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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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Are puzzles and riddles welcome?

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 ...
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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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Getting to business: How can Puzzling make the internet better?

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 ...
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Why are numerical puzzles disliked?

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 ...
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The end of open-ended puzzles

(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 ...
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How do we improve the quality of content produced on Puzzling.SE?

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 ...
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Are straightforward anagram-only questions considered on-topic?

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 ...
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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

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 ...
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Are two person strategy games on or off topic?

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 ...
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What tricky mathematical questions are on topic here?

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, ...
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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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What is PSE's policy on mathematical questions, and why, and what's the history behind it?

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-...
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Should mathematics questions really be on-topic here?

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

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 ...
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Are Tribond Questions On-Topic?

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 ...
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Would puzzle-construction challenge questions be off-topic for this site?

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 ...
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The end of open-ended puzzles

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 ...
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Situation riddles

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 ...
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Let's do the impossible! What is a riddle, what is a logic puzzle, and what is a brain teaser?

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 ...
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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

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 ...
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Positive discussion from the recent confusion

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 ...
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Asking questions on puzzle creation

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 ...
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Are users aware of Super Mario Maker mechanics, and would puzzle courses be on topic?

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 ...
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Is it on-topic to present specific logic puzzles or brainteasers as questions?

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,...
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Are "mass-producible puzzles" on-topic?

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 ...
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