Kevin
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Should we delete answers that contain no explanation?
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20 votes

I think it's important to comment first and give the authors some time to fix their answers before deleting them. Last night I went through one particularly problematic question and posted such a ...

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Posting a puzzle, and answering it yourself
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I don't mind the questions it's just the self-answering that is a problem Self-answers are a good thing, as long as the question and answer are both well-written and on-topic. Stack Exchange is a ...

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Answers not in the spirit of the question
12 votes

Downvote them. They are answers, and they're not really (necessarily) VLQ. As the tooltip says, a downvote means "this answer is not useful," which is exactly the problem.

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When do we graduate?
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11 votes

We'll graduate when we're ready to graduate. That has little to do with our area 51 stats, and more about when the SE staff feel we're ready to be a self-sustaining and positive contribution to SE and ...

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Questions from on-going contests
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11 votes

I propose we take Math's policy on contest questions: Why do we have a policy? First and foremost: we believe that the responsibility for the integrity of an exam, contest, competition, etc. ...

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Can we make the site attractive to experts?
10 votes

Attracting experts is a bit of a catch-22 for every site. Experts don't want to come unless there are already experts there. It sounds like you know where to find experts, so the best way to get ...

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Should we have a "weekly puzzle"?
7 votes

I'm in favor of a regular puzzle chat event. If nothing else, it will help get people into chat, which will help keep the site going strong.

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Are impossible puzzles allowed?
7 votes

Sure. Especially if it's something that seems like it ought to be possible, it can be an interesting answer, given an appropriate proof/explanation, that something is not, in fact, possible.

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Are card games included in the scope of Puzzling?
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6 votes

Solitaires, definitely. Most multi-player games, however, are likely to be more about interpersonal strategy rather than puzzling per se, and should probably be sent to Board and Card Games SE.

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Puzzles which requires quite special knowledge
5 votes

In general, questions that require specialized knowledge are fine. Does everyone on Physics.SE know QCD? No. Can you ask about it? Of course. Does everyone on SO know Ada? No. Can you ask about it? Of ...

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How math-oriented can questions on the site be?
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5 votes

I don't see why using advanced mathematics would disqualify any questions. Not every user has to understand every question and answer. In fact, I think some of the more enlightening answers about ...

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May 2014: Who should our pro tem moderators be?
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I'll throw my hat into the ring. I'm a moderator pro tem on The Great Outdoors and elected on Science Fiction & Fantasy. I (re-)created the proposal for this site, was the first to follow it (...

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Should we accept edits that only insert spoiler markup?
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At the moment, we don't have a solid consensus on whether answers should be in spoilers. There is some discussion on the topic here, but it is clearly not definitive and shouldn't be taken as policy. ...

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"Hot Network Questions" - can one find out which posts were featured?
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No, there is no history for the HNQ list. Per a comment from an employee We currently do not record anything about when a question enters/leaves the hot question list. The list is calculated on ...

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How do we choose which answer to accept from a set of high quality answers?
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You can accept whichever answer appeals most to you. In general, you should accept the best answer. If that sounds subjective, it is. I suggest the answer that best explains the solution, breaking ...

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Posting a multi-part series on how to solve a puzzle?
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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 ...

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Are questions concerning the modification of puzzles into new ones on-topic?
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As long as they are properly scoped, yes. Good: I am trying to create a puzzle similar to a Rubik's Cube but in the shape of a torus, but I can't figure out how to keep it cohesive. How do I keep ...

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Should [mechanical-puzzles] and [twisty-puzzles] be synonymised?
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"Mechanical puzzles" refers to most physical puzzles, twisty or not - Sliding tiles (15-puzzle), ball mazes, take apart, put together, etc. The wiki for it just needs to be broadened appropriately.

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Rubik cubes variations tags - split? or merge?
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Questions about any Rubik's-cube-like puzzle should be be tagged with the general category of rubiks-cube. I think 3x3s are common enough that they should never need a specific tag. If a question can ...

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Per-puzzle tags
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As I see it, this is the same as using version numbers in tags. A puzzle should always have the general tag, e.g. 2048. If and only if the question is specific to one particular instance, we should ...

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Handling puzzles direct from video games
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Whether a question is on-topic on another site is irrelevant. All SE sites have some overlap with other sites. As far as puzzles from video games, I think we should allow them. It doesn't really ...

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Whre's the line between puzzling and game dev?
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What is on-topic on GameDev.SE is irrelevant, we just need to decide where the line is here. I say questions about general algorithms for solving puzzles are on-topic; questions about a specific ...

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Are rules questions allowed?
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Questions about rule clarifications and judgements, and similar meta questions about the rules are unambiguously on-topic. Questions asking for a complete set of rules are trickier. On the one hand,...

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Make [??.SE] a shortcut for Puzzling
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Though this would be a nice easter egg, I don't really see it catching on or being practical. The trilogy get their two-letter abbreviations because they are much larger and well known, and more ...

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Are questions about selling/marketing puzzles on-topic?
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I think the fact that one is selling the puzzles one creates is not enough to make the question off-topic. In this case in particular, the fact is highly irrelevant to the question, so I have edited ...

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What's the etiquette of answering a 'challenge' (suggestion)
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On the one hand, there is a clear distinction between question and answers, and (especially if there are a number of comments) the first answer may be off-screen without scrolling. On the other hand, ...

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Is it appropriate to work out a solution in an answer when the solution isn't complete yet?
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While I hesitate to suggest posting an incomplete answer, I have seen a number of such answers posted and upvoted, so I'd say post one or two and see what the community has to say about them. I think ...

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On the posting of cryptic crossword clues as puzzles
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First, note that two of the four questions you refer to are not asking for the solution as you state, they include the solution in the question and are asking how it fits the clue. the SE posts are ...

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Renaming the "crosswords" tag to "crossword", and other such tag pluralizations
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The general trend (network-wide) is to use plurals unless there is a compelling reason not to, so crosswords should be kept. Same for mazes, ciphers, etc. In all these specific cases, people are ...

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We should have MathJax. What should the escape sequence be?
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To be honest, I don't think we're going to need it. The only real use for it I see here is in answers about the probabilities or mathematics underlying different types of puzzles, and I don't think we'...

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