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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

They're for playing puzzley games in real time. Each of them has a pinned message to explain the rules of the game. Anyone is welcome to take part, and the room owners tend to be people who are ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Cipher Tools Rumkin has a pretty neat collection of cipher tools for both encrypting and decrypting Vigenere Cipher Codebreaker can solve vigenere ciphers with or without the key. (You will need ...
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How can I make a truth table?

Yes, tables are possible with MathJax. Here's an example, taken from Mathematics.SE: $$ \begin{array}{c|lcr} n & \text{Left} & \text{Center} & \text{Right} \\ \hline 1 & 0.24 & 1 &...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Codenames Overview Codenames has an espionage setting, in which players in teams try to identify their own team's secret agents, based on their agents' code names. Codenames is a game of guessing ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Spyfall Overview Spyfall is best played with 4 or more players. All players are in some location. This could be a circus tent, a space station, a theater, etc. Each player is also assigned a role ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Contact Overview Contact requires at least three people, one person to create a word and at least two people to guess it. The word creator thinks of a word and gives the guessers the first letter. ...
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“Proper attribution” for non-original puzzles: a guide

Why do we care about attribution? Very simply, we don’t want to host plagiarism on the site. Any puzzle which you yourself did not make must be properly attributed. (Attribution of “I made this puzzle”...
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What makes a post a joke?

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 ...
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I just joined Puzzling, but can't post an answer

The association bonus doesn't count for protected questions (or "highly active questions", as they're now called). You need to earn 10 reputation on this site before that block disappears. See also ...
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Banned from review queues?

You approved several edits that added blatantly incorrect formatting (and incorrectly rejected others). You voted to reopen / leave open several posts that were obvious duplicates. You claimed that a ...
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Do views equal viewers?

No, if a user visits the page and visits it again at least 15 minutes later, that counts as a second view. A third visit, at least 15 minutes later than the second view, will count as a third one and ...
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Line between a programming puzzle and a programming problem

If you mean on Stack Overflow, I don't know whether anyone there makes a puzzle/problem distinction or how they make it, and I don't think it's something on which PSE folks can usefully comment. If ...
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How to format text inside spoilers?

Building on Shevliaskovic’s answer, there are lots of things that you can do with HTML that you can’t do with markdown.  It’s a bit messy, but you don’t need any invisible characters (spaces at the ...
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"-puzzle" tags not allowed

I just took a look at our tag blacklist, and it has this: ^puzzling|puzzles?$ Turns out that really means ...
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Are (CSS-hidden) hints typically supposed to have required information?

Are the puzzles here supposed to be solvable without looking at the CSS-hidden hints? "Supposed to", I'd say yes. Are they? Unfortunately quite often not. I would suggest that you let the OP of ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Graphics Tools RGB Color Wheel correlates colors to RGB (#RRGGBB and 255-255-255) and HSV ( °-%-%) GIF-Explode is a web-tool to show individual frames ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Number Tools The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences is useful for puzzles involving integer sequences Base Converter converts between binary, decimal, hexadecimal and ASCII Calculator Soup ...
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A collection of Puzzling Tools

Word Tools Litscape has an extensive list of words finding tools (for example pattern matching, words containing or made from certain letters, single word anagrams, etc) Ceptimus Word Ladder solver, ...
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Writing a Community-Wiki answer to supplement the accepted answer

I very much encourage the use of community-wiki answers as 'clean up' to some questions, and I do so myself on some of the more complex puzzles (f.e. here). It gives a good opportunity to tie up loose ...
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How to Contribute to Puzzling SE?

Someone on one of our cousin websites had a similar concern: https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21814/i-feel-mathematically-inadequate-for-this-site-what-level-are-the-majority-of-q Point ...
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How could a question be marked duplicate in 2 minutes?

It was spotted very soon after posting by a riddle expert with a 'dupehammer'; their gold tag badge lets them singlehandedly close a question as a duplicate of another one. You can see this when you ...
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How do I put a bulleted list behind a spoiler tag?

It's a little cumbersome, but you can use HTML: >! <ul> >! <li>bullet 1</li> >! <li>bullet 2</li> >! </ul> ...
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Why are quotes invisible in this SE site?

Those aren't quotes; they're spoilers, intended to not accidentally spoil the solution to a puzzle in case you want to figure it out yourself. They're frequently used on Puzzling, and see moderate use ...
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Why am I blocked from reviewing?

Because this: Every one of your First Posts reviews were "No Action Needed," and many were in quick succession. I went through and quite a few of them could indeed use some sort of action, whether it ...
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How can I make a truth table?

Stack Exchange now has table support Markdown-based tables are preferable in vast majority of situations where tables are required. To demonstrate why, I'll make a table. Feature Markdown MathJax ...
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Numbered lists don't come out properly

That's not a bug; that's standard Markdown behavior. If you don't want standard Markdown behavior, kill the Markdown: ...
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