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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 more of them and they're drowning out higher quality content. I now believe we should close these questions and have requested a custom close reason. Rq custom ...


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No. Partial answers need love too. Those that build toward an answer are perfectly acceptable on most stacks and are useful in their own right. Intentionally deleting answers that are partly correct doesn't achieve anything other than making it harder for others to come up with a fuller, more correct answer.


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This answer attempts to give guidance for puzzles in general, and riddles in particular where so noted. How does one know what is the acceptable level of "difficulty" To know if your riddle is "acceptable" in difficulty, you first must know how difficult it is. Alas, rating your own puzzles is notoriously difficult. Your puzzle is probably harder ...


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Two riddle postings are duplicates if they essentially set the same riddle in the same way. They have to follow a very similar path to get you to the same answer, with similar/identical hinting about similar/identical characteristics of the riddle's target. If some reasonably high threshold percentage of the hinting is the same — potentially in different ...


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(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 delete them - they are not riddles, and maybe not even puzzles at all. Certainly not high-quality enough for the site. To be clear, my criteria for closing are: ...


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The primary goal for accepting an answer isn't to give reputation to the person who deserves it most by putting in the most effort, but rather it is about marking the answer that you think best answers the question. Don't think of it as rewarding the answerer, but rather letting everyone know this is the answer you were looking for so that other users know ...


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The only option on Stack Exchange is to use 'code formatting', also know as preformatted text. Here is a recent example. The easiest way to achieve this is to select the riddle, and hit Ctrl+K or the { } button in the toolbar above the edit area. (You probably know this because you're active on Stack Overflow; other users might not.) If my prefix had an id, ...


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If it has no verifiably correct answer, then it's not acceptable here. There's even a custom close reason specifically for this type of puzzle: This question may invite speculative answers, as the question is not fully defined. The validity of some answers may be based upon opinion. Good questions for this site have a limited number of objectively ...


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Is there a way to differentiate answers that are googled verses derived? If so I would suggest you award the answer which provides the best explanation as to how the answer if found. I believe you should reward the best answer, not necessarily the people you feel put more work into their answer. Solving the problem alone, however, does not make it a good ...


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One more idea is to use mathjax here. But note that it makes the loading a few milliseconds slower and it is not supported in very old systems. You're Lucky, I have been interested in $\mathtt{MathJax}$\ $\LaTeX$ recently, and I have been collecting symbols, methods and $\boldsymbol{Fonts}$. 1. Blackboard bold: This font only uses uppercase letters; $\...


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Rubio's answer is excellent, but I wanted to throw in one other thought as well: Difficulty is possibly not the best term to be used here, as it is inherently subjective and not something to be objectively measured. Not even by time/amount of correct or wrong answers. After all you can solve a puzzle and still think it to have been difficult. I think the ...


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