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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

They're for playing puzzley games in real time. Each of them has a pinned message to explain the rules of the game. Anyone is welcome to take part, and the room owners tend to be people who are ...
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

I think it's important to comment first and give the authors some time to fix their answers before deleting them. Last night I went through one particularly problematic question and posted such a ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Cipher Tools Rumkin has a pretty neat collection of cipher tools for both encrypting and decrypting Vigenere Cipher Codebreaker can solve vigenere ciphers with or without the key. (You will need ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Spyfall Overview Spyfall is best played with 4 or more players. All players are in some location. This could be a circus tent, a space station, a theater, etc. Each player is also assigned a role ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Codenames Overview Codenames has an espionage setting, in which players in teams try to identify their own team's secret agents, based on their agents' code names. Codenames is a game of guessing ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Contact Overview Contact requires at least three people, one person to create a word and at least two people to guess it. The word creator thinks of a word and gives the guessers the first letter. ...
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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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What is PSE's policy on mathematical questions, and why, and what's the history behind it?

Policy First of all, if all you want is our actual policy then you can find it in this question: Proposed policy on mathematical questions The policy described there is, briefly: A question is off-...
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

Assuming we want explanations (and I believe we do), this is probably the only way it's going to get enforced. Downvoting works very well when there's a culture of it, but not so well if you're the ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Word Tools Litscape has an extensive list of words finding tools (for example pattern matching, words containing or made from certain letters, single word anagrams, etc) Ceptimus Word Ladder solver, ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Number Tools The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences is useful for puzzles involving integer sequences Base Converter converts between binary, decimal, hexadecimal and ASCII Calculator Soup ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Graphics Tools RGB Color Wheel correlates colors to RGB (#RRGGBB and 255-255-255) and HSV ( °-%-%) GIF-Explode is a web-tool to show individual frames ...
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Encoded comments

The point of encoded comments is to avoid spoilering the answer for someone who, say, accidentally scrolls down while looking at a puzzle. It's the same reason that we use spoiler markup in answers. ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Puzzle Tools Chess board editor is an online interactive chessboard with PGN viewer and editor Sudoku Solver is a fully featured sudoku solver by Andrew Stuart Qhex Puzzle Tools contains a wide array ...
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How not to be a spammer (redux)

This is an answer to the OP's question "Whose content is it, anyway?". I also want to make an important clarification to the OP's statement that "roughly, this (the use of the CC-by-SA ...
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Can I post a puzzle I found on the internet?

You can. That doesn't necessarily mean you should. There's more to Puzzling.SE than puzzles posted as challenges for others to try to solve. While it's definitely true that these puzzle challenges ...
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?

Yes, we should enforce explanations in answers. With downvotes and a comment linking to a faq meta post first, then deletion if the user refuses to fix the problem. Ultimately, though, to convey that ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Geography Tools Measure Distance on a Map measures the distance and travel time between two places, with many options such as snapping to road or not, mode of transport (including different levels of ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Useful Information Sources Telephone Dialing Codes for countries, and also shows their flags Internet Movie DataBase for film and TV references Runes - for all things runey Wolfram|Alpha - ...
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How not to be a spammer (redux)

Johnny has had ten girlfriends in the past five years. He decides to plot them as a scatter plot, then arbitrarily derive them as functions of time. If Johnny had each girlfriend for a minimum of six ...
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