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I have been unable to reproduce this issue. Sorry, I've looked around for issues where this has happened to me, but can't find anything, even intentionally trying to make it happen. This issue of answer-sniping simply doesn't seem to happen for me. After three days of attempted reproduction of the issue, nothing has happened. So I've gone ahead and tagged ...


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Clearly, something needs to be done... I propose we reignite the fortnightly challenges with the following theme: Puzzling Honeypots The challenge would be to devise puzzles that were challenging, intriguing and most importantly in someway recursive or fractal in nature. This would mean that the unsuspecting solver could never get to the final solution, ...


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Whilst I quite like the current logo, I think there's plenty of opportunity to keep the spirit of it, and still avoid the overlap with the Workplace logo... With that in mind I've mocked up a few alternatives: The first keeps the "lock icon + impossible geometry" motif of the original design, but switches it to a more classic triangular shape. The second ...


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How to stop mods from answering puzzles Write the solution in a comment (or a chain of comments if necessary) below your puzzle, then immediately delete the comment(s). Mods, who can see deleted comments, will thus have the answer spoiled for them and be unable to solve it themselves. Meanwhile, everyone else will never see the deleted comment(s) and will ...


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Yes, Deusovi should totally be banned from solving. What more need be said?


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Increase the value of an upvote for a question. Currently, an upvote on a question provides only half the reputation that an upvote on an answer does. (5 reputation vs. 10 reputation.) This would see the amount of reputation provided by each upvote increased to 10 or perhaps even higher (do we value questions more than answers?). Pros No cost ...


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Or better yet, make math and maths both synonyms of mathematics, that way, everyone is happy and neither way of spelling is shown favoritism.


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Implement "bounties" for questions that can be awarded instantaneously. This would be a method where one user could transfer some reputation to another user to reward them for an exemplary question. Some checks and balances would need to be in place to avoid this facility being abused for the purposes of reputation sharing. (Perhaps several privileged ...


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No. There are at least a couple of reasons why review audits are, in my view, useless at best. Nobody's been banned due to them, so they're either not needed or not working. Emrakul said he doesn't think anyone has ever been review-banned due to failing too many audits. So either there are no reviewers sufficiently bad to deserve banning (in which case, ...


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All right, it's time for everyone's favorite post: the list of posts that would benefit from MathJax! The Stack Exchange team looks for posts that would benefit by having MathJax (they want to make sure it's actually needed), so let's make a list of such posts. As this is a community wiki, feel free to edit in posts that would benefit, but are missing. the ...


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Yes, we should totally ban Deusovi from solving all puzzles. For proof, all you have to do is look at his profile - he has conveniently placed a lot of quotes of people telling him that they hate him right there. He takes every puzzle on the site, solves it, and takes all of those meaningless internet points for himself. Please, have some mercy on the rest ...


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As of yesterday, November 13th 2019, this is now in effect network wide: We’re changing the reputation earned from getting a question upvote to ten points, making it equal to the reputation earned from an upvote to an answer.


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And who's supposed to judge the "difficulty rating" of a puzzle? If it's the original poster of the question, that's almost certainly going to be subject to lots of bias. "Oh, I don't want beginners to see my question and annoy me with too-easy responses, so I'll just rate myself '5 stars.'" "I made this puzzle and I think it's really good, so I'll use 5 ...


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I came here via a HNQ. I think it's worth it to bring in new visitors, even if it might temporarily distort voting. Getting my first answer in and accepted is what got me hooked on this site. I would think that stopping other new users from taking part - users who are already SE champs - would stop many valuable players from joining our site.


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As GPR noted, we already were discussing a custom close reason for this; I'm very much in favor of having one, and just hadn't gotten around to posting here about creating one and what it should look like. My standard blurb reads: I'm putting this question on hold until proper attribution of its original source is provided. — It looks like you're ...


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You can enter "hasaccepted:no" in the search box to search for questions without an accepted answer.


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Yes And, the default escape-sequence for MathJax on SE is to use a $, like $log(n)$ .... Should this be changed (like it is on some other Stack Exchange Sites) to \$ (as in \$log(n)\$ ) ? If the site uses the $ often in regular question text, then it can cause problems with the page parsing. Will it be common here to have $100 currency values? Or programs ...


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Yes, tables are possible with MathJax. Here's an example, taken from Mathematics.SE: $$ \begin{array}{c|lcr} n & \text{Left} & \text{Center} & \text{Right} \\ \hline 1 & 0.24 & 1 & 125 \\ 2 & -1 & 189 & -8 \\ 3 & -20 & 2000 & 1+10i \end{array} $$ This table was created with the following MathJax code: $$ \...


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Upvote if you think that this feature request should be implemented Is this a feature-request worth asking about? I think yes. There is nothing wrong in asking a feature request. And it seems like this feature request is good for Puzzling SE. Is it too difficult to implement a system where questions can be awarded bounties as well? I have no idea ...


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If the suggestion is to alter the option bar for the list of questions, I would very much like to see unsolved added and would use it regularly, but perhaps unanswered could be retained as well.    All too truly, unanswered is useless for challenge puzzles, which constitute the vast majority of questions here. Nonetheless, unanswered still has ...


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This is a privilege unlocked at 10000 reputation for graduated sites (2000 in public beta, 1000 in private beta). It has absolutely nothing to do with math.SE or specific sites. (Here have linky)


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I thought a lot about this and I came up with a few ideas I thought I'd bring forth; your reasons are: A better post (post B) has come since I voted (on post A) and it makes my vote on post A totally ridiculous and undeserved. The context of the question or answer has been made clearer in the meantime (usually via comments). On further consideration my vote ...


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Implement bounties for questions that work the same as the current "exemplary answer" bounties for answers. We would use the current bounty facilities, but when placing a bounty, you would be given both options (along with all the other existing options): Reward existing answer One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty. ...


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This answer explains how the HNQ algorithm works. The basic math is as follows: $$ \frac{(min(\text{AnswerCount}, 10) \times \text{QuestionScore}) \div 5 + sum(\text{AnswerScores})}{max(\text{QuestionAgeInHours} + 1, 6) ^ {1.4}} $$ This means the two main things that drive the HNQ score up are QuestionScore and AnswerCount. On Puzzling, a multitude of ...


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This is a symptom of a more general problem, which is that the Stack Exchange format is not a good match for puzzling. There are several other inconsistencies, into which I won't go now, but the basic one is this: PSE looks like all the other SE sites, works like all the other SE sites, and in every possible respect, it is exactly like all the other SE ...


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What's your puzzle, or puzzle-related question? Be specific. Suggested by @COTO. Edited to include a comma after suggestions from @Curmudgeon. Hopefully nobody will mind such a minor change, but feel free to change your vote if you do! Upvote to support this proposal. Please don't downvote; proposals will be compared on the number of upvotes they've had. (...


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It seems to me that this is the intended usage behind the Favourite star. The name of it (Favourite) implies additional meaning, but in reality, it just adds the item to your watch list. This list can be used to easily find marked posts again, and even indicates which ones have been updated since you marked it. If you feel an unanswered puzzle deserves an ...


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As a workaround, you could start with a 50-point bounty, and after a week increase it to 100, then to 200, etcetera. Given the mixed feelings about bounties among the CMs (well, at least Shog9), chances that this will be changed for Puzzling alone are slim. Slimmer than question upvotes giving 10 reputation, which at least has a precedent.


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