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Your English is fine Hi, I'm bobble. I have been the one editing most of your posts. (If you want me to, I will go back and edit your old ones.) Your English is fine. I will repeat this as often as necessary. It is not perfect. But it is good enough that I can understand it. And that's all that really matters. You have been nice and accepting of my grammar ...


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No, there is no such rule. But that does not mean it is okay. Neither is there a rule that says I cannot list every top user of the site, along with a personally tailored disparaging comment about their posts that is entirely factual and delivered without any explicitly offensive words. Technically speaking, such a post has no “subtle put-down” (it’s overt)...


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So... here's my take on this. I live in the Israeli Golan Hights, which is... fairly close to Syria. Close enough that for several years I occasionally heard explosions coming from the conflicts. I don't appreciate the setting of the puzzle. First off, it's just unnecessary. You're perfectly aware that this is a charged topic. The puzzle itself works ...


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I think this is a case where "policy" isn't the right way of thinking about it. The quote from the help center Mithrandir cites is—I'm guessing intentionally—vague: Inappropriate language or attention. Avoid vulgar terms and anything sexually suggestive. Also, this is not a dating site. There's no list of terms that are vulgar included, and depending on ...


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Our policy is that you are a terrible person. (not really, but it's a catchy hook) Hat-seeking behavior, while fine in absentia, is no excuse for cluttering the site with low-quality posts or inconsequential edits. Earn your hats fairly, through the usual channels.


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Absolutely. This is 100% within scope of the site. As you note, the puzzle-creation tag wiki even explicitly mentions phrasing (emphasis mine): This can cover all aspects of puzzle creation, from scrambling a rubiks-cube to phrasing questions to calculating all possible times a rope puzzle can produce. However, a few things to note: You still need to ...


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This is a matter of good taste vs. bad taste. If a puzzle setting absolutely requires war, death, murder, disease, rape, incest, cannibalism, or some other aspects universally deemed abhorrent in a civilised society, then it should of course stay in the puzzle. In that case, it's in good taste to place the puzzle in a fictional or hypothetical setting. ...


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If you answer your own puzzle then Your puzzle is complete. If you do not answer your own puzzle then Other people enjoy the puzzle. When someone point out a mistake in your puzzle, you improve at puzzle making. You don't have to type the answer. Sometimes, your puzzle gets better answers which broaden (y)our mind. You find the difficulty level of your ...


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I (as a user) only see benefits, because it maximises the volume of content available to me and prevents other users taking away what has been given to the community. For example it stops people from asking questions, getting solutions and then selfishly deleting the post to keep the content to themselves. It also prevents the rare cases of users becoming ...


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In addition to @bobble's answer, remember that other users might edit your posts to fix the issues in there. I'm not an English speaker either and it happened a lot of times to my posts, I find it very useful because it is an opportunity to improve your English skills. I learned different words and the correct grammar forms to express my sentences and also ...


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Sometimes a puzzle consists of various parts, and the answers posted each solve a part of the puzzle. In that case, it might be useful, after the puzzle is solved, to post your own answer that consolidates all of the bits and pieces into one coherent answer. Similarly, someone may stumble across the solution in a way you didn't intend, or might have missed ...


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I don't see anything wrong with it - there's nothing unfair about it at all. Stack Exchange does that so that people don't ask their questions, get a good answer, and then delete it - the whole point of Stack Exchange is to serve as a repository of questions and answers. Easy deletion of good questions would go against the purpose of the network.


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Having “math problem” as a close reason has caused demonstrable harm. I'd be skeptically interested to hear what measurably significant benefit it has actually brought, and I could philosophize about how a good math problem is inherently a good puzzle, but here are two fairly recent examples of math puzzles whose temporary closures taxed both ...


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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 people who are interested and who want to put their heads together, and could get a lot of very stimulating answers over a long period of time. That could only be ...


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I do not think it is justified to require every question to state explicitly whether or not the answerer knows the answer. This would clutter up the challenges in a way that is unnecessary in most cases. That being said, if the author implies a question can reasonably be answered when he has no idea whether it can or not, it is likely to waste users' time ...


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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.se should not be a repository for ciphers that are very unlikely to be solved. As google shows, a lot of expertise has already been applied to the Kryptos, Beale,...


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It's quite common in everyday English (and many other languages/cultures) to do this (with some words, like 'idiot' and 'moron'; there are probably words which are off-limits even in this context). I see no reason why it should be disallowed on Puzzling Stack Exchange. We have a Code of Conduct but it mainly is about interaction with other people, not '...


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Since the question is getting a lot of support, but there are no answers yet, I'm starting this CW on Rand's idea: FAQify the posts in here and summarise the rules. Since I lack the power to add the faq tags, I'm just writing some summaries here, grouped by the newcomers action for which they are relevant. Most links are still missing, as are probably some ...


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You are not required to use the ™ symbol, and there is no actual trademarking going on (as far as I'm aware). As bobble mentions in a comment: I always read the TM symbol as a bit tongue-in-cheek. "These words are so important that they merit a trademark!". As another example, this puzzle uses no less than three TM symbols in a row, both to meet ...


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The tag wiki for the trivia tag states (emphasis mine): Trivia puzzles are puzzles that are based on uncommon but usually notable knowledge about a certain subject. These puzzles will tend to deal with a lot of physical and historical facts, rather than the logic behind a certain mathematical construct, and are more prosaic than riddles. Questions in this ...


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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 more "official" reason, I'd argue the very first paragraph of the reputation help page makes a fairly clear cut case: "Reputation is a rough measurement of ...


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I would positively lose my mind over more of these real-life mysteries! They should definitely belong here. I had a total blast with the double edged sword and am actually back into Latin again as well as starting to get into learning Greek. Something on the Voynich manuscripts, I may be looking at it wrong but, some parts look as if they were stamped as ...


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It can't be made compulsory to declare whether you know the solution or not. It is a matter of personal opinion, and a puzzle (not necessarily a good puzzle) is complete without a good solution. Voting will decide if it is a good puzzle. Often it takes only 3-4 days to know if a puzzle is solvable. If you are not sure, you can always ask the OP. It is upto ...


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Based on how things work on other Stack Exchange sites, the acceptance of an answer is at the sole discretion of the question asker. It doesn't really matter who is more right or who got there first, the checkmark only reflects the OP's preference. Sometimes this is based on faulty information or bad logic; and sometimes, in these cases, it is later ...


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Remove it. From the Be Nice policy in the Help Center: Inappropriate language or attention. Avoid vulgar terms and anything sexually suggestive. Also, this is not a dating site.


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IF it's not getting appropriate attention on the stack where it was originally posted this generally means: it has no positively scored answers it has no accepted answer the view count demonstrates it's not being seen much AND it would be a good fit somewhere else this generally means: it's on-topic for a different stack ...


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It should be deleted, it adds no explanation as mentioned by our moderator Emrakul in the comments. But again, if the answer explains it, then it would get more inappropriate for younger audiences. What should we do with posts containing materials unsuitable for young children? We do have lots of teenagers who visit the site :) The posts with such ...


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