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Master Designer For the puzzle which took the most effort to create.


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Best Mathematical Puzzle For puzzles which are primarily mathematical in nature, covering puzzles using tags like mathematics, number-sequence, geometry, calculation-puzzle, etc.


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I think it belongs on the main site, but I think the choice of words, and therefore apparent focus make it seem like a meta question, even though it's not. Ultimately, the underlying questions being asked are: How do I create a puzzle that will be well received/successful? What makes one puzzle better than another when they use similar mechanisms? These ...


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Most Puzzle Per Pound For puzzles with the shortest statements that nonetheless are complete and clear while requiring a lot of thought but do not require computer-assisted solving in order to be solved successfully and completely.


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Most Interesting Puzzle For puzzles that are unique or interesting. Perhaps they offer a puzzle like nothing you've seen before or spin a classic puzzle in a new way.


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Best Logic Puzzle For puzzles that are broadly logic focussed. I.e. puzzles whose primary tag is things like logic-puzzle, grid-deduction, strategy, liars, but also other, related tags such as chess, board-games, etc.


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Best Cryptographic Puzzle For puzzles that are primarily cryptographic, as indicated by tags such as steganograpy, cipher, etc.


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Best Community Wiki Solution For community wiki solutions that represent extraordinary collaboration and writeup. These rarely get acknowledged otherwise but are especially valuable as examples of multifaceted approaches and, perhaps even more, in fostering cooperation above competition.


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Let's use it for ... well, frequently asked questions! Sorry, that probably sounds trite. To put it another way, here's the question all active PSE users should be asking themselves for this post: Which meta posts do I need to link to most frequently? Whether it's to educate newer users in site policies or to teach/remind ourselves about them, I'm sure ...


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Rundown of how it tends to work on SE I would argue the following: At the current rates of participation on meta I guess that you would need about 10 to 20 votes for something to be considered community consensus. This is always a bit of a dynamic thing and if there are opposing opinions then the one with most votes 'wins' (except in cases where one post is ...


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Best Language Based Puzzle For puzzles that are largely language based. I.e. those whose main tags are things like riddle, language, wordplay, cryptic-clues, word-property, etc.


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Best Visual Puzzle For puzzles that are primarily visual, as indicated by tags such as visual, rebus, imgur-maze, etc.


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Master Solver For users who are prolific solvers of puzzles, not only solving challenging puzzles, but also producing clean/clear answer write ups and assisting others via comments/chat, etc.


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Community Builder For users who have helped support the PSE community, such as (but not necessarily limited to) helping newcomers, frequenting chat/comments, active in review queues/meta, contributing to community "events" like fortnightly challenges, etc.


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This is a slight exploit having to do with titles with MathJax deliberately being excluded from HNQ: the problem is simply that we don't want to turn on MathJax everywhere, most notably on StackOverflow, so those titles don't render correctly As to why this edit was made on your question, it's something of a special case, and Emrakul already answered ...


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My two cents. I think the post in question needs modification to fit on the main site. The question seems to emphasize the community reaction to the puzzles, rather than the puzzles themselves. "Are members bored with the idea of ngram puzzles" and "Do people down-vote because they think a puzzle is too hard" are meta questions. Similarly, "How to create a ...


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I think we could (not should) still award the "Puzzle of the year" award, but I agree that we need to incorporate other awards. Options 3 and 4 are viable to me and we can see that ghosts_in_the_code's answer reflects this. As someone who already ran some kind of awards ceremony (not a big deal though, just a contest at school), I can tell you that people ...


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No, you can't. This site is for questions about Puzzling Stack Exchange, not for puzzles themselves. If you're question-banned on the main site, we (or the moderators) can't even migrate it to where it belongs. You'll have to wait until you're out of your question ban until you can post the puzzle.


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Best Non-Enigmatic Puzzle I'm not sure that's the right name, so please help! There are many many puzzles here that rely on some amount of guess-what-the-setter-was-thinking or have one moment of insight for many failed attempts (for example, the Word Property puzzles). Instead, I tend to like puzzles where the rules and goal are clear, and you have to do ...


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Most intuitive puzzle Puzzles that are not primarily dependent upon jugglery but dependent upon intuition or insight. May require some theoretical knowledge of science or physics or mathematics or geometry or three-dimensional or logic; or may not. It may even be so straight-forward that any lateral thinking may not require. Still, the only thing ...


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Simplest puzzles Puzzles with astonishingly simple answer, and question is not hard to go-through; yet may be hard to come into solution. Questions with tag lateral-thinking may include this category (but not necessarily, such as this-one just for an example)


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The question is about how to create an enjoyable puzzle and therefore belongs squarely on the main site IMO. Simples!


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I think it would be best if we ditched the annual award. It is incredibly difficult to say that a puzzle is better than another if they are completely different types. Based on this I say we should go with Option 3 or 4. Option 3 would probably be the best, as we can award different types of puzzle dependent on the type so we don't have to judge two very ...


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It must be on the main cite. The stackexchange must help to solve a peoples problems. Meta stackexchange must help to solve peoples problems with stackexchange. "How to create a puzzle" is clearly not second type of problem, it is not "a problem user has with stackexchange". There are basically only 2 set of problems with puzzles: a) how to solve a puzzle; ...


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Is there even a consensus on the final goal/aim of the site? I have recently picked up conversation in "How can we objectively determine how well our site is doing?", but it seems that posting is no longer actively read. I don't want to re-post this, as you can read it here, but essential I want to know if the suggested mission statement is in-line ...


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