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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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Should we downvote/delete riddle answers that don't match every line of the riddle?

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 ...
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How to make a riddle tricky without too many clues to make it easy but enough to avoid "too broad"?

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 ...
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When should riddles be considered duplicates?

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 ...
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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 ...
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If a question is copied from another location, but it is not plagiarised, how do I have to treat all answers?

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 ...
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Is there a font/format I can use to keep the size of each character equal when posting riddles?

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 {...
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Is this a different type of riddle, or not really a riddle at all?

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 ...
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If a question is copied from another location, but it is not plagiarised, how do I have to treat all answers?

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 ...
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Is there a font/format I can use to keep the size of each character equal when posting riddles?

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}...
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How to make a riddle tricky without too many clues to make it easy but enough to avoid "too broad"?

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 ...
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