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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 inconsequential edits. Earn your hats fairly, through the usual channels.


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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 scrambling a rubiks-cube to phrasing questions to calculating all possible times a rope puzzle can produce. However, a few things to note: You still need to ...


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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 free to change your vote if you do! Upvote to support this proposal. Please don't downvote; proposals will be compared on the number of upvotes they've had. (...


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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, please feel free. language tag should only be used in case when the answerer needs to know about a foreign language while answering, not while reading the puzzle. ...


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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 unintended answer. We often have questions which are not specific enough with their initial phrasing. (Mostly [enigmatic-puzzle] and [riddle]). Usually, the OP ...


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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 may not actually be possible to disable it solely for Puzzling.SE. However, I do believe that the "short length" message is still worth having here. It's true ...


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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's your puzzle or your puzzle-related question? Be specific.


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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 people who are interested and who want to put their heads together, and could get a lot of very stimulating answers over a long period of time. That could only be ...


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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. In general, this should be avoided when possible; changes may make part or all of the answers irrelevant, or worse, invalid. This can even negatively affect ...


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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 of those terms seem to be rigorously defined in this context. One thing that may be a contributing factor (I don't know for sure; just speculating) is that ...


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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 the puzzle does not become broken should the external link break, move, expire, or be deleted. I'm not as familiar with jsfiddle so don't know if it reaps ...


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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.se should not be a repository for ciphers that are very unlikely to be solved. As google shows, a lot of expertise has already been applied to the Kryptos, Beale,...


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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 solving of puzzles? and “Share your research.” is irrelevant/meaningless for puzzles.  (I suppose it may be relevant for questions about puzzles, but, as you ...


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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 upload the image; open the image in another browser tab from the newly created link in the preview for future reference; remove the link to the image from the ...


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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://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/japanese


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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 course, for trivia-related puzzles and whatnot, googling for general information (not a specific URL) is expected.) It sounds like this puzzle is contained in a ...


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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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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 form of engagement. Some people are better askers than answerers, and should not be penalized for this. If the suggestion was rate limiting answers to one per ...


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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 harder on creating their own riddles and at the same time on solving riddles of other users.


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I can't speak for anyone else but I wouldn't vote to close. Decidability is interesting.


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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 note: this would not have my upvote, since it'd be a stretch to say an actual puzzle posted as a challenge was a 'puzzling question'.)


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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 the question as a <!-- comment -->, this makes the puzzle depend on a third party. The script is a gimmick that does not add much to the puzzle. This blurs ...


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I would positively lose my mind over more of these real-life mysteries! They should definitely belong here. I had a total blast with the double edged sword and am actually back into Latin again as well as starting to get into learning Greek. Something on the Voynich manuscripts, I may be looking at it wrong but, some parts look as if they were stamped as ...


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You were probably very close to a question-ban when you asked. Your profile shows a lot of questions from last year with negative scores, and there may be more that you deleted that aren't shown. I don't know if 8 or 10 upvotes outweigh 2 or 3 downvotes on a question, though I would expect them to. But perhaps not. It's also possible that when you asked the ...


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Even though I have answered this question but I want to emphasize on the fact that we should not look at the time while posting a question (maybe especially a puzzle) due to the following reasons: A puzzle is not considered nice only according to the number of votes but it is considered nice according to the number of votes per views. So, 5 votes in 20 ...


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NOTE: These are just personal realizations and are given only for help purposes. Less number of people login at weekends for reasons unknown. Majority of people on Stack Exchange are from USA. So it would be better if you post the puzzle at 3 p.m. according to GMT (i.e. 11 a.m. in U.S. ).


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Game Layout The story will, in the style of the Professor Layton video games, be a game spanning multiple puzzles. Each puzzle will be worth a set amount of picarats, from 10 for the easiest puzzles to over 100 for the hardest, to be earned upon correctly solving the puzzle. Everybody will be solving these puzzles and submitting answers together. An ...


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If you would like, you can flag the post for moderator attention, so that a moderator on that site can migrate the post to Puzzling. Answers and comments will stay, but votes will be reset if the post had a negative score. However, please don't cross-post your question, i.e. post it on multiple sites at the same time. (I know this isn't what you're asking; ...


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