POLLS - Puzzle preferences

I just realized we can have polls in the forum. I start one to better understand user preferences for solo puzzles styles.

  • Solo puzzle descriptions should have a ‘background story’!
  • Description should be minimalistic, focus only on the raw ‘input => output’ rules

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In my view, having a short story in the puzzle:
Pros:

  • Better resembling any real world problem.
  • Can be fun, if well written
  • Translating the story to the algorithmic problem is also part of the task

Cons:

  • Longer to read, understand, solve
  • Distraction from the raw coding exercise
  • More likely to lead to disambiguation

It depends on the puzzle.
Some puzzles need some history, some others don’t.

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I enjoy it when a puzzle has a bit of a story, I’m not doing clashes, I have an additional minute to read the flavour text.

I am a paper roleplaying game player. So i prefer puzzles with background story.

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The story makes it way more interesting. It may be written at the end of the statement to reduce the distraction.

Or it could easily be written between
------------STORY---------------
------------/STORY--------------

Your point of view is obvious from your latest ‘Dungeons and Maps’ puzzle… I liked it very much, make more like this!!!

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Thanks, I will :slight_smile:

You should add an option “I don’t really care”.
I enjoy a nice background story once in a while but I’m totally fine with straightforward problems too.
As long as the problem is interesting.

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