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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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Is it OK to make a puzzle which requires distinguishing fairly similar colours from each other?

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 ...
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Posting famous unsolved puzzles

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 ...
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Could we schedule a regular 'checkmark amnesty'?

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 ...
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Is it acceptable to copy and paste questions from other sites?

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 ...
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Encourage newcomers to be active

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 ...
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Is it acceptable to copy and paste questions from other sites?

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 ...
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Posting famous unsolved puzzles

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....
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Is it OK to make a puzzle which requires distinguishing fairly similar colours from each other?

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-...
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

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 ...
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Law/Ethics question in regards to content distribution

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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The etiquette on necro-ing

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 ...
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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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If a question is copied from another location, but it is not plagiarised, how do I have to treat all answers?

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 ...
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Welcoming original content puzzles

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 ...
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Welcoming original content puzzles

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 ...
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

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 ...
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Are chat games with a prize allowed?

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 ...
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Is a spoiler-markup-only edit to this answer acceptable?

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; ...
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Is it good for Puzzling to post a solution without appreciating the puzzle?

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 ...
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Informative titles for rebus puzzles

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, ...
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Welcoming original content puzzles

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 ...
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Is it acceptable to copy and paste questions from other sites?

“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 ...
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Posting a multi-part series on how to solve a puzzle?

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 ...
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Can I upvote incorrect answers?

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 ...
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If I have an idea to solve a riddle, but it isn't fleshed out, should I post my brainstorming as an answer?

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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If I have an idea to solve a riddle, but it isn't fleshed out, should I post my brainstorming as an answer?

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? ...
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