21 votes
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Do we want to keep the accepted answer pinned to the top?

Yes, absolutely yes. So much yes. On Puzzling specifically, due to the nature of our site and the fact that bestowing a checkmark is an implicit message of "this is my puzzle's intended answer ...
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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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15 votes
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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 ...
GentlePurpleRain's user avatar
15 votes
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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
15 votes
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Should my answer be deleted if there is a similar/identical answer?

Just for the sake of having an answer to address in general (not just your case) the issue of two answers saying the same thing ... Don't post a duplicate answer long after the fact. If someone posts ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
13 votes
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Is it compulsory to hide all answers in spoiler blocks?

Spoilers are not necessary for answers. As far as I know, there has never been a site policy requiring spoiler-marked answers. However, it is generally polite to spoiler answers if any of the ...
Deusovi's user avatar
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Do we want to keep the accepted answer pinned to the top?

Let's look at some real examples from PSE. (Note: Potential spoilers ahead!) Ghotiy spelling (score of accepted answer currently +39, top answer +173) This is our most "extreme" example at ...
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13 votes
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Do we want to opt-in to a banner in the answer-box warning that AI-generated answers are not allowed?

I can't speak for others, but to me, AI-generated content does not seem like a huge problem on this site. There certainly has been some, but it doesn't seem to be as harmful here as it is on other ...
plasticinsect's user avatar
10 votes
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Edit ruined my puzzle!

No.
Deusovi's user avatar
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10 votes

About NON-open-ended puzzles with multiple answers working towards an optimum

Having written a lengthy meta post on this same subject myself, I took a deep breath, rethought the matter, erased my post, and here's my final policy suggestion: Let's not have a policy on this. ...
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10 votes
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I just joined Puzzling, but can't post an answer

The association bonus doesn't count for protected questions (or "highly active questions", as they're now called). You need to earn 10 reputation on this site before that block disappears. See also ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Attention on bountied question

If you know any people who might be interested in the puzzle elsewhere, there's a handy "share" button under every post which provides a link for sharing the puzzle in your favourite medium. ...
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8 votes
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How to choose the answer to accept in a multi-question puzzle?

You choose whichever answer you think most deserves the glorious green checkmark. You can use whatever criteria you find appropriate. First to answer anything. First to answer everything. First to ...
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About NON-open-ended puzzles with multiple answers working towards an optimum

First of all, I'd like to apologize: I vastly misinterpreted the community consensus on this issue, and I didn't realize that I had inadequately communicated my "open-ended" proposal's ...
Deusovi's user avatar
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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
8 votes

Is a handful of solutions that don't work considered a partial answer?

I say: Yes, establishing that a bunch of plausible things don't work is a perfectly cromulent form of partial answer. What's the point of a partial answer? Either to save work for other people, or ...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
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What's the benefit of this edit? (Added 2 spaces)

The two extra spaces (and the subsequent line break) at the end of a line trigger a paragraph break in the rendered result. Without them, the image is rendered inline with the text, and since inline ...
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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 ...
Deusovi's user avatar
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6 votes

Spoiler markup: ____________________

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6 votes
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Which answer should be accepted if the first one (chronologically) takes the most important step, but the second is more complete?

You're allowed to accept any answer you want. I don't think either of your two options would be bad to accept - it's up to you. But in general, I personally see acceptance of an answer as officially ...
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6 votes

Answers to underspecified [formation-of-numbers] puzzles

the question is currently off-topic Yeah, well, y'know, that's just, like, uh, your opinion, man. Stack Exchange requires multiple closure votes (or one supervote) precisely because it doesn't trust ...
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5 votes

Should we upvote good answers for puzzles we've downvoted for being not good?

You should: Upvote puzzles that you deem upvote-worthy, for whatever reason. Downvote puzzles that you deem downvote-worthy, for whatever reason. Closevote puzzles that you deem closevote-worthy, for ...
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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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What can I do in this pressuring situation?

It seems that this particular situation has bothered you somewhat. If I understand it, you want to explain your side (including your reason for the accepted answer) clearly. You can do this in ...
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Do we want to opt-in to a banner in the answer-box warning that AI-generated answers are not allowed?

Wow. Not a whole lot of engagement on this question... I haven't been around enough recently to know how much of an issue AI-generated answers have been on Puzzling, but I think that should inform ...
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4 votes

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
4 votes

Is a handful of solutions that don't work considered a partial answer?

This is not so much an answer, but a personal opinion... (which I suppose all meta answers are until lots of people upvote them into "policy") I've seen these kind of answers before, and I think ...
Alconja'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
4 votes

Is it poor form to post multiple possibilities in an answer?

Multiple answers would be fine as long as they both fit all of the clues. (The riddle would probably be closed shortly after the answers were posted, though - too many answers means a puzzle is too ...
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