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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.


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If you're gonna close the question, don't answer it. Main Meta's discussion of How should duplicate questions be handled? says: Should I answer it? No, not if you think it's a duplicate. If you don't think the answers on the target question are good enough, write an answer there. If you don't think the question is a duplicate, then by all means do answer it....


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Two riddle postings are duplicates if they essentially set the same riddle in the same way. They have to follow a very similar path to get you to the same answer, with similar/identical hinting about similar/identical characteristics of the riddle's target. If some reasonably high threshold percentage of the hinting is the same — potentially in different ...


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Yes. If the solution criterion is different, then the puzzle being posed is in essence different, even if the setup is the same. It wouldn't be a duplicate of the previous puzzle. A few caveats (which are probably obvious, but just to deal with all aspects here): You should state your inspiration and link to the original puzzle, not claim the new version as ...


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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 better discouragement then a deleted answer. Notes: If the duplicate answer came within about a minute of the one it duplicates (two different users solved the ...


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It was spotted very soon after posting by a riddle expert with a 'dupehammer'; their gold tag badge lets them singlehandedly close a question as a duplicate of another one. You can see this when you hover over the badge: More information about this feature can be found on Meta Stack Exchange: Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders. The idea ...


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The general rule is that a new question is a duplicate of an existing one if an answer to the existing question would also answer the new question — even if no such answer has yet been given, if it’s obvious both questions are asking substantively the same thing such that an answer to one is an answer to both. Marking a question a duplicate is essentially ...


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I disagree with closing this question as a duplicate, for a couple of reasons. First, the question it is a duplicate of is very general (an arbitrary number of jugs, of arbitrary size), and is unlikely to be the form of the puzzle the OP is looking for. Second, a lot of information that might be desirable in an answer to the closed question would not be ...


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Thank you for wanting to make the effort for not posting duplicates! Sometimes, it's really hard to know upfront, because you're posing the puzzle in a different context (random example: using a story about monkeys, while it was posted as a pirate story). By hanging around here for a long time, some people just 'remember' that they've seen the puzzle before ...


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Technically, yes, they both should be marked as a duplicate of the original. But in the end, it doesn't matter too much. Users can quickly and easily follow the trail back, and the trail is only short. The user will still be able to see the original question, and see why the closed question is a duplicate. I imagine this occurred due to key words. When ...


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+1 for thinking on duplicates. I think you're right that it can often not be avoided by newcomers, but I don't agree with "beeing easier" on those question. As a poster, you should not feel personally attacked if your puzzle is down-voted. It is a measure of how well your puzzle is received and helps "bubble-sorting" the content of the site. Down-...


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I think it's important to distinguish between puzzles which change the premise slightly, but in a fashion which requires a totally different solution, versus those whose solution would be readily apparent to anyone who could solve the original. Indeed, I find particular elegance in puzzles that at first glance might appear to be rehashes of other well-known ...


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This is a really good question. Here is a not so great answer. I would direct you first to our tour. In particular our purpose is described as: Puzzling Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for those who create, solve, and study puzzles. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're ...


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I accidentally stumbled across this question and was rather surprised to see a discussion about my puzzles. In general I agree. We don't want to see puzzles that are too similar, even if they are not exact duplicates. With most of my puzzles I usually post two versions. I begin with a simple version. Once that gets solved then I post a harder version. ...


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Actually, the trail may seem unnecessary, but it may also be a good thing. By linking duplicate after duplicate, users who are trying to find an answer can navigate to the duplicate that best suits their needs. If all the duplicates where linked to only one post, than users won't have many options. Every duplicate hold a small unique piece, that put together,...


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Personal opinion: I think closing is the best option, but for a different reason. I'd just label it as 'too broad', given the abundance of such puzzles existing. Marking it as duplicate, while linking to the 'generalised result' question, doesn't answer the OP's question. The question is what are the missing parameters x and y in the puzzle as he remembers ...


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Yes, because the alternative is to answer "The answer to your question is this question over here", and the dupe system deals with the situation more neatly (IMO).


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I've been thinking of a method of classifying the level of duplication (actually, the level of difference) of two questions for a while. I'm not suggesting this as a site-wide standard or anything, I just think it helps to discuss exactly what the problem is. Difference Level 0 This is just a special case. If two puzzles are exactly the same (ignoring ...


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Rubio's answer is OK, but since my addendum to it in comments was well-received, I'm posting it as a new answer. Answering duplicate questions - a classification In general, answers on duplicate questions are unlikely to serve much purpose, or even get much attention in the form of votes and views, since people will click through to the dupe target instead....


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Why do you want to delete these? Duplicates are meant to be "signposts," to help others find the question they're looking for. If someone searches using the same or similar search terms as you, chances are they won't find the right question. But if they find your duplicate, it can lead them there. For more discussion on this topic, see this post on the ...


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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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