Gareth McCaughan has been an active and polite user in The Sphinx's Lair. He always strikes me as level-headed and insightful, and is willing and able to give helpful tips on improving puzzles when asked.
Gareth is one of the most prolific answerers on the site, with over 20k reputation earned from answers alone. While he has posed no ...
There are at least a couple of reasons why review audits are, in my view, useless at best.
Nobody's been banned due to them, so they're either not needed or not working.
Emrakul said he doesn't think anyone has ever been review-banned due to failing too many audits. So either there are no reviewers sufficiently bad to deserve banning (in which case, ...
All right, it's time for everyone's favorite post: the list of posts that would benefit from MathJax! The Stack Exchange team looks for posts that would benefit by having MathJax (they want to make sure it's actually needed), so let's make a list of such posts.
As this is a community wiki, feel free to edit in posts that would benefit, but are missing.
As of yesterday, November 13th 2019, this is now in effect network wide:
We’re changing the reputation earned from getting a question upvote to ten points, making it equal to the reputation earned from an upvote to an answer.
No we do not need the tag
While pokemon is quite a broad subject, it is still too specific
Pokemon can relate to many things, but can be replaced for each one:
Pokemon video games replaced with video-games
Pokemon movies replaced with movies
Pokemon TV series replaced with tv
Pokemon Card Game replaced with cards
Pokemon Go replaced with video-games (Or ...
As GPR noted, we already were discussing a custom close reason for this; I'm very much in favor of having one, and just hadn't gotten around to posting here about creating one and what it should look like.
My standard blurb reads:
I'm putting this question on hold until proper attribution of its original source is provided. —
It looks like you're ...
This has long been an issue for me. When I ask a knowledge/trivia question, or when I'm helping another user with tag edits on their question, I often have no idea which of the two tags to use, and often choose at random or use both interchangeably. That's a big red flag that we don't actually need two separate tags.
The names and descriptions of the two ...
And, the default escape-sequence for MathJax on SE is to use a $, like $log(n)$ ....
Should this be changed (like it is on some other Stack Exchange Sites) to \$ (as in \$log(n)\$ ) ? If the site uses the $ often in regular question text, then it can cause problems with the page parsing.
Will it be common here to have $100 currency values? Or programs ...
My suggestion for a question like this would be to run it by the person you are joking about first.
That question felt like it was mocking the question by M D which she said she put a bunch of effort in and your puzzle seemed to dismiss it as silly. This is very different IMO for the Mithrandir lost his key puzzle which was also a joke but didn't mock ...
What's your puzzle, or puzzle-related question? Be specific.
Suggested by @COTO. Edited to include a comma after suggestions from @Curmudgeon. Hopefully nobody will mind such a minor change, but feel free to change your vote if you do!
Upvote to support this proposal. Please don't downvote; proposals will be compared on the number of upvotes they've had.
It isn't clear to me whether we need more room owners at this point, but if so then I think Rubio is an obvious choice.
is one of the more active chat users
isn't already a mod or room owner
is somewhat active in chat at times of day when the existing owners/mods are usually not around
is consistently reasonable and sensible in chat
Rand's suggestion was reasonable, except for the abomination that was the comma - so I stripped it of this demon and made the change:
At Curmudgeon's suggestion, I also added an extra "your":
What's your puzzle or your puzzle-related question? Be specific.
I think the following things are reasonably clear:
It's a very nice puzzle and some nice answers were posted: it would be a shame to lose those.
At present it is basically copied from another source, without giving it due credit (though it does, indeed, credit the original source of the puzzle in its title).
The person who originally posted the question was ...
I just took a look at our tag blacklist, and it has this:
Turns out that really means (^puzzling)|(puzzles?$), which blacklists any tag that starts with "puzzling" or ends with "puzzle" or "puzzles." Definitely not the intent.
I've poked an employee in chat to fix this for us.
I didn't even think it would even be an issue, so I didn't post earlier, but…
The escape sequence should be $.
$ is what people who already know (La)TeX use. Even more importantly, $ is what people who already know how to write math on Stack Exchange use — it's what Mathematics SE uses, and it's what all the MathJax documentation on Stack Exchange (mostly ...
I didn't see this question until just now. I think the computer-puzzle tag would be perfect for questions that require computer literacy.
I agree with rand al'thor's comment that a programming tag wouldn't cover puzzles that require computer literacy but don't involve programming at all.
I agree that this puzzle type warrants it own tag. I could easily imagine wanting to search for this kind of puzzle of particular.
I think that the tag should be limited to puzzle to devise a strategy for the players to guess their hat colors, and not include puzzles like this one or this one, where you are asked to make a logical inference from player's ...
Normally, audits aren't enabled on sites of this size; there just aren't enough reviews (or enough posts that meet the criteria for becoming audits) to justify it.
And that's true here as well. So, enabling them here was probably a bad idea at the time; the person who prompted the change should've been either banned for a longer period of time (something ...
Looks like Lisa has updated this color for you! YAY! I hope that the darker shade makes it easier to distinguish - and based on the comments, it sounds like it is.
Accessibility is important to us so please let us know if you have any other situations like this that are caused by color choices. You can do that by asking a question on meta just like this one!...
Turns out that poem is a proposed synonym for poetry. The poem tag itself was removed from the system some months ago on account of going unused. This is a fairly routine situation, but what we neglected to do was exclude synonyms that haven't been approved yet from the autocomplete lookup.
The fix is out in production now.
Thanks for the report!
Split original answer into 3 to be voted on separately
I am in the top 10 of the frequently active list.
The fact that I am in the top 10 of the list shows that I am very active in chat. I am very active on site too.
I am rated third most active in chat overall.
I am English which means I am in a different timezone from the majority of people, ...