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In the interests of providing options: We should get rid of the joke tag entirely. Most of the questions with this tag are either already closed, or not very funny (obviously subjective). I don't think the tag really serves a useful purpose, and it should probably just get burninated.


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I realise this response is a little late for the fortnightly challenge, but I think it's still worth sorting this out generally anyway. In my opinion, we should generalise retrograde-analysis, to include non-chess/board game specific usages. Whilst chess appears to be the genesis of the term and the most common usage, I don't think there is any fundamental ...


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I wholeheartedly agree! I've always wondered why cryptogram was used when it really should be cipher. I vote for changing the primary tag to cipher, and making cryptogram a synonym of it.


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I agree with your proposal: using an adjectival tag will hopefully make it clearer that it's only meant to be used for posting puzzles which have an element of humour, not for simply posting jokes. Another problem with the simple joke questions of the 'bad' type you mention is that they tend to invite unexplained answers. With a proper riddle, a good answer ...


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No, that would be a meta tag. It describes certain aspects of the puzzle, not the content of the puzzle itself. It's also worthless in categorizing and promoting the discovery of questions, which is the entire point of tags in the first place. Let's say there's a puzzle called a "Steve puzzle" in which the protagonist Steve has to solve various logic-grid ...


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Well, [logic-theory] is hardly used at all and has no official description. It looks to me as if its actual uses break down as follows: Some cases of outright misuse, on what are actually just arithmetic puzzles Some things that might reasonably be tagged [logical-deduction] One question that's actually about logic rather than merely using logic ... which ...


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Since meta-tags are bad but searchability is good, any writer who wants can put in a searchable line after each puzzle in the series. For example, This is part of the Ernie series of puzzles. with a link to the search result.


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For some reason I previously started going through the list from the lowest-voted questions instead of the oldest, so the list below isn't in age order. Nonetheless, these are the questions I've found so far which need retagging pre-burnination: Can you find my friends' birthday mathematics and/or calculation-puzzle would be more appropriate than ...


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In retrospect, the purpose of this question was not so much to define the definition of "retrograde analysis" as to figure out how to tag puzzles that involve "backward reasoning". The decision (whether retrograde-analysis tag or some other tag) doesn't matter so long as there is a definition made and applied consistently by the community. But in either ...


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After doing a little looking at some of the questions tagged humor, I'd suggest what @GentlePurpleRain did in the comments to this question: Get rid of both humour and joke! Take a look at the list of humor-tagged questions. There are only 4 with a QScore of > 10. The first two are logic problems that have a joke-type setup "...walks into a bar.&...


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