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(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 question has asked that the question not be shared, doing so is probably a violation of copyright. If they've asked for either the question or the answer not to be ...

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I agree that we should get a definitive status. There was (and probably still is) also discrepancy whether or not such a status is/should be achieved by majority vote, but I think it does not hurt to gauge the participating members at this state. So, instead of writing long answers, my answer here is to vote. UP-Vote: I agree with the statement: "Puzzles ...

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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: She went to the store and bought some apples. Then, she went to the store and bought an equal number more apples. Then, she picked three more apples off her ...

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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. I think this problem was simply a misguided user voting to close, and other people following suit.

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Puzzling makes the Internet better by generating quality content People here write original puzzles. They also solve puzzles and share puzzles from elsewhere. The long-term goal is to create an organized repository of high-quality puzzles with well-explained solutions. As for Googlability, the hope is that as the site grows, users find it by Googling ...

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I can't speak for others, but here are the reasons I strongly dislike them: They're low-effort. You can ask the same question for any numbers, any sources, and any set of allowed operators. What makes any individual puzzle of this type special? They're often ill-defined. Many of these questions allow "any standard operator" without specifying what ...

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(Much of this answer comes from a discussion in chat with Rubio, Brandon_J, and North.) Absolutely. I see several problems with the "open-ended" format. But first, a definition, to make sure we're all on the same page: An open-ended question is one where multiple answers are expected; answers are ranked by some sort of rule, and the answer with ...

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We must define what is on-topic in a clear unambiguous fashion. I haven't been around all that long, however every discussion I've seen about what's on-topic has been very ambiguous and I'm still not remotely clear about what the story is. Indeed, the consensus in meta is often internally inconsistent. I argue that any definition of quality will need the ...

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I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with simple anagrams as puzzles, they just don't present much of a challenge. When you can literally plug a word into a search to get the answer, it's not surprising that the puzzle is answered in less than 5 minutes. So while I don't think we should be banning them by any stretch, we should certainly be ...

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I had thought from Jaydles post that this question would be on topic, but it rapidly got downvotes: Which switch goes to which bulb? My opinion is that this is a specific brainteaser and it should be on topic.

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I would argue that a two person game is a puzzle in the same way that a brain teaser is. Is the recent (2014) Google Code Jam, one of the qualifying problems was a about a two person game which could be coded and solved. Finding patterns and strategies is as much of a puzzle as the Tower of Hanoi (from a programming perspective).

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Being heavily mathematical should be no objection to a question Some questions here are only accessible if you know a lot about rock music. Some, only if you are able to program a computer. Some, only if you know group theory. Why should one of these be treated differently from the others? A heavily mathematical question may be a bad question, just as (say)...

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"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, crosswords do have a single final solution (the complete grid), even though there are many small things to answer to produce it. Other types of puzzles, like ...

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Policy First of all, if all you want is our actual policy then you can find it in this question: Proposed policy on mathematical questions The policy described there is, briefly: A question is off-topic on Puzzling if it is routine. This means that the question can be answered by following a standard procedure. Other related considerations: is the ...

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I think that puzzles with strong mathematical content are perfectly on topic. If you look at the puzzle tag on math.stackexchange.com I think many of those would make great questions here. See for example https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/205953/how-do-you-find-the-center-of-a-circle-with-a-pencil-and-a-book https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/...

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I think there is quite some similarity between this question and the question posted on Magic Trick Solving. At least, my answer is very similar. I think we will have a hard time (oh, a puzzle! Or just a challenge?...) to find hard-core rules to differentiate and will therefore often have to decided on a very subjective case-by-case basis. However, isn't it ...

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To provide the opposing view to Devousi (which is actually an underlying agreement), I think that tribonds are most definitely on-topic... ...however, because you're effectively limiting the design space of the puzzle to three unique pieces of information, and single words at that, it's going to be very hard to produce one that escapes being too broad. In ...

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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 be posted as puzzles, their answers as answers, and asking people to create a puzzle of a particular type would be way too broad as a question. Let's instead do ...

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What is an open-ended puzzle? If we're going to declare these off-topic, then let's have a clear definition so that the policy doesn't get misapplied. Deusovi has attempted to do this in his answer above, but I want to make it even clearer. (The reason for this answer is that I've already seen discussion over how/where it should apply, and I want to avoid a ...

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I don't see how this could possibly fit into a questions and answers format. Stack Exchange has a specific goal: it's a questions and answers site. This is not a discussion forum, or a challenge game engine, or a poll engine, or a creative writing site. Besides, your examples are prime examples of open-ended riddles. I mean, it's obvious that the first man ...

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Definitions: deduction: reasoning from one or more premises to reach a valid conclusion induction: finding strong evidence for the conclusion, but not proving it outright Therefore: A riddle is a question or statement with a hidden meaning, typically via wordplay/double meanings. It typically requires induction rather than deduction. A logic puzzle is a ...

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This is kind of a meta-answer. I don't know what the right policy should be, but the policy needs to be consistent Here, I posted a puzzle and asked the community to solve it. I got 6 upvotes and a generally positive response Here, I posted a really challenging sudoku, and asked the community to solve it. It was rapidly closed I don't see a difference ...

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Here's my proposal for how we should go about this - feel free to agree and disagree with and and all points :-) Mission Statement: I don't think I can actually improve on this very much. It emphasises that we're targeting puzzle creators, solvers and would-be solvers. It's not complicated, but it doesn't need to be; it just needs to give us a target we ...

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What are the rules for questions on puzzle-creation? They are perfectly on-topic on the main site. The site is for puzzles and puzzle related questions. Your question falls under puzzle related questions and therefore is on-topic on the the main site. In fact, we have a tag named puzzle-creation whose excerpt reads A question about the creation and ...

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My take on this would be that a puzzle that requires the viewer to actually own the video game to solve would be out of place. That sort of thing would best be posted on some internet community of people owning the game, say the mario maker reddit, etc. Those without the game on this community couldn't enjoy the puzzle, and if such puzzles become popular, it ...

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I feel that puzzle questions are helpful to the community, provided the answers contain explanations to the solution. In such cases, I personally feel upvotes should not be awarded for correct answers, but for the best explanations of those correct answers. No one benefits much from "just answers", such as "The amoeba has four hats." On the other hand, if ...

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I think they are on-topic, yes. Similar question styles are acceptable on StackOverflow. Let's take each of your examples at a time: "how do I solve [this specific Sudoku/cryptic clue]" These actually seem to be asked more in the format of: Here's [this specific puzzle I'm trying to solve] Here's [solving methods I've tried so far, and explanations ...

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