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Is it okay to intentionally mislead with incorrect tags as part of a puzzle?

I would say no, it should not be legal. The puzzle should be entirely contained within the post, and the tags act as descriptors. Even the idea of temporarily withholding tags (which has been ...
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Do "prefix-suffix-infix" riddles deserve their own tag?

Right now... I think it's way too early to go creating a new tag. Popular puzzles with a relatively simple construction frequently spawn a wave of similar "inspired by" puzzles. The majority of times ...
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Do "prefix-suffix-infix" riddles deserve their own tag?

Just to present another opinion: Yes, there should be a riley-riddle tag. The average self-made "Riley riddle" is of significantly higher quality than the average self-made beginner riddle on the ...
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Can we have the tag **maths** as a synonym for *math* please

Or better yet, make math and maths both synonyms of mathematics, that way, everyone is happy and neither way of spelling is shown favoritism.
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Gotta Tag 'em All

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 ...
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The Grand Sesquiannual Tag Cleanup is back, bigger and better than ever before!

status-completed I'm sure that at least one other notable puzzler would agree, that: iq-test should be removed It has 41 questions, out of which 6 are closed and 2 duplicate The tag does describe a ...
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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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Changing 'joke' to 'humour' or burninating it

In the interests of providing options: We should get rid of the joke tag entirely. Most of the questions with this tag are either already closed, or not very funny (obviously subjective). I don't ...
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Should we allow re-use of Fortnightly Topic Challenge tags?

Yes, of course we should "allow" reuse of topic ideas. And i don't think we need to impose any restrictions (i.e. minimum gap between repeats). If people want three chess fortnights in a row, they'll ...
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What should we call "grid logic" challenges?

Grid-Deduction As with Rubio's suggestion, we leave out the word logic to avoid confusion with 'logic-grids'. I feel like this is a bit more descriptive, as what are we doing in these puzzles but ...
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Do we have a beginner question tag?

A tag like beginner or low-rep-users is what would be considered a meta-tag. Meta-tags are generally frowned up on on Stack Exchange; tags are meant to describe the content of a question as opposed ...
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When should the knowledge tag be used?

I totally agree that the specific example you linked should be tagged knowledge (in fact, I've edited it in). In this instance, it could even have been music, but that may be too much of a hint, and I ...
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Should the knowledge tag be merged with the trivia tag?

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 ...
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Is it okay to intentionally mislead with incorrect tags as part of a puzzle?

If you don't want to show what kind puzzle you want to use, consider using the enigmatic-puzzles tag. If you make the question look mathy, it could still be lateral-thinking. Still, I think that even ...
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Should we burninate [word-problem]?

Yes, we should get rid of it. There is no reason to keep word-problem.
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Purpose of [prisoner]

I don't think we need this tag. Although I'm willing to be convinced if you can elaborate on this: it does class a particular type of puzzles What type of puzzles? As far as I can see, it ...
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Click to edit tags

This is a privilege unlocked at 10000 reputation for graduated sites (2000 in public beta, 1000 in private beta). It has absolutely nothing to do with math.SE or specific sites. (Here have linky)
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When tags are subsets of other tags

Including broad tags along with specific ones makes filtering content much easier. It is hard to imagine anyone wanting to search for, e.g., "all math puzzles except puzzles involving probability, ...
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Why is word ladder not used?

Yes, let's use this tag more. There's a valid and clearly defined type of puzzle here, so it does merit a special tag. And there is a tag already; people just haven't been using it properly. Let's ...
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Do "prefix-suffix-infix" riddles deserve their own tag?

I'm not sure that "deserve" is the right word, but IMO tags are useful for bandwagons for three (related) reasons: They allow people who find one question to find the rest. They allow people who ...
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Now that they've become so popular, should we reconsider creating a specific category and tag for "prefix-infix-suffix" word puzzles?

I agree that a tag for these riddles should be created. Not judging those who do, but I don't enjoy these particular puzzles, and I currently am filtering out the riddle tag so as not to clutter up my ...
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What is the hardest tag?

Well, if you want data here is a query that returns the average time (in hours) it takes to get an accepted answer by tag (filtering out any tags with less than 10 accepted answers)... However (and I ...
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Do we want to [find-the-tag]?

I can't speak for the entire community here, but I'll tell you what I think. Is find-the-tag a meta tag? In the post about meta tags, Jeff Atwood makes two points on what is considered a meta tag: If ...
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The Grand Sesquiannual Tag Cleanup is here!

A little discussion needed on this one before it can be done. idioms and proverbs has been created by the same user and have 2 and 1 questions tagged respectively. Can we dump these tags and instead ...
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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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Generalist Countdown: ZERO!

2019-07-04: still at 34 tags, 128 questions to go. Progress rate was 6 questions in 7 days. 2019-07-26: still at 34 tags, 94 questions to go. Progress rate was 34 questions in 22 days. Down to double ...
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Change 'graph-theory' tag name

I'm against this change: it's unnecessary, and would be actively harmful. "Graph theory" is the name of the field of mathematics that studies those graphs. We have number-theory and combinatorics as ...
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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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New tag proposed

I don't think this would be a good idea at all. Reasons: It's a meta-tag It is complicated and not easily understood by newcomers, and will hence be mis-used all the time. (Your distinctions ...
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