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At what point does it pass from humour to offensive content? I guess the point here is that there is no definitive answer to this question because what is considered humorous or offensive is subjective. We do get questions and answers which are clearly spam or offensive and I have found that, on Puzzling SE, moderator intervention is efficient and ...


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Puzzling makes the Internet better by generating quality content People here write original puzzles. They also solve puzzles and share puzzles from elsewhere. The long-term goal is to create an organized repository of high-quality puzzles with well-explained solutions. As for Googlability, the hope is that as the site grows, users find it by Googling ...


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OK, since no one else is offering an opinion: Yes, comments on a question that reveal or spoil the solution should be removed. If you want to answer the question, you can do so in an answer. Comments shouldn't be used for that purpose. Comments on a question often contain clarifications or hints, and although those should always be edited into the question ...


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The facts Let's just get all the facts and context clear first, for anyone else who might be reading. Your answer was to this question, and its complete text was: When the first gamer comes to the pile for the last time there must be between 1 and 9 Euro in the pile. So the controller is worth between 1 and 9 Euro. The controller is not much use because ...


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I think the following things are reasonably clear: It's a very nice puzzle and some nice answers were posted: it would be a shame to lose those. At present it is basically copied from another source, without giving it due credit (though it does, indeed, credit the original source of the puzzle in its title). The person who originally posted the question was ...


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Challenges are an evolutionary dead end. If this is true, then Code Golf should be in trouble too. But if challenges are fine on Code Golf, then they should be fine here. understand that your true conflict is with the platform you have chosen to use. I think it's important to go back to the post and a comment that Director of Community Development Robert ...


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I'll go ahead and nominate myself as a pro-tem moderator for Puzzling. This site: Other sites: Why do I want to be a moderator? What would I do as a moderator? this is an interesting topic to me and many others that I know, and I'd really like to help the site succeed I will let the community guide the way, but I will enforce policies when necessary I ...


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A number of people mentioned Code Golf as needing the same advice. Certainly, there are a lot of similarities between the two sites. In fact I recently read a critique that fits Puzzling as much as Code Golf: It just seems way more fun to answer than to ask. Given the time to compose a creative question, you start getting disappointed with only a few ...


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I apologise if I word this poorly, I still feel a level of Imposter Syndrome here. However, to answer the question directly... No. Known "politically-charged" content does not follow the community guidelines: https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/conduct To communicate openly and honestly about the topics is fine, however "politically-charged&...


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The reason to put it on hold fast is to keep answers from coming in before it's right. Edits that invalidate answers after the fact aren't good for anyone. If it needs to be put on hold, putting it on hold fast is good. As far as reopening goes, it automatically enters a review queue when you edit it (after being put on hold). People with the reopen ...


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I have undeleted the question for you. To avoid this problem in the future, just add a note to your post indicating that this is your original puzzle that was originally posted elsewhere.


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In general I'm strongly against moderators deleting comments unless they're actually offensive or spam. And there's a big grey area here: attempted-solution comments vary hugely, from wild guesses through partial answers to full solutions. That said, here are a couple of possible solutions to the problem you raise. Is it possible for mods to convert ...


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Personally I support the moderators' actions. There was strong support for the policy of deleting answers after the user was given an opportunity to add an explanation. Following this agreement, the policy should then be consistently applied. As described in the policy, the answering user (or any user with sufficient rep) can easily add an explanation at ...


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protecting questions seems to be a smaller privilege Why do you think that? In what sense does protection seem "smaller"? Upvoting and downvoting are both equally important, but the downvote privilege is higher than upvote. Does this seem illogical, too? If not, why not? Here's a few reasons that are more specific. For one thing, protection is unilateral, ...


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I'd like to help moderate here on Puzzling (though we already have a lot of excellent candidates and I know it will be a tough choice!) I'm a moderator pro tempore on ELL, so I know my way around the mod tools and what it takes to help build a community from the early stages of beta. It is important to help guide the community, but also to listen to it: if ...


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I'll throw my hat into the ring. I'm a moderator pro tem on The Great Outdoors and elected on Science Fiction & Fantasy. I (re-)created the proposal for this site, was the first to follow it (obviously), first to commit when it hit commitment, and first to register when it hit beta (uid 4, behind 2 devs and a CM), and have been active on both main and ...


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Thanks for the post. Well, there's quite a few things to unpack there. I'll try to be as brief as I can. As I see them, the issues you've raised are: 1) Does puzzling.SE "increase the sum total of human knowledge"? 2) Should it? and 3) I may be entirely wrong here, but the timing and the references to "clashes" and "conflict" suggest to me a subtext ...


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I just thought of another point, important enough to deserve an answer to itself. Solving puzzles is often a joint effort. Often one person comes up with an idea which is helpful to answer the question but isn't an answer on its own, and then somebody else follows up on that idea and expands it into more of an answer. That first person would often be better ...


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Some ideas on using challenge questions to "make the internet a better place". A number of puzzle challenges posted here are related (sometimes loosely) to well-known puzzles. We should be more diligent about mentioning this in a question when it comes up. We definitely want a Google search for something like "< puzzle name > variation" to turn up ...


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Rather than answering based on Puzzling's current status, here's something to think about — we could build the world's largest repository of puzzles indexed by mechanic, similar to this. The idea is that after a puzzle is solved, it is tagged appropriately with the relevant mechanics employed in the puzzle. Puzzles which are currently unsolved may take more ...


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User created, original eyeball-benders. That's my one liner, what follows is an entire pocket's worth of change my interpretation of the situation and for if somehow you find xnor's reasoning unsound. Why does the tag not exist? I was working on a 'question' but never finished it due to lack of pics and also became discouraged not finding the appropriate ...


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I was one of the people who voted to delete, and here is why: The question itself was How much was the controller worth? The answer you gave was this: When the first gamer comes to the pile for the last time there must be between 1 and 9 Euro in the pile. So the controller is worth between 1 and 9 Euro. The controller is not much use because there ...


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Whether it is acceptable depends very much on the specific language. There can be puzzles that refer to current events, or even poke fun at them. There are a few reasons it may be a bad decision to do so: Part of the goal of this site is to be an archive of puzzles that are solvable (and ideally, good) at any point in time. Dating a puzzle does not give a ...


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At what point does it pass from humour to offensive content? There is not really a clear cut line, as people's opinions on politics vary drastically, but I find it best to avoid political references that silently promotes negative judgement against a specific group of people (especially minorities), as those tend to be the references that many identify as ...


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The question in question uses almost the exact same phrasing as created and published by Gil Kalai: You throw a die until you get 6. What is the expected number of throws (including the throw giving 6) conditioned on the event that all throws gave even numbers? The phrasing in the question for comparison: You throw a (single) die until you get $...


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