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I would think that 99% of the edits on this site are done with good and friendly intention (and the remaining 1% are spam and some destructive stuff). And out of these 99% edits with good and friendly intention, a minuscule fraction collides with the wording of the puzzle (as in the two examples listed by Kate). For me this now makes it very clear that the ...


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I propose a simpler solution: hide the image behind a link. That way unsuspecting users from this site or others will not be confronted with unwanted nudity. The problem isn't the Hot Questions list; it's surprise awaiting anyone who follows a link to the question. See also: Does the spoiler markdown work on images?


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It's obviously impossible to comment on a specific user's reasons, but I think generally: Conflicts with author's intent — On other sites in the network, this is purely about the core point of a question/answer, which is usually fairly unambiguous. On Puzzling, however, things get a little more subjective because the presentation is often an integral ...


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Perhaps the perfect, I-will-make-no-mistakes authors should learn how to use HTML comments: Given how easily my previous problems have been solved, I am unwiling to give any hints.  <!-- Misspelling is intentional! --> But maybe one won’t hurt. will display to readers as Given how easily my previous problems have been solved, I am unwiling to ...


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Bonus points for honesty. Consider your debt to society paid-off already by your addition of some interesting puzzles to the site.


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If people are using this formatting, meh. As Sp3000 said in a comment, it's a matter of personal taste. Historically some (ex-)moderators on this site have had a thing about removing code formatting everywhere except where it's actually being used for code, but my response to this has always been more like a shrug. I don't like the look of the formatting in ...


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Editing a post already sends a notification to the user's inbox (at least for non-trivial edits: changing a single character or two won't activate the notification). The notification comes with a link to the revision history, so the original author of the post can easily see exactly what was changed. When you edit a post, you can also say what you're doing ...


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Mods have no ability to implement site changes such as what you've proposed. And it is highly unlikely SE would consider making changes to core functionality for just one site. Keep in mind, too, that SE allows people to edit both questions and answers on purpose; constraining that ability doesn't fit how the site works. In short, your proposal is almost ...


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I don't think there's anything wrong with it, but I wouldn't have added it. My guideline for when to add tags (which could be very different from other people's) is that they should be added when: someone might reasonably want to either... see only puzzles with that topic, or filter out puzzles of that type. A bitcoin tag doesn't seem like it would be ...


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The general rule of thumb is that a puzzle should be able to be solved as originally posted. People will sometimes add hints to a puzzle after a certain amount of time if no one seems able to solve it, but all the necessary information to solve it should be present when the puzzle is originally posted. You might want to look at both answers to Number-...


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No. Sorry, but it's pretty much as simple as that. See It should be possible to retag a question without bumping it to the front page, a feature request on main meta which has never been implemented. The only special cases are: tag merging (mod-only) - a stronger form of synonymisation. If tag X is merged with tag Y, then all questions tagged X are ...


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The two extra spaces (and the subsequent line break) at the end of a line trigger a paragraph break in the rendered result. Without them, the image is rendered inline with the text, and since inline html content gets treated as though it's one line of text high, it makes that last line of text as high as the image, badly splitting the actual paragraph of ...


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To focus specifically on emojis rather than fonts, while using them in a title purely as illustration might appear spammy in most cases, I think there is one situation where this actually adds value... Permit relevant use of emojis in the title when the emoji tag is required for the puzzle Here's an example of what I would consider a decent emoji puzzle: &#...


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I think what you've done is sufficient. If the post author hasn't seen/acted on your comment yet, you might want to consider editing the post to correct the typo. If your newfound knowledge enables you to make it further in the solution, then by all means post another answer. Puzzlers work off of each other's work all the time around here. If it was ...


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This is by-designed. Stack Exchange prevents editing for some values of the user agent to prevent bots. As explained by Oded (former SE employee), One heuristic our system uses to identify bots is single word user agents - and we do not allow bots to edit pages. This is a simple and effective heuristic, and unless one changes their user agent in the manner ...


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Mi Yodeya has a policy that if there's an upvoted or accepted answer then "no one, including the asker, ought to edit the question in a way that changes its meaning sufficiently to invalidate the existing answer". (The "upvoted" is taken, though I don't think this is written anywhere on Meta, to mean "having a net positive score"...


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Two points in response... Firstly, as one of the reviewers who rejected this edit, allow me to explain why... It was not at all clear to me that this edit was an attempt to do what you say here in this post, i.e. a concern that credit was being removed from puzzle creators using this tag. The proposed changes included changing the word 'also' to 'commonly' ...


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I feel for you. You spent the time to design a tricky puzzle, and now the website is not cooperating with you. It must be frustrating. That being said, this site has policies and guidelines about how and when to post, and what content is acceptable. Your solution of putting your question into an answer violates some of those, so it was rightly deleted. ...


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Moti, I suppose you are referring to this edit made by me on your question Another watch puzzle. You seem to think that my edit did not make the post any better and was only made to gain reputation points. However, in my opinion, the edits made the post better visually and in terms of clarity. Also, as I have already commented on your post, I have no ...


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Moti, hi, i do get your question. For me though, to be honest, I am a total slob and my editing skills blow bubbles. If another user actually wants to take the time and is careful to not damage the article being edited, then they absolutely should earn some cred.


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As the user in question, I can tell you the exact sequence of events: I went to the review queues and found this suggested edit to your question. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to reject the edit as "no improvement whatsoever". However, I also thought that your post should be edited anyway to add the game tag, since it's about a game. So I ...


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IMHO the checkmark is clear enough to indicate that the answer is correct, even though it's posed in the way you describe. There's no need to bump the thread by making a minor edit.


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Stiv's answer is excellent, I'd also like to add that its important to be aware of what happens with screenreaders and emojis - some read out each individual one as a description, others ignore them completely. Chunks of an emojis can be an accessibility nightmare. This doesn't mean they should never be used in puzzles though! I agree that emoji use should ...


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One of the reasons for editing is 'Adding relevant information': So as long as you don't change the original intention of the post, it's okay. And of course, if the OP doesn't like your edit, (s)he can roll it back. See this Meta.SE post: What is the etiquette for modifying posts?


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Until there's a better answer, the best workaround is to @mention the question-asker's name in a comment manually posted on an answer when edited.


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