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Is my modest english skills a handicap to write on the site?

Your English is fine Hi, I'm bobble. I have been the one editing most of your posts. (If you want me to, I will go back and edit your old ones.) Your English is fine. I will repeat this as often as ...
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Re-asking a question when an unintended answer is given

Okay, since it's been a day I'll post my thoughts for voting. I think that re-asking a question with a different phrasing is good, provided that the new phrasing removes ambiguity and invalidates the ...
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What's our policy on questions asked merely for hats?

Our policy is that you are a terrible person. (not really, but it's a catchy hook) Hat-seeking behavior, while fine in absentia, is no excuse for cluttering the site with low-quality posts or ...
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Is it alright to ask questions about how to phrase a puzzle?

Absolutely. This is 100% within scope of the site. As you note, the puzzle-creation tag wiki even explicitly mentions phrasing (emphasis mine): This can cover all aspects of puzzle creation, from ...
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I'm likely gonna be in a question ban

It seems your introduction to the world of Puzzling.SE has not been as smooth as you'd hoped, with 4 of your first 5 questions in negative scores and one of them closed to boot. Here is some advice ...
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Please vote on a new title prompt for questions

What's your puzzle, or puzzle-related question? Be specific. Suggested by @COTO. Edited to include a comma after suggestions from @Curmudgeon. Hopefully nobody will mind such a minor change, but feel ...
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Please vote on a new title prompt for questions

Rand's suggestion was reasonable, except for the abomination that was the comma - so I stripped it of this demon and made the change: At Curmudgeon's suggestion, I also added an extra "your": What'...
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Riddle containing other languages than english

If you want to post a puzzle written in a specific language, then sorry you can't (according to this policy). But if you want to post a puzzle which needs the knowledge of any specific language, ...
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Is my modest english skills a handicap to write on the site?

In addition to @bobble's answer, remember that other users might edit your posts to fix the issues in there. I'm not an English speaker either and it happened a lot of times to my posts, I find it ...
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Updated the warning messages about quality standards of questions on PSE

As Mithical noted, these warning messages are the same across every site on the Stack Exchange network. I agree that the "subjective" warning doesn't make a whole lot of sense for us to have, but it ...
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Posting famous unsolved puzzles

I think just post them. There aren't very many of them. And who can judge whether there's a reasonable chance of a solution? A question on the Voynich manuscript here, for example, would attract ...
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Request: Restriction to ask a new question for new users

I see where this request is coming from, but I don't think this is a good idea, at least not the right execution. I've listed the questions with First Posts reviews (so they must have been posted by a ...
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If a puzzle appears to be too broad, should one change it if answers are already posted?

Why you shouldn't change a question with answers Changing a question in substantive ways after answers have already been posted, anywhere on Stack Exchange, is likely to make those answers obsolete. ...
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I got question-banned after asking a +7 positive score question

The precise criteria for question bans (which are automated) don't seem to be noted anywhere. In general terms, if you post "too many" "low-quality" questions, you will be question-banned. Neither ...
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Is this interactive puzzle appropriate on Puzzling.SE?

As you've already discovered, Snippets don't operate on Puzzling. There's a strong preference to keep all puzzles self-contained on site. This is to keep content within the puzzle posting itself, so ...
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Posting famous unsolved puzzles

I suggest that famous unsolved ciphers should only be posted if it is reasonable to expect a good answer from the Puzzling.se community. The same approach is taken on Math.se. I think that Puzzling....
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Can we customise the "How to Ask" popup that appears when asking a question?

I think it goes without saying that Is your question about creation and solving of puzzles? should be changed to something like Is your question a puzzle, or a question about the creation and ...
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How to upload image to imgur without showing it?

After you have inserted an image into your post via the Image interface, the image is already available on i.stack.imgur.com; you do not have to submit your post for that. Therefore, you can just ...
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Why get downvoted when accepting an answer?

Welcome to the site! When speaking of old posts, accepting an answer might draw some attention to your post from the +2 link in your profile, and the +15 link in the answerer's profile. However, as ...
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What is the point of the “text version” of grid puzzles?

In short, I feel it both preserves the puzzle in a permanent, non-hosted form and is accessible for screen readers. I'll explain in further detail why I'm rebutting two of the points listed in the ...
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Why get downvoted when accepting an answer?

Usually, downvotes don't come because of accepting an answer. It might be a coincidence, that more people saw your riddle and thought it was a poor one after the answer was posted/accepted than before....
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Riddle containing other languages than english

There is the tag japanese for puzzles that use Japanese characters or the Japanese language. You may want to check out the corresponding puzzles, and compare the puzzle-type to your puzzle. https://...
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Can I post this puzzle? I'm not even sure if it is a puzzle but surely looks like one!

Generally, the rule is that puzzles (or any questions on any StackExchange site) should be self-contained: All the information required to solve the puzzle should be available in the post. (Of ...
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Would this potential post be a math puzzle or math problem?

Having confirmed the answer has made me see it as more of a math problem rather than a puzzle, even though it did not seem so from the question. (Spoilered)
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Rate-limit questions to one per user per day (or n per week)?

I'm willing to be convinced otherwise, but right now I don't think that rate limiting is the right thing to do. Engagement is a key factor in any community. By rate limiting, you're denying users a ...
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Rate-limit questions to one per user per day (or n per week)?

On the one hand it may have bad influence on the quality of the answers because people have more time and start answering out of boredom. On the other hand I like this idea! I expect people to try ...
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Would this potential post be a math puzzle or math problem?

I can't speak for anyone else but I wouldn't vote to close. Decidability is interesting.
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Please vote on a new title prompt for questions

What's your puzzling question? Be specific. Suggested by @JonEricson Upvote to support this proposal. Please don't downvote; proposals will be compared on the number of upvotes they've had. (OP ...
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Is this interactive puzzle appropriate on Puzzling.SE?

No, this is not an appropriate puzzle for Puzzling.SE. And I will for that reason refrain from posting it. As already observed, Stack Snippets won't run on this site. Even with the code included in ...
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