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12:05 AM
Q: Should we create a Riley-Riddle tag?

Brandon_JEver since the original Riley Riddle, I've seen a lot of Riley Riddles come around. They are usually of fairly high quality, and new PSE users have no straightforward resource for finding the reason behind the name "Riley Riddle," or what makes a Riley a Riley. At the same time, "Riley Riddle" i...

12:29 AM
Paging @Alconja in the TSL
...and the devil appears
So, I suggest Riley as the name because (unsatisfyingly) that's what everyone calls them
I think that if we make a tag for this, we at least need to had Riley-Riddle as a tag synonym.
Yeah, I get that, but for an existing person doesn't need a tag called Riley, and for a new person "Affixes" is more descriptive of what's going on.
If I see a Riley riddle and want to make one, and I'm looking for tags, I'm not going to type in "affixes", I'd use "Riley"
As a moderate counterpoint, we don't have jlee or what-is-a-word tags either... we have a word-property tag. That tag, while encompassing the What is a ... Word™ format, is not exclusive to it; it covers anything where finding common properties (or lack thereof) of words is the subject of the puzzle. I haven't entirely made up my mind if riddles of this type should have their own tag (we've seen a lot of fads come and go without getting or deserving their own tag; this trend seems a bit more enduring than most, so we'll see), but I know "riley-riddle" seems wrong. — Rubio ♦ Apr 30 '18 at 20:28
12:33 AM
See also, "word-property" vs "what-is-a"
I strongly disagree with a "riley-riddle" tag per se.
I don't speak latin per se
sorry, had to throw that in :D
I guess it feels like we have a bit of "in-speak"
that a tag with a good wiki could fix
"What is a _________ word" seems fairly self descriptive and unproblematic
and I'm the first to admit that I could be completely wrong on this
but I'd like to give it a solid investigation first
Am I talking to myself now? :D
I'm here, but only ~30%
Personally, I think the tag encompasses Riley riddles perfectly well - no need for an additional tag
12:39 AM
(Also only here partly, have other more "important" things to focus on ;) )
Quick random question - do any of you guys eat awesomeness, or are y'all solid counterexamples to the "You are what you eat" idea?
And going back to naming, like Rubio said, using an actual descriptive labels allows the tag to be used on things more broadly, rather than restricting them to a single very specific format.
I'm seeing some good points.
I link to some other "prefix-suffix" wordplay in my answer to the older question (and in comments below)
Maybe a tag isn't the best way to fix it
12:40 AM
Which couldn't be tagged with "riley" but use the exact same mechanism.
Does anyone else think that we have a problem with the term "Riley Riddle," and if yes, do you have any suggestions for improvement outside of a new tag?
@Rubio What would you know about "What is a ____ word?" puzzles? ;P
I don't mind posts calling themselves Riley Riddles in a title or whatever
Me, either
or neither?
gah, whatever
@Brandon_J bah. :)
I have the prettiest template for them, if nothing else. Does that count for anything?
Definitely not worth a bounty
or anything like that
12:53 AM
@Brandon_J I'll answer that cause it seems this current convo is dying down a bit... I had the absolute worst diet this past school year. Combined with a lack of physical exercise, and I can now see why they call it the "freshman 15"
But in my defense, the only consistently good things in the dining halls were the fries and pizza. Everything else should've belonged in a radioactive waste facility
Intensely wonders if you didn't get the joke or if I didn't get the counter-joke
Nah man, I thought you wanted an interesting conversation! Now I'm mad and no longer want to be your friend anymore :( (jk)
No, that's good food for thought
So... you're not gonna actually respond to what I said?
Nope, 'cause I don't want to think about what I will have to eat in a few months
@PiIsNot3 I guess it instead ends up in a waist facility?
That hopefully isn't radioactive
1:01 AM
@Brandon_J Dude, I gained like 10 pounds of pure fat, it's not really that funny
Now I gotta figure out how to lose all of this stuff...
And no it wasn't really radioactive, but it did come darn close at times
Like I said, I'm trying to avoid depressing myself before I get to college.
Heh, well you better start early then :)
What college BTW, if you don't mind me asking?
University of Alabama in Huntsville
or UAH
AKA "ooaaah" I suppose
Well that's how I say it
the admissions rep was not amused (/s, I never said that)
but I have a full ride, so that's nice
1:04 AM
Heh, gotta find some silver lining I guess
I'm looking forward to it, on the whole
@Brandon_J Wow, that's amazing! Full ride to any school is honestly so difficult to come by nowadays
@PiIsNot3 NMSQT Finalist status helps
Ah, yeah, see now that's where I screwed up badly
I guess by this time you have enough info to find out my exact identity
but oh, well, this isn't reddit
and whoever wants to find this profile can find it
1:07 AM
@Brandon_J Don't worry, I've given up my real name and hometown to a couple of online people, and it isn't that bad
Everyone tells me that they forgot to take the PSAT Junior year
Just gotta make sure you share that stuff with the right people...
Just make sure you share some false information occasionally...
@Brandon_J Oof, bad, bad choice
1:08 AM
Totally unrelated, did you guys know I was president of a small European nation once?
I once slept through my school's prom
@Alconja By any chance, is it going to leave the EU soon™?
and then got crowned prom king
@Brandon_J Ah, the ol' "sleep through practice" strategy
1:10 AM
Speaking of Reddit, I just saw a joke about how someone was celebrating their 32nd birthday for half a minute.
Took me a while to get that one
About thirty seconds, actually
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2:46 AM
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5:57 AM
@Randal'Thor You might be interested. The quote in the Literature.SE ad in your profile is likely mis-attributed. I asked a question about it on Skeptics.SE and somebody attributed it to Elizabeth Yates.
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Doesn't seem like super strong answer (certainly not to the point of claiming "This quote ... is from American writer Elizabeth Yates") given that Yates herself is claiming that she didn't coin it further down the answer... (not that that means it isn't misattributed)
Actually, that itself would make a good Literature.SE question...
@Alconja I didn't intend to conclusively support the answer. Note that I didn't accept it. Also, I didn't realize you guys would be interested!
@Mithrandir Is there something against double posting questions? I will post a modified form on Literature.SE. Thanks for the suggestion!
At first, I had no idea you guys were referring to the question I linked. I was going to close this tab and just happened to read the messages.
@BarryHarrison It's generally encouraged not to cross-post. If you've asked it on Skeptics, just leaving it is probably a good idea unless you specifically tailor the question to the site.
Got it.
I won't post in Literature.SE then.
6:45 AM
@BarryHarrison we're a pretty diverse crowd in here. We're generally interested in anything interesting. :P And sorry, didn't mean to put words in your mouth. I agree that while it's certainly not conclusive it definitely casts doubt (hence my parenthetical), which I think was ultimately your point.
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2:24 PM
@Brandon_J I think "Me [n]either" is a sort of shorthand for "I don't either" or "Neither do I", so either form works about equally well. I've almost always seen/heard "neither" here in the UK and have often seen "either" from people in the US; perhaps it's a difference between AmE and BrE.
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5:57 PM
@GarethMcCaughan As a fellow Brit I can confirm that I only hear "neither"!
6:32 PM
I speak American and "me either" sounds a bit off to me.
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7:28 PM
@Mithrandir I only say "me neither" and don't recall many, if any, people using "me either" in that context
@BarryHarrison Thanks for the link and the info!
Interestingly, the answerer on Skeptics is also one of the top users on Literature.
And yeah, that question would have been equally on-topic (and would have got the same answer :-) ) at Literature.
@Rubio Agreed. Even the practice of calling them "Riley riddles" doesn't make me feel quite right. Sure, Riley made an interesting puzzle, but he was hardly the first to write a riddle which describes the first part, last part, and middle part of a word (any more than JLee was the first to write a puzzle asking for a common property of a list of words). What the puzzle is about is more important than which internet user went viral for making one.
Or, as someone told me back in 2014 on Puzzling, "Discuss ideas, not personalities." :-)
Yeah I'd agree with that. I don't mind crediting the first person to codify and enshrine a particular format of puzzle (and in fact my "What is a ... Word™" template does precisely that) but that's in the posting and is up to the individual poster to decide how (or if) to do. it's not elevated to a site-level thing like a tag, which should definitely calling out puzzle types, not their creators.
7:53 PM
@Rubio ^ delete?
Good dog :-P
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