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SparkPlug
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are always happy to test puzzles that people have written - regardless of how few or many there may be.

Also, creating a competition from a compilation of puzzles from various authors sounds like a very good idea.

If you have written some puzzles and would like to include them in such a contest, then contact one of us so we can create a private forum where you can post your puzzles for testing.
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helenuk30
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought i would throw my thoughts in.....i too am saddened by the removal of contests..although on a light note my "to do" list looks good...Smile

I would also like to thank all who are involved i dont remember my life before i stumbled (naively) onto this site...and i soooo enjoy sitting for hours staring blankly at a puzzle...so keep up the good work guys xx
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teejay
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would imagine that creating puzzles to "fill the gaps" on some contests may involve working backwards from a particular answer in order to maintain the integrity of the metapuzzles at the end.

The admins know who has contributed in the past and have some idea of where their strengths (and weaknesses) lie.  How about asking individuals to create a puzzle to fit?

Probably best not to do it on this forum though Wink
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bethfay
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must say that I find it heartening to hear (particularly in light of the genesis of this situation) that the members of this community are so focussed on creating and contributing something to and for others, rather than destroying and taking away as one person alone has done.

Kudos as always to the admins for all of their hard work and also to fellow puzzlers on PT.  The comraderie and friendship of this site thankfully isn't so easily dismantled.  Smile
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Stretham
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To keep you all up to date with changes, the following contests have also been permanently deleted:

PuzzleToMe 3
Easter Eggs
Valentine 2009
Halloween 4

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More updates. Some of the contests have been reinstated with some of the puzzles removed. With reference to the original list, this is the current status:

Back To Basics
Colouring Book
Colouring Book Two
Easter Eggs - PERMANENTLY REMOVED
Festive Fun
Festive Fun II
Festive Fun III
Festive Fun IV - Reinstated
Halloween
Halloween II - Reinstated and renamed as Halloween 2005
Halloween III
Halloween IV - PERMANENTLY REMOVED
PTI: Murder Most Foul - PERMANENTLY REMOVED
PuzzleToMe
PuzzleToMe II
PuzzleToMe III - PERMANENTLY REMOVED
Puzzletome Contest One
Puzzletome Contest Two
Summertime Special
Summertime Special II - Reinstated and renamed as Summertime Special 2007
Valentine 2009 - PERMANENTLY REMOVED
What The Dickens...!
What The Dickens II

If you note any odd behaviour then please let us know.

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Epsteins
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, now we know that the author in question was never really devoted to creating a fun, puzzling community and only made puzzles to inflate his ego.

I would check the legal front, the puzzles are copyrighted to PUZZLETOME, not the author in question.

This is devastating, and i'm extremely annoyed that many contest that I spent YEARS on have been stripped from me.

I am embarrassed for you dude.
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The Hirsute One
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epsteins wrote:
...only made puzzles to inflate his ego.
...her ego (although I made the same mistake for ages)
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Natasja
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a silly question maybe and definitely not an emergency to be solved straight away but...

Some of the permanently removed contests still have a thread on the forum.
Same for the contests which are unavailable at the moment.

In my opinion the first category could be removed from the forum and as for the second, maybe you could offer the option to defer so we can choose to take them off our visible threads?

Again, nothing to be looked at in a hurry, and I really didn't want to dig up more work and hassle  Confused

More like a ... suggestion for the future??? Smile
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The Hirsute One
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're looking at either returning the contests as soon as possible or removing them completely (although there is a third option) and for the permanently deleted contest we will remove those threads (eventually  Confused )

But we will will take your comments on board and thank you for providing them. Thumbs up
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QueenMab85
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just saw this thread - what a shame!  Keep up the good work guys, and thanks for all you do.  I was playing Contest I earlier today and now the forum has disappeared - I'm assuming it has to do with this disruption?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it is precisely because of the disruption. With a following wind, you should get to see Contest 1 and Contest 2 puzzles again quite soon.

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QueenMab85
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Stretham.  How frustrating for you guys.
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s.i.o.m
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I found this site just in time to get a good lot of Back to Basics done, but I haven't finished it yet.. Crying or Very sad
Whatever the setters reasons for removing her puzzles, I'd like to say thank you to her for the lessons in BTB. Without it I wouldn't have an idea on how to solve other puzzles. Damn shame though.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

s.i.o.m wrote:
I haven't finished it yet.. Crying or Very sad

Fear not. We have already started the process of rewriting (and improving) it. Smile

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