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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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Has the scope of the site changed?

No. I don't think the site's scope has changed, and I disagree with the closing of that question - especially the reason behind the closing. Questions about puzzles are still perfectly acceptable here....
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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 the distinction too subtle between downvoting and voting to close?

A CLOSE VOTE IS NOT A SUPER-DOWNVOTE. Sorry for shouting. But this is a really important point which far too many people apparently fail to grasp. Downvotes are used at the discretion of the ...
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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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New off-topic reason for puzzles where the source is not mentioned

As GPR noted, we already were discussing a custom close reason for this; I'm very much in favor of having one, and just hadn't gotten around to posting here about creating one and what it should look ...
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“Proper attribution” for non-original puzzles: a guide

Why do we care about attribution? Very simply, we don’t want to host plagiarism on the site. Any puzzle which you yourself did not make must be properly attributed. (Attribution of “I made this puzzle”...
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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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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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Audience-specific texts for our "Needs Attribution" custom close reason

These are the drafts I’ve come up with. Please comment with any improvements (and please don’t edit this post directly without consensus). Are there any other meta posts that might need to be ...
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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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Is this puzzle like a mathematics exercise?

How I'd answer your questions: Question of consistency: Is there something about this puzzle that lands it in the same bin as a mathematics “problem” vs puzzle? Sort of. I admit when I first read ...
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Should we disable the "math problem" close reason?

No. I don't think we should. We get things that are blatantly homework fairly frequently, and taking away that close reason would only mean that we'd use the custom close reason option to close the ...
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Line between a programming puzzle and a programming problem

If you mean on Stack Overflow, I don't know whether anyone there makes a puzzle/problem distinction or how they make it, and I don't think it's something on which PSE folks can usefully comment. If ...
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Proposal: define "pattern-spotting questions from other sources" as off-topic

I'm not sure that the possibility of multiple equally likely answers is enough to declare a question definitively off-topic. There are sometimes answers that are very clearly correct -- in questions ...
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Should we close questions as "cross-site duplicates"?

No, this shouldn't be a close reason. Each individual SE site's scope and policies should exist in a vacuum, separate from other sites. Of course there are some network-wide policies which we have to ...
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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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Should we change or remove our existing off-topic close reason?

I think this close reason is useful, and I've used it a bunch of times on puzzles-but-not-really where many people post different solutions and the asker says "nope, not what I was thinking" or "the ...
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Description for "this looks like a puzzle you found elsewhere" assumes you can vote to re-open

(This is one of three answers intended to provide alternatives. Please vote on all three as you see fit.) As Rubio explains in comments to the meta question about introducing this close reason, we ...
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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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Line between a programming puzzle and a programming problem

I saw (and answered) your first programming puzzle. I think it's a good start, and it does fit better on Puzzling than on Code Golf, which moved away from Puzzling-style challenges (those that have ...
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Is "I got this puzzle from a friend", "I just have the image", etc. sufficient attribution for a puzzle?

Yes, this kind of "attribution" should be OK. I've long tried to remind PSE that the definition of plagiarism requires passing someone else's work off as your own. If you make clear that you ...
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Does two possible answers make a question too broad?

I would not say that makes the puzzle too broad. On a site like StackOverflow, there could easily be two different and equally good and valid answers to a given question, so I don't see why it should ...
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Should we have a "missing context" close reason?

Why would we need a custom close reason? If we're talking about puzzles which have too few details to be solvable, then there's an existing close reason which works just fine: unclear what you're ...
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Removed for security Reasons

It was deleted because it linked to an offsite resource and required that users download it and open it. (It was an image, where "opening" was looking at text hidden inside the image, but the concerns ...
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New off-topic reason for puzzles where the source is not mentioned

It gets tiresome to write a custom off-topic reason... In my eyes, that's not the main issue. The main issue is that currently, because we don't have that custom close reason, these questions are ...
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