"Word stays a word after taking away a letter. Repeat" was a massively downvoted question, not because of challenge, but mainly because it was badly written.
Personally, I think that the idea is great and it still has scope for many new answers, as it currently only has 4.
I think that we should repost the challenge, but with much more loose rules:

1. Allow all languages

That's pretty obvious. The challenge only allowed Python, Ruby, Perl, Bash, or "whatever else often comes pre-installed on a Linux/Unix/Mac" answers. I think that caused at least half of the downvotes.

2. Make it a challenge

When the question was first posted, it was a , which I believe led to many downvotes too. But it was soon after edited to be .

3. Take a dictionary and a word as the input

This is just my personal opinion, but I think it'll be more interesting to output if the word is a valid answer to the riddle, and not just output some random word that satisfies the riddle.


  • \$\begingroup\$ Why do you need permission? Is this not the same as situations where a the original is considered a "duplicate" of the newer, better challenge? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 8, 2022 at 19:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ #thejonymyster Caird said it's better to ask on meta first, just to get feedback. \$\endgroup\$
    – math scat
    Jun 8, 2022 at 19:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @thejonymyster Check the tag info for [reposting]; generally, unless a challenge is closed and very low quality, potential reposts should be asked about on meta first \$\endgroup\$ Jun 9, 2022 at 22:00

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I support this; especially with modification number three.

This seems like it could be a very interesting challenge idea. It could do with a reopening. Number three would additionally make it a lot more interesting.

Also, (tossing it out there) perhaps another input could be to specify what counts as a glyph (character, letter, unit of writing)? Digraphs (two-character glyphs) & trigraphs (three-character glyphs) would be interesting cases to handle.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, I didn't really understand what you mean by glyphs, digraphs and trigraphs. \$\endgroup\$
    – math scat
    Jun 8, 2022 at 15:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry for the trouble. I hope it is clearer now! \$\endgroup\$
    – Qaziquza
    Jun 8, 2022 at 17:07

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