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An outline for wrap-up posts can be found at Wrap-up posts: What should the formal part of it contain? Please copy the outline’s header, being sure to include the words wrap-up, making and poser, so that wrap-ups are easier to find and distinguish from other kinds of posts. Content below the header can be free-form and the outline includes many excellent ...


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I see your riddle has now been solved, but I'll post an answer anyway for the eyes of others who wonder the same thing as you did. First of all, give it time. People are still looking at your riddle even if they don't all post up answers. Eventually someone will probably surprise you and solve it. This question lasted three weeks before being solved! If ...


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FWIW, here's what I've done in the past: Upvote the answer. Thank the answerer for their great contribution and acknowledge that the answer does fit the problem as stated. Explain that while you think it's a good answer, it isn't the one you were looking for, and that this reflects a fault in your question, so you'll be revising your question. Revise your ...


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In most cases, I think adding an answer is fine, and even a Good ThingTM. We often do something similar for challenges on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf, and call it a reference answer (or something like that). As you say, it helps kick-start the game, but it also gives others an example to work from. Sometimes it's hard (despite your best effort) to ...


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What usually happens is that puzzle authors give hints; first, simple nudges, but I've seen hints which spoil half the puzzle, so to speak. Depending on the type of puzzle, posting a simplified version which introduces techniques to solve the main puzzle may work. Also, a bounty may help getting more attention to your puzzle too. Sometimes it's difficult to ...


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I'll echo what @GentlePurpleRain has already said, and will add - I would be most in favor of your last option, though again any of the 3 GPR noted would be fine. I only have this preference because you've already as much as admitted that due to issues with the puzzle's formulation you think it unlikely someone will ever get the intended solution. Rather ...


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I think any of 1, 2, and 4 are acceptable. You might want to think about what your goal is. Is your goal to have someone solve the puzzle? to offer an explanation the puzzle and what you feel was wrong with it? to help others learn from your mistakes? In any case, self-answering the puzzle is probably the direction you want to go, although there's ...


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I think a better approach would be for the asker or the writer of the "correct" answer to then tidy up the accepted answer. This means removing things like "probably"... Also what I, and others, have done is to actually edit the accepted solution with a full explanation of the riddle's content. The riddles that we've got lately are complete original so the ...


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My advice is to keep as much information in one spot as is reasonable. If there's no reason to split up the questions, don't. A more technical interpretation of the rules follows. Each question on SE must stand alone. That doesn't preclude related questions (e.g. the Spaghetti party), but each question should be completely understandable without reference ...


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Self-answers can only be accepted 2 days after the question is posted. You posted your question at 2015-02-28 13:57:02Z, and the self-answer at 2015-03-01 07:42:14Z, which was approximately 17.75 hours after the question was posted. Hence, you had 30.25 hours left to wait, which was "rounded" and displayed as one day.


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how long would one consider it as "long enough" That's going to depend a lot on individual opinion. Definitely not on the scale of hours or days, though - maybe not even weeks, more like months. This riddle lasted three weeks before being solved, and this one lasted almost a month despite increasing numbers of hints. You never know when some genius might ...


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The drawback of posting your own answer is that it may discourage other posters who would have gotten the ball rolling with small solutions that are unlikely to win. I think posting an answer is OK, but recommend that you wait a little while (maybe 2-6 hours) to encourage participation from early posters.


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This is a slightly modified form of my answer to a very similar question This will vary from person to person. But, if solvers aren't able or interested enough to solve a puzzle, here's the process I would take (and that I have seen other people take). The order here is not exact -- in particular, the middle three steps could be rearranged. (For instance, ...


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