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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 think it's a good answer, it isn't the one you were looking for, and that this reflects a fault in your question, so you'll be revising your question. Revise your ...


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Yes. It is "OK" as far of the rules of the site go. There is nothing that says that you must accommodate colour-blindness (or any other disability). That being said, it is certainly worth considering colour-blindness and other disabilities when constructing your puzzles. If the actual colours don't matter, try to use colours that are easily ...


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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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My suggestion would be to rewrite such questions and acknowledge the source most-likely to be closest to the original author. In many cases, there are dozens of sites with the same text. Having yet another copy isn't really helping the internet be a better place for puzzling. Questions copied and pasted wholesale don't reflect well on this site. ...


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You'd be pleased to know that your question made it to a Hot Meta Post, visible in the sidebar widget: which made me go through the list of my questions and all green-filled boxes there, so I didn't need to do anything. This post will cease to be 'Hot' after a while, but then ♦ moderators could manually apply the featured tag to it (or another, more ...


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Don't bite the newbie One way to encourage newcomers to be more active, is to tolerate their questions for more than 5 minutes before flagging and down voting. I've only been here about a month and already I've seen (on more than one occasion) first time askers get down voted, flagged and told to take their question to meta. This is despite the fact that at ...


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No. Plagiarism is not okay. Please refrain from plagiarizing content from other sources, as it will be deleted. If you can obtain permission from the linked site to use this puzzle here, and provide proper attribution, then you can flag this post for moderator attention so it can be undeleted. For now, however, I'm going to delete this question. (link to ...


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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 like to pick this up, as a couple of my puzzles (this,this) rely on color, color recognition, and or color properties. In fact, a very recent puzzle of mine uses exactly the question raised as a key-part of its solution. I’ve not yet written a “follow-up” for it yet, because it is not yet solved, but the idea of “color blindness” actually inspired this ...


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It Depends. People's reasons for answering a question may not directly coincide with their timing and/or reasons for voting on a question. A bad question may get answered solely because the answerer wants to point out why it's a bad question ("This has been asked before!", or, "This is too broad: my answer here fits the puzzle entirely, but surely isn't ...


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All user-generated content on Stack Exchange is licensed under Creative Commons with attribution required. So as long as you follow the attribution rules there, yes, you should be perfectly fine.


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Generally speaking, drawing attention to a question is what bounties are for. However, because Puzzling.SE works differently to most other StackExchange sites in that the OP generally already knows the answer, there's another way in which you can bump your question: Add a hint! Not only will this bump your question, it will also (hopefully) make it ...


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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/downvote system to motivate users to write good question and answers. If an answer is not correct it can be repaired by the poster (or anyone else). Even if ...


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The primary goal for accepting an answer isn't to give reputation to the person who deserves it most by putting in the most effort, but rather it is about marking the answer that you think best answers the question. Don't think of it as rewarding the answerer, but rather letting everyone know this is the answer you were looking for so that other users know ...


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I want every user here to know that when you take the time and effort to produce content, answers and especially questions, it is appreciated by everyone. No. The time and effort to produce good content is hopefully appreciated by everyone. Some of us are frustrated by the bad content that is produced. Just because someone has produced an original puzzle ...


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Pre-ramble: In going about the business of being Puzzling.SE it seems we are going to need to address The Puzzling Philosophy of Puzzles - this is a larger issue than this one question though. But I think the problem you raise is philosophical in nature. The exact same question (prime hidden in plain sight) also made me ask myself again about the issue of ...


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Mu. Not upvoting a question doesn't imply thinking it's a bad question, contrary to the assumptions in the question. I am rather miserly with upvotes (and also with downvotes) and I solve a lot more puzzles than I upvote. I take my upvotes to mean "this is an unusually good puzzle" (or "this is an unusually good answer), rather than e.g. "this is a good ...


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While I like the idea of fostering community and having fun, I'm afraid I don't like this particular idea. You sum up most of my objections fairly clearly yourself, but in the interests of finding a more "official" reason, I'd argue the very first paragraph of the reputation help page makes a fairly clear cut case: "Reputation is a rough measurement of ...


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In this post, I am speaking as a user, not a moderator. I don't think such edits should be made. Some users prefer to spoiler-tag all of their answers, and some prefer never to use spoiler tags; however, there is no official policy. Hence, when in doubt, respecting the author's preference generally seems like the best decision. Of course, when the answer ...


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This seems to paradoxically imply: Solvers do not appreciate many puzzles they find worthwhile to answer. Voters believe that many valueless puzzles have valuable solutions. I think the second of these is true but not the first. As a solver, I normally upvote questions that I find worthy of answering. There are exceptions - especially in the past, I have ...


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I agree that titles need to be more informative, but one reason Puzzling SE has such bad titles is that its hard to come up with informative titles. For example, HEAD HEELS is Head over Heels, but how do you describe that? Inherently, the titles will give a hint by showing users what is or is not part of the answer. To me, a suitable title would be ...


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I think the root of the frustration, on both sides, is a failure to distinguish between "correct vs. incorrect" and "intended vs. non-intended". Most good puzzles will have exactly one well-defined intended solution, but very few puzzles have exactly one correct solution. Given how few such puzzles exist, and how difficult it is to create new ones (on top of ...


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“Solve this” questions are allowed (but debated). That doesn't mean that they are good questions. In particular, there is no value in rehashing chestnuts. This user seems to make a habit of posting non-original puzzles as questions, without attribution. That's plagiarism, which is not allowed and not cool. I had a look at a few of his questions, and all the ...


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My advice is to keep as much information in one spot as is reasonable. If there's no reason to split up the questions, don't. A more technical interpretation of the rules follows. Each question on SE must stand alone. That doesn't preclude related questions (e.g. the Spaghetti party), but each question should be completely understandable without reference ...


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In the case of "solve this puzzle" questions, upvote any answer that you think contains an insightful answer to the question. Even if it's wrong, there must be some value in it if you're even considering voting up. In the case of certain (kinds of) puzzles, a "wrong" answer may mean "not the canonical answer". In others, an answer that misses one "rule" ...


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Yes, it is appropriate. These are called Partial Answers. This is when someone doesn't have the full solution, but has something that might help. You should share these as an answer.


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Note that while partial answers are perfectly acceptable, there is a threshold test you should keep in mind before posting. Ask yourself how does what you intend to post contribute toward a solution? Too often, a brain dump of incomplete ideas ends up being Not an Answer, not even a partial one, because there's nothing in it that demonstrably brings the ...


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