42 votes

Should we disallow "capture the flag" puzzles where the user has to install software?

Heck yeah. We the users probably have no idea what we have just decided to download until the download is finish. The file(s) could be filled with viruses or malware that we do not need on our ...
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Getting riddle quality back on track: a proposal for the path forward

No. Please no. This is a really bad idea. Requiring riddles to pass through a sandbox on meta before being permitted on the main site is going to encourage cliquishness and in-crowdery and alienate ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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What is our reason for wanting bounties on questions?

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 ...
GentlePurpleRain's user avatar
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Should we disallow "capture the flag" puzzles where the user has to install software?

Independently of any security concern, questions on Stack Exchange are supposed to be self-contained. You can print out a question and it should still make sense. If the question doesn't make sense ...
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Okay, the sandbox didn't work. We still have a quality problem; let's figure out how to address it

Totally agree with both of Rand's answers, however, I think we need to hone in a little on what the new close reason should be, so I thought I'd add my thoughts... New close reason See Rand's answer ...
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22 votes
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Should we flag a riddle as *too broad* without looking at the hints

In this base-10 alphametic, each letter represents a different digit and numbers can't start with 0. What digit does each letter represent? I + U --- WE Hint: ...
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What is our reason for wanting bounties on questions?

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. ...
GentlePurpleRain's user avatar
18 votes
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Puzzle hidden in revision history?

This puzzle Now that the puzzle in question has been solved, it seems to me that it really was just a gimmick without much value. As far as I can tell this puzzle could exist entirely as-is on the ...
Dan Russell's user avatar
17 votes

Why are IQ test questions received so badly on this website?

There are two reasons your post was heavily downvoted: Yes, this community generally dislikes progressive matrices. As you said, "it's similar to reading the author's mind" -- this is the mark of a ...
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Should we disallow "capture the flag" puzzles where the user has to install software?

A further consideration is that even if this download is perfectly safe and innocuous, but this puzzle leads to a common acceptance of similar puzzles that involve downloads, there is a chance that a ...
Gordon K's user avatar
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15 votes

Recent influx of low effort riddles?

Good riddles are an awesome addition to the site. Low quality puzzles, of any type, are not good for the site. The problem, as I see it, is twofold: Making a good riddle is hard, but making a ...
Alconja's user avatar
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What should we do about "riddles" that are pure trivia?

I consider those questions to be really boring, unimaginative, low-quality riddles and downvote them accordingly. Update My view has evolved; down voting them isn't working, we're getting more and ...
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Okay, the sandbox didn't work. We still have a quality problem; let's figure out how to address it

This may not make a huge difference, but since new users are often high on the blame list for the poor-quality stuff, we should change the Puzzling Tour to actually reflect this site. I think this is ...
Dan Russell's user avatar
14 votes

Google Earth Challenges - Should we keep them?

Without commenting on any of the specific examples you've included, I don't think a simple satellite photo with "where is this place?" constitutes a puzzle. This type of thing has much more in common ...
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Are [word-property] puzzles similar to poor ciphers where you must break a random code?

No, they aren't. Firstly, despite what you suggest, the test of time and votes does correlate with the test of puzzle quality. Even back in the spaghetti era when low-quality puzzles were often ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
11 votes

What is our reason for wanting bounties on questions?

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 ...
GentlePurpleRain's user avatar
11 votes

Getting riddle quality back on track: a proposal for the path forward

I will now try to formulate a loose summary for the riddle tag since I'm usually committing crimes under its flag. I hope I can restore its reputation and atone for my sins: (I will try to improve ...
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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-...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
10 votes
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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 ...
humn's user avatar
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10 votes
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Riddle containing other languages than english

If you want to post a puzzle written in a specific language, then sorry you can't (according to this policy). But if you want to post a puzzle which needs the knowledge of any specific language, ...
manshu's user avatar
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10 votes

What tricky mathematical questions are on topic here?

Being heavily mathematical should be no objection to a question Some questions here are only accessible if you know a lot about rock music. Some, only if you are able to program a computer. Some, ...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
9 votes

What exactly is 'too broad'

Some riddles are fundamentally too broad, and cannot be fixed. For example What is black and white and red all over? It's designed as a pun riddle, said aloud, and the person is actually saying "...
Kate Gregory's user avatar
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9 votes
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Should we edit "Who/What am I" questions?

Yes, you should. Titles should be descriptive - something like "Who Am I Riddle" tells you almost nothing about the actual content of the puzzle.
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What should we do about "riddles" that are pure trivia?

(Reviving this question, since this has come up in multiple flags recently, and we haven't done anything about them yet.) I think we should close these questions as off-topic, and potentially even ...
Deusovi's user avatar
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9 votes

Okay, the sandbox didn't work. We still have a quality problem; let's figure out how to address it

A chatroom for detecting and discussing low-quality puzzles. Whether or not we implement a new custom close reason for 'bad' puzzles as proposed in my other answer here, we need people to be aware of ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
9 votes

Google Earth Challenges - Should we keep them?

OP is here :P I have to say that before I posted the first puzzle, I have tried many images(like Tokyo Station or Mt. Fuji) from Google Earth and checked with the Search by Image function, however ...
Conifers's user avatar
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9 votes
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Updated the warning messages about quality standards of questions on PSE

As Mithical noted, these warning messages are the same across every site on the Stack Exchange network. I agree that the "subjective" warning doesn't make a whole lot of sense for us to have, but it ...
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Should we flag a riddle as *too broad* without looking at the hints

No. If you are flagging (or voting to close) any question or answer, you should definitely have read the entire question/answer before doing so. Otherwise you are making a judgement based on ...
GentlePurpleRain's user avatar
8 votes

What is our reason for wanting bounties on questions?

"Vote-To-Exemplary" (VTE) mechanism similar to "Vote-to-Close" (VTC) To implement, add additional exemplary link to question, i.e. ...
BmyGuest's user avatar
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8 votes

Okay, the sandbox didn't work. We still have a quality problem; let's figure out how to address it

A custom close reason for 'bad' riddles/puzzles. Normally, the way to deal with 'bad' questions on Stack Exchange is simply to downvote them, while closing is reserved for questions which are off-...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar

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