I am assuming that the status quo is that puzzle-type questions are off-topic.
In my opinion, looking at data from an existing language (natural or constructed) and attempting to determine the rule that describes the data is a good source of inspiration and an interesting sort of puzzle.
I would enjoy trying to solve puzzles like this if they were acceptable to post here, and I'm wondering if others would too.
With that in mind, is it acceptable to post linguistics puzzles of sorts using a natural or constructed language and ask others to determine what the rule is?
For instance, here's a puzzle that involves working out, based on some given data, how Yaqui word order works https://lingclub.mycpanel.princeton.edu/challenge/yaqui.php
The prototypical example I am thinking of would involve guessing a rule rather than completing a puzzle by matching stuff.
For instance, the following Khoekhoe data might make / might have made an interesting puzzle since using pronouns as nominalizers is a) unusual and b) extremely consistent and elegant.
I'm not thrilled about referencing my own answer, I'll edit this question with other examples from other users when I find some.
1a) saa=ts ge ra |khii you=2ms DECL TAM come You (m) are coming. 1b) om=s ge (a) kai house=3fs DECL TAM big The house is big. 1c) saa=ts ge (a) gao-ao you=2ms DECL TAM king You are a king. 1d) saa=ts ge (a) Petru you=2ms DECL TAM Peter. You are Peter. 1e) om=s ge (a) nee. house=3fs DECL TAM this The house is this one. 1f) tii=ta ge (a) saa I=1sg DECL TAM you I am you. 1g) tara=di ge a !nona women=3fp DECL TAM three The women are three. 1h) om=s ge a tii house=3fs DECL TAM mine The house is mine.
Some arguments against permitting this type of question, off the top of my head:
- It has no value to anyone other than the question asker.
- It might flood the site if permitted.
- It's logistically annoying.