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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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Puzzles whose creators have asked them not to be shared

(This is one of multiple answers I'm posting so that they can be voted on. It does not necessarily reflect my own opinion.) Such questions should be forbidden. In cases where the creator of the ...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
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Should we require that puzzles remain apolitical?

Provided they don't violate the Be Nice policy, what's the problem? Just as there's a difference between discussing politics disrespectfully and discussing politics at all, there's also a difference ...
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Has the scope of the site changed?

No. I don't think the site's scope has changed, and I disagree with the closing of that question - especially the reason behind the closing. Questions about puzzles are still perfectly acceptable here....
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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. ...
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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
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Sharing and rewarding what went into making a good puzzle

An outline for wrap-up posts can be found at Wrap-up posts: What should the formal part of it contain? Please copy the outline’s header, being sure to include the words ...
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Can we get +10 reputation for upvotes on questions?

As of yesterday, November 13th 2019, this is now in effect network wide: We’re changing the reputation earned from getting a question upvote to ten points, making it equal to the reputation earned ...
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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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Re-asking a question when an unintended answer is given

Okay, since it's been a day I'll post my thoughts for voting. I think that re-asking a question with a different phrasing is good, provided that the new phrasing removes ambiguity and invalidates the ...
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Would we want to allow ... or spaces before question marks at the end of titles?

Yes, we should request exemption from most of these rules In the question itself @bobble has already pointed out some use cases of relevance to sequence puzzles, but I would suggest that there are ...
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Should we require that puzzles remain apolitical?

There's nothing inherently wrong with political-themed puzzles, so they should be allowed. Can there be bad political questions? Absolutely, just like bad riddles and ciphers. Suggesting the ...
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Sample commentaries on puzzle creation

This is an answer that would potentially be posted on my most-popular puzzle, Hearken, now, and listen close! Meta-note (this is in response to the question above, and not part of my actual answer): I ...
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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 ...
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Edit ruined my puzzle!

No.
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What do we do when a question relies on an image that's no longer available?

Gareth rescued the example you mentioned, but to try and answer the general case, I'd suggest*: Check Google's cache - If the content went missing fairly recently then Google will likely have a ...
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Is it OK to use specific users as part of a puzzle mechanism?

I would highly recommend that you don't use specific users as part of a puzzle, for two main reasons: Preservation: One of the many goals of this site is to be an archive of high-quality puzzles that ...
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Are full crosswords allowed here?

"Too broad" as a close reason doesn't exactly apply here, in the same way it does across the rest of the network. Some puzzles have many parts leading to a single solution: this is okay. For example, ...
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Ongoing not-exactly-contests

I propose getting rid of the time-limit requirement for declaring something a "contest"* First, let's take a look at why we have this requirement in the first place. We copied from Math.SE, ...
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Would puzzle-construction challenge questions be off-topic for this site?

I think challenges of this type are a great idea ... but NOT posted as questions on the main site. TL;DR: encouraging creativity within certain pre-set guidelines is a great idea, but puzzles should ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Should we require that puzzles remain apolitical?

Personally I think that they should be allowed, but with the stipulation that they remain in neutral light. I'm sure some people will make puzzles about politics so that they can vent (nothing wrong ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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My Puzzle has not received Attention after placing two bounties, what should I do about it?

I don't know how helpful this will be, but I'll describe my experience with the puzzle in question, which I've spent a modest amount of time attacking. This doesn't answer the "what should I do?&...
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Why are mathematical question posted on Puzzling SE?

Paraphrased, your question appears to be: Why do people posts their math puzzles here, instead of Mathematics Stack Exchange? To which I'd answer: Because they can. These questions are on-topic here,...
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Are you allowed to post a puzzle identical to another except in its solution criterion?

Yes. If the solution criterion is different, then the puzzle being posed is in essence different, even if the setup is the same. It wouldn't be a duplicate of the previous puzzle. A few caveats (which ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Are puzzles with the correct answer being "unknowable" allowed?

These sorts of questions are explicitly off topic, since they have no answer. From the context of this website (and probably most reasonable people) a "meta-answer" is not an answer to a ...
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Do we want all new questions to show up in The Sphinx's Lair?

FWIW I ... quite like it think it's a little too intrusive and would be better if (I've no idea whether this is possible) its posts looked like ordinary users', without the extra-wide margin and big ...
Gareth McCaughan's user avatar
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What's the policy on puzzles *paraphrased* from other sites?

(We're still deliberating the details in mod chat, but this is our general consensus so far, and the current policy on plagiarism.) If the puzzles are "chestnuts", appearing in several different ...
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