - Eliminate Wrong Paths

In general, my personal opinion would be 'no, that's not answer-worthy, but it's probably worth posting as a comment'. I may be more reluctant to post partial answers than most, but as I mentioned in ...
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Is it rude to wait until precise answer is given?

There is a fourth option (assuming your first option involves waiting without any further interaction) - and the one that I would recommend: Engage the almost-there user in comments, prompting them ...
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

It Depends. People's reasons for answering a question may not directly coincide with their timing and/or reasons for voting on a question. A bad question may get answered solely because the ...
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Why was my flag on a snarky answer dismissed?

Use a custom mod flag. Standard "very low quality" or "not an answer" flags send a post to the Low Quality Posts review queue and only later to the mod flag queue. If a few non-mods who don't see ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

This seems to paradoxically imply: Solvers do not appreciate many puzzles they find worthwhile to answer. Voters believe that many valueless puzzles have valuable solutions. I think the second of ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

Mu. Not upvoting a question doesn't imply thinking it's a bad question, contrary to the assumptions in the question. I am rather miserly with upvotes (and also with downvotes) and I solve a lot more ...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
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If a question asks about how to improve a puzzle, is an answer which only solves the puzzle acceptable?

Short answer: Posts (like the example given) that do not answer the actual question should be deleted Longer answer: In this sort of situation (a question about the details of another puzzle), the ...
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Enigmatic Puzzle - Eliminate Wrong Paths

As the OP of the question in question (hi!), here is my view... In the general case, I completely agree with Deusovi's comments. Any attempted answer should usually demonstrate proper progress in the ...
Stiv's user avatar
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If a question asks about how to improve a puzzle, is an answer which only solves the puzzle acceptable?

The general principle is that an answer that doesn't in any way answer the question that's been asked is Not An Answer, and therefore shouldn't be there. The other general principle is that we should ...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
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Can the answer be a photo taken of a written paper?

I do agree with both the answers written. I'd like to add one more point that while adding a picture shows your homework/effort on the question, you must make sure that others are able to understand ...
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What to do with this answer?

I think that in such a case you should explain the problem in comments downvote if you think the answer in question is bad enough to deserve it (both of which you have done) and otherwise leave it ...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

Firstly, regarding voting habits; I don't know about others but, similarly to @GarethMcCaughan (though I think I may be less miserly), I think of not voting as a middle of the road option. I base ...
Brent Hackers's user avatar
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Partial Answers and "List-of-Clues" puzzles

Partial answers should supply some information that is used in the accepted answer, otherwise they should be deemed 'not an answer, not even a partial answer', and deleted (after the check mark is ...
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