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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Are math-textbook-style problems on topic?

Math puzzles are on topic, math problems are not Let me first give some examples to illustrate the distinction I mean. Math problems: Solve for $x$: $2x+3=7$. My friend gave me a riddle: ...
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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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A policy on plagiarism

To start with the easy bit: copyright notices are red herrings. Take, as an example, the now deleted Air Crash Dilemma. A search for the key phrase: bury the survivors? turns up "About 94,700 ...
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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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Why was my question removed from the HNQs?

I propose a simpler solution: hide the image behind a link. That way unsuspecting users from this site or others will not be confronted with unwanted nudity. The problem isn't the Hot Questions list; ...
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Is it appropriate to pose a puzzle where I don't know the answer?

Good question. Seems to me that just so long as you include the info that you don't know what the solution is and there might not be a solution (if that's the case), there wouldn't be much for anyone ...
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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 ...
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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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Is it appropriate to pose a puzzle where I don't know the answer?

Not that I disagree with the other answer, but I wanted to chime in - I think this is one of the best kinds of questions for this site. Finding a puzzle and being unable to solve it would lead ...
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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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Difficulty rating on questions

And who's supposed to judge the "difficulty rating" of a puzzle? If it's the original poster of the question, that's almost certainly going to be subject to lots of bias. "Oh, I don't want beginners ...
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What's with all the spaghetti?

Yesterday I asked What's the password, again? because it felt like a nice follow-on to the first password puzzle (I think it's the first, anyhow). It seems that some other people saw the number ...
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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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Questions from on-going contests

I can agree with the policy above albeit it might be difficult to "police" this really. However, isn't posting a question from a contest already defying existing copyright policy and can be acted upon ...
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Should we have weekly/fortnightly topic challenges?

Many in the community still have a sour taste in their mouths after the recent disagreements over policy that went nuts. The community is still in disagreement over a lot of the basics and many like ...
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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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What's with all the spaghetti?

Believe it's called 'enthusiasm' and possibly even 'community'.
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Questions from on-going contests

I propose we take Math's policy on contest questions: Why do we have a policy? First and foremost: we believe that the responsibility for the integrity of an exam, contest, competition, etc. ...
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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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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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Should we be referencing/using specific users in puzzles?

I don't think there's any need for a ruling on using other peoples names in your puzzle - it just adds a little twist to the puzzle and for the most part I don't see people minding. I wouldn't be ...
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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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