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Your aspirations are commendable, but I don't think it is realistic to take ~90% of your content (and the community that created it) and simply toss it out telling everyone "you're doing it wrong." The story that we've convinced ourselves is that… "as soon as we stop everyone who’s using this site wrong, Will Shortz and Mike Shenk will show up." ...


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Whilst I quite like the current logo, I think there's plenty of opportunity to keep the spirit of it, and still avoid the overlap with the Workplace logo... With that in mind I've mocked up a few alternatives: The first keeps the "lock icon + impossible geometry" motif of the original design, but switches it to a more classic triangular shape. The second ...


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No. Firstly, I must commend our moderating team on their boldness and their dedication to the success of the stack. They knew that saying this would immediately lead to an army of puzzlers running to gnaw their heads off starting with the jugular. It's understandable. I've been sharpening my set of pearly whites too. That's balls. That's dedication. Here's ...


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If "no challenge questions" is the official site philosophy, I can certainly accept that. I consider it somewhat unfortunate since the only reason I come here is for the challenge questions, but I'll find a new watering hole somewhere. ;) Generally speaking, I don't see that the SE format works at all well for the designated "primary purpose" when it comes ...


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I suspected this was coming, however I don't see how Puzzling.SE can actually survive in the format that you're describing. I go to Stack Overflow for help with programming - I program all day every day, and sometimes I don't know something, which makes SO perfect for a Q&A site about solving programming questions. Lots of people do it all day, every ...


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Our primary purpose for being here is ... If you disagree with this, then Stack Exchange is not for you. Rather than asking us as a community what we think the purpose of the site should be and how we should achieve it, you seem to be choosing to rule by fiat; it's your way or the highway. That's a shame. I'm very disappointed. I thought we had a good ...


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Let's take challenges somewhere else Many on the site enjoy solving and posing puzzles as challenges, and for some, it's the only reason they're here. Accidentally, a puzzle-solving community has started to grow, and it would be sad to lose that. And some have bemoaned that if this isn't the place to post puzzles, then where is? As the mods have explained,...


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I'm sad to see things turn out this way, but I can understand the reasoning behind this. I'm glad to see that a consistent policy has been chosen, even if it is a seriously restrictive one. I like good challenge questions, but their relative rarity is a pretty convincing argument for why they should be generally disallowed. This directly addresses the ...


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I personally love posing and solving puzzles, and PPCG is my favorite SE, but at this point I'm ready to support the ban on questions as challenges. I don't believe challenge questions are intrinsically bad for the site. Nor are they totally incompatible with the SE framework, as PPCG shows. But empirically, they have far lowered the site quality, and I don'...


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Badges are, to the best of my knowledge, consistent in meaning across the entire StackExchange network. This means that smaller communities like ours have much more difficulty in reaching the upper echelons of badge accessorydom, but there's nothing inherently wrong with that. Didn't the first moderator election happen very recently? That makes this site ...


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I have commented a lot to the other answers in this thread, but there is one thing I think needs adding. (Therefore this posting.) Once a clear directions/goal of this site has been finalized one thing needs doing: Delete all questions not fitting this goal. Yes, this is harsh. Yes, this will destroy a lot of good content. (And all of my own puzzles.) Yes, ...


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I've also suffered from this confusion the last few days, despite being certain I wouldn't when I first saw the new icon. Seeing the two icons next to each other in this meta question shows that they look quite similar, but they are easily distinguished when they are adjacent. The problem comes when only one or other appears without the other adjacent to it. ...


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THIS SIMPLY WON'T WORK! Honestly, I get what you're saying, I respect that you are trying to steer this site into a stack exchange format, but this is going to kill the site. I came here because I enjoy the site, and the puzzles on it, I enjoy asking and answering clever questions created by the community. It already is a Q&A format as long as ...


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Is this new? No. This "bug" can be exploited on all Stack Exchange sites with MathJax. Can it be fixed? Well, think about it. Which of these would you rather see? I agree or I agree ------- or I agree asdfghj or I agree There's really no reason to disallow one workaround when there are many, many others that people could use (ex. you could ...


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No, the Trilogy (S[OFU]) and a few exceptions are the only sites to have custom domain names. (The exceptions are Stack Overflow in Portuguese because it's a "branch" of sorts, Stack Apps because it's not a normal Q&A site, Ask Ubuntu because of its relationship to Ubuntu, and MathOverflow for historical reasons.)


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We should temporarily remove ourselves HNQ has been showing our worst side to the rest of Stack Exchange. The "hotness" formula heavily weights popularity and activity over a short period of time, which systematically rewards bad puzzles: ones that spawn many different short answers because the question is ambiguous and anything goes. Meanwhile, puzzles ...


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Okay, this seems to be repeating word for word my recent proposal, so I find it... odd that no credit is being given anywhere in the original post. Regardless, after reading all (well, not all, there is sooo much of it :O ) the discussion that has happened here in the last 24 hours (missed out on it entirely) I have an entirely different solution/proposal: ...


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I understand your reasoning that answers here earn many more points than in other places because solutions are plentiful. However, I feel it would probably fuel variation (repeat) or already-known questions more than it has lately. Some questions lately are starting to feel like they're just putting a question without that thinking background. I would love ...


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We don't currently have a button on any site to do spoiler formatting. The best candidates for that feature might very well be Movies & TV or Science Fiction & Fantasy. However, there has been some resistance to the very use of spoiler markup on those sites. See, for instance, "Are we overusing the spoiler markup?" The practice of editing out ...


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Probably not. If we were to do this, it would be for all sites on the network that don't already have someone who has earned the badge. But that request has been declined.


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Just like the Precognitive and Beta badges, there are users (on other sites) that already have the Analytical badge. Hence, it can't be removed entirely. Hiding the badge only on sites where it hasn't been awarded isn't really worth it, and the developers have more significant things to be worrying about.


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This appears to be a moot point, at least for the time being. Asked on Meta, the response is that it would change the core functionality too much. This may change down the road, but it seems unlikely to me.


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Is there any way to grant the Asker rep when an answer gets upvoted? I believe this already happens if you edit an answer which is then upvoted, you get +2 rep instead of +10, but if we could apply maybe a +3 rep to the Asker for each upvote an answer gets, the asker should benefit greatly for questions with a lot of activity. This would discourage spammy ...


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