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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

Your aspirations are commendable, but I don't think it is realistic to take ~90% of your content (and the community that created it) and simply toss it out telling everyone "you're doing it wrong." ...
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Should (and/or are) top voted answers (allowed to) use spoiler tags

I'm wholeheartedly in the group "for-spoiler-tags". For me, the harm of "readers needs to move their mouse to see" is strongly outweighed by the harm of "accidently reading/seeing" a solution. ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

No. Firstly, I must commend our moderating team on their boldness and their dedication to the success of the stack. They knew that saying this would immediately lead to an army of puzzlers running to ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

If "no challenge questions" is the official site philosophy, I can certainly accept that. I consider it somewhat unfortunate since the only reason I come here is for the challenge questions, but I'll ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

I suspected this was coming, however I don't see how Puzzling.SE can actually survive in the format that you're describing. I go to Stack Overflow for help with programming - I program all day every ...
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My puzzle was answered credibly: correctly but not as intended

FWIW, here's what I've done in the past: Upvote the answer. Thank the answerer for their great contribution and acknowledge that the answer does fit the problem as stated. Explain that while you ...
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Should (and/or are) top voted answers (allowed to) use spoiler tags

I don't think it's necessary to forbid spoiler markup. In brainteaser-style puzzles, there is often an essential idea that makes the answer obvious (often, the answer itself contains this idea); ...
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Should (and/or are) top voted answers (allowed to) use spoiler tags

I specifically include the disclaimer Puzzlers are politely encouraged to place answers in spoiler blocks to avoid spoiling the fun for other readers. at the end of a puzzle if there's a unique ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

Our primary purpose for being here is ... If you disagree with this, then Stack Exchange is not for you. Rather than asking us as a community what we think the purpose of the site should be and how ...
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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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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

I had thought from Jaydles post that this question would be on topic, but it rapidly got downvotes: Which switch goes to which bulb? My opinion is that this is a specific brainteaser and it should ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

Let's take challenges somewhere else Many on the site enjoy solving and posing puzzles as challenges, and for some, it's the only reason they're here. Accidentally, a puzzle-solving community has ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

I'm sad to see things turn out this way, but I can understand the reasoning behind this. I'm glad to see that a consistent policy has been chosen, even if it is a seriously restrictive one. I like ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

I personally love posing and solving puzzles, and PPCG is my favorite SE, but at this point I'm ready to support the ban on questions as challenges. I don't believe challenge questions are ...
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Would puzzle-construction challenge questions be off-topic for this site?

I think challenges of this type are a great idea ... but NOT posted as questions on the main site. TL;DR: encouraging creativity within certain pre-set guidelines is a great idea, but puzzles should ...
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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

This is kind of a meta-answer. I don't know what the right policy should be, but the policy needs to be consistent Here, I posted a puzzle and asked the community to solve it. I got 6 upvotes and a ...
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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

I feel that puzzle questions are helpful to the community, provided the answers contain explanations to the solution. In such cases, I personally feel upvotes should not be awarded for correct answers,...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

I have commented a lot to the other answers in this thread, but there is one thing I think needs adding. (Therefore this posting.) Once a clear directions/goal of this site has been finalized one ...
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Where to put puzzle feedback?

In order to promote an environment of expertise, we need feedback answers. First, this includes those members of our community that dislike the "puzzle challenge" format and are upset that it seems ...
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What's the etiquette of answering a 'challenge' (suggestion)

Just to take the opposite view, I do think we should add spoilers tags, especially for questions that have very simple answers. Here's a question with a very simple answer, but a long and complicated ...
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Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?

THIS SIMPLY WON'T WORK! Honestly, I get what you're saying, I respect that you are trying to steer this site into a stack exchange format, but this is going to kill the site. I came here because I ...
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Where to put puzzle feedback?

I really appreciated the feedback on the example question. To me that was more useful than the actual answer to the puzzle - since I already knew that! :) I'd be very glad to have feedback as either ...
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Voting on surface appearance

I agree, and I think it would be helpful if one were able to change one's vote on a question without the question having been edited. Because sometimes it turns out that I haven't properly ...
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Is it fair to partake in my own challenge question?

In most cases, I think adding an answer is fine, and even a Good ThingTM. We often do something similar for challenges on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf, and call it a reference answer (or ...
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How specific should a puzzle be?

For password puzzles, it's much better to err on the side of giving too much information. Puzzles like this or this erred the wrong way. Compare with my first password puzzle. I would say that, as a ...
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Splitting a riddle across multiple questions

I don't see any reason why the answer to one puzzle shouldn't be a clue to another puzzle. "Ric isn't a fan of this" doesn't seem (to me) like a good reason to ban it. OP could simply move on to ...
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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

So far I've seen far more puzzles posted than I had anticipated. I think we can clearly divide the questions on this site into A) questions about puzzles and B) questions that are puzzles. While B ...
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Can I upvote incorrect answers?

I don't think it makes any sense to upvote wrong answers. The purpose of stackexchange is to provide correct answers. This is true even for puzzling.stackexchange. And it is the purpose for the upvote/...
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How to score challenges

Code Golf is... unique. I believe Jeff called it and Code Review, when it launched, something along the lines of "an odd duck and a trial balloon." For both of these example questions, there is only ...
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