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::: Good idea. I've started doing so.
 
:::: Don't forget to add links to pages like that from the front page so people can find them... Also, what about adding the needs_hint, needs_answer, etc templates? Is that something people can usefully do? Since the templates exist, it seems a shame not to use them consistently.
 
:::: I'll give you a link from my blog sometime this week. (Not that it will do any good: very few people read it.) As for self promotion, nobody will mind if you mention it in a postscript next time you leave a comment on Richard Wiseman's blog; he's never discouraged people from using it as a giant conversation forum and it will reach a wider audience than I ever could.
 
:::: Incidentally, I knew the lightbulb puzzle because it's been featured on Wiseman's blog in the past. Also, some time ago I nominated a puzzle that he has confirmed he will use in some future installment. If you want a spoiler, it's the...
 
{{answer | Knights and Pages puzzle, a version of which can be found at http://www.outofworkpoet.com/three-knights-and-three-pages . In the book I got it from, it comes in three parts: (1) as in the link, (2) proving there is no solution with four pairs of characters. (3) solving with four pairs of characters plus an island.}}
 
:::: I'll have plenty to say about that when it gets to the top of the queue, but not before. [[User:Zerrakhi|Zerrakhi]] 09:33, 17 October 2010 (EDT)
::Another thing that seems strange is the requirement to log in before viewing a solution. I would question the sense of that, because the audience of people interested in contributing to the wiki is distinct from the audience of people interested in using it as a resource, and members of the latter probably won't bother to create accounts (especially when most puzzles are searchable). But perhaps I misunderstand how you envision the site being used. [[User:Zerrakhi|Zerrakhi]] 06:12, 13 October 2010 (EDT)
::: I envision the site to sever as a collection of good math puzzles, with perhaps a discussion on why they are mathematically interesting. These puzzles are meant to puzzled over, not answered by a web search. Thoughts? (I probably should outline this "policy" on a help page as well.) [[User:Oscarlevin|Oscarlevin]] 22:03, 13 October 2010 (EDT)
 
:::: Not a lot of relevant thoughts, but as you probably guessed, that was largely my reason for asking - to suggest things that would be useful to mention on the help pages. [[User:Zerrakhi|Zerrakhi]] 09:33, 17 October 2010 (EDT)
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