Proposal: Puzzling

This example question was closed simply because it was a puzzle.

We need to get up to 40 questions with 10+ score so I don't think it's wise / viable to close all except 1 question of a certain 'type' as duplicates.

My guess / hope is that the majority of the site will consist of puzzles, not meta-puzzle questions, so shouldn't the example questions look the same?

Are there even 40 'type's?

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The task at hand is to help define what is on and off topic for a site. If you're going to create a site to fill it with puzzles to solve, that's not really what we do and it probably will not be a site. Note that the How Things Work site eventually closed because all they were doing, essentially, was compiling content already found elsewhere.

So what else are you going to talk about? Are there enough canonical questions about the subject of puzzling? Or are you, indeed, just filling the site with puzzles you've come across elsewhere? That's what Area 51 is designed to determine. Closing essentially duplicate questions (in the context of determining scope) is the best way to make sure you have a breadth of content to consider.

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    Maybe it's just me, but I think filling a site with puzzles you've come across elsewhere could work perfectly well. There may also be original puzzles popping up, but I wouldn't expect to see these in the examples. There are many reasons a site closes, I think mis-management or timing are way more significant than compiling content found elsewhere (unless there's already a website that does this well).
    – Dukeling
    Mar 6, 2013 at 19:21
  • That is essentially what the CodeGolf.SE people are doing. Filling up the site with challenges of their own.
    – udiboy1209
    Sep 1, 2013 at 17:37

After some further research, all the answers I found for the Camel-Banana puzzle guess how many checkpoints to make, and provide no formula given a starting banana quantity, a distance to travel, and a holding capacity. It more traditionally has a starting quantity of 3000 bananas and a holding capacity of 1000 bananas, and has an answer of debatably 532, 533, or 533 and 1/3, depending on who you ask. I've tried it with the quantities mentioned in the question, and the highest I could get it was about 153, or 53 round-trip, but I think it could be higher.

I would agree that popular puzzles with easily-understood, easy-to-find-online definite answers do not have much of a place on an SE site, but this one would be more than appropriate.

  • this would be a fine question, but - at least for me - it's in fact a METAquestion...
    – mau
    Sep 10, 2013 at 13:31

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