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How do we move past the absence of our top contributor?

How do we move past rand's suspension? It's simple, really. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time we make room for the new king of Puzzling.SE: Bailey M. Please, hold your applause. [End unofficial block....
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

I think it's important to comment first and give the authors some time to fix their answers before deleting them. Last night I went through one particularly problematic question and posted such a ...
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Spoiler markup: ____________________

I like spoiler blocks. I have a large monitor, I enjoy solving most puzzles instead of simply looking at the answers, and spoiler blocks greatly facilitate my use of the site. I can read through ...
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Why choose this as accepted answer?

Only the user who asked a question can accept an answer. A "community-accepted" feature is not currently planned. If you believe the accepted answer is low quality, simply downvote it like you would ...
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How do we move past the absence of our top contributor?

Losing the top user on a site is, unfortunately, not unprecedented. Whether because of death or life circumstances (I'm pleased to see I'm no longer the top user on Hermeneutics) or for reasons ...
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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.
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My question was answered with "creative" answers

I think an appropriate concept here is "contra proferentem". Essentially, where there is ambiguity this counts against the author, not the reader. If you want a unique, "correct" answer, then you ...
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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 ...
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What to keep in mind while answering puzzle?

It's just not a good answer. I'd be surprised by anyone finding the answer inappropriate or vulgar. If you look at any number of other accepted answers for riddles, you'll see that each line in the ...
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How do we improve the quality of content produced on Puzzling.SE?

We must define what is on-topic in a clear unambiguous fashion. I haven't been around all that long, however every discussion I've seen about what's on-topic has been very ambiguous and I'm still not ...
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Challenge questions and post quality: How should we proceed?

Titles What happened in Area 51: In Area 51, the example questions have no bodies, so they must be entirely self-contained only in the title. Most puzzles and riddles are impossible to be crammed to ...
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

Assuming we want explanations (and I believe we do), this is probably the only way it's going to get enforced. Downvoting works very well when there's a culture of it, but not so well if you're the ...
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Content on site slowly becoming more and more like Y! Answers

I blame the questions. If “solve this riddle” is a valid question, then those are decent answers. These puzzles are officially off-topic, but pretty much nobody appears to be enforcing this.
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Should we downvote/delete riddle answers that don't match every line of the riddle?

No. Partial answers need love too. Those that build toward an answer are perfectly acceptable on most stacks and are useful in their own right. Intentionally deleting answers that are partly ...
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Spoiler markup: ____________________

I think that answers should break their spoiler into multiple labelled parts if possible, like my answers here and here. That way, readers can control what they're spoiled on. Someone who just wants a ...
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Should mathematics questions really be on-topic here?

I think that puzzles with strong mathematical content are perfectly on topic. If you look at the puzzle tag on math.stackexchange.com I think many of those would make great questions here. See for ...
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What if all "solve my puzzle and that's it" questions got banned

I think what we really need is to edit the questions we have to make them better and ultimately closing the ones that are not up to the right standard. New users need to see lots of examples of good ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Content on site slowly becoming more and more like Y! Answers

One reason for this is the way the 'hotness' scores are calculated. Questions with high 'hotness' can reach the SE home page and the multi-collider-thingy, which gives them a big boost in visitors ...
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What if all "solve my puzzle and that's it" questions got banned

A proposal to vote on: Perhaps we could ban the questions that ask "what is the answer to this riddle/problem" but keep questions that ask "how is this riddle solved". For example, difficult maths ...
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Why choose this as accepted answer?

To quote @JoeZ. "I'm sorry; this is a bad question given the answer you've accepted as correct". As the community cannot change the accepted answer, the question is as much of the issue as the answer ...
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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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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

Yes, we should enforce explanations in answers. With downvotes and a comment linking to a faq meta post first, then deletion if the user refuses to fix the problem. Ultimately, though, to convey that ...
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Spoiler markup: ____________________

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