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Is my modest english skills a handicap to write on the site?

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 ...
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Are puzzles that mention real-world political situations forbidden?

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 ...
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Are puzzles that mention real-world political situations forbidden?

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 ...
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What's our policy towards potentially offensive posts?

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 ...
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What's our policy on questions asked merely for hats?

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 ...
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Is it alright to ask questions about how to phrase a puzzle?

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 ...
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Answering own puzzle

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 ...
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Is my modest english skills a handicap to write on the site?

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 ...
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Are puzzles that mention real-world political situations forbidden?

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 ...
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Revisiting the 'math question or math puzzle' policy

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 ...
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How fair is it to forbid a user to delete his own post?

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 ...
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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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Answering own puzzle

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 ...
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How fair is it to forbid a user to delete his own post?

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 ...
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Posting famous unsolved puzzles

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 ...
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Posting famous unsolved puzzles

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....
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Puzzle askers should say if they don't know the answer

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 ...
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Is it allowed to "insult yourself"?

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 ...
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Trademarking puzzles or specific words/phrases

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. &...
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Let's write a proper "Read Me First"

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 ...
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What is the trivia tag for?

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 ...
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Are chat games with a prize allowed?

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 ...
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What's our policy towards potentially offensive posts?

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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Puzzle askers should say if they don't know the answer

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. ...
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Posting famous unsolved puzzles

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 ...
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Having the same answer in an open-ended question

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, ...
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Can I ask for feedback about a new kind of puzzle for kids?

What problem are you trying to solve? The question you link says, essentially, "I have a goal X. X has problem Y. Does solution Z work?"*. Its final questions are all centered around ...
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